During my interview with the inimitable Dan Ramey, at WBEX 1490 1490 AM in Chillicothe, Ohio, he asked whether or not people should be concerned about refinacing their house to make a downpayment on a rental house.
Naturally, people are nervous about making financial changes during a recession. But, refinancing your existing house to take down payment money out of your equity and buy a rental house is one of the safest ways to start investing in real estate. It’s the most common way that real estate investors use to purchase investment properties.
If you have a steady job and a good credit rating, now is a rare opportunity to get a loan in the 4% interest range. And, houses are selling at fire sale prices!
It’s a good idea to refinance a house that you have owned for a few years before reinancing to take some equity out of it.
Refinancing an existing property for downpayment money is a lot better than waiting until you have enough cash to purchase a rental house withouta loan. Having a loan gives you leverage, because you don’t have to use all of your own money, which could take 20 years or more, to save.
The great benefit is, after you have purchased your rental house, is that you have a stream of income that is in addition to your regular 8:00 to 5:00 job.
You can be laid off, or fired from your regular job, but you can never lose your rental property job!
Here is my new video that shows the process of putting your lazy home equity to work for you: