Guide to Buying Your First Investment Property

Guide to Buying Your First Investment Property

  • Kyle Kunkel
  • 12/10/21

Investment properties are purchased for the purpose of profit rather than as a personal dwelling for you and your family. It is utilized to gain profit from appreciation, generate income, or gain specific tax advantages. An investment property can be a long-term or short-term asset. Buying your first investment home for the first time is a significant step for any landlord. We have prepared a short guide to help the first-time buyers of investment homes.

Debt-to-Income Ratio

When evaluating whether to offer loans to you, banks consider your DTI. This is because DTI shows your ability to repay a loan. If your house is an investment property, lenders will usually allow you to deduct up to 75% of your estimated rental income from your DTI. With a 20% down payment, a credit score of 740 or above is considered ideal. A property developer might need a credit score of 760 to decrease the deposit.


The duration determines interest payments and the return of the investment. An asset with an intermediate duration generally matures in three to 10 years. The longer the duration of an asset, the more likely its price will decline as interest rates rise. Long-term investments often take ten years or over to mature. Rates for investment properties are typically 0.5% to 0.75 % higher than normal rates.

Job Security

Job stability is an important aspect that banks examine when deciding whether or not to issue a loan. It's critical to be able to prove that you'll maintain a consistent income so that your lender understands you'll be able to fulfill your loan payments in the coming years.

Down Payment and Mortgage Rates

Investment homes often need a bigger down payment than owner-occupied residences and have more severe approval criteria. Lenders can impose a higher quality standard for a second home or investment property mortgage than for a primary house. That being said, a higher down payment can potentially decrease your interest rate. They may even need you to have enough cash to cover your mortgage payments for six months.


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