Just four short years ago, you could buy an investment property with nothing down and get the best interest rates in the market.
That was then. Today, rental financing is night-and-day different. To mortgage a small (a one-to-four unit, non-owner occupied) rental property now, you need to plop down one-fifth of the purchase price. And even then, you don’t always get the lowest rate.
With a tipsy housing market and the credit crisis still fresh in memory, regulators and lenders are putting higher-risk borrowers under a microscope. That includes real estate investors.
As a result, it’s now trickier to qualify for a rental property mortgage – especially compared to the days before April 19, 2010. (That’s when federal legislation put an end to insured rental mortgages with less than 20 per cent down.)
So if you are considering a small rental property and need a mortgage soon, here are some things to remember.
You’ll need an ample down payment
If you buy a rental home that you won’t live in, almost every lender in Canada will want at least 20 per cent down. That’s $72,000 on the average $360,000 residential property.
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