Buying 2 To 4 Unit Property And Mortgage Guidelines

This  BLOG On Buying 2 To 4 Unit Property And Mortgage Guidelines Was UPDATED And PUBLISHED On July 3rd, 2020

What are the guidelines for real estate and mortgage 2 to 4 units

Any property up to 4 units is considered a residential property. Residential mortgage lending guidelines apply to buy 2 to 4 unit property.

  • Homebuyers thinking buying 2 to 4 unit property can purchase the property as owner-occupied units
  • Down payment required depends on the type of mortgage loan program they choose
  • Buying 2 to 4 unit property can also be purchased as investment property mortgage loans
  • However, with investment homes, FHA Loans are not eligible
  • This because FHA Loans and other government loans only apply to owner-occupied properties
  • 2 to 4 unit property as owner-occupied homes is a great way to get rental income
  • Many 2 to 4 unit property homeowners can often times live rent-free
  • This is because the rental income offsets the mortgage payments

In this article, we will discuss and cover Buying 2 To 4 Unit Property And Mortgage Guidelines.

FHA Loans On Buying 2 To 4 Unit Property

FHA allows 2 to 4 unit property home buyers to purchase them with a 3.5% down payment.

  • There are no reserve requirements on a two-unit property
  • However, three months reserves of principal, interest, taxes, and insurance are required on 3 to 4 unit properties
  • The down payment of 3.5% can be gifted when buying 2 to 4 unit property
  • However, the three months reserves cannot be gifted
  • Reserves need to be the borrower’s own funds
  • Reserves do not have to be cash
  • Can be liquid assets such as IRA, 401k, Keogh, and investment accounts

Minimum credit scores to qualify for 2 to 4 unit properties with FHA Loans are 580.

Conventional Loans On Buying 2 To 4 Unit Property

Conventional Loan programs require a 15% down payment on 2 to 4 unit property purchases and also require reserves for 3 to 4 unit properties.

  • Minimum credit scores to qualify for a conventional loan for 2 to 4 unit properties are 620

Potential Rental Income On 2 To 4 Unit Properties

What is the potential rental income in the properties of 2 to 4 units

Potential rental income can be used to qualify for buying 2 to 4 unit properties.

  • FHA allows up to 85% of the potential rental income of 2 to 4 unit properties to be used to qualify for the borrower’s income in calculation their debt to income ratios
  • Conventional loan programs allow up to 75% of potential rental income to be used to qualify for the borrower’s income in calculating their debt to income ratios

Landlord Experience

Many mortgage lenders will require two years of landlord experience from the mortgage loan borrower of a 2 to 4 unit property purchase in order for them to count the potential rental income, especially with conventional loans.

If you run into a situation where the mortgage lender has overlays on landlord experience, please contact me at Gustan Cho Associates at 262-716-8151 or text us for a faster response. Or email us at [email protected]  We are available 7 days a week, including holidays.

How Long Do I Need To Be Owner Occupant

Homebuyers purchasing a 2 to 4 unit property via an FHA insured mortgage loan or other government loan programs need to be an owner-occupant for at least 12 months.

  • After 12 months living on the 2 to 4 unit property, they can qualify for another owner-occupied home loan
  • Homebuyers may be eligible for another home loan after 12 months as long as do not purchase another multi-unit property and purchase a single-family home
  • The United States Department of Veterans Affairs allows home buyers to purchase two to four-unit properties with 100% financing
  • VA has one of the most lenient mortgage guidelines out of any loan program, especially when buying 2 to 4 unit property

There are no credit score requirements or debt to income ratio caps on VA Home Loans.

Qualifying With Lender With No Overlays On Multi-Family Homes

How to qualify with a lender without overlays for multi-family homes

Gustan Cho Associates Mortgage Group are direct lenders with no overlays on government and conventional loans. When buying 2 to 4 unit multi-family property and needing to qualify with a direct lender with no mortgage overlays on multi-unit homes, contact us at Gustan Cho Associates at 262-716-8151 or text us for a faster response. Or email us at [email protected] We are experts in originating and funding 2 to 4 unit properties and are available 7 days a week.

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