Sources of Finance – Second Home Investments

There’s a boom going on and it is towards continued investment in second homes. Of late second home purchases have represented a significant percentage of all homes sold in the developed western world. Of particular note are investment strategies in high-demand holiday or vacation areas and high growth investment locations. Investors are now considering their second homes as better investments than stocks, with many purchasers indicating they planned to buy additional properties within two years to grow their portfolio.

Financing for second home investments has become easier in recent years with financial institutions or lenders recognizing the pattern of property speculation and the need for second home loans to support these initiatives.

Landlords and Mortgages

When considering second home loans at a minimum the lender or financial service organization will want to see proof that you’re actually going to generate decent returns or cash flow from your investment. This will be considered to cover at minimum the majority of the costs or outgoings, but often the profits too. Often, the lender will ask for a business plan or statement of income for the property. You shouldn’t count on your bank taking into account your second home’s estimated rental income into consideration without a track record. You as the purchaser/owner may veer towards optimism, where the bank will veer towards pessimism. Even for a property with a long rental history most professional lenders will only consider 75% to 80% of the value for investment. So it is very important that you consider your sources of finance, the type of finance and the value of finance before you search for property.

There are a number of sources of funds for second home loans that may be considered by investors.

Equity release finance is one such source where mortgage property is used as collateral for additional property funds. In this instance the value of a current property that you own or part own is assessed to determine how much capital is available based on the outstanding mortgage and present value. An extension to your mortgage may then be granted to support new investment initiatives. The benefit of this finance is that it is often cheaper to finance when based on the original mortgage rate.

Second Mortgage finance or second mortgages are the way in which homeowners finance second home purchases. These funds may be used for down payments on 2nd homes, or for home improvements or extensions on primary homes. The benefit to this form of finance is that the finance is often associated with the original mortgage for security and subsequently is often cheaper.

The decision to use equity release investment funds with a mortgage refinance or to apply for a second mortgage for second home loans depends primarily on the needs of your investment and your ability to repay the new loan. If you have a low interest rate and favorable terms on your existing mortgage, you may want to consider a second mortgage for financing the down payment to purchase your investment property.