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No more MI available on Investment Properties

With the stock market not doing so well, I know many investors ready to put their money back into real estate where you can at least cash flow on the right investment and have a steady long term appreciation. Plus, they also agree on the buy low, sell high principle and they believe the real estate market is ripe for picking.  

I just heard that as of October 15, 2008, there are no longer any MI companies left willing to insure Investment Property transactions.  Due to these recent changes by all of the MI companies, there are no lenders who are able to accept any Investment Property loans with an LTV greater than 80% regardless of the investor guidelines, unless you already have an acceptable MI certificate from an MI Company in hand. Until further notice from all the mortgage insurance companies 80% financing on investment properties is the MAX.

Through tightening guidelines and reduction of loan programs we have already seen these restriction affect  eggs in one basketpotential primary homeowners. The real estate market will further be hurt by restrictions on well qualified investors who believe in the old adage of not putting all your eggs in one basket.  Dave Ramsey likes diversifcation to cow manure.  If you let manure sit in a pile, it stinks, but if you spread it around, it makes things grow.  Love it! On a side note, he also believes if a minimum 20% downpayment, but prefers CASH). Savy investors who want to spread it around will have to be selective.  It seems as though the real estate market is being punished by not being able to get rid of inventory.  Don't get me wrong.  Guidelines needed to be changed.  It's a shame that the pendulum has swung from one extreme to the other.  The mortgage industry has got to find a happy medium of lending guidelines. Would be homeowners have to get back to the basics and save money for a sizable downpayment.  Banks have learned their lesson with the 100% financing craze and there will not likely be a return to those days. How will the loss of MI on investment properties affect the real estate market?

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Comment balloon 4 commentsMichele Reneau • October 18 2008 11:01AM


This is's also sad.  I think that there are a lot of true and viable investors who lose the opportunity to buy.  They just need to tighten criteria...not eliminate MI products alltogether.

Posted by Larry Bettag, Vice-President of National Production (Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001) over 10 years ago

Wow.. I didn't know about this change. Thanks for sharing!

It is a shame that we have gone from one extreme to the other. In time, I know the market will correct itself, but it's going to be painful if these VERY TIGHT restrictions persist. I couldn't have said it better myself. Another excellent post!

Kind Regards, Nicole Weidauer

The Egerer & Weidauer Team, Keller Williams Realty North Seattle

Posted by Nicole Weidauer (Keller Williams Greater Seattle) over 10 years ago

The market is very unfriendly to investors right now.  I am an investor with a 730 credit score, 30% downpayment and I can't find a mortgage for anything because everyone says that I own too many investment properties already.  So if they are shutting the investors out of the market, who do they think is going to buy up the excess inventory?  Too much overtightening in my opinion.

Posted by Lisa Friedman, Central New Jersey Real Estate (Alliance Realtors) over 10 years ago

Larry-Eliminating MI is going to hurt inventory if we investors can't purchase.

Nicole-Can't wait for it to get "Normal" again.

Lisa-It's very disappointing, not to mention crazy.  I hope it will loosen up soon, for everyone's sake. Investors know to buy low and the prices are low!

Posted by Michele Reneau, Realtor, GRI ~ Charleston, SC Relocation Experts Team (Certified Staging Professional (CSP) Elite Instructor) over 10 years ago

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