Why You Should Refinance a Flip To a Rental


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Your flip isn’t selling? Here’s our view on why you should refinance a flip into a rental.

Have a flip on the market? It probably didn’t sell in a week like it might have this time last year.

Once it’s clear you won’t get the price you need to turn a profit… What do you do? 

Keep dropping the price and take the hit? 

Cross your fingers the market improves in a few months and refinance with a bridge loan?

Or take the hint, turn the property into a negatively cash flowing rental, and wait out the market for another couple years?

None of those options are ideal. But the most effective way to make your money back over time is the rental unit route. Here’s why we believe you should refinance a flip to a rental right now.

How Bad Is the Negative Cash Flow?

The hesitation for many investors in this situation is: if you take the property off the market, it will have negative cash flow. The price is too high, and rent probably won’t cover the costs. Why would you intentionally put yourself in a situation where you’re losing money?

But the reality is: the house is a negative cash-flowing property now. Every month the house is on the market, you pay interest. That money adds no value to the property – you’re just draining your money straight into your lender’s pocket.

Even if you don’t refinance with a rental loan, you already have a negative cash flow property.

Why not take the step to turn your flip into a rental now and reduce the amount of money you’re losing each month?

Refinance a Flip To a Rental

Typically, people spend more money leaving a house on the market for 2 or 3 months than they would turning it into a negative cash flowing rental for 2 years.

Does it make more sense to pay $2,500 monthly on a house with a for sale sign on it? Or get $2,200 in rent and only pay $300 of your own money per month? This is the question you’re left with when your flip isn’t selling in this market.

Turning a Flip to a Rental in Past Down Markets

Take a lesson from 2008 and 2009. Many investors who sold during the crash later realized that if they had waited 3 or 4 years, they could have made their money back on those properties.

Not only would their property values have gone up, but rates would have come down. Those properties would have become major assets. Instead, investors took a big hit selling in a down market.

What Loan Can Refinance Your Flip Into a Rental?

So if you decide to go with this negatively cash flowing property, what are your options for a loan? 

We recommend a negative DSCR or no-ratio loan program.

These loans allow you a 30-year fixed product that’s interest-only. These DSCR loans work even on properties that aren’t cash flowing.

Typically for a DSCR loan, the rent from the property has to at least cover the monthly expenses (principal, interest, taxes, and insurance). Outflow has to equal inflow.

But the negative DSCR and no-ratio options allow you to refinance rental properties even when you bring in less rent than you pay out per month.

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