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Refinancing An Investment Property Can Lower Your Rate & Tap Into Your Equity

  • Refinancing a loan is when you replace the current financing of a property with a new loan, often with another lender, but not always. There are two main types of refinance loans: a rate & term refinance, and a cash-out refinance.

  • A rate & term refinance is when you refinance an existing loan in order to change the interest rate and/or terms of the loan. For example, investors often refinance their 12 to 24 month hard money loans into permanent, 30-year financing.

    A cash-out refinance can happen in two situations including: (1) replacing an existing loan with a new, larger loan and putting the difference in your pocket, or (2) taking out a new loan on a property that you currently own outright and putting the cash in your pocket. Cash-out refinances are very popular among Visio borrowers as a means to grow their rental portfolios. Often our investors will use cash-out refinances to buy new investment properties, finance a flip, or finance a renovation to raise their rents on the property financed or another rental property they own.


Why You Should Work With Visio Lending 

We Specialize in Investment Property Loans

Visio Lending’s laser-like focus and rental loan expertise simply cannot be matched. Would you go to a foot doctor for a headache? Or an employment attorney for a divorce? There is something to be said about going to a specialist for the specialty you need.

Let’s get specific. Here are few ways Visio’s focus helps you:
  • Insurance: Insurance on a rental property is quite different from your personal home. Even many insurance agents who don’t regularly deal with rental properties don’t understand the nuances. Visio has a dedicated team that can help you properly insure your rental property investment and protect you against some of the not-so-obvious risks you may encounter as a real estate investor. 

  • Vacation Rentals:  Visio is one of the leading financiers of vacation rental properties in the U.S. Underwriting these properties for permanent mortgage finance is more of an art than a science. Nonetheless, Visio has developed a proven methodology to underwrite these properties to get you the best terms possible while also writing a responsible mortgage loan.

  • Cross-defaults: Many owners of rental properties also engage in fixing and flipping properties. If that’s you, you might think twice about financing both your rentals and your flips with the same lender. Flips are subject to much greater market risk than rentals. Even the best flippers have deals that go sideways or the wrong way. Many lenders include cross-default provisions in their loan documents that provide that if you default on one loan it also counts as a default on all of your other loans. You don’t want to have a bad flip deal trigger a default on your rental properties. 

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Rental Property Refinancing FAQs

The process of refinancing a loan is very similar to financing a purchase. See our process for details on Visio refinances.


There are many pros of refinancing a rental property including the ability to get better terms and rates, the ability to lower your monthly payments, and the ability to access equity from your home for other investments.

Some cons to consider are that you will have to pay fees and closing costs on a new loan.

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The documents required to refinance a rental property depend on the lender. Visio Lending does not require tax returns or income verification. See our list of documents needed to close a loan.

There are no hard limits on how often you can refinance your investment properties, but there are some items to consider. First, most loans on investment properties have prepayment penalties. If you’re not sure how prepayment penalties work, read this article. Whether to refinance a loan with a prepayment penalty depends on performing a break-even analysis – in other words, how much will you pay upfront in fees and prepayment penalties and how long will it take you to recoup that amount through savings or returns on reinvestment of proceeds from the new loan?


Second, even if you don’t have a prepayment penalty or it has expired, you likely will have some fees and other costs associated with refinancing. Again, you’ll want to perform a break-even analysis to determine how long you’ll need to hold the property to make the refinance worthwhile.


For example, let’s assume you’re going to pay $5,000 in fees and other expenses (appraisals, title costs, etc.) to get a refinance, and you’ll save $250 each month with the new loan. $250 each month until you get back the $5,000 in expenses means that you will break even after 20 months. If you think you’re going to hold the property for at least 20 months, the refinance probably makes sense. If you’re thinking about selling the property later in the year, then you might not proceed with refinancing.