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Non-Owner Occupied Refinance

Mark Cappel
UpdatedMay 20, 2024

We turned our second home into a rental property, and now want to refinance. Do we get a conventional refinance or need a non-o

A residential home is purchased as a second home then is subsequently converted to a rental property. If that property were to be refinanced now would this require a investment property loan (I think that's what you call it for a rental home) or could it still be refinanced as a second home since that is the existing mortgage?

If you show rental income or expenses on a Schedule E for that property, then the lender will consider the property a non-owner occupied property, and will require you to get a non-owner occupied loan, also known as an investment loan.

The term "non-owner occupied" is applied to a single-family home that is rented to tenants. The description is important from a mortgage standpoint, because lenders perceive a non-owner occupied property mortgage as being more risky than an owner-occupied property mortgage.

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Bill

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Mortgage market update: the latest

Mortgage rate fluctuations should come as no surprise. If you are buying a home or refinancing your existing mortgage, it is important to stay informed about the current mortgage rates.

Mortgage rates April 10, 2024
According to Freddie Mac, the 30-year mortgage rate for the week of April 10, 2024 stands at 6.88%. This reflects a 6 basis points increase from the previous week's rate.
Note: A basis point is equal to one-hundredth of one percent (0.01%). In numerical terms, if the mortgage rate changes by 20 basis points, it means the rate has changed by 0.20%.
Additionally, Freddie Mac reports that the 15-year mortgage rate for April 10, 2024 is 6.16%, indicating a 10 basis points increase from last week’s rates.

What does the mortgage rate mean for you?
Mortgage rates play a vital role in determining your monthly payment. Let's take a look at the avergage interest rates (APR) for April 14, 2024 based on Zillow data for borrowers with a high credit score (680-740) in the United States:

  • For a 30-year conventional loan, the interest rate is 7.09%.
  • If you opt for a 15-year conventional loan, the interest rate stands at 6.29%.
    Using the rates mentioned above, a $279,082 30-year-year mortgage would result in a monthly payment of $1,874. On the other hand, a 15-year mortgage would require a monthly payment of approximately $2,399.

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To make the home-buying or refinancing process a breeze, we highly recommend shopping around for mortgages and getting pre-approved. So, why not Check Out mortgage rates now for the best options available.

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2 Comments

ssusan, May, 2011
For the life of me, I cannot find a lender that will do a refinance on a non-owner occupied home with no equity - any suggestions?? Where did all this money go into rebuilding finance institutions from our government that the taxpayers ultimately are paying for?? Aren;t they suppose to help us instead of turning us away?
BBill, May, 2011
Mortgage underwriters and investors are humans. When the mortgage market was a never-ending party from 2000-2005, underwriters approved loans for any applicant with a pulse and a triple-digit credit score. In other words, everyone. Today, underwriters and investors look for excuses to give an applicant a thumbs-down. The pendulum swung the other way. This does not solve your problem, but it explains the mind-set of people approving and buying mortgage loans.