Doing the Math: Purchase, Rehab, Refinance, Cash Out

The markets have been extremely volatile lately and they say the anxiety meter has shot up to screaming level.  However, according to Caleb Silver, Editor-in-Chief, Investopedia is not predicting a major market decline.  And, whether the market is up or down, I am here to help you find ways to put your money into other types of ventures, like fix-n-flip real estate projects big or small. It works like this:

  • You Purchase
  • You Rehab
  • You Refinance
  • You Cash Out

Silver also says in his daily e-mail that “Seasoned investors have learned to moderate their expectations and build their portfolios to endure all kinds of markets.  It takes discipline and a lot of learning to do that well, and even the best of them still get their faces ripped off now and again (a technical expression for suffering massive losses). Still, having unreasonable expectations is the first step to setting yourself up for disappointment.”

Ah yes, setting yourself up for disappointment: I remember Christmas mornings when I was a child as a time of too much expectation.  By the time Christmas morning came around, my expectations were sky high and no matter what great present my parents or Santa Claus brought me, I was going to be disappointed because nothing could live up to the fantasy in my head.  So, the day was never as much fun as it should have been.

I’d say that Silver (good name for an investment geek) is trying to warn us . He says that Vanguard (a massive money manager) recently surveyed its customers and found that their expectations were way off from its own market predictions. Vanguard found that the average retail investor expects stock to return more than 10% a year on average and people with their money in pension funds expect 7.5% average annual returns.  Unfortunately, Vanguard expects a 4.6% return on stocks.

So put in your time studying so that you can put your money to good use making more money for you.  Think about your options and don’t freak out. As Silver says, “When the Anxiety Index picks up, volatility tends to follow.”  But as Friday’s Investopedia headline read  “REMAIN RATIONAL.” (see

Here is a rational option to study:

Purchase, Rehab, Refinance, and Cash Out of a Multi-Family Building

Loan Requirements

  • Min 5 units
  • Loan Amounts – $250,000 – $5,000,000
  • Interest Only – 2yr Term
  • 1st Lien Position Only
  • No Prepayment Penalties
  • Up to 80% for Purchase and Rehab
  • Up to 70% for Refinance and Rehab
  • 55% for Cash Out


  • Min FICO 670
  • Full Recourse
  • DSCR / Occupancy – No requirements while being rehabbed
  • Min Liquidity of 9mo of debt service + 20% of rehab budget

Appraisal Requirements

All loans require a full appraisal with internal property pictures and dated within 120 days of loan origination.

Lending Areas

All major metro areas and small market areas nationwide.  Non-lending areas include rural and high-risk areas.








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