3 Benefits Of A Cash-Out Refinance On Investment Property

Key Takeaways

If you’ve owned a home or thought about owning a home, chances are you’ve heard about the concept of a cash-out refinance. While there are certainly some very practical uses to a cash-out refinance — such as home repairs or putting in a pool — many people may not know that it’s also a fantastic creative financing real estate option.

What are the benefits of using this form of real estate financing option? What can creative real estate financing of this kind do for your wealth portfolio? And what mistakes should you avoid when financing real estate this way?

A cash-out refinance on investment property can offer favorable loan terms, tax benefits, and speed that allows those to move quickly on a deal. However, it’s key that you understand that a cash-out refinance will reset your mortgage clock and add significantly to your monthly mortgage cost.

Here are three key benefits to consider — and some common mistakes to avoid — when considering a cash-out refinance for real estate.

What Is A Cash-Out Refinance?

Before we jump into the nitty-gritty of this form of financing for real estate investors, it’s important we know exactly what we are talking about. A cash-out refinance is simply a way to borrow against the value of your home — usually a person’s biggest asset — to secure additional capital.

This cash infusion is usually used for home repairs, updating an existing property, or even consolidating debt. However, one very effective use for a cash-out refinance is to use it to finance your real estate investments.

The investor pays off the existing mortgage using the new loan terms, thereby pocketing the cash difference. This new source of capital can then be used to either make improvements on an existing property or be directed toward purchasing a new property.

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Why Use A Cash-Out Refinance

1. Favorable Interest Rate

What’s the big deal about pulling money out of your home to go buy an investment property? Well, one of the biggest advantages is that of the interest rate on the loan. A mortgage traditionally will give you a much better interest rate than borrowing that same sum from a bank or hard money lender.

It’s important to note that cash-out refinance loans tend to have much better interest rates than home equity loans, which are generally used to pay for large ticket items such as medical bills, home improvements, or college education.

When directed toward real estate, a cash-out refinance can save you thousands of dollars more than trying to borrow that same money from other venues.

2. Tax Benefits

This might be the biggest benefit of all to using a cash-out refinance for real estate purposes. And that is, as of the time of this writing, the interest on a cash-out refi is tax-deductible, as are (generally) much of the closing costs associated with the transaction.

This is not always the case when borrowing money from an institution or private lender outside the confines of a refinance. Though this will vary, depending on the type of business entity you have in place, often the interest on the loan you’ve procured — to finance your investment — is not tax-deductible. Within a refinance, it is. (Many investors, even when they do have access to ready capital, still like to use this method to raise money for investments.)

3. Speed

Time is our most valuable asset. What a cash our refinance can offer the would-be investor is a chance to jump-start their real estate investing career and not wait the months, if not years, gathering their financial resources to make their first deal.

Perhaps you’ve been saving up money in your bank account or considering tapping into your 401(k). Maybe you’ve even been hitting the pavement trying to drum up interest in your venture with private lenders.

This route can not only take lots of energy and time, but it can also significantly slow down your progress as an entrepreneur. As long as you’ve done your homework and have a good grasp of the investing business, using a refinance in this way can often be a game-changer in your business and working life.

Waiting Periods For A Cash-Out Refinance

If you are planning to use a cash-out refinance to fund your rehab project, you should expect to encounter a waiting period to do so. The waiting period between a house closing and the point in time that you can use your cash-out refinance is 6 months. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. You can bypass the cash0out refinance waiting period if you inherited the property, the property was awarded due to divorce or legal separation, or if the cash-out refinance qualifies for the delayed financing exception.

Drawbacks of A Cash-Out Refinance

There are some drawbacks to using a cash-out refinance in this manner to invest in real estate. The biggest disadvantage is an obvious but important one: you are increasing your monthly mortgage amount.

If something were to happen to you, such as losing your job or becoming injured, your mortgage might become overwhelming, and you might not just lose your investment but your home as well.

Another possible downside is that it’s possible that you would ultimately owe more on your original property with this added principle to your mortgage than the property is actually worth. If you’ve done your homework and know your market, this likely won’t be the case. But it’s still worth keeping in mind.

Perhaps most important of all is that a cash-out refinance — depending on the terms — will reset your loan. If you’ve been paying off your mortgage, and you’ve only got ten years left, a cash-out refinance will reset the clock — meaning you’ve got another 30 years to pay off the note. As long as it’s accounted for you in your plan, this isn’t often a problem. But it’s just important to know exactly what you’re getting into before embarking on any investment.


Are You Eligible?

A cash-out refinance typically has higher qualification requirements when compared to a conventional mortgage. Many lenders will require a minimum credit score between 650 and 700, though it will vary depending on the loan. Lenders will also want to verify how much money you can access outside of the refinance loan, called your cash reserves. When approving a cash-out refinance for an investment property, lenders may want to see anywhere from two and six percent of the loan amount in a separate asset account.

If you are considering a cash-out refinance for an investment property, the best thing to do is research different lenders. This will give you a better idea of whether or not you are eligible — and it will help you identify the best loan terms. Most lenders will want to know the same information about your financial profile, but some may be more willing to work with you regardless.


A cash-out refinance can offer several benefits for homeowners, but perhaps most importantly, it can provide the funds necessary to purchase an investment property. While the decision to refinance should not be made lightly, this is a great option for those looking to secure funds quickly. If you have never considered a cash-out refinance on investment property, look into the benefits listed above. You may find that a refinance is the perfect opportunity to make your first real estate investment.

Have you tried using a cash-out refinance for real estate? Let us know in the comments below.

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