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Stacey St. John


How to Choose a Short-Term Rental Mortgage

Choosing the right mortgage is like picking the perfect pair of high heels – it should fit your budget, match your style, and take you places. 👠

With a plethora of mortgage products at your fingertips, it’s key to align your financial goals, risk comfort zone, and investment strategy. Stumped on picking the best mortgage? No sweat, I’ve got your back, sister!

Let’s break down the steps to nail the best mortgage for your next big move:

💰Grasp Your Financial Picture:

Before you plunge into mortgages, get a grip on your financial reality. Work out your budget, including your down payment, closing costs, and ongoing expenses. Understand your credit score and debt-to-income ratio – they’re major players in your mortgage options. Cash running low? Join Maria Reith and me in the 8-week training program, Buy Direct Academy. We’ll show you how to snag properties directly from eager sellers, without dipping into your own pocket!

📚Dive into Mortgage Types:

Get to know different mortgage flavors to find your perfect match. Fixed-rate, adjustable-rate (ARMs), and interest-only mortgages are common picks. Each has its own perks and drawbacks, so weigh them wisely. Want to get the latest and greatest on all the current mortgage programs available to short-term rental investors? Be sure to join me and special guest Brenna Carles from The Mortgage Shop on the Female Short-Term Rental Investors Facebook group Tuesday 5/7 at 11am EST. We’ll spill the beans on the hottest mortgage products and answer all your burning mortgage questions!

📝Consider Loan Terms:

Short-term rentals can bring in more rental income than long-term ones. So, you might prefer different loan terms. Some investors love shorter terms (15 or 20 years) to quickly clear the mortgage and boost profit. Others might choose longer terms (30 years) to lower monthly payments and pump up cash flow.

💸Evaluate Interest Rates:

Interest rates can make or break your mortgage cost. Stay updated with current rates and trends for a smart choice. Consider the economy, inflation, and the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy in your interest rate forecast. If you envision rising interest rates, check out options to lock in a good rate for the long haul.

🎯Assess Down Payment Requirements:

Check the down payment needs for different mortgage options. Try to strike a balance between a reasonable down payment and cutting down your loan-to-value ratio. This can score you better terms and dodge private mortgage insurance (PMI) if you can.

📈Analyze Cash Flow and ROI:

Weigh the potential cash flow and return on investment (ROI) for your short-term rental property. Count your projected rental income, operating expenses, and mortgage payments. Make sure your mortgage choice keeps your cash flow positive after all expenses.

🧐Seek Pro Advice:

Consider teaming up with a mortgage broker or financial advisor specializing in real estate investments. Their knowledge can guide you through the mortgage maze. They can help you make savvy decisions based on your financial goals and property needs.

🎧 Want to keep going? 

Tune into this episode of The STR Sisterhood where Brenna Carles and I chat about choosing the best mortgage option.

Picking the best mortgage for your next short-term rental property is a game-changer in maxing out your investment. By understanding your finances, exploring mortgage types, evaluating interest rates, and crunching cash flow, you can make a choice that fits your investment goals like a glove. Don’t hesitate to get pro advice to ensure you pick the mortgage that fits your venture best. With smart planning, you’re laying a solid foundation for a profitable investment journey. 🏆