When buying a house as an investment, there are several financing concerns to consider. Here’s an overview of key aspects, including down payments, insurance, taxes, mortgage types, and other important topics:

Down Payment

Investment properties often require a higher down payment compared to primary residences. It’s common to see down payments of 25% to 30%, reflecting the increased risk to lenders. A larger down payment can lead to more favorable loan terms, lower interest rates, and fewer additional costs like private mortgage insurance (PMI).


Investors must consider specific insurance requirements for rental or investment properties. Landlord insurance provides coverage for property damage, liability protection, and loss of rental income. It’s generally more expensive than homeowner’s insurance due to the increased risks associated with renting out a property.


Investment properties come with unique tax implications. Rental income is typically taxable, but owners can often deduct certain expenses, such as mortgage interest, property taxes, maintenance, and depreciation. Consulting with a tax advisor is essential to understand these benefits and obligations.

Mortgage Types

Fidelity Bank offers investors the following loan options:

  • Conventional Loans: These loans are common for investment properties. They usually require a higher credit score and a larger down payment, but offer stability and flexibility.
  • Commercial Loans: Investors purchasing multiple properties or large investment buildings might need a commercial loan, which involves different terms and lending criteria.

Credit and Financial Stability

To determine loan approval and terms, lenders assess an investor’s creditworthiness and financial stability. A strong credit score and low debt-to-income ratio (DTI) are crucial. Additionally, lenders will review any income sources, including rental income projections.

Property Condition and Location

The condition and location of the investment property can affect financing. Lenders prefer properties in good condition and in desirable areas, reducing the risk of default. Investors should ensure they understand local market trends, rental demand, and property value projections.

Property Management and Rental Agreements

Investors planning to rent out their properties should consider the costs and responsibilities of property management, including tenant agreements, maintenance, and legal compliance. Proper property management can help maximize rental income and property value.


Use our Chat function and get connected with a knowledgeable Fidelity Bank Mortgage Consultant to navigate the complexities of investment property mortgages. They can help you find the best mortgage options, understand the risks, and develop a successful investment strategy.

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For more information or questions, please contact us by phone at 1-800-388-4380 or email us at Fidelity@fddbank.com.