If you’re thinking about buying a multi-family property in Silicon Valley, which may be a great investment strategy, there’s a certain way to go about it. Here’s what you need to know.

Buying a multifamily property is different from purchasing a single-family home. You’ll likely have to secure special financing (unless you’re buying with cash), and you’ll need to take specific steps to make your purchase. These steps to buying a multi-family property will help you through the process.

  1. Choose the right REALTOR®
  2. Research properties
  3. Choose a lender that offers you the right terms
  4. Get preapproved
  5. Choose the ideal property
  6. Make your offer
  7. Close the deal

Related: Steps to buying a single-family home

Step 1: Choose the Right REALTOR

The REALTOR you choose will play a huge role in this process. As a multifamily property owner, you’ll naturally have different goals than a person looking for a single-family home will – and your REALTOR will understand that. You need an agent who:

  • Understands how much money you expect to spend
  • Will work to find you a property that can help you generate income
  • Can find properties that meet your needs without compromising on the things you want

Step 2: Research Properties

Ideally, you’ll find a property in an area that’s attractive to prospective tenants. In your search, you may look at things such as school ratings, access to public transportation and proximity to business districts. Your REALTOR can help you find properties that meet your ideal tenants’ needs, as well.

Step 3: Choose a Lender That Offers You the Right Terms

Talk to multiple lenders about your financing prospects. You should absolutely compare interest rates and terms – in fact, you should discuss your options with at least three lenders before making a decision.


Step 4: Get Preapproved

After you choose a lender, get a preapproval letter. Your preapproval letter will let you know exactly how much you qualify to borrow – and you can send it with offers you make on multifamily properties you’re interested in buying; it shows sellers that you’re a serious buyer.

Step 5: Choose the Ideal Property

Your REALTOR will take you to tour the properties you’re interested in. If they’re currently serving as investment properties, your agent may be able to find out what the current owner is charging for rent, how often the individual homes are vacant, and other important information – all these things can help you make the right investment decision.

Step 6: Make Your Offer

When you have found a property that suits your needs, make an offer contingent on an appraisal and financing. Your REALTOR will craft the perfect offer for you – you don’t have to do anything but say how much you’re willing to pay for the property.

Step 7: Close the Deal

When the seller accepts your offer, you begin the next step: Securing financing. Your lender will require a series of documents to prove your income. After your lender approves the loan, you can close on the property.

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