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Sal Ciubancan  5-MINUTE READ  April 03, 2024


DSCR Loans in California: Financing Your Investment Property Dreams

Thinking about investing in California real estate but worried your personal income might hold you back? Look no further than DSCR loans! Unlike traditional mortgages that focus on your paycheck, DSCR loans unlock financing based on the projected rental income of the property itself. This opens doors for real estate investors with strong investment properties and lower personal income.

Let's talk California Dreams and Duplexes:

Imagine buying a duplex in California. You live in one unit, rent out the other, and the rent covers your entire mortgage! This "house hacking" strategy is a dream for many, and DSCR loans can help make it a reality. As long as the duplex generates enough rent, you can qualify for the loan and potentially live mortgage-free!

But how exactly do DSCR loans work, and are they right for you?

DSCR Explained: Numbers Don't Bite!

DSCR stands for Debt Service Coverage Ratio. It's a simple calculation that compares a property's gross rental income (the total rent you expect to collect) to its total debt service (mortgage payment, property taxes, and insurance). Let's break it down with a California example:

  • You're eyeing a single-family home in California with a projected monthly rent of $3,500.
  • The estimated mortgage payment is $2,500, property taxes are $500, and insurance is $150.
  • Total debt service: $2,500 (mortgage) + $500 (taxes) + $150 (insurance) = $3,150

Now, let's calculate the DSCR:

DSCR = Gross Rental Income / Total Debt Service DSCR = $3,500 / $3,150 = 1.11

Understanding DSCR Ratios:

  • DSCR of 1.0 or higher: This is generally considered the minimum acceptable DSCR. In our example, a 1.11 DSCR indicates the rental income comfortably covers the debt service, providing a small buffer for unexpected expenses or vacancies.
  • DSCR above 1.25: This is ideal! A higher DSCR shows a strong cash flow property, offering more security for lenders and potentially qualifying you for lower interest rates.
  • DSCR below 1.0: This might raise red flags for lenders. It suggests the rental income might struggle to cover the debt service, potentially leading to financial strain.

Don’t get strapped into the NO territory!

Qualifying for a DSCR Loan in California:

While the DSCR is crucial, here are some other typical requirements for DSCR loans in California:

  • Minimum Credit Score: This can vary depending on the lender, but generally a minimum score of 620 is required.
  • Down Payment: Expect a down payment of at least 20%, although some lenders might offer options with a lower down payment at a higher interest rate. The minimum loan amount in California is typically higher than in other states due to higher property values, often starting at $500,000.
  • Property Type: DSCR loans are for investment properties only, including single-family homes, duplexes (perfect for house hacking!), and even multi-unit buildings up to 16 units (considered commercial for lending purposes).

The Pros and Cons of DSCR Loans:


  • Easier Qualification: No need for high income verification; the property's income takes center stage.
  • Faster Approval Process: Streamlined application process leads to quicker loan approvals.
  • Build Your Portfolio: Purchase multiple properties to grow your real estate empire without traditional loan limitations.
  • Versatility: DSR loans work for various rental property types.


  • Larger Down Payment: Be prepared for a bigger down payment compared to traditional loans.
  • Higher Interest Rates: DSR loans might come with slightly higher interest rates due to the perceived risk for lenders.
  • Vacancy Risks: Empty units mean no income. Ensure the rental income can cover the mortgage even with occasional vacancies.

Is a DSCR Loan Right for You?

DSCR loans can be a game-changer for California real estate investors, especially those with solid investment properties and lower personal income. However, carefully consider the pros and cons. If you have a strong financial safety net and a well-researched investment property, a DSCR loan might be the key to unlocking your California dream property.

Ready to take the next step?

Ready to leverage DSCR loans to take your real estate portfolio to the next level? Contact Sal Ciubancan Mortgage Broker at Loan Factory today! We have a team of experienced mortgage specialists ready to guide you through the DSCR loan process and help you find the perfect financing solution for your investment goals, whether it's a single-family home, a condo building, or a multi-unit apartment complex.

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* Each loan has different features. Loan programs, loan features not limited to loan amounts and rates subject to change without notice.**MAX loan amount is limited or determined by the type of program, down payment, and credit score.

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