Cash Out Refinancing for Fixing and Flipping Commercial and Multifamily Properties

Cash Out Refinances for the Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resale of Multifamily and Commercial Developments 

Getting a cash out refinance on an existing property can be a great option for investors and developers looking to finance a fix and flip transaction. Smaller-scale investors might get a cash out refinance on own their home in order to finance a fix and flip transaction involving a duplex or triplex, while larger-scale investors might get a cash out refinance on an apartment building in order to purchase another multifamily development for fixing and flipping. However, in most cases, cash out refinancing is usually a better strategy (and more readily available) for properties with between 2- 4 units. 

Cash out refinance rates are often somewhat lower than regular mortgage rates for the same type of property, due to the fact that the borrower already has an established payment history. Despite that, cash out refinances often have slightly higher fees, since they're a slightly more complex transaction. In some cases, cash out refinances are also used to pay for the downpayment on a commercial or multifamily blanket mortgage, in which an investor can purchase and sell multiple one properties under one specific financial arrangement. 

Sample Terms For Fix and Flip Cash Out Refinances

Size:  Varies, limited by equity in the property and maximum LTV allowance 

Term:  15- 30 years 

Maximum LTV/Leverage:  Up to 75% LTV for single-family homes, often around 70% for 2-4 unit properties

Minimum DSCR:  1.25x (for existing rental properties being refinanced) 

Closing Costs: 2.00 - 5.00%

Credit Requirement:  640+ 

Other Requirements: 

For individual borrowers: 

  • Debt-to-income (DTI) ratio: 45% or less

  • Tax returns: 2 years typically required (for existing rental properties being refinanced)

  • Cash reserves: Up to 6 months may be required

Lender Fees: Typically around 3.00% 

Timing:  These loans can typically close in around 30-45 days 


  • Lower interest rates

  • Allows investors to re-invest the equity in their current properties elsewhere


  • High interest rates

  • High lender fees

  • Requires at least 30% equity in property

  • Loan amount limited by the amount of equity in the property being refinanced