Archives for 2008

What is a Payer Estoppel?

Prior to purchasing a seller financed note, the investor might ask for a payer estoppel.  This simple one page letter or document is sent to the person making payments on the note, mortgage, deed of trust, or real estate contract. The estoppel explains the investor is contemplating the purchase of the note, reassuring the payer that all terms and conditions will remain the same.  It then summarizes the information on the note including current balance, interest rate, terms of repayment, and … [Read more...]

Temporary Seller Financing

Who wants to wait for the monthly note payments to trickle in over the next 5, 15, or 30 years? It makes sense that more sellers would be willing to carry back owner financing for the buyer if they knew how to sell all or part of their note for cash shortly after closing. … [Read more...]

What’s Your Discount?

How do you answer a note seller when they ask, “How much will you pay for my note?” The simplest answer to “What’s Your Discount?” would be “It depends!”  But what you say next is very important. Here’s how we like to answer the seller’s first pricing question. “How much we pay really depends on your note. Each transaction is unique so we look to 5 key factors for pricing.  These include the type of property, down payment or equity, the buyer’s credit, how long the buyer has been paying … [Read more...]

Real Deal #146 – Delinquent Taxes in Texas

Welcome to Real Deals!  It’s always easier to learn from real life so here we share information from actual owner financed transactions.  This Texas note deal found a seller scurrying to pay three years of back taxes that their buyer failed to keep current.  Selling the note to an investor saved the buyer and seller from losing both the property and the note to a county tax auction. … [Read more...]

Recipe for Success!

The stock market continues to retreat. Personal portfolios are dwindling. It is a “buyers market” in real estate. Banks, despite an unprecedented federal bailout, are tightening their lending programs so the average purchaser can’t obtain a loan. This is the recipe the private mortgage industry was founded on – and it has returned. … [Read more...]

Working with Private Investors

There is a squeeze on Wall Street that is leading many note buyers back to Main Street. The drought of institutional money from the sub prime mortgage crisis is creating a resurging interest in working with private investors for the purchase of seller-financed notes. … [Read more...]

McCain and Obama Agree!

If you watched the last Presidential debate Wednesday night you probably noticed that Barack Obama and John McCain agreed on at least one thing. The economy is in the tank and it needs HELP! Now that we have found common ground for economists, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents alike, what can we do about it? And what does this have to do with seller financing? … [Read more...]

Real Deal #145 – Iowa Real Estate Contract

Welcome to Real Deals! It’s always easier to learn from real life so here we share information from actual owner financed transactions. While a note and mortgage or deed of trust are the most common real estate financing documents, sometimes seller financing utilizes a Real Estate Contract. … [Read more...]

What the Federal Bailout Means to Seller Financing

Worried about the effect of toxic mortgages on the overall economy, the Federal government is pulling out the checkbook to help bailout failing mortgage companies.  It started with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and now includes a proposal for another $700 billion infusion of funds.  Why is the government involved and what does it mean for seller financing? … [Read more...]

How Much House Can the Buyer Afford?

Many sellers accept owner financing without any idea of how much the buyer can actually afford to pay. The last thing a seller wants is to stress over receiving monthly payments or worse, getting the property back through foreclosure. Use these three simple methods to determine how much the buyer can afford before accepting seller financing. The amount a buyer can afford to spend on a house depends on their income, overall debt, cash they can put down, credit rating, and the mortgage terms. … [Read more...]