Archives for 2013

First Rule of Note Buying: It Is Never Too Late

The year is flying by, isn’t it? All those priority lists, New Year’s Day resolutions, To-Do Lists, and Post-It note quotes stuck around the house have all but been worn down by the everyday life. So, how are you doing on your goals? Are you on track or did “life” get in the way? The good news is that you can re-boot your business any time you want! This is only the midpoint of the year (Happy July 4th by the way) – and there is still time to pull it off! So, how do you get back on … [Read more...]

How Dodd Frank Mortgage Laws Apply to Seller Financing

Save the date! New Dodd Frank laws for seller financing and mortgage loan originators take effect January 1, 2014 (*see date revision information below). While it’s not a match made in heaven it’s also not the end of the note buying world as we know it. How Seller Financing Met Dodd Frank In reaction to the mortgage crisis lawmakers passed the Dodd Frank in 2010. This act placed new requirements on loan originators. It also built upon earlier initiatives of the Safe Act of 2008. Lumped into … [Read more...]

Invest in Real Estate Or Mortgage Notes?

Sit around any after-hours event at an industry convention and you will soon find a heated debate about investing in Real Estate vs. Private Mortgage Notes. Oftentimes people are in one camp or the other (myself included). But which one is better? Well, “better” really depends on your personal investing style. Are you the kind of person that needs to see and feel the asset? Do you want to drive by the property on a regular basis to be sure that it has not burned down? Or, are you the … [Read more...]

Trying to Cash In On Brokering One Big Note? Think Again.

What if you could broker one note and make a big commission? How many of those notes would you need to do a year? Matter of fact, I know that some people reading this right now have just this philosophy. Some brokers or consultants will target larger notes in hopes of a big payday. After all, less work and more money sounds incredibly attractive, doesn’t it? The fact of the matter is that if you are focused only on higher balance notes you will most likely never make the money you are … [Read more...]

Rare Opportunity for Today’s Note Buyers: Small Mortgage Notes

If you are just starting out in the note industry, and looking for great returns on your money, some cash in the bank certainly helps you get started as a note buyer. But what if you don’t have a lot of money to invest? What if you are just getting your feet off the ground, maybe saved a few bucks, but are certainly not “loaded” and looking to invest all your money in one big note? Small Mortgage Notes (with a rare opportunity). First off, small notes in general can often lead to bigger … [Read more...]

How Can I Learn Note Brokering and Investing?

The questions on brokering or investing in notes usually start with the fundamentals. Before asking about the money that can be made or the lifestyle that goes with the industry, people want to know: Do you need some level of experience or education to succeed in the note industry? Do you need a specific college or trade degree? Can you learn as you go? Can you find great information at a reasonable cost? When I look around the note industry I see a variety of backgrounds. Sure, there … [Read more...]

Note Buyer Burns To Learn

Ever wonder why note buyers are such sticklers for requiring proof the property is insured against fire or other hazards? Well have I got a story for you... Pulled from the archives, this Burn to Learn war story seems timely.  Why? There seems to be an influx of deals recently where property insurance is holding up closing. Nothing is a better teacher than real life experience, but perhaps I can spare you from getting burned. The Note and Trust Deed Investment It was a 1940s bungalow style … [Read more...]

Note Broker Marketing Secrets: Replicate Yourself

What if I told you there was a lab in Sweden that, for less than $400, will efficiently replicate you? Imagine your marketing efforts duplicated to help you get more note deals. Think about it. A single effort on your part is now reaching a multitude of people – all getting your message. Would you be in? If you were like most people (and me), you would say, “Yes, sign my up!” in a second. The fact of the matter is we are not talking about gene splicing or genetic surgery. Nope, we … [Read more...]

Is a Note Brokering Business Right For You?

Let’s face it; there are a million different jobs and occupations out there. Finding the right one that meshes with both your personality and income desires can be tough. Search long enough and you will come across the cash flow industry – or in this case – specifically the segment of the industry where people by and sell private mortgage notes. Let’s take a minute and separate some of the hype from the facts and try to portray a typical “day in the life” of a note broker to help you … [Read more...]

Five Reasons No One Knows You Buy Notes

When someone new to the note industry tells me, “I have yet to find a note,” I have to wonder if they are even trying. Ok, that might have sounded a little rude – that is not my intent. I could understand someone saying they are having trouble finding “buyable” notes. But even with a small amount of marketing, and dumb luck, you should be seeing some notes. When I first started my mortgage note business in a 500 square foot apartment most of what I saw in the beginning was junk. It took … [Read more...]