De Stress of Distressed Properties and Defaulted Notes

My company has bought and resold hundreds of bank-distressed (REO) properties over the last several years. We have purchased even more non-performing or defaulted notes. Although many times it’s possible to modify the terms and keep the borrowers in the home (when buying the loan), many times we have to take back the property through a Deed-In-Lieu or outright foreclosure. Once we gain title to the property (either purchased as REO or taken back through foreclosure), it is astonishing how, … [Read more...]

Building Rapport for Note Brokers

Rapport (noun) \ra-‘por\ : relation marked by harmony, conformity, accord, or affinity We’ve all been in this situation: A spouse or a friend asks you to attend a Christmas party, a wedding, or a company picnic where you know absolutely nobody. Worse yet, your link to familiarity heads to the bathroom and leaves you…totally…alone… … [Read more...]

Note Buyers – Linked In or Whacked Out?

LinkedIn has been called the Facebook for businesspeople. I have a profile there, but I rarely check it, and requests to make a connection (similar to ‘friending’ someone on Facebook) from people I know may sit for months before I notice them. Nonetheless, I occasionally browse my ‘groups’ to see if anything of interest is happening and if people are really putting deals together online. What I’ve found is a tiny bit of e-commerce and a mega-dose of megalomania. There are a few people who … [Read more...]

Guru Rhymes With Screw You

gu·ru [goo-roo] – noun Any person who counsels or advises; mentor, or a leader in a particular field. Based on the definition above, there are several of us in the seller-financed industry that might be considered ‘gurus’. After all, we post helpful articles on websites such as this one, and offer guidance to those who ask follow up questions. We teach at industry conventions and have decades of experience buying, selling, and/or brokering real estate related cash flow notes. However, … [Read more...]

Let’s Be Brutally Honest About Real Estate Notes

There is a difference between being honest and being brutally honest. For example, if I ask my wife if my new sweatshirt makes my gut look big, an honest answer might be “Kinda”. A brutally honest answer would be “No, your gut makes your gut look big.” As someone who has taken literally thousands of phone calls from note holders, I’ve always been honest, but I’ve never been brutally honest, until today. … [Read more...]

MY FRIEND, THE INTERNET – Real Estate Notes

A friend keeps you from making poor decisions, is there in your times of need, and can be a good source of information. Based on this criteria, I consider the internet to be my friend. Yes, the cold, impersonal, most definitely non-human internet has my back. Best thing is, it can and will be your friend, too. … [Read more...]

Non-Performing Real Estate Notes: Trash or Treasure?

A long, long time ago in a kingdom far, far away lived an efficiently-functioning secondary market. Performing real estate notes were bought and sold, commissions were made, and all the king’s horses and all the king’s men made a great living and even … [Read more...]