Does This Financial Calculator Make Me Look Old?

If you plan to buy mortgages or want to take your note broker business to the next level then learning your way around a financial calculator is a big plus. As many of you know, Fred and I are a house divided when it comes to...  Choosing the Best Financial Calculator. Fred likes the Texas Instrument Financial Analyst and I am a die-hard HP12C user.  Recently a fellow HP calculator fan read that past article and wrote in with some great information. In the process I found out my … [Read more...]

Buying Mortgage Notes: 7 Tips for Calculating Cash Flow Notes

If you plan on selling or buying mortgage notes the pricing will eventually come down to some important cash flow calculations.  If you get cold chills or high school flash backs thinking about math you can always leave the number crunching to the note buyers. However, I challenge you to get outside your comfort zone and give these exercises a try. Why? Well knowledge is power and you will be able to know if you are getting a fair (or not so fair) deal when selling mortgage notes. … [Read more...]

Calculating Cash Flow Notes and a Contest!

I have written before about how note buyers accelerate payments on cash flow notes. One such strategy was the Double Your Payment/Cut The Interest Rate in Half. Another method is to simply go for an Early Payment With Incentive. To this day, the following situation is still my favorite example of this method. It was late December and we were looking at a small note with a $10,000 balance. The payment was only $132.15 per month with a 10% interest rate and 120 payments left. The note … [Read more...]

How Note Buyers Can Accelerate Return

Holding or buying mortgage notes and want a quick way to accelerate your return? Sure, you can’t go back to your payer/buyer and tell them to mail more money or even increase their interest rate. Matter of fact, you purchased the note “subject to” all the terms and conditions already in place and can’t change a thing…unless the payer wants to change them! Try this… Offer the payer to cut the interest rate in half (face rate of the note) if they double their payment! Let’s say the … [Read more...]

The BIGGEST Mistake Investors Make When Buying Cash Flows

In 1996 I was in the room with some of the brightest investors of our time. They batted around terms and strategies that left my head spinning and my hand sore from writing down as many notes as possible. I distinctly remember, just before ending the day, someone (not me) made a comment that brought everything to an abrupt halt. “If I buy a note that pays for 10 years at 12%, I don’t have to worry about investing again for another 10 years.” What got me was the number of people that … [Read more...]

How Note Buyers Protect Against Rising Interest Rates

I am sure you have heard that rising interest rates have a negative effect on real estate notes and I wanted to take a closer look at why. It is important to understand how rising interest rates affect your current notes and future note investments. … [Read more...]

Calculating Cash Flow Notes for LTV and ITV

Selling mortgage notes comes down to three pricing calculations - Yield, ITV, and LTV. Here’s how two little acronyms can define your cash flow business. … [Read more...]

Choosing the Best Financial Calculator

So you are ready to make that final leap to financial control and purchase your own financial calculator! You want something that can efficiently calculate mortgages, notes, investments, and loans with ease - well, there are plenty to choose from. The big question now is, "Which one?" Many calculators can handle financial functions and some are much easier to operate than others. Here are the top three used in our industry. … [Read more...]