What’s In Your Note Buyer Transaction Checklist?

Congratulations! The seller has accepted your offer to buy their note payments. Now what? The 3 Phases of Note Buying The purchase of a private mortgage note goes through three main phases before closing and funding. First is the quote request. Next up is the preliminary approval process. Once a transaction has received preliminary approval it moves into the due diligence phase. This provides the investor time to verify important information including current taxes, insurance, clear … [Read more...]

Has Today’s Note Seller Really Changed?

The real estate market went up and crashed back down. Bank lending dried up faster than water in the salt flats and... Robert Downey, Jr. has made three Iron Man films. So, with all these things going on, and more, it begs the question: How is today’s note seller different? The answer may surprise you. Nothing. Nothing has changed in the motivation of why a note seller would like to sell a note. People only sell real estate notes for two reasons. Happy People… Happy people … [Read more...]

10 Mistakes Note Brokers Shouldn’t Make

What does it take to be successful brokering real estate notes? Start by avoiding these 10 Mistakes Note Brokers Shouldn't Make! Over the past two decades, I've had the benefit of seeing the note business from a wide perspective. From start-up home based broker to Assistant Vice President of Metropolitan Mortgage, President of the Cash Flow Association, and co-owner of Diversified Investment Services, I have participated as a broker, investor, and educator. I could spend hours discussing … [Read more...]

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...]

Can You Please Define Private Mortgage Notes?

Is there a difference between the definition of a private mortgage note and a seller financed note? Better yet, does it even matter? A recent subscriber's questions are answered. "I am getting confused with - what is a private mortgage note and a seller finance note. They both seem the same. A private mortgage note is a note that someone is holding on what was sold. A seller finance note sounds like the same thing to me - a note on property sold and is holding the note? What … [Read more...]

Five Reasons To Invest In Real Estate Notes

Why would someone invest in real estate notes without a good reason? People need reasons…and good ones, for just about everything they do. Or, they should! I mean, if I said go invest in worm farms, or cotton-ball stuffed Teletubbies, you would certainly want to hear a couple of good reasons why your money should be there instead of someplace else right? Ok, here are five reasons I think you should [strongly] consider investing some of your money in real estate notes. Reason One – You … [Read more...]

The State of The Real Estate Note Industry

We just returned from the NoteWorthy convention where everyone seemed to be talking about three things: 1. The increase of owner financed notes (up by over 15% in 2012); 2. The opportunities in non-performing notes; and 3. How to effectively market a note business online. It was great to … [Read more...]

Seller Financing Regulation Proposals On Dodd Frank and TILA

It's back... seller financing and purchase money mortgage notes are under attack again! As regulators attempt to sort out the impact of the Dodd Frank Act, Safe Act, and TILA/Regulation Z  laws on seller financing your help is needed. Our efforts had a positive impact once before and we can make a difference again. Urgent News: Seller financing is under regulatory attack and your comments are needed by 10/16/12. This email just came in from the desk Ric Thom, President of Security Escrow. … [Read more...]

Note Buyers Have Two Big Questions On Their Mind

Any investor or note buyer looking to purchase a private mortgage is asking two big questions… 1. What is the likelihood of the payments continuing? and 2. What happens if the payments don’t continue? To answer these questions, note buyers look at a variety of factors. … [Read more...]

Charging Late Fees on Notes

Successfully owning or buying cash flow notes requires a solid plan for collecting and servicing the payments.  But what happens when the note payments are late?  John Moren, a 25+ year veteran of the note business, explains the issues with charging late fees on notes.  In speaking with our NoteSmith loan servicing software users, I sense a lot of confusion and unnecessary creativity concerning late fees around the country. Here are some issues we have seen over the last few … [Read more...]