Top 5 Ways to Buy Mortgage Notes

One of the things that make buying and selling mortgage notes so appealing is the multitude of ways an investor can purchase a note. Frankly, you are limited only by your imagination. Well, maybe imagination and reaching a desired yield. Here is a quick look at calculating the cash flow business that even those with math phobias will like. The Top 5 Ways to Buy Mortgage Notes 1. FULL – A full is just that. Buying the entire note. If the seller has 322 payments remaining, the investor … [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...]

The Note Industry Is Not That Hard

8 out of 10 people are not going to like what I am about to say... The note industry is not that hard. You just need someone to show you the right path. I know that sounds insensitive, but you have to remember where I started from and why that gives me the right to comment as bluntly as I am right now. I was living in a 500 square foot apartment. I was waiting tables at night and taking classes at a local community college during the day. I was not a "great" student. If something … [Read more...]

Starting Your Own Note Business? Better Have a Lot of Quarters In You!

I’m often asked what it takes to have a successful business buying and selling notes. Well my new answer might just surprise you... You Need a Lot of Quarters In You! What?!?!? Quarters? Yes, and let me explain. Remember the mechanical rides they used to have outside the grocery stores? Well when our daughter was small she loved to ride the pony after a trip to the store. She knew it took a quarter to take that unmoving hunk of metal and turn it into a spirited stallion galloping across … [Read more...]

Should I Carry Back An Owner Financed Note?

If you are selling real estate, especially in this market, you might be approached by someone asking if you are willing to “Owner Finance” or consider a "Seller Carry-Back" note. Here are a few guidelines to consider... How Do You Make Money When Owner Financing? The whole concept behind seller financing is that you are acting like the bank. While that carries risk of receiving payment, you can also get a great return on your money. I tend to recommend that if you are going to carry back … [Read more...]

Buying and Selling Notes – What is the Current Property Value?

One of the considerations when buying and selling mortgage notes is knowing the current value of the home. After all, the property is the collateral and knowing its true value will greatly affect how much an investor will pay for a note. Historically this process was a bit easier, when everything was in an "up" market.  But with property values still on the downside or just recovering, it is often difficult to put a (safe) number on it. At least one that everyone agrees on. Although there … [Read more...]