Estimating Real Estate Value When Buying Notes

In the words of many savvy real estate investors, “You make money when you buy a property not when you sell.” But when investing in notes we are not buying the property itself. Rather we are purchasing the right to receive the remaining payments.  However, the note payments are secured by a lien on the real estate.  If things go South and the payer stops making payments then you'll end up with the property. Whether buying real estate or investing in notes, it's crucial to know the current … [Read more...]

Government Shutdown, Breaking Bad Finale and Buying Notes

Just the other day millions of people watched the series finale of Breaking Bad. The same week we were able to watch our government spin its own version of “breaking bad.” As of this writing, the folks in Washington are still entrenched in a sandbox fight that 6-year-olds would envy. Not going to jump in here and place blame on either party (both) and I am not going to elaborate on how we may solve such incompetence in the future (term limits), but I will address the cause and effect it … [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...]

Buying and Selling Notes for Residual Income

Here's one reason to love real estate notes... surprise payoffs! For years we have been talking about the benefits of keeping some payments as residual income when buying, selling, or brokering notes. This is not just theory - it really works. Need proof? Just last month we were fortunate enough to get one of those surprise payoff checks for $57,569.28!  And that was on a note we sold back in May of 2000. Now before you start thinking this is some sort of easy overnight riches please … [Read more...]

How to Buy Notes: Learning From My Worst Real Estate Note Investment

Wondering how to buy notes? Get some real life lessons learned from my worst real estate note investment! The note was secured by a small single family house in Arizona. … [Read more...]