21 Tips To Read Before You Get Started Investing in Notes

“How do I get started investing in notes?” That’s a question we hear daily from tired landlords, stressed out rehabbers, or the couple next door wanting to improve life for their family. Own The Real Estate Or Be The Bank There are differences between investing in real estate vs. mortgage notes. Rather than owning the property, you own the right to collect payments on a promissory note. You are the one receiving the payments. If something needs fixed the owner has to do it.  And like the … [Read more...]

The Powerful Force of Compounding Interest, Note Investing and Birthday Cake

Do you live by this note investing creed? “The most powerful force in the universe is compound interest.” “Compound Interest is the 8th wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it. He who doesn’t… pays it.” Albert Einstein is credited with these words of wisdom that have rightfully earned their worth as the investor’s mantra. While CBS news, Snopes, and academics debate whether Einstein actually authored the compounding interest quotes, there is no questioning the life altering … [Read more...]

Increase Note Investing Yields With Early Payoffs

Want to increase note investing yields? Discover ways to restructure a note for early payoff! When a real estate note pays off early an investor's return can go up.  Why? It is based on the Time Value of Money principal of... “Money Now Is Worth More Than Money Later” When notes are purchased at a discount (less than face value) the yield is already higher than the face rate of the note. When you combine that with an accelerated return the discount is earned back faster making the yield go … [Read more...]

Calculating Note Investments Using The 50-50 Partial

When buying real estate notes you will surely encounter a seller that flat-out refuses to take a discount.  You can try explaining the time value of money until you turn blue in the face or… provide a simple alternative. Offer to buy half the number of remaining payments for half the balance. Not only is the seller happy, the investor can receive an increased yield. Intrigued? Wondering how this all works?  Watch this step-by-step video walk through of the 50-50 Partial from our How To … [Read more...]

Cash Flow Calculation Contest

Enter to win FREE access to our upcoming release of "How to Calculate Cash Flows" This unprecedented online training includes: - Step by Step Video Instruction - Calculation keystrokes for both the HP12C and TValue software - Time Value of Money Foundation for Beginners - Advanced Investment Strategies for cash flow veterans - Learn to calculate Real Estate Notes, Mortgages, Non-Performing, Restructuring, Factoring, Partials, tail ends, balloons, split fundings, wrap-arounds, and … [Read more...]

Calculating Early Payoff On A Partial Note Purchase Using TValue Software

One of the wonders of the note business is the ability to invest in notes with little or no cash of your own using the partial or tail-end structure.  But what happens when a note pays off early?  This week's guest author, Markus Mollica with TimeValue Software, explains how to calculate an early payoff on a partial note purchase using their TValue amortization software. Let’s say that my goal is to build cash flows for future retirement. However, over the next several years, I want to not … [Read more...]

Need Help Determining A Note Investing Yield

Recently a private note investor contacted us to get some guidance on calculating a yield on a note they were buying. While payments were current there was a past due balloon they were looking to extend along with an additional advance. This is a creative workout solution to a common balloon problem and the investor kindly agreed to let us share it here with our readers. The Question on Calculating Yield: I mainly broker hard money loans and buy existing notes, but this one deal has me … [Read more...]

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...]

Free Financial Calculator for Cash Flow Notes!

Is the best financial calculator now free? If you struggle with calculating cash flow notes on the HP12C , HP10B, or the Texas Instrument BAII then you will want to check out this great offer! Advanced Seller Data Services (ASDS), a leading provider of marketing lists for seller carried notes, has released a series of free financial tools for note brokers and note buyers. Here's a sneak peak at the power behind these calculators from a recent ASDS press release: Tool #1 - A Financial … [Read more...]

How Partials Reduce Note Discount When Selling Mortgages

Is the sticker shock just too much when discounting notes? It might be time to consider selling just some of the remaining payments. Note buyers have long used the partial purchase to reduce their exposure or investment risk, but it also has benefits for the seller. You see the time value of money makes payments due now more valuable than those further out in the future. The partial purchase takes advantage of this by letting the seller cash in the most valuable portion – the more … [Read more...]