5 Reasons I’m Going To Note Expo Nov 4-5, 2016

Let’s Meet in Fort Worth, Texas! I just accepted an invitation to speak at the upcoming Note Expo 2016 Convention and hope you’ll join me in attending this event dedicated to real estate note investing. Click Here To Register For Note Expo! I don’t accept many offers to speak live anymore because frankly there are very few high quality industry gatherings that can advance your business.  But I’m truly excited about this expo. So why this event? Here are 5 reasons I'll be at … [Read more...]

Inflation & Recessions: Success Using Owner Financing

There’s a lot of talk about what’s going to happen if inflation starts to show up in our economy. With Owner Financing I have found you will not be affected negatively. The question is, “What is the market?” The CASH MARKET and OWNER FINANCE MARKET are two completely different markets. When the recession of 2008 hit I was able to take advantage of both markets. I took back 35% of my owner financed homes. I was able to recapture any appreciation that had happened from the time I bought … [Read more...]

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...]

Are You In The Note Business For The Wrong Reasons?

The act of buying privately held mortgage notes is a lot of things to a lot of different people. For some, it is a means of investing money and getting a good return on that investment. These ‘Investors’ prefer a predetermined return on investment, backed by real estate, without the hassles of owning real estate. Owning real estate, particularly rental properties, comes with tenants – which, even under the best of circumstances can become strained as the property needs upkeep. Nope, … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Top 7 Note Investor Articles of 2013

2013 proved to be a year of “adaptation” and “advancement” for the note business. The note industry continued to recover and build as note brokers, investors, and professionals tweaked their marketing tactics and campaigns to adjust to the new real estate market and technology savvy sellers. As 2013 comes to an end, we wish you a Happy New Year and suggest you take a quick look at these posts. Read (or re-read) these as you get ready to plan 2014. The Top 7 Most Read Note Business … [Read more...]

Are You Quitting The Last 41 Miles Of Your Note Business?

I wonder how successful a Daytona 500 driver would be if they just quit the last forty-one miles? I mean, go full-out, committed the first 459 miles, and then stayed in the pits while the people on the track completed the last forty-one miles. It is kind of the way I look at the month of December for the Note Business. It is so easy for me to get distracted between Thanksgiving and New Years that I often write off the whole time. The fact of the matter is that if I “check out” from … [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...]

How to Get Linked In With Note Investors

It’s no secret I’m a big fan of marketing online. After all, it takes credit for cutting our marketing budget by over 50%. We publish regular articles to our website, optimize for search, and develop relationships with a great group of email subscribers interested in our content (thanks if you are one and reading this)! What might surprise you is it took me awhile to warm up to social media. I recognized its social purpose, but for business? I mean who really cares what you had for … [Read more...]