What is a Good ITV?

Sellers and investors often ask what ITV (Investment to Value) they should target when buying or selling a private real estate note. You may have seen that some note investors claim they will go 85, 90, even 95 percent ITV. Frankly, I have yet to really meet them when it comes down to funding a deal in the current market. As a refresher, the ITV represents how much is invested or paid for the note in comparison to the property value.  It is a different ratio then the buyer’s LTV (Loan to … [Read more...]

Firm Offer or Soft Quote?

Wonder whether you are receiving reliable pricing when submitting a qoute request worksheet to a note investor? Here's how to know if it's a firm offer or just a soft quote when going to sell a note. … [Read more...]

What is a Payer Estoppel?

Prior to purchasing a seller financed note, the investor might ask for a payer estoppel.  This simple one page letter or document is sent to the person making payments on the note, mortgage, deed of trust, or real estate contract. The estoppel explains the investor is contemplating the purchase of the note, reassuring the payer that all terms and conditions will remain the same.  It then summarizes the information on the note including current balance, interest rate, terms of repayment, and … [Read more...]

What the Federal Bailout Means to Seller Financing

Worried about the effect of toxic mortgages on the overall economy, the Federal government is pulling out the checkbook to help bailout failing mortgage companies.  It started with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and now includes a proposal for another $700 billion infusion of funds.  Why is the government involved and what does it mean for seller financing? … [Read more...]

The State of the Note Industry

Around the country real estate markets have softened leaving a glut of inventory, decreasing values, and extended marketing times.  The result? More sellers are offering to finance a portion of the purchase price for the buyer in an effort to “Move that House”! While sellers are motivated, lenders on the other hand are hunkering down or running scared.   In the face of the credit crunch and increasing foreclosures, lenders have tightened underwriting requirements.  Fewer loans are being … [Read more...]

Note Investor Registry Changes

Bayview First Funding, a subsidiary of Bayview Financial, will no longer be accepting new submissions for seller financed mortgage purchases through its Texas based note buying division, effective Friday August 1, 2008.    Formerly known as Interbay Funding, this company was introduced to the note buying community in 2001.  With competitive pricing and access to securitization funds, Bayview quickly became a preferred national institutional note buyer for full private mortgage … [Read more...]