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...]

Note Buyers Have Two Big Questions On Their Mind

Any investor or note buyer looking to purchase a private mortgage is asking two big questions… 1. What is the likelihood of the payments continuing? and 2. What happens if the payments don’t continue? To answer these questions, note buyers look at a variety of factors. … [Read more...]

One of Our Favorite Note Buyer Purchases

One of the best investments we made as a note buyer happened a bit by accident. In 2008, we were contacted by a potential seller of a real estate note secured by productive farmland. He wanted to sell payments from his note to pay off his credit card debt. The details were roughly as follows: … [Read more...]

What Private Note Buyers Can Learn from MERS

Note Buyers take notice; a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge has now ruled MERS's business practices are unlawful. Heard of robo-signing, burger king kids, and attorneys promising to stop foreclosure?  Well that’s all part of the MERS mortgage lending mess and it just got a lot harder than calling for a cleanup on aisle 5. What’s the impact?  L. Randall Wray, Professor of Economics, wrote this: "United States Bankruptcy Judge Robert Grossman has ruled that MERS's business practices are unlawful. He … [Read more...]

Buying Mortgage Notes: 7 Tips for Calculating Cash Flow Notes

If you plan on selling or buying mortgage notes the pricing will eventually come down to some important cash flow calculations.  If you get cold chills or high school flash backs thinking about math you can always leave the number crunching to the note buyers. However, I challenge you to get outside your comfort zone and give these exercises a try. Why? Well knowledge is power and you will be able to know if you are getting a fair (or not so fair) deal when selling mortgage notes. … [Read more...]