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 bank, … [Read more...]

2018 Seller Financing Data and Stats

In 2018 the number of new seller financed notes created increased by 2% while the dollar volume of residential notes was up nearly 20% over 2017. Overall there were 91,605 first position owner financed notes, totaling $25.9 billion. The average Loan-to-Value for newly created residential notes was 81% LTV, with commercial at 75% LTV, and land at 74% LTV. "We have seen a definite increase in the notes created since last fall. My customers have reported more sellers are responding than … [Read more...]

Purchasing Small Notes Can Equal Big Profits

They say that good things come in small packages. When it comes to investing in real estate notes, this can be very true for several reasons. For starters, this is one of the only investment opportunities I know where you can get in at a low cost of entry. For example, you can purchase a small note or even part of a note. I am not a franchise expert, but I am pretty sure Wendy’s isn’t going to sell me part of a store. Sure you can purchase larger notes, but not everyone wants to … [Read more...]

New Year’s Goal Setting for Note Investors

As 2018 winds down, thoughts turn to 2019. There is no question that I am a big fan of goal setting for both short-term and long-term goals. At the end of each year, Tracy and I get together for an entire weekend and focus on what we want to accomplish the following year. The list is certainly not limited to ‘work’ related goals. Sure, that may be the majority of the list…and the primary purpose of the list, but personal goals are just as important. After all, life is about … [Read more...]

Risk vs Reward: What is Your Note Investing Hot Button?

By now you have read an article or two (or ten) about the benefits of purchasing or brokering private notes. There is no debate that owning a cash flow can mean fewer headaches than actual real estate. But the advantages of becoming proficient in the note industry go well beyond just purchasing a note and getting a solid return. Here is just one of the really great features you won’t find at your local bank savings account… YOU Dictate The Terms Of The Note Investment. When you purchase … [Read more...]

Note Marketing During the Holidays?

We often get asked, "when are the ‘hot times’ to market for seller financed notes?" I think people are often looking for a precise answer like “Oh, February 7th is the best day of the year!” Of course marketing is never really that precise… …but there are DOWN times that you will want to pay attention to while deciding how and when you are marketing. Why? Well, for starters, we always want our message to be read. Or, at the very least, the best possible chance of being read. If … [Read more...]

5 Reasons I’m Going To Note Expo Nov 2-3, 2018

Let’s Meet in Dallas, Texas! I just accepted an invitation to attend the upcoming Note Expo 2018 Convention and hope you’ll join me in taking part of this event dedicated to real estate note investing. Click Here To Register For Note Expo! I don’t accept many offers to attend or speak at live events 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 … [Read more...]

2017 Seller Financing Statistics and Insights

Seller financing statistics reveal dollar volume jumped 2% while the number of new seller-carried notes fell by 7.5% in 2017. Overall there were 89,779 first position owner financed notes, totaling $17.3 billion. This was an increase of 2% from last year's total of $16.97 billion. Down payments have increased continually the past 4 years. On commercial properties they increased 4% in 2016. This indicates strong borrowers buying owner financed properties. What does this mean for the … [Read more...]

The Many Faces of an Owner Financed Buyer

Have you ever tried to describe the “typical” buyer purchasing property where the seller provides financing? Many mistakenly think of only those that are “down and out” on their luck. Let go of preconceived notions and start looking at seller financing as a potential creative financing solution. … [Read more...]

Making 2018 Your Best Note Business Year

I love the beginning of the New Year. The possibilities seem endless. It is a blank slate and yours for the taking. Frankly, we don’t really need a new “year” to be the catalyst for making a change… but it sure helps and it’s as good of a time as any. If you are like me, I start the year with lots of good intentions. I am going to lose weight, cut back on diet sodas, join a gym, finally remodel my kitchen, make more money, and spend more time with family. The fact of the matter is … [Read more...]

How To Start Flipping Small Apartment Deals

Start Flipping Small Apartments and Multi-Family Deals Without Having to Own or Rehab The Property by Lance Edwards If I could show you a simple way to pay for a year’s mortgage or rent with one apartment deal, would you be interested to give it a try? You bet you would want to give this a try! Now what if I told you it can be done with no credit or cash of your own, and you can start where the experts are already investing and still make at least three times more money! Still … [Read more...]