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...]

The Seller Financing Solution – Note Investor Radio Interview

Why is seller financing on the rise? It provides a main street solution to a wall street problem. If you are wondering how to use real estate notes to achieve your goals in this tough economy then you will want to catch the audio replay of the Note Investor radio interview. Last Tuesday we tuned in with Lisa Moren Bromma of Wise Women Radio to discuss the opportunities available to buyers, sellers, investors, and note brokers using owner financing.  Here is just a sampling of the hard … [Read more...]

How to Avoid Going Broke Buying Real Estate Notes

The most important thing you need to know how to do as a note buyer or investor is to properly analyze a promissory note investment when it first comes into your office so that you can either pursue the deal or pass quickly. Let me show you an overview of my 6 step analysis that I go through on every note we look at. … [Read more...]

How Note Buyers Protect Against Rising Interest Rates

I am sure you have heard that rising interest rates have a negative effect on real estate notes and I wanted to take a closer look at why. It is important to understand how rising interest rates affect your current notes and future note investments. … [Read more...]

Real Estate Note Investing: “Wow, That Sounds Risky!”

That is the reaction I generally get when I tell people what we do. Or sometimes they will respond with “Oh, that’s got to be tough right now.” Perhaps it is my answer, but mostly it is because many people’s perception has been clouded with everything they hear and read on the news about mortgages and foreclosures over the past few years. … [Read more...]

Investing in Real Estate Notes: Transitioning from Note Broker to Note Investor

Have you ever thought of buying and holding a real estate note for yourself instead of brokering it to an end investor? I strongly encourage you to do so as it can be a rewarding path in the note business. I initially began brokering notes in 2005 and in 2007/2008 made the transition from note broker to note investor. Here are some thoughts to keep in mind if you are looking to begin investing in notes to hold for yourself. … [Read more...]

Cash Flow Notes and 500,000 Motorcycles?

What does the world’s largest motorcycle rally have to do with cash flow notes? Absolutely nothing! Sometimes even note buyers need some R and R. So after riding 1300 miles (no trailers allowed) this week’s edition of Note Investor is coming to you from Sturgis, South Dakota. … [Read more...]

How to Calculate Interest Only Owner Finance Payments

Calculating the payment needed to cover just the interest on an owner-financed contract or promissory note is simple. Just follow three easy steps and avoid two common pitfalls. Follow 3 Easy Steps Step 1: Obtain the current principal balance and interest rate from the land contract or promissory note Step 2: Times the balance by the interest rate Step 3: Divide by 12 In fact it is so simple you don’t need the best financial calculator, any standard calculator will … [Read more...]

Real Deal #144 – Mixed-Use in Oklahoma

Welcome to Real Deals!  It’s always easier to learn from real life so here we share information from actual owner financed transactions. The creation of a note does not always follow a straight path.  Often the terms are modified to fit the needs of the transaction.  This note in Oklahoma started out as a sale of business, then included real estate, and was eventually modified to meet the repayment needs of the buyer. … [Read more...]