Archive for August, 2008
Yeah, sounds kind of fancy, doesn’t it? The reason I’m so excited is that I really love talking to people about investing in (or divesting themselves of) property in this market. My whole joy in life is putting real estate transactions together completely outside of and apart from the institutional lending community.
When cash or cash-to-new-loan isn’t working, that’s when I get the chance to shine. (But seller financing isn’t just a desperation tool, it can be a great estate planning tool for retirement, as well).
No qualifying for financing, no asking for a short sale . . . I don’t know, I just think closing escrow is a whole lot more fun when I get to say when it closes, not some catatonic organization desperately in need of a liver cleanse. I feel more powerful that way, plus my blood pressure is more stable.
So, here is the link to the REICLA so you can attend if you want. According to the “flyer:”
Dawn Rickabaugh, Broker/Owner of Rickabaugh Realty, is known as “The Note Queen” because of her passion for real estate notes and the installment sale. She loves the dance between property and paper, and thrives on putting real estate transactions together without so much as a nod from the institutional lending community. For the last 5 years she has been buying real estate notes, buying and selling her own seller-financed properties, and helping others close real estate transactions through a variety of creative strategies as an investor and as a broker.
Dawn wants you to be able to be successful so she can buy your notes. When you learn how to do this, it is a win-win situation for all parties. Dawn is not selling any package-just her service.
You will learn how to:
- Do less and get more by becoming the bank on properties you already own
- Have twice as many buyers looking at your property
- Get top dollar by offering terms
- Close escrow quickly
- Get out from under heavy mortgage payments without short sale or foreclosure
- Sell, carry the financing, and still walk away with cash at closing
- Buy property without qualifying for bank financing
- Structure the sale of your real estate note to meet your financial objectives
I look forward to meeting you there, or on cyberspace, when you’re interested in having a conversation about ways that seller financing techniques can help you get what you want regardless of what’s going on in the market at large.
I had a really nice email recently that I’ll share with you. It’s always gratifying when someone appreciates the work you’ve put into something, like this Note Queen blog:
A quick note (no pun intended) to tell you what a helpful and informative web site you have put together! I just spend an hour reading every word and I am fascinated. I am preparing offers for several properties with a business partner this week. A seller carry back will be presented as part of our offer so my finding your web site is very timely. Perhaps we can ask you assist in some capacity and do some business.
Thanks again for a great site. The secondary market of note buying and selling opens up all kinds of possibilities. My world just expanded…
Mike Hardy – President, Paradigm Mortgage Group
Phone (800) 587-4096
Thanks, Mike. It’ll be great to get together with you and your partners to discuss the possibilities.
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August 11th, 2008 categories: Seller Financing
“Hello Dawn, You really are the note queen! I am a buyer and I am interested in finding owner financed properties. The only way a seller can sell their note is if they have an assumable loan or own their property free and clear. Is this correct? Or are there other ways to do this, and if so, how does it benefit the seller? I find your website and advice very helpful!
Thank you for your feedback on my website. I’m glad that you find it helpful.
To answer your question, the seller carry back scenario is simplest when the seller owns the property free and clear and has a lot of equity, but a seller can “carry paper” even if all they are doing is leaving their existing financing in place for you. That means that seller financing can work even when the seller doesn’t have any equity.
Free and Clear example:
- Purchase Price: $300,000
- 10% Down Payment: $30,000
- Loan Amount (face value of note): $270,000
- Amortized Over: 360 (30 years)
- Interest Rate: 7%
- Monthly Payment (principal and interest): $1,796.32
You would give the down payment and each monthly payment to the seller (who is now the bank). This seller (now note holder), who is now holding a good first position note, can sell all or part of it if they want to. People who own their properties free and clear have a lot of options. They can sell for top dollar and close quickly by offering seller financing, and then turn around and sell all or part of their note to raise the cash that they need.
No Equity example:
- Property Value: $300,000
- Underlying Loan: $300,000 (with 6% fixed interest rate)
- Monthly Loan Payment (principal & interest): $1,798.65
- 5% Down Payment (Contribution): $15,000
- Trust Transfer System used with maturity date: 7 years
With a low down payment of $15,000 (and no bank financing = no hassle or fees), you simply take over the existing financing and get all the benefits of home ownership, including mortgage interest write-offs. You pay the Trustee, and the Trustee pays the lender. You will refinance the property in your own name or sell the property to a third party in 7 years, when, hopefully, the property value is $400,000, and both seller and buyer can split the equity in some fashion.
The seller should be happy to get out from under the payments, avoid short sale or foreclosure, and have a chance at regaining “lost” equity at a future point in time. Obviously, there is no note created in this scenario that the seller could sell. There is already a large note against the property.
Because there are very few, if any, assumable loans out there, we need to structure the transaction in a way that does not violate the “due-on-sale” clause. We do not want the bank to be able to “call” the loan. Most lenders have the contractual right to accelerate the loan (make you pay everything you owe them right now) if you transfer title to another party. The way around this, which still protects the rights of all parties and is 100% legal, is the Equity Holding Trust Transfer System.
You can read more about land trusts if you like.
If you have a particular house you are interested in making an offer on, and/or someone who would like to sell their note, please let me know and I will help you structure your offer and the transaction itself. And, if you want to find an agent in your area familiar with seller financing that will work well with me on helping you close a successful seller financed transaction, just let me know and I’ll help you arrange something.
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