Purchase Property - Three Ways
By Steve Gillman - 2006
You could purchase property for cash, of course. If you have
the cash, this can be the best way to get a great price. What
if you don't have it? Here are three of you other options.
A creative way to purchase property that sounds more complex
than it is. Make an offer for $360,000, when the seller is asking
$350,000. If the seller is asking $355,000 and probably only
expects to get $340,000, why do you offer more than the asking
price? Because the seller will be financing the deal, and he
also needs cash, so you'll be selling one of the loan notes.
Offer $360,000 in the form of two mortgage notes, one for
$300,000, and the other for $60,000. Payments on the first might
be $2,000 per month, and $400 on the second. You'll have total
payments of $2,400 per month (make sure you still have cash flow).
As part of the offer, you arranged for the sale of the second
note at closing for $45,000. That's all a note investor is likely
to pay for an "unseasoned note". The seller gets $45,000
in cash at closing, and payments of $2,000 every month for 30
years. The note investor gets your other payments of $400/month.
The numbers are different in every deal of this sort. You
might have some cash. Maybe the seller needs more cash, so the
second note will have to be for a higher amount. Interest rates,
balloons, and your credit rating all affect what a note buyer
will pay for the note too. The point is that you can create cash
out of seller financing, meaning you can purchase property with
nothing down, or with less down.
Use a Partner to Purchase Property
Join a local real estate investing group. Start taking notes,
names, and numbers. Our group meets once a month. The best part
of the meeting is the "I have / I want" part, where
anyone can stand up and tell the rest what they are looking for,
or what they have to sell. I have a list of people now that are
looking for everything from mobile home parks to fixer-upper
So how do you use this information to purchase property? Here
is one of several ways: Make an offer on a property, and include
in the offer the right to assign to someone else or bring in
a partner. Call the people on your list until you find one that
will put up the down payment or arrange financing as a partner.
When I announced that I had some money at one meeting, three
days later I got a call from a couple that had the financing
and down payment on a project arranged, but needed a partner
to bring in the money to rehab the property. If the deal is good,
you can find the money. If you don't have a real estate investors
group nearby? Start one.
No-Doc Mortgage Loans
No-doc loans used to be hard to find, and may still be in
your area, but they're everywhere around here right now. The
idea is that you don't need documentation of a job or even income,
hence the name "no-doc." The bank loans based on your
credit score and the property. I can get 95% financing on a $300,000
house without any job or income right now.
What's the catch? Well, apart from needing either great credit
or a larger down payment, the interest rate will be higher. Now,
suppose you find a $100,000 fixer-upper and can put the $5,000
down payment and the repairs on your credit cards. In this case,
the few thousand in interest over the six months you own the
house isn't much if you intend to make a $25,000 profit.
Of course the higher interest will really add up if you are
going to live in the house for 30 years. At the moment, the banks
around here seem to want about 2% more for these loans than for
conventional mortgage loans, and that is a lot of extra interest
over the years. Bottom line? No one way is right in all cases.
You can see why you need to learn many ways to purchase property.
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