Building Container Homes – Expert Interview with Stevie Bear – Podcast #95

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  It’s not very often that I have a new investing strategy to dive into, but today we’re going to talk about one that was new to me until just recently and that is container homes. My guest is my friend Stevie Bear of Make it Modular. Stevie comes from a real estate family that […]

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Are you contemplating investing in real estate? But you don’t have enough cash to do this. Here is a tip you are able to use as long as the person selling the property is willing to negotiate with you.

To be fair, not every seller will be willing (or even understand) the concept outlined. Your better wager is to locate a property that the owner has great interest in offering it, whether because they are moving, a divorce settlement, or frustration with the people renting the place.

Actually, if you are currently renting and thinking about using this approach perhaps your landlord would be happy to help you out! There are a few variations that could be used depending on you and your owner. Do they want the market price or are they just desperate to get out of the monthly payments – maybe facing foreclosure?

The easiest way is to consider taking over their mortgage repayments – called ‘assuming’ the mortgage. You will need to be approved by the first lender to assume the mortgage. If you can’t get approved for an assumable mortgage you may as well try a ‘subject to’ assumption where you merely make repayments while the property remains in the seller’s name.

You take over the original mortgage and make a 2nd mortgage on the remaining cost of the property with the seller. Offer a high, interest-only payment for a short time frame – 2 or three years. Instead of having the money sit in a bank they could be collecting a high interest over 2 or 3 years with the rest due in full at the end of the investment term.

When the term ends you ought to be able to refinance the cost, or perhaps you can sell. Unless you struck a genuine bad market the value of the house should have risen in that time.

A lot of mortgage lenders merely want to make a great investment. While your local bank may still be scared there are lots of financial lenders that would wish to make a deal. Financiers prefare real estate. The mortgage is usually around 60-70% of the value of the land, so as long as they know they get their money back in the value of the land if you default, they don’t care what kind of revenue you make. Complete the deal with a 2nd mortgage done with the seller. If you default they could eventually foreclose on the property and sell it, settling the existing mortgage in the proceeds.

Now you can see the whole picture. It is good that seller and buyer may work hand in hand. In the event they can’t wait for a sale, you could still give them their asking price with a little overall flexibility on their part.

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