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Are you thinking of investing in real estate? However you do not have enough cash to accomplish this. Here is a tip you may use as long as the property seller is willing to negotiate along.

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

Actually, if you maybe currently renting and thinking about using this approach perhaps your landlord would be glad to assist you! There are a few variations that can be used depending on you and your vendor. Do they need the market price or are they just eager to get out of the monthly payments – perhaps facing foreclosure?

The easiest method is to consider taking over their mortgage payments – called ‘assuming’ the mortgage. You will have to be approved by the initial lender to presume the mortgage. If you can’t get approved for an assumable mortgage you could as well try a ‘subject to’ assumption where you merely make repayments while the property stays in the seller’s name.

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

When the term ceases you need to be able to refinance the cost, or perhaps you can sell. Unless you hit a real bad market the value of the home should have risen in that time.

A lot of mortgage lenders merely want to make a great investment. While your local bank could still be scared there are a lot of financial lenders that would wish to make a deal. Financiers prefare property investing. The mortgage is mostly based on 60-70% of the value of the land, so as long as they understand they get their money back in the value of the estate if you default, they don’t care what kind of money you make. Complete the deal with a second mortgage created with the seller. In case you default they could eventually foreclose on the property and sell it, paying down the existing mortgage with the proceeds.

Now you can observe the whole picture. It is better that seller and buyer can work together. In the event that they can’t wait for a sale, you may still give them their initial price with a little versatility on their part.

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