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Are you contemplating investing in real estate? However, you don’t have enough cash to do so. Right here is a tip you can use as long as the property seller is willing to negotiate with you.
To be fair, not all sellers will be willing (or even understand) the concept outlined. Your better guess is to locate a property that the owner has great desire for selling, whether because of moving, a divorce settlement, or frustration with the folks renting the property.
Actually, if you are currently renting and thinking about using this strategy perhaps the owner would be glad to help you out! There are a few variations that may be used depending on you and your seller. Do they need the market price or are they just desperate to get out from the monthly payments – maybe facing foreclosure?
The easiest way is to consider taking over their mortgage payments – called ‘assuming’ the mortgage. You will need to be approved by the initial lender to presume the mortgage. If you cannot get approved for an assumable mortgage you could as well try a ‘subject to’ assumption where you merely make obligations 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 period – two or 3 years. Instead of having the money sit down in a bank they can be collecting a high interest over two or three years with the remainder due in full at the end of the term.
When the term draws to a close you ought to be able to refinance the cost, or else you can sell. Unless you struck a real bad market the value of the house should have risen by then.
A lot of mortgage lenders merely need to make a great investment. While your local bank may still shy away there are lots of financial lenders that would like to make a deal. Financiers like real estate. The mortgage is usually around 60-70% of the value of the property, 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 income you make. Conclude the deal with a 2nd mortgage done with the seller. In case you default they can eventually foreclose on the property and sell it, settling the existing mortgage with the proceeds.
Now you can see the complete picture. It is good that seller and buyer may work hand in hand. If they can’t wait for a sale, you could still give them their initial price with a little versatility on their part.