California Passes “Solar Mandate” on New Construction

Source: https://thinkrealty.com/california-passes-solar-mandate-on-new-construction/

Yesterday, California’s Energy Commission voted to require solar panel installations on nearly all new homes by January 1, 2020. Not surprisingly, solar shares surged upward in the wake of the vote while homebuilder shares fell, since the move will add somewhere between $10,000 and $30,000 to construction costs. However, noted C.R. Herro, Meritage Homes’ vice president of environmental affairs, the solar installations could, in the right setting, reduce operating costs of the home by as m…

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Are you contemplating investing in real estate? However you do not have enough money to do so. Here is a tip you are able to 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 better guess is to locate a property that the owner has great desire for offering it, whether because of moving, divorce, or frustration with the people renting the place.

Actually, if you maybe currently renting and thinking of using this strategy perhaps the owner would be glad to help you out! There are some variations that may be used depending on you and your vendor. Do they want the market price or are they just desperate to get out of the monthly payments – maybe facing foreclosure?

The simplest method is to take over their mortgage repayments – 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 may as well try a ‘subject to’ assumption where you merely make payments 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 – two or three years. Rather than having the money sit in a bank they can be getting a high interest over two or three years with the rest due in full at the end of the investment term.

When the term draws to a close you need to be able to refinance the cost, or you can sell. Unless you strike an actual bad market the value of the property should have risen by then.

A lot of mortgage lenders merely want to make a great investment. While your local bank may still be scared there are plenty 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 land, so as long as they understand they get their money back in the value of the land if you default, they do not care what kind of revenue you make. Conclude the deal with a second mortgage done with the seller. If you default they can eventually foreclose on the property and sell it, paying down the existing mortgage in the proceeds.

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

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