Is owner financing for you?
Owner financing has been a popular practice in previous real estate downturns. Current market conditions and upheavals in the mortgage industry have given rise to a new-found interest in this idea. If you own your property outright, have a need to sell in a soft market and are interested in converting your sold home into an investment that yields returns, owner financing may be a option worth exploring.
Successful owner financing means that you, the owner of the property, get to widen the potential pool of home buyers by offering to finance the transaction. And since private lending, where you act as the mortgage lender, tends to offer higher than standard interest rates to offset risks, you can also enjoy a nice return on the home loan.
Due diligence is the key to successful owner financing. This is not intended as a means to provide financing for those who have damaged credit, little or no income or some other "loan of last resort" characteristic. So who is this ideal candidate and how do you, the owner, evaluate such a proposition?
Your ideal candidate is someone who has excellent credit but for some reason, lenders aren't using all or part of the buyer's income. For instance, someone that has been an attorney for a legal firm for several years and just last year started their own practice or an experienced mechanic who ventures out on his own to open up his own shop. Lenders like to see two years' worth of self employment when evaluating a loan application.
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You'll need to check the buyer's credit and you can do so by getting written permission to pull a credit report. Or, you can log on together to www.annualcreditreport.com and print off a current report at no charge. Have the prospect provide you with three months most recent bank statements, personal and business, to show cash flow. To verify employment, dial "411" and ask for the phone number for that person's business and call the office.
You can only hold a note on a property that is free and clear. Any transaction where title changes hands will trigger the "due on sale" clause inserted in mortgage loans.
Finally, and most importantly, get a substantial down payment. Anything that is 20 percent down indicates that the buyer is serious. Most owner financing arrangements are done on two to three year balloon notes. The idea is that your non-qualifying buyer will have time to establish a track record with their earnings and refinance with a traditional lender.
If the market is slowing down the sale of your home, discuss the possibility of adding owner financing to your listing with your agent.
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