REI can get you real fatigue. It is a lethargic time consuming process that makes you feel almost laid back. You need to plan and have those instincts to get going with your property. You will learn more on about making you REI more time efficient in later part of the chapters.
If it’s the seller making you the loan (or secondary loan), ask yourself this: Why would the seller allow me to purchase this property without coughing up one penny of my own cash? Unless the seller has a slate loose, chances are that the price you end up paying for the property is inflated and the seller counts the financing as a wind fall.
For those of you who don’t know how hard money works, repayment is usually a balloon payment with interest. The loan is paid off when you either sell the house in a flip situation, or when you refinance. Well, we have been working on getting the refinance to go through since October 2008. As of the time of this writing, it is mid-May 2009. Our hard money loan comes due in mid-June. Nothing quite like having an executioner standing behind you with a smile on his face. Yes, it is very stressful to say the least.
You need to be a good observer of the market too. You should know exactly when you need to spend money and when the time to tighten your strings has come. You should be able to slow down your spending when the market is slow. Also it is not advisable to focus on investment purchases and renovations when the market is looking at a slump.
Equity. real estate invesment equity may take several forms. These forms include foreclosure, re-zoning opportunity, discount, potential fixer upper and defectively managed property.
The state has a lot to offer from the beautiful climate all year long to great scenic views. The median price home in Bend Oregon is 2,000 and that’s after the 16% correction that it had this past year. In 2003 the same homes were going for 5,000, which means that the value of that home has increased by 50%, better than what is going on in the rest of the country. If by chance you bought it as an investment and had rented it out for the price of an average price rental in the area, you would have brought in roughly ,000. Investments like that are not something you find every day, but in Oregon it’s much more likely to happen.
Spend a little time on inexpensive repairs. Fix the leaky sprinkler head, and replace the dripping bathroom faucet. Take care of these unsightly issues before showing the house. The more expensive repairs can wait, to be used as a bargaining chip later on.
A second major challenge, dealing with insurance. Insurance is not a simple “get a policy” issue on a subject-to deal. Since you are not the owner of record on the mortgage, if you drop the previous owner’s policy the lender will be notified and will check why the policy has been dropped. If they discover the change of ownership, they may request full payment of the mortgage using their “Due On Sale” power. Definitely not part of our plan in a subject-to deal. You may need to carry two policies, but explore your possibilities.