Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Terminology Tuesday - Seller (Owner) Financing

(Note: I think it's important to know the terminology and words used when learning any new business including mobile home investing. I came up with 'Terminology Tuesday' as a day to go over the terminology used in the mobile home business. It's important to know the terminology when talking to people in the business so you're all on the same page).

As defined in Wikipedia:

"Seller financing is a loan provided by the seller of a property to the buyer, to cover part or all of the sale price. This process, also known as owner carry back or owner financing, is used in a variety of situations as a creative financing option. An owner carry back can be used as a vehicle to sell a home if the potential buyer does not qualify for a loan that will cover the full cost of the property.

Example: John and Linda would like to buy a home. However, this time when they visit ABC Bank they are told, due to their high amount of debt, they do not qualify for conventional financing at all. Once again, they go to their realtor who suggests that the owner may be willing to carry back the loan. The owner agrees and finances the couple for $350,000, terms are agreed upon, and the owner starts collecting payments from John and Linda.

If an owner decides they no longer want to collect the payments the owner can sell the note on the house, a process called note buying, to a company that provides such a service. In such cases, the owner will be paid a certain amount of cents on the dollar and get a lump sum instead of collecting payments over the life of the loan. The buyer of the note then assumes control of the deed, and John and Linda will begin paying the bank instead of the owner.

Another way an owner carry back would benefit an owner is, after the sale of the home, s/he would be receiving a steady monthly income. In some cases, owners can avoid paying capital gains tax on the sale of their property by carrying back the loan."

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There are many ways to make money investing in mobile homes - this is why I enjoy investing in mobile homes.

Happy investing!

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