What is Owner Financing?

June 20, 2009 at 3:52 pm Leave a comment

Occasionally, we will have a buyer’s agent call us and ask if you (the seller on a particular property) are open to owner financing (called Contract for Deed).  That means that they have a buyer who has difficulty obtaining bank financing (they may be financially qualified but may have a bankruptcy on their records or perhaps got caught in the housing bubble with their home in Florida). 

 

So let’s discuss if this is something you are open to.

 

With this method of financing, the Deed to the property is held in escrow and not recorded until the Seller (Owner) held financing is paid in full.  You would have a contract where they are paying you financing (basically, you are the bank) under the conditions that they obtain 3rd party financing (a regular mortgage or pay in full with cash) in a few years.  The buyer will enjoy all the benefits of home ownership recognized by IRS, even though the Deed to the property has not been recorded.

 

This may or may not be an option for a seller for a number of reasons:

  • Your current mortgage may not allow it
  • It could impact you qualifying for a mortgage on your next property

You may be interested for some of these reasons:

  • If it is a strong buyers market (this is more prevalent in down markets like FL and CA; not real common with Austin, TX real estate, at least in my experience)
  • If your home is for some reason difficult to sell, this option could reach a segment of the buying market that is otherwise limited
  • It could be a better return than your more conventional investments

A few notes:

  • Involves a real estate attorney
  • The buyer owns the property subject to the terms of the contract

Here are a few online references:

http://real-estate-law.freeadvice.com/mortgage_matters/owner_financing.htm

 

http://homebuying.about.com/od/financingadvice/qt/091007_OwnFinan.htm

http://www.investopedia.com/terms/w/wrap-around-loan.asp

http://activerain.com/blogsview/1122745/get-the-facts-about-owner-financing

http://activerain.com/blogsview/1122692/the-alternative-of-owner-financing

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