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Some Down To Earth Property Investment Advice

Aug 17, 2007
Many times people are lured in by advertising which suggests they can become rich through property investment by attending free real estate "education" seminars. More often that not these events turn out to be selling events for investment property in far away locations. Some of the other problems with these events include failure to disclose commissions, the promoter having relationships with the actual properties being sold or proposed and as a result misrepresenting the investment.

Below are some real down to earth tips about investment property transactions. However you must remember that these transactions rarely go as efficiently as you would like them to. The process is usually much more complex and also keep in mind that every property investment is unique, because of factors like location, market conditions and many others.

Assuming the Loan

Assumption allows you to save for property upkeep. If you get an assumption you have to pay 1% of the total loan value for assuming the loan and your finances need to be approved by the lender. What's even better is that the financial institution knows the property. Moreover, on long-term loans, you don't have to start the amortization process immediately. By picking up where the previous owner left off, a higher percentage of the monthly payment can be used for amortization, rather than interest. This way, you can build equity faster than if you got a new loan instead.

Trust Deed Financing

There are situations when the lender may not allow you to assume the loan or the seller already owns the property. In this case, the seller can use a trust deed, allowing you to make a lower down payment and setting more flexible terms. If the situation allows you to follow this bit of property investment advice, you can benefit from a lower transaction costs and you have the chance to for lower interest costs as well.

Contract Financing

The seller can entwine new and old loans. You usually have to ask the loan-holders permission for an assumption. You also have to thoroughly examine the acceleration clause and check if wrap financing is possible. Contract financing allows the original loan with a low interest to stay in place, while new financing from the seller is added on.

This property investment advice is useful only for those people who have some extra money they could use to buy a new loan in case the original one is called. Collection companies can be beneficial to those involved.
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