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Tired of Being a Landlord?

January 28, 20234 min read

We get lots of calls from people asking about the advantages of investing in mortgage notes. Most of those calls come from landlords who own one or more rental properties, and they share a common dilemma. The reason they bought rental properties was to have a stable, monthly stream of income—not because they wanted an endless stream of headaches from tenants.

They want to sell their properties to stop the headaches, but they don’t want to stop to their monthly income. They’re also concerned about paying taxes on their capital gains. So, we provide some options.

Here are the first three we discuss:

  1. Sell their properties and invest the profits in individual notes or a fund like ANB Funds.

  2. Sell their properties and “carry back” notes with seller financing. (This will defer and can decrease the taxes).

  3. Keep their current properties and invest the profits in notes.

We explain the benefits of this each, but first we discuss their goals

Identifying Your Investment Goals

We ask them their overall plan and how this particular investment fits in:

  • Is the goal to create retirement income?

  • Do they want to create cash flow to cover market cycles?

  • What is their time frame?

  • Is the income for now or later?

  • Have they set markers to gauge their progress?

  • What levels of risk are they willing to accept?

All these factors must be considered before making the decision to sell a property by offering seller financing to the buyer.

In addition to reviewing their goals, here are some other important aspects to consider

Seller Financing Considerations

Know Your Buyer

In this regard, there are two key aspects to evaluate: Will the buyer be able (and willing) to make their payments, and will they manage the property to increase (or decrease) its value.

When determining the buyer’s ability to make the payments, if you sell the property to a reliable tenant, you’ll have some assurance from your previous experience with them. If you sell it to someone you don’t know, there are many credit reporting services that give you a clear history of how they’ve paid previous obligations. Just like any bank, you can approve or decline any potential buyer. Since you, as the note holder, would receive the property back if the buyer defaults, it’s important to find a buyer who will take pride in owning their home and has enough margin in their income to pay the taxes and keep the property in good condition.

Maximize Your Return on Investment

Here’s an example to explain this. If you sell a property and have a $1,000,000 gain, the tax most likely will be in the 30%+ range which is $300,000. That must be paid in the same year the property is sold (which is a huge hit). However, if you sell the property and create a note, you can defer the tax by spreading it out over several years, plus get a healthy return from the interest charged to your buyer. By creating a note at say 8%, with a 20-year term you’ll receive an extra $31,123.90 in interest payments. Considering your low risk level and rate of return, that’s much better than many other types of investments

Increase Your Number of Potential Buyers

By offering seller financing to your buyer, you’ll actually have a larger pool of well-qualified buyers to choose from than traditional lenders have. That’s because many mortgage companies automatically turn down buyers who aren’t US citizens, or they’re self-employed and don’t have W2 income, or the amount they want to borrow is below the bank’s minimum lending limit. (About 35% of well-qualified buyers with good credit scores are being turned down by traditional lenders.) These “penalty box” buyers are often happy to pay more in purchase price and interest, so you’re more likely to get your desired selling price.

It doesn’t take long to see the advantages of owning notes instead of rental properties. If you’ve been a landlord, you’ve grown accustomed to the consistent cash flow provided by rentals. But you also know about the hassles of dealing with tenants, toilets, and turnover. By selling the property and creating a note, you can continue receiving that consistent cash flow without those headaches. Plus, you don’t have to pay property taxes or insurance on the rental property. When you sell you can also defer the capital gains taxes over many years.

We’re happy to answer any additional questions, so if you’d like more information regarding investing in the ANB Funds or individual notes please contact us.

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Richard Thornton

Richard Thornton has over 30 years’ experience in the real estate industry. In 1982 he co-founded a commercial mortgage company which had a $8 BB loan portfolio at the time of its sale. He has invested in senior housing facilities, flipped 18 houses, and has been a hard money lender. He is currently the Co-Founder and Director of Marketing for American Note Buyers.

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ANB Funds invests in mortgage notes and is the managing entity for multiple investment pools. By primarily investing in seasoned, first position, performing residential loans, the fund offers investors consistent, low risk returns.

The notes are individually underwritten and are purchased directly from the originators or in pools. The principals of ANB Funds have been involved in lending over $8 Billion on commercial properties, invested in senior’s facilities, and bought mortgages and other properties nationwide. The company has offices in Indianapolis, Indiana and Petaluma, California.

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