Subject To Real Estate Investment Strategies to Build Your Portfolio
It’s a big opportunity. What are some investment strategies to make subject tos happen?
With a subject to, you buy a property subject to the seller leaving their mortgage on the property.
There are several benefits of subject tos – but how do you make it work? What are the right investment strategies to successfully get a subject to?
Subject To Strategy #1: Going Through a Proper Closing
First of all, still go through a proper closing on subject tos. You want to make sure the owner doesn’t have any other liens you don’t know about. When you take ownership, you become responsible for any existing liens on the property.
At the very least, get a title report to verify there are no liens. If you want, you can get title insurance – an extra cost but potentially worth it.
Subject To Strategy #2: Adding Your Name and Avoiding Problems with the Mortgage Company
With subject tos, some people may say you’re not allowed to take ownership and make someone else’s payments. They fear the lender may call the mortgage.
But we’ve never seen a lender ever call a mortgage in this situation.
The main reason is because the lender usually doesn’t break even with the loan until year three or four. When a lender originates the mortgage, they buy it, so it takes at least three years of payments to get their money back.
So as long as you pay on time and don’t cause friction, the mortgage company should have no problem with you taking over. They make money every time you make a payment, so they have no reason to call it off.
Subject To Strategy #3: Negotiating with the Seller
Sometimes you’ll have to negotiate with the seller for them to go through with a subject to.
Maybe they’ll need a payment of $5,000 – $15,000 to be able to leave. Maybe they’ll include terms that they’ll only keep the mortgage on for five more years.
It’s helpful to know when a seller is in a position that they’ll want a subject to. A subject to takes place because the seller, for whatever reason, needs to sell the house but can’t. They don’t want to be stuck with the property, and they don’t want a foreclosure or missing payments to ruin their credit.
If you make their payments for around 12 months, they can usually qualify for another mortgage on another property without this one hurting them.
For more details on real estate investment strategies and setting up subject to deals, reach out to us at HardMoneyMike.com. We have plenty of experience, and we want to help you build a real estate portfolio without worrying about your credit or income.
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