Being prepared when structuring a private residential mortgage note for re-sale.
I have come across many note sellers that ignore the advice of being prepared. Properly structuring a note for resale can be the difference between selling the note fast and with little friction as opposed to selling yourself short or worse, not selling the note at all. In order to properly structure a mortgage note for resale is as follows:
1) Get the biggest down payment possible. 25% is the Note Buyer’s ideal amount in a perfect world although, you can definitely get away with 15% – 20% if need be. Anything under 15% equity becomes very risky for a Note Investor. In the case of a down payment under 14% equity, you will have a very tough time getting a high bid on that note. Anything under 10% down, will unlikely sell at all.
2) Make sure you (the seller), pull credit on the potential borrower. 600 FICO score – 700 FICO score would be ideal. Remember; the worse the credit score is, the bigger the down payment you should require! Make sure you keep a copy of the credit report so you may present to the mortgage note investor underwriting the transaction. As...