I’ve found in the past that always makes for a better tenant that takes better care of my property. As a result my properties are more liquid when i need them to be. All in all, for us real estate investors, since we didn’t create this mess, and we are not responsible for the situation. So we feel real estate investors shouldn’t feel guilty when taking advantage of the mess that is in front of us.
When you finally have a buyer whose offer you approve of, you then you just need to arrange the closing. Talk to a local attorney or title & escrow company and they will walk you through the final stages to make the sale official and get all the proper documents recorded with the local government.
A second major challenge, dealing with insurance. Insurance is not a simple “get a policy” issue on a subject-to deal. Since you are not the owner of record on the mortgage, if you drop the previous owner’s policy the lender will be notified and will check why the policy has been dropped. If they discover the change of ownership, they may request full payment of the mortgage using their “Due On Sale” power. Definitely not part of our plan in a subject-to deal. You may need to carry two policies, but explore your possibilities.
Many Californians are moving out of the state and going to Oregon. When this market turns around (which it will by mid 2009, you could even be up a lot more than what I’ve mention before.
The IRS is one reason to avoid taking on a self-directed IRA real estate invesment on your own. This branch of the government has many rules regarding the use of retirement funds for real estate.
REI can get you real fatigue. It is a lethargic time consuming process that makes you feel almost laid back. You need to plan and have those instincts to get going with your property. You will learn more on about making you REI more time efficient in later part of the chapters.
Look for an association that has meetings that offer both networking time and speaker time. You want a chance to learn from the speaker as well as time to talk to other people at the event. You also want a group that actually networks, this means that people are going around the room and talking to a lot of different people, not just breaking up into their own little cliques for the duration.