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How To Invest In Trust Deeds

In order to invest in trust deeds, it is important to understand how they work. The agreements involve three different roles. An investor lends money which is backed by collateral, usually in the form of property including land and, or buildings. The investor may buy an existing agreement or create a new one.

A borrower needs the cash. He or she may require the money to continue work on a project while awaiting a conventional loan from a financial institution. The borrower may not qualify for a traditional bank loan or may need money faster than the banks approval process allows. In other cases, these agreements may be the standard form of real estate lending in their jurisdiction.

These agreements are the most common method of financing real estate transactions in many states. In others, a mortgage is more common.

A trustee is the third person involved in the transaction who acts as a middle man. The trustee holds the title to the property on the lenders behalf until the loan is paid in full. If the borrower defaults on the loan, the property will belong to the lender. The trustee may also act as a negotiator if loan payments go into arrears.

The agreement essentially functions as a lien on the property. It is a legal document which must be registered with the courts and must include a legal description of the property being used as security, the amount of the loan, the principles involved, the maturity date of the loan and a description of penalties for late payments or failure to make payments.

Interest rates on the loans are set at market value, which is usually higher than the standard bank rate and generate more income. The investor receives regular interest payments and the loan principle is repaid when the loan matures.

The agreements are flexible so they can be traded or sold. Trust deeds are also a good form of monthly income. There may be more than one trust deed on a property. The first takes precedence over any others in settling claims.

Trust deeds are one of the safest forms of investment, but like all investments they are not totally risk free. Investors should carefully inspect the property being used as collateral to ensure the value is equal to or greater than the amount of the money being borrowed.

It is also important to know the laws and regulations governing foreclosures in the state in which the deed trust was drawn. There is a large discrepancy in the time allowed between the default of the loan and the ability to begin foreclosure proceeds. The time may range from two weeks up to six months. When a borrower declares bankruptcy the process may be delayed even further.

Taking the time to invest in trust deeds may be a profitable long term investment. It simply requires some planning and research.

Things You Need to Know About the Residential Loan Programs

There are hundreds of different residential loans in the financial markets. As a first-time home buyer, you might get so confused about the complicated financial terminologies. To choose a right type of loan is crucial for your property purchases. Let me introduce you to the most common residential loan types.

OPM.Other people’ money (OPM) refers to the money that does not belong to you, but you borrow from other people. The sources of OPM could include bank loans, government loans, hard-money lenders, small-business loans, and so on. Borrowing money is always risky, but it allows you to double or triple your investment returns. You can also gain controlled of a property with far less equity you have put in.

Interest-only mortgages. With an interest-only mortgage, you pay only interest for a certain number of years, usually 3-5 years, and pay a lump-sum payment at the end of loan life. It sounds like a good deal for people who short of money and purchase houses in a property appreciation environment. However, the interest-only loans are adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs). Instead of paying a fixed amount of interest with a fixed interest rate, interest-only loan usually has a premium over the market index. If the index rises, the interest rate charged on your loan will rise too.

ARMs.Adjustable-rate mortgage loans (ARMs) are flotation loans. ARMs are tied to an index rises or falls based on government loans. Several indexes are commonly used; they are usually Treasury index, the London interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), the Cost of Funds Index ( COFI), the Prime Rate, various T-Bills, and the Fed Funds Rate. For example, if the interest rate of your loan tracks the LIBOR, when the LIBOR rises to 5%, you will pay 5% plus the premium you have agreed on the loan contract. ARMs are often easier to qualify for, but the cost of your debt is therefore, higher than the traditional mortgage.

Hybrids.A hybrid loan is a combination of an ARM and a fixed-rate loan. With a hybrid loan, you can pay fixed-rate interest for a certain number of years, after that, you will have to pay floatation interest, i.e. the interest rate is tied to the reference index.

Government secured loans.Even though the government is not usually in the business of lending, government provides the guarantees for the purchases of owner-occupied properties. The FHA ( Federal Housing Authority) is the program that federal government used to promote the American Dream of homeownership. FHA programs are primarily available for the first-time home buyers. However, because FHA programs are government-secured financing, if you can use these programs to purchase the residential properties, you can be more flexible on capital in your other real estate investments.

The bottom line.

There are advantages and drawbacks in different types of loans. There is no one type of loan better than the other, estimate your own financial situation and the goal of your property purchases, find out the best loan type before you rush to a real estate investment.