You might inherit a loan with a higher rate and shorter term. Obviously, a lender would expect something in return for taking the high-risk of financing the entire property. In this case, the loan could indeed become a sponge that sucks your cash flow dry.
You can find bargains in hotels, single family homes, duplexes, multi-family residential units, commercial property, and vacation or resort properties. One of more of these may appeal to you more than the others.
You’re the broker, and it’s a win-win for everyone involved. Desperate sellers have a buyer for their home and investors save time, money and hassle finding deals on their own. You’re literally handing investors deals.
Patrick Rice, or IRA Resource Associates, says, “The most common question I hear is, I’ve found a really neat time share and i want to buy it with my IRA, can I do that?’ Yes, you can.” The important thing to know is that you cannot buy real estate for your own personal use.
You’ve found motivated sellers. Now all you have to do is find buyers. But you aren’t just looking for any buyer; you’re looking for cash investors. This is where your fee comes in. You are paid a finder’s fee by the buyer to find the deal.
Lastly in my opinion, this is by far THE SAFEST real estate invesment you can possibly make. If the real estate market collapsed today, your tenant must still pay the appreciated price that you two agreed on if they wish to purchase the house. If they back out, you can keep their down payment and the extra rent payment (for the option to purchase the home). In addition, the collapse of the market will create a renters market where people will be better off renting a home for some time instead of buying one. Your house can now change from a rent to own property to a rent only property for the duration of this time. Finally, it is likely that since your original tenants intended on purchasing the home, they will have likely kept it in a good condition and may have improved the property.
Then if there is not immediate interest, they will hold a few open houses where stranger after stranger walk through your home with no guarantee of an offer or one that you’d consider. You might then lower your price incrementally week after week until you finally sell at market value (the market — buyers — are telling you what it’s worth via their purchase offers).
So there you have it. Option 1 is going with a realtor. It will cost you 6% and you’ll have to work with them to get the house sold — if they can sell it. Is it worth it? Well, what’s your time worth? If you have no time to spare or don’t want to put in the effort, then yes go find a quality realtor. A good one will be worth it and there are good ones out there. They might even get you more for the house than you could get yourself.