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What you need to know before Investing in Trust Deeds
Before you begin Investing in Trust Deeds, there are some things that you will want to know. Deeds of trust are a different kind of investment than stocks or bonds, so you will want to familiarize yourself with the different terms and practices that make up trust deed investing. Below are some important things for you to know before you begin.
In most cases, Investing in Trust deeds involves purchasing existing funded loans or promissory notes. Then you become the person the borrower pays the remaining amount to, plus the interest. Sometimes it is not an existing loan, but a new one that goes between you and the borrower. In either case, you will be given the deed of trust against real property in order to secure your investment. If the borrower is unable to make the payments, then the property becomes yours.
But what exactly is a promissory note?
This is crucial information, as it is a big part in Investing in Deeds of Trust. A promissory note is really a contract, or a written promise, that states that they will pay a certain amount of money by a certain time. It may state the number of installments, as well as the payment of interest. The person receiving the loan will legally become obligated to pay the debt when they sign the note. Along with the amount of the loan, the interest rate, number of payment installments, and when it must be paid by, it also states any penalties for late payments.
You obtain a promissory note by either purchasing the note or lending to a borrower. If you are doing this privately, without the use of a real estate broker, you will most likely be subject to an “interest rate ceiling” that is determined by whatever state you are doing business in. If you are charging over the amount of the ceiling, then you would be guilty of “usury.” It is often helpful to use a mortgage loan broker to assist you in following the laws while still receiving a fair profit on your investment.
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