What do I need to know about Trust deed investing?November 4, 2014
What should I know about Investing in deeds of trust?November 7, 2014
How exactly does Trust deed investing work?
With an understanding of the basics provided above, it is easier to understand the entire picture of Trust deed investing.To state is simply, it is investing in loans that are secured by real estate. You will find that most trust deeds are relatively short term loans. These
generally mature under five year, but many loans are two years or even less than that. Professional real estate investors are taking advantage of the current economic climate. They are buying properties at the low foreclosure prices and then fixing them up and selling them for a sizable profit. The real estate professionals do have their work cut out for them though. They must have a sound understanding of the market and climate, as well as make good decisions regarding the property after its purchase. They also need the startup capital to purchase in the first place. Because the homes are generally already foreclosed, and many times are not “move-in ready” along with the risk factors of selling it in the future, banks are unlikely to lend. That is where the trust deed investor comes in. They lend to the borrower, charging high interest rates because essentially the borrower has nowhere else to go, but also because they are expecting a high return of 20-50% so they believe they can afford it. The investor makes money through the monthly payments on the initial capital as well as the interest rates until the loan is paid off.
While I understand that all investments come with risks, I want to be fairly safe in a solid investment. Is Trust deed investing for me? Do the risks outweigh the benefits?
While most trust deed investing opportunities are successful in receiving a profit, they can be risky. There are definitely some questions that you will need to ask yourself. Be sure that you are comfortable with the people you are working with. Do you know if the borrower has had prior experience? And what about his cash reserves? Can he/she handle the property and pay back the loan? And as mentioned before, this property will be yours if the borrower defaults on the loan. Be sure that you are comfortable owning such a piece of property. Not necessarily for yourself to live in but as a rental or with the potential to sell. Are you satisfied with the value of the property? Do you think that location has the potential to become a profitable spot? And this is not an investment that you can quickly get capital from. Unlike stocks or bonds, you cannot cash it in quickly. If you are comfortable with having that much money tied up for the long haul, then trust deed investing can be a good bet.
Also, take the time to talk to professionals at all stages of this process to decide how to proceed, and when. You can benefit from their expertise and advice. This is a pretty elaborate process and lots of collaboration is needed. Take advantage of their knowledge and get started with Trust deed investing!
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