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Considering an installment sale - seeking counsel
« on: April 22, 2016, 12:01:16 AM »
I need some reading recommendations and information about the pros/cons for me as a seller contemplating seller-financing of a multi-family property.

Some details

Location: California

Loan terms: TBD, maybe interest only to start or maybe fully amortizing from the start, with some kind of balloon, in the 5-10 year mark ??; IDK, this is partly why I ask for reading materials, I don't know what the pros and cons of the options are

Current financial situation: $125k salary, passive income ~$50k (mostly unrealized), filing Head of Household (these figures don't include the current rental income or any future interest/principal repayment income)

Future financial situation: similar, no plan to quit working imminently

Motivation: looking at options that lower my responsibility to maintain a large property and keep hefty cash reserves for it; would like to take some cash out of the multi-family to pay off my mortgage on my primary residence (but not by shifting the debt to the rental, capsize?)

Dear internet strangers, what would you do?



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Re: Considering an installment sale - seeking counsel
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2016, 12:33:30 AM »
Much depends on "TBD" in
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Loan terms: TBD, maybe interest only to start or maybe fully amortizing from the start, with some kind of balloon, in the 5-10 year mark
If you can get a high enough (up to you...) interest rate, this could be a good bond-like investment.  Yes, a 5-10 year balloon would provide some protection against high inflation.

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Re: Considering an installment sale - seeking counsel
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2016, 04:17:54 AM »
I don't think there's enough detail here to say if it's a good idea or not.  Try to step back and look from a 'macro' viewpoint.  What are your goals?  Does this sale help you get closer to them?  Why do a seller finance instead of an outright sale?

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Re: Considering an installment sale - seeking counsel
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2016, 10:03:55 PM »
Rent to own (single family) are usually good bets in markets where the buyers are slim and the innovative structure is helpful.  (e.g., a rural farm property).

The bonus for the owner is that these are structured so that you retain ownership, and just build a "credit" account towards the purchase price.  If defaulted you keep some or all of the credit account.  (e.g., the new buyer pays rent plus a principal amount to the credit account).

So, the risk is a falling market where the buyer walks away, or a lot of damage to the property (like the risk with a a renter) but you have more $'s to hold.