How to Close REO Wholesale Deals (Part 2 of 5): Using Quitclaim Deeds

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This article is part 2 in a 5 part series where I will explain the various methods available for closing REO wholesale deals and getting around the bank’s “No Assignment” clause.

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Using the Quitclaim Deed Method to Wholesale Real Estate

Last week, I explained the mechanics of using a simultaneous closing, and this week I will discuss using the Quitclaim Deed Method to get your REO wholesale deals to the closing table.

When using the Quitclaim Deed Method, you will be adding your end buyer onto the purchase contract that you have with the bank, and then giving them a quit claim deed after closing in exchange for your wholesale fee.

Once you have a property under contract with the bank, and once you have an end buyer lined up to purchase the property, you will need to draw up an addendum (or have the agent do it for you), which states that you will be adding an additional buyer onto the purchase contract. This addendum will need to be signed by both you and the bank.

When presenting the agent with the addendum to add an additional buyer, I simply explain that I have to decided to bring on a money partner in the deal, and that I need for them to be on title as well. I have only closed a handful of deals in this manner, but I never had a problem getting the bank to sign the addendum. You do run the risk, though, of having the bank refuse, so you might want to have a back-up plan in mind, just in case

On the day of closing, the end buyer will show up with two checks- one for the purchase of the property, and one for the wholesale fee. Immediately after closing, a quit claim deed will be executed which will remove me from title, and in exchange, my buyer will pay me the agreed upon wholesale fee.

One of the advantages of using this strategy as opposed to a simultaneous closing is, since there is only one transaction taking place, there will only be one set of closing costs to pay.

If you decide to close your REO wholesale deals in this manner, I recommend having a competent real estate attorney draw up the proper documents for you to ensure that both you and your end buyer are protected in the transaction.

Next week I’ll be back with yet another way to get your REO wholesale deals closed, so stay tuned…

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Formerly a bartender, Steph Davis is now a full time wholesaler in Tampa, FL. If you'd like to get an idea of what it's really like out there in the trenches, head on over to her blog:!


  1. We are currently wholesaling REOs in the MD/DC/VA area. I am most greatful for you sharing the quit claim strategy, as it is one we haven’t used or considered. This is definitely another tool that will be added to our belt!

  2. Hi Will,

    Actually, this will not work if you are selling to someone getting a conventional loan- I should have mentioned that in the post..

    The deals that I have closed in this manner have all been sold to cash buyers.

    And yes, just like a regular assignment deal, your buyer will know what you are making.

    My experience has been that as long as my end buyer is getting a good deal, they don’t care what I am making. Some do, but most don’t. If I’m worried about it, I can always do a double close instead..


  3. Of course this strategy requires your end buyer to come out of pocket for your fee. Since they have to be conventional buyers due to the FHA 90 day seasoning rule, that could be too much to ask of your end buyer in some cases. It also allows for your end buyer to know EXACTLY how much you will make before the deal is made.
    That all said, it is a great tool and strtagey not only for REO properties but even more so for short sales.

  4. thanks, this is really awesome information. I’ve heard of this technique in general but never the details of the mechanics. Is there any standard paperwork that you use to document the agreement with your end buyer that perhaps you could share, or maybe just let us know what you think the most important points are?
    Do you ask the buyer to reimburse the earnest money once they’re on the contract?
    On the off-chance for whatever reason your end buyer flakes, are you then jointly held to be in non-performance?
    Thanks again!

  5. Hi Eric,

    I had my atty draw up the paperwork on the few deals that I closed using the quitclaim deed. It’s been a few years since I’ve closed a deal in this manner, so I can’t really remember the specifics of the contract(s). If you decide to go this route, I would definitely consult w a local atty first just to make sure you have everything you need..

    As far as the buyer backing out- that is one of the reasons I stopped closing my REO deals this way… if the buyer were to back out, then you are stuck with their name on the contract, which could turn into a huge mess if/when you find another end buyer to take their place.


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