Posted over 9 years ago

How to Sell Your Owner / Seller Financed Mortgage Note!

Want freedom from collecting payments for the next 10, 20, or even 30 years?  Prefer a lump sum of cash today?


If you sold your property using owner OR seller financing, chances are you’ve wondered about selling the real estate note.  Here’s how to sell a mortgage note, business note, trust deed, or contract in 7 easy steps.


Step #1 Request a Quote 


- Just complete a short informational worksheet to receive a free no obligation quote.  This can be submitted online or over the phone (1-800-596-4260).


Step #2 Provide Document Copies


- To get started note buyers like to see copies of these three documents:


*Settlement Statement

*Promissory Note 

*Mortgage, Trust Deed, or Contract


It is also a good time to be sure you know where the originals are located, especially the Promissory Note, as they will be requested at closing.


Step #3 Accept Offer & Agreement


- Once an offer is accepted it will be outlined in a written agreement.  In addition to stating the price, the agreement will specify conditions of closing and who pays costs.


Step #4 Note Buyer Review


- The mortgage note buyer will perform a detailed review of the transaction, known as due diligence.  This includes a review of the buyer’s credit, current tax and insurance status, payer interview, and other important items.  They may also request copies of additional documents including a payment history, insurance policy, and existing title report.


Step #5 Appraisal


- The note investor will order an evaluation of the current property value.  This usually takes the form of a Broker’s Price Opinion (BPO) or Drive-by Appraisal.  The investor wants to be sure the property value is still equal to or greater than the sales price.  If the value comes in low, the note investor may present a revised offer for consideration.


Step #6 Title Search


- The title search verifies ownership of the property and the mortgage note.  It saves time and money to work with any title report that might exist from the original sale date.  If the title search shows money is still owed on a prior mortgage it will usually be paid from proceeds.


Step #7 Closing


- When all steps are complete the note buyer will send the final closing documents for signature.  The title company is often used to handle the exchange of money for the original note and transfer documents.  Funds are typically paid in the form of a wire transfer or cashier’s check.  You are also encouraged to have your attorney review and advise with the closing process.


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Selling your mortgage note can be a simple process when you work with an experienced note buyer!

Comments (8)

  1. I have a note, been thinking about selling. I have had two offers on my note. Both finance companies came out with the same pay off. How much should I expect to receive off of my property note. How will I know if its a good company.

    1. I really couldn't tell you how much you should expect to receive from the sale of your note without having the information I need to give you a quote. If you would like a quote, go to: Click on the "online quote request" link at the bottom of the page or the "free quotes" link and submit your information OR give us a call tomorrow. We're in our office Monday-->Friday...9AM-7PM. We'll be happy to help you. I think the focus of a note seller should get paid the highest amount for his or her note.

  2. Charles what is your exit strategy when you buy the note?

    1. When I buy a note, I usually keep it. It all depend on what I'm looking for at that time. If someone has a note for sale and I'm not looking to add to my portfolio, I broker it.

  3. Charles, typically what percentage of face value do you pay for a note? I know there are variables, but on average?

    1. Hi Jon, There is typically no average percentage but I have personally paid up to 80% of the face value of a note. Of course, the paid price of a note depends on variables such as: credit score of the note payer, seasoning of the note, location of the property, etc...

  4. Why would you want to give up a nice income stream at a rip-off price??

    1. I have sold a note or two in the past because I saw other opportunities at the time that required huge cash lump-sums to take advantage of.