When you buy off plan, you usually pay less than you would pay for a completed property. Developers have an easier time financing the construction of pre-sold properties, so it’s in their interest to sell off plan. This is – or should be – passed along to the buyer. When you consider any off plan investment, research the market for similar properties, and expect to pay less, as much as 25% in some cases.
Let’s recap what a traditional realtor sale encompasses so we can then compare it to private property sales. First, you would ideally interview 3-5 realtor agents to make sure you are comfortable with one that understands both your individual needs (fast cash, minimum net, short sale, etc.) as well as your neighborhood. Then you sign your exclusive listing agreement and your realtor starts marketing your property through, ideally, all potential outlets to find a buyer. This includes listing the property on the local MLS (multiple listing service), posting a sign out front, advertising in the local paper and, of course, everywhere possible online: business page, social media sites (Facebook and Twitter), perhaps a YouTube video walkthrough and more.
If it’s the seller making you the loan (or secondary loan), ask yourself this: Why would the seller allow me to purchase this property without coughing up one penny of my own cash? Unless the seller has a slate loose, chances are that the price you end up paying for the property is inflated and the seller counts the financing as a wind fall.
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And unless you are in Texas where Lease Options are against the law, you could probably do a Lease Option and structure it in such a way that when the market comes back up they could purchase the house that they are renting from you at a later date.
Leverage. Leverage, with regards to real estate invesment, is the use of borrowed funds in order to purchase realty. This is done with anticipation that the purchased realty will boost the profit.
Option 2 – Private Property Sales. As stated above, you’re saving a lot of money and have complete freedom with regarding to marketing, showing the property, picking your offers and closing on your own terms. You’ll put in the hours and effort, but for the right seller it’s the way to go.
When you finally have a buyer whose offer you approve of, you then you just need to arrange the closing. Talk to a local attorney or title & escrow company and they will walk you through the final stages to make the sale official and get all the proper documents recorded with the local government.