What Does Subject-To Financing Mean to Real Estate Investors?

Acquiring real estate “Subject To” is an investment strategy that allows investors to acquire a property with little or no money out of pocket by leaving the seller’s existing mortgage in place. More simply, the investor does not have to get a loan through a bank or hard money lender to buy the property because they have purchased the property “subject to” the existing loan or loans. Put another way, “subject to” is a way to control a property by having the seller of that property continue to hold their bank financing in their name, but give the interest, benefits, and responsibility of the property to the investor. Because the seller’s name remains on the loan they will still remain liable for the payments if they were not made by the buyer.

Subject To Investing | Common Questions

Could the lender call the loan due if the property is sold subject-to?

Technically yes, but practically no. Whenever a home is sold, the underlying lender technically has the right to “call the loan due”. This is known as the “due on sale clause.” Almost all home loans that are less than 25 years old will have a “due on sale clause.” That being said, we have never seen a case in which a lender actually calls a loan in which the loan payments are being made in a timely manner. Banks are in the business of loaning money and collecting money, not in the business of managing property. Additionally, the lender would have to do their due diligence in order to even know that a sale took place, and why would they do that on a well performing loan? Finally, there are some strategies that investors use to further disguise a subject to sale, however, it is debatable whether these strategies are necessary.

Can a property be sold subject to when payments have been missed?

Yes, in some cases if there is a substantial amount of equity in the home, an investor or buyer may be willing to make up the back payments and buy the property subject to.
How will selling subject to affect the seller’s credit?

Most of the time there will be no affect on the seller’s credit in a subject to deal. However, if the seller has missed payments in the past and then an investor or buyer makes up those missed payments and pays on time from that moment on, it can actually improve the seller’s credit score. On the flip side, if the seller were to sell their home subject to the existing financing to a buyer that is not able to make the payments on time, the seller’s credit could then be damaged.

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Finance is for Everyone

Money makes the world go round, as they say, and while the whole world is full of those crisp or wilted paper bills it seems that they like to slip right through our hands so quickly.

People who know how to make a dollar or two with ease enter the world of finance, which is the business of managing your money and your other assets. If you’ve got a bank account, finance is involved.

If you’re considering an investment to support your future, you’re thinking in terms of finance. Maybe it’s on our minds 24/7. After all, we need money to survive, and most of our lives is spent on making it. Not just stockbrokers or bankers or investors, the so-called money-jugglers of society.

The thing is, finance is really for everyone. If you’ve got money, then you have to involve your brain in the act of finance or money-managing to get the most bang for your buck. Otherwise, you will splurge and you will wonder where in the world the money went.

The best time to start learning about finance is the time you start to receive money. Think about it. When you received a check in the mail from your grandma as your birthday present, weren’t you already thinking of what you were going to spend it all on?

That is the essence of finance, although that very act may have been insensible and financially disagreeable; hey, you were just a kid, after all.

Maybe you were a smart kid, one who knew how money goes. Maybe you’ve stashed it in your secret hiding place. Maybe you started to go into business by selling lemonade (although maybe you drank more than half of it too). Maybe you gave some away to your favorite charity. Yup, that was finance too. We all know better now, don’t we?

It hasn’t changed much; we go out to make money, we spend some, we save some, until we have enough to make a couple of major purchases such as homes or vacations. Only we know a bit more. And we’ve understood more of the finance jargon that sometimes rolls on the tongue.

Investments. Assets. Loans. Benefits. Mortgage. Insurance. Knowlege is power, as they say, and knowledge on how to finance will lead you to finance greater amounts of money in the future. So study up. Take finance management classes. Follow the stock market. Listen in on discussions.

Finance also includes self-discipline. Sometimes you have to keep yourself from small pleasures in order to attain the bigger more important things. Finance means that you need to set your priorities straight. Sacrifice may seem like a lot at the moment but the end will justify the means.

Finance is planning ahead. For your future. For your future’s future. For your financial safety and stability. Because it is a very difficult thing to get by in this world without the proper resources. It is preparation for the unknown. Managing your finances mean decreasing the number of worry lines on your face.

So if you’ve got money, if you’re planning to make money, or if you’re thinking about money, well then, you’re thinking about finance. Just keep in mind not just to think about finance, but to think about it wisely, too.

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