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Sellercarryback is a mortgage financing option that is offered by sellers to buyers and real estate investors. While this strategy has been used for years, it has become considerably more popular since the mortgage crisis began in 2008.

Sellercarryback mortgages can be an ideal solution for buyers with less than perfect credit and those who can't afford a large down payment. It can also be beneficial to sellers. By carrying all or part of the mortgage note sellers can obtain a better price for the house.

With that said, it is imperative for both parties to engage in due diligence. A purchase agreement needs to be executed and legally recorded. It is strongly recommended to hire a real estate attorney to ensure everyone is protected and the contract is legally binding.

Seller carry back mortgages are secured with a promissory note that includes pertinent information about the loan. It should include the purchase price, down payment amount, monthly installment amount, interest rate, and maturity date.

The majority of sellers do not provide 100 percent financing. Instead, they carryback part of the purchase price and buyers obtain the remaining balance through other means. It's usually easier to qualify for real estate loans when applying for much less than the property value.

For instance, if the owner carries 40 percent of financing against $100,000 property, the buyer would only require bank financing for $60,000 or less. The average down payment requirement by banks is 20 percent, so it is best if sellers agree to carry back at least 25 percent of the purchase amount.

Sellers can determine how much of a down payment they desire. The average requirement using seller carry back trust deeds falls between 3 and 10 percent. Banks typically require a minimum of 20 percent. The only bank financing option that lets buyers with bad credit provide smaller down payments is Home Path Mortgage.

Sellercarryback agreements usually last between 2 and 5 years, but can extend for any timeframe that is legal and both parties agree to. If the full balance of the carried back amount is not paid in full by the maturity date, buyers will need to refinance mortgages and payoff the seller.

One consideration of refinancing mortgages when traditional and carryback mortgages are involved is bank mortgages might include a prepayment clause. This can be a costly mistake, so it's important to thoroughly read the Truth in Lending document and loan terms.

Prepayment penalties are assessed when mortgagors pay off the mortgage note early. This includes refinancing the loan and taking out a new one. Mortgagors can be hit with a double-whammy if the refinanced mortgage also includes a prepayment penalty. Always read the fine print and consult with a lawyer if necessary.

Property owners can sell their sellercarryback note at any time, as long as they disclose it to the buyer. This is no different than banks selling mortgage notes to another service provider. The contract remains in place, but monthly installments are sent to the note owner.

It has become increasingly difficult for people to qualify for conventional bank loans. This has made it nearly impossible for people that have credit blemishes. Sellercarryback is an option that can help people buy a house as they work toward improving their credit scores.

Sellercarryback is not for everyone and not all sellers engage in this kind of financing. It's best to research a variety of creative financing options to determine which offers the most benefits and least risk. Some of the more popular include: lease purchase options agreements, Subject 2, and take over payments. We discuss each of these topics in-depth in our home buying article library.

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Published on December 23, 2011 at 03:23 AM

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