Posted by Ed Copp (OH) on February 17, 2001 at 14:36:06:
you’re a bit short, perhaps tapped out; or broke. O.K. there is another way, but let me say that an investor without money, or without sufficient money is sometimes at a disadvantage.
One suggestion would be to get an option from the seller, for the amount owed. Pay him a small amount for the option. Record a memorandum of option, and make the option for a time period considerable longer than the sale that is scheduled. Since the owner may come into some money and bring the payments current, stopping the sale.
You will now have an option that you can market. Figure in the costs that will be due if you sell the option, such as back payments, title search; and tossing out the squatters. Incidentally it is not beyoud the scope of immagination for the occupants (namely the ex-wifes’ father to come up with some money to bring the mortgage payments up to date, in exchange for the deed; as a matter of fact this may be his plan) to attempt to buy this deal out from under you.
Then you can look for a buyer. What you will be selling is your option, and the new buyer of the option, will actually buy the property in your place.