Re: new investor with good credit and low debt - Posted by T.Byrd
Posted by T.Byrd on July 11, 2004 at 02:24:37:
It’s great to see someone staying away from unneeded consumer debt and being wise with their money.
In regards to using OPM vs.bank’s money,etc., I believe you may should spend a bit more time understanding OPM. When you buy using OPM, that just means it’s not your money. The bank gets the funds it loans you based on $$ from other investors,depositors,etc., and if they sell the loan they madeto you (and almost always they will) it will be to an investor or group of investors. I understand what you’re saying as far as seller financing,etc. but understand why you want to use OPM.
1st-buying subject to existing mortgages or with seller held mortgages keeps you from having to pay loan fees,etc. if you were to go conventional,also it keeps your credit score high by not adding more debt in your name & it allows you to season the title in your name, giving you more options on refinancing in 6-12 mos.
2-look at the ROI,return on investment! For simplicity,let’s say you buy a investment property for $100,000 using all cash…your own cash.The property appreciates 5%the first year so at the end of the year it’s now worth $105,000. Your $100,000 cash has earned 5% over the year.(For simplicity, we’re not going consider pos.cash flow,depreciation & tax deductions rightnow).Now let’s say that you bought the same property using the bank’s money with $10,000 cash of yours and$90,000 of the banks.At the end of the year, the property has still appreciated $5k, regardless of who’s money bought it, but thetitle is in your name, so you have an increase in net worth of $5k, but this time you only took $10k of your cash,not $100K, therefore now your $10k cash investment has earn 50% ROI on the same property. And if, by using creative financing,you were able to only bring $1k out of your pocket to buy this same property, all things beingthe same as above, your $1K cash investment would now have earned 500% annual return!
DON’T GET ME WRONG, HAVING GREAT CREDIT AND BEING ABLE TO GET BANK LOANS EASY IS FABULOUS AND MAKES YOUR WORLD A LOT EASIER! But not having cash to dump into marginal deals to make them work will make you a more discrete investor.
I’ve seen that there are a lot of differing opinions from a lot of successful investors, therefore, you can do things the way you want,within reason, and still make a lot of money in RE. But I believe in understanding those areas that successful people praise as good, if I don’t understand them,justto makesure that i’m running my business as efficiently and profitable as absolutely possible.
I hope this helps and wish you the best of luck.