Re: why the neg on sandwich L/O’s??? - Posted by Sean
Posted by Sean on June 06, 2006 at 08:23:12:
Sadnwhich L/O and SUB2s are indeed potential land mines.
There are many risks with both these types of deals.
Now with that said, I do sometimes use L/O deals when the situation is right for them… SUB2ing in a state with a 3-4% transfer tax isn’t a no money down deal… L/O with a $10 option consideration is about as light as you can go.
L/O is certainly a way to get into a property incredibly light and quickly.
However, I NEVER EVER EVER L/O a property that I know I could not not actually buy myself if I had to… I also don’t L/O or SUB2 properties with ungodly payments attached that my finances won’t afford.
What happens with SUB2 and L/O deals is often, newbie goes to a seminar, learns one of these techniques… goes out and builds a nice house of cards in a year or two… and then most of those deals wind up falling apart, he gets stuck on the line for tens of thousands of dollars of mtg payments he can’t make, get sued by the original sellers and or buyers… spends all his time fighting those fires so that he can’t keep bringing in more cards to keep the pile upright, and crashes and burns in a glorious mess.
Or your original seller winds up in some sort of financial mess? I know they tell you trusts will shield you from this… but don’t believe it… If they wind up in trouble, and file BK or get a judgement against them… etc etc etc… that house will become part of the mess, one way or another.
I am not against the technique, but it is often used by folks who don’t have a clue, making themselves a huge mess.
Can you get a L/O on a pretty house, get a nice big down payment from a T/B and make a spread? Sure… but most folks go spend that down payment, and when T/B walks or the deal falls apart for some other reason, and they have already spent that deposit, and have to fill the place again and can’t do it quickly enough they can’t make the payments… not to mention fight the fight if they get sued for something, or the tenants trash the place and now it must be repaired before it can be marketed…etc etc etc…
It IS a valid technique, but like buying and holding, I would not recommend it to folks who have no money and no credit to be building their businesses around.