6 Owner Financing Tips For Sellers In Charleston

If you’re thinking of selling your house using owner financing, make sure you read this blog post to learn the 6 owner financing tips for sellers in Charleston…

There are many ways to sell your house. You could list it on the market and see what sellers will pay. You could work with a real estate buying company (like what we do here at Dana Properties, LLC) and get a fair all-cash offer, or you can consider owner financing and “be the bank” to sell your house to a buyer and collect payments over time.

Owner financing is a valuable but under-used strategy to sell your house. It’s where you offer terms to the buyer to pay you regular payments (just like a mortgage). Here are 6 owner financing tips for sellers in Charleston

Owner Financing Tip #1: Don’t Focus Only On Price

Price is just one component. Of course, you’ll want to find a price that is fair for both of you but there are other considerations as well (which could benefit you more than the asking price).

Owner Financing Tip #2: Timeline

Think about the timeline you want to be paid in. Banks might offer 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25-year mortgages. Do you want to accept payments over that period of time? Your buyer will want to find a timeline that works for them, too: they might not want to be paying you 25 years down the road!

Owner Financing Tip #3: Terms

The terms of the deal are one of the most important yet most overlooked parts of the deal. The terms might include things like how much down payment you want if there’s an early repayment penalty or a late payment penalty, and most important – how much interest you charge.

Owner Financing Tip #4: Protect Yourself

Even if you enter into an agreement with someone who is completely trustworthy, things could still go wrong – so make sure you protect yourself. For example, make sure you have insurance and the other person does as well for the various situations that could occur. And consider including a clause that retains the ownership of the house in your name until the house is fully paid.

Owner Financing Tip #5: Build Contingencies

Most of your owner financing agreement will be built around the “ideal plan” – of what would happen if everything goes perfectly. But sometimes things happen outside of our control, so building contingencies allow you to make better decisions if the unexpected happens. For example, what if the buyer no longer wants the house, or can longer pay, or wants to pay early, or wants to use the house in a different way than expected? Or what if your circumstances change and you no longer want to sell or you need to sell even faster? Agree to the contingencies with your buyer ahead of time and the arrangement will be so much smoother.

Owner Financing Tip #6: Get An Attorney

No matter how you ultimately structure your owner financing deal, make sure you work closely with an attorney who can help you. A poorly worded agreement could end up hurting you; an attorney can help.

Are you thinking about selling your house?

If you’re thinking of selling and are exploring your options, consider selling directly to us. If you don’t want to go through the hassle and headache of selling to the market then we might be able to help. Call our team at 843-883-3319 or click here now and fill out the form and we’ll give you a fair all-cash offer on your house.

Duncan

About Duncan

Duncan Townsend is a native South Carolinian with a degree from Clemson University. His real estate career extends over thirty years and spans many facets of the field including pre-construction sales, land development, property management, home construction, residential renovations, many property investments, and general real estate brokerage. His sales and marketing experience began with US Capital Corporation in Banner Elk, NC in 1980 working on new condominium projects and later moved to Hilton Head Island, SC to continue work on multi-family projects with Raintree Corporation and single family homes with The Hilton Head Plantation Company. In 1991 Duncan established Osprey Construction Company on Johns Island, SC to serve clients in the design and build custom high-end custom homes on Kiawah and Seabrook Islands. His entrepreneurial ventures through Osprey Construction included speculative home and land development, condominium conversions, property renovations, and property management. Duncan has owned and successfully managed short term and long term residential rentals, and commercial office properties. Duncan is a member of the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors, a Construction Specifications Institute Construction Documents Technologist, was an ASTM Standards Committee member and he actively served on the board of directors for the both the Construction Specifications Institute, Mt. Rainier Chapter in Tacoma WA, and for the Seattle Building Enclosure Council. He is also an active member of the Exchange Club of Charleston. An enthusiastic learner, Duncan continues to expand his extensive knowledge of real estate and construction through studies on buyer and seller representation, law updates, property foreclosures, short sales, lease/purchase methods, installment sales, tax strategies for real estate, marketing to find deals, self directed IRAs , private money funding, negotiation strategies, and more.

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