Are you looking to increase the number of real estate deals you can do without significantly increasing your risk and without increasing the amount of cash or credit you need? If so, then deedless real estate investing may be just the strategy you’re looking for.
Deedless real estate investing is a collective term used to describe a group of tactics that do not involve an immediate transfer of ownership of a piece of property. Among these tactics are straight lease option, sandwich lease option, and subject to.
The first of these, the straight lease option, describes an agreement between you the investor and the seller in which you lease (or rent) their property for a monthly payment, and you have a guaranteed option to buy the property at a predetermined price within a fixed period of time. Ownership does not change hands unless and until you exercise your purchase option, making this the first type of deedless real estate investing.
The second type of deedless real estate investing, the sandwich lease option, starts out as a straight lease option. You then, as the tenant buyer, would find a second tenant/buyer to assign your interest in the property to. They would lease the property from you, with the option to buy it from you. When and if they exercise their option, you would in turn exercise your option to buy from the original seller. This puts you in the middle of the sandwich, where you stand to profit with little or none of your own money at risk!
Finally, the third tactic for deedless real estate investing is the subject to, which means you buy the property subject to the existing mortgage or deed of trust remaining in place in the seller’s name- you simply start making the payments. Some investors actually do insist that they get the deed when doing a subject to deal, but they don’t record the deed until they resell the property and cash out the seller’s loan.
Other subject to investors don’t get the deed, waiting instead until they find a buyer who exercises their option and cashes them out of the seller’s loan. Doing it this way makes this a true deedless real estate investing tactic, but significantly increases the risk. I don’t recommend it!
We have barely scratched the surface of what could be said about these three tactics for deedless real estate investing, but now you have an overview. Add these tactics to your real estate investing toolkit, and more deals will be available to you.
Now, go make more offers!