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A  Minnesota contract for deed is an alternative financing agreement in which the seller/Owner finances the sale of the property rather than a lender or credit union-Bank Ect..  The Home buyer will get  possession and Keys of the property after the closing.

When buying a home through a contract for deed, the homebuyer agrees to pay the seller the purchase price over time with interest in monthly installments. The contract for Deed terms will vary  from Owner To Owner.  

Usually The payments include principal and interest, sometimes the Seller may offer  interest only be aware by doing this the payment will be cheaper but you principal will come off the balance.

The amortization periods that are negotiated between buyer and seller, typically about 3-7 years. A Minnesota Contract for deed agreement usually include a lump-sum balloon payment, with the full amount due within the 3-7 years.

The contract will state this so make sure you have a knowledgable Real Estate Broker drafting the cd. Steve Vennemann BoardWalk Premier Realty has been in Real Estate for over 24 years. Call him to get your Home SOLD!

 There is always Balloon payment  at the end of the contract unless buyer makes extra monthly cd payments . The buyer will have pay to the full remaining amount due, for which the buyer will need a mortgage loan or a lot of cash on Hand.

After the homebuyer pays all the payments called for under the contract, the seller is obligated to give the homebuyer a Warranty deed to the property.

The use of contracts for deed to buy a property’s been on the rise since 2008. The foreclosure crisis in 2008 to 2010 has resulted in tighter loan underwriting standards, leading to fewer qualified buyers.

 Contract for deed agreements are attractive to home sellers because they open up the market to more buyers who, for a number of reasons, cannot get a mortgage or qualify for one.


A few Examples are .

  1. Self employed.
  2. Owe back taxes.
  3. Debt to income ratios
  4. Lack of employment
  5. Relocation
  6. Want to buy a home before buyer closes on their existing property.
  7. Want to own multiple properties
  8. Buy Investment properties or commercial real estate.

Benefits of a Contract for deed

  1. No Bank qualifying  
  2. No debt to income ratios
  3. No mortgage insurance
  4. Quick closings . Usually we can close in 7 days if the property is vacant
  5. No appraisals fees
  6. No lender fees save $1000s
  7. Can put home in LLC


Recording a Minnesota contract for deed

Within four months of signing the contract for deed in Minnesota, you must “record” it with the office of the county recorder or registrar of titles in the county in which the property is located. If you do not do so, you could face a fine. Recording the contract will also help prove your possession of the property and protect you from post-contract encumbrances placed on the property by the seller. Title is insurance is recommend but not required.

We always recommend trying to get approved thru a lender the rates and terms are more favorable. Conventional can be 3% down. FHA can be 3-3.5% down. Va and rural loans are as low as zero money down.


Here are some tips to getting a Mortgage or speeding up your Requalifying for your contract for deed MN.

  1. Check your credit score.
  2. Creditkarma.com offers alot of free tools to help you raise your credit scores also view the scores for free.
  3. Fix errors on your credit report.
  4. Maximize your Fico scores. pay down your credit cards and other debt. Get collections and tax liens removed from your credit report.
  5. Find a low credit score lender. We work with a company that can help buyers with 620 credit scores or direct you in a direction on how to get your credit up faster to get qualified for a mortgage.
  6. Get pre approved.
  7. What are considered “good” and “bad” credit scores? 720+ = Excellent credit 680-719 = Good credit 620-679 = Fair credit 580-619 = Poor credit 579 and lower = Bad credit.
  8. FHA Home Loans 580 credit score 3.5% down.
  9. Fha with 500-570 credit scores 10% down.
  10. Factors that can Help you Buy a House with Bad Credit
    No Late Payments in the Last 12 Months
  11. Having a low Debt-to-Income Ratio
  12. Buying a House with Bad Credit Even for borrowers with low credit scores the American dream of homeownership is still with in reach.
  13. Contract for deed homes in Minnesota are a great way to buy a property.

Buying a home with Bad credit Tips!


There are alot of homes for sale contract for deed in Minnesota and Wisconsin. But with the hot housing market -Homes are selling very fast with multiple offers so home buyers need to act very fast. With in 1 day in most situations.

What can the buyer expect. We have an a wide range of properties to view. Town homes-Condo’s lake homes-Cabins-Waterfront Properties- Virtually all types of properties that you can buy with a Mortgage.

We draft the contract for deed terms-Purchase agreement-set up the closing with a title company. It is very important to have a title search. The title company with draft the final contract for deed that gets recorded with the county the property is in.

Don’t worry I have been in Real Estate for over 24 years I work with land contracts and other contracts daily.

If you dont have any money I recommend looking at Rent to own homes. I dont have any of them right now. You will want to search Google-Yahoo ect and find rent to own properties or lease options. Remember you are only renting and you do not have home ownership rights in those homes. So I highly recommend if you do this dont put alot of money into the home till you buy it other wise you will most likely be out the money if you cannot purchase it. Contract for deed you can sell the home and retain any equity in the house.

If you are ready to take the next step call us or email us anytime.

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