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Minnesota Seller financing

In Minnesota and Wisconsin, seller financing has emerged as a way for people with poor credit-lack of credit-self employed-tax issues-High debt to income ratios a path toward home ownership following stricter regulations placed on mortgage lending.

Unlike a regular mortgage, in which the buyer gets the legal title to the house, the buyer in seller financing does not receive the legal title until they have fully paid off the purchase price of the house.

The buyer may sell the house and keep the equity above what the buyer owes to the seller. The buyer is often responsible for repairs, taxes and insurance, meaning that they have the responsibilities of being a homeowner and also get the tax benefits-Gain possible equity as the home values rise.

Seller/buyer benefits:
• Both the buyer and the seller can make substantial savings closing costs.
• They can negotiate the interest rate, repayment schedule, and other conditions of the loan.
• The buyer can request special conditions for the purchase.
• The borrower does not have to qualify with a loan underwriter.
• There are no PMI insurance premiums unless negotiated.
• The seller can receive a higher yield on his/her investment by receiving equity with interest verses a bank account.
• The seller could negotiate a higher interest rate.
• The seller could negotiate a higher selling price.
• The property could be sold “as is” so there will be no need for repairs.
• The seller could choose which security documents (mortgage document, etc.) to best secure his/her interest until the loan is paid.

It’s common for the installment payments of the purchase price to be similar to mortgage payments in amount and effect. The amount is often determined according to a mortgage 30 year amortization schedule In effect, each installment payment is partial payment of the purchase price and partial payment of interest on the unpaid purchase price. This is similar to mortgage payments which are part repayment of the principal amount of the mortgage loan and part interest. As the buyer pays more toward the principal of the loan over time, his(her) equity (equitable title or equitable interest) in the property increases.

If the buyer defaults on installment payments, the land contract may consider the failure to timely pay installments a breach of contract and the land equity may revert to the seller, depending on the land contract provisions.


Contract for deeds in Minnesota and Wisconsin can easily be written or modified by any seller or buyer; one may come across any variety of repayment plans. Interest only, negative amortization schedules, short balloons, extremely long amortizations just to name a few. “

Do not buy a home with a negative amortization schedule or interest only. If you do you will want to make extra payments monthly or will may end up owing more than you bought the property for.

It is not uncommon for land contracts to go unrecorded. In Minnesota the buyer must record the contract for deed within 4 months after signing it. ITs the law also it is very important for the buyer to record the deed to protect themselves against the seller trying to sell the home to someone else.

Reasons for a land contract

Although most land contracts can be used for a variety of reasons, their most common use is as a form of short-term Seller financing.

The ballon payment will be large, the buyer may obtain a Conventional -FHA -VA loan it the buyer is a veteran-Rural mortgage loan from a bank to make the final payment. Land contracts “also kn ow as a “contract for deed”. Are sometimes used by buyers who do not qualify for conventional mortgage loans offered by a traditional lending institution, for reasons of unestablished or poor credit.

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100s of homes to browse with contract for deed financing in Minnesota and more cd information on buying or selling a home in Minnesota or Wisconsin.

With Seller financing, the seller takes on the role of the lender. Instead of giving cash to the buyer, the seller extends enough credit to the buyer for the purchase price of the home, minus any down payment in which is usually 10-20%.

The buyer and seller sign a promissory note (which contains the terms of the loan.

Example 10% down of the sale price of the house. The rate is 7% for the length of 5 years in which then there is a ballon payment and the buyer will pay off the seller or sell the property.

Owner will Carry –
Means that the owner will become the bank. Generally, a seller who owes no money on the property will sell the house to a buyer for a specific price and ask for a down payment. Then the seller will finance the difference at a higher interest rate, generally 9-10% it depends on what banks are charging if the bank is at 7% the rate will be around 8%-9% to give you a ball park figure. All sellers are different with the terms.
Loan Closing Costs. … Lender costs, which can add 2 to 3 percent to the loan amount, include application fees, appraisal fees, origination fees and discount points. Owner financing, is alot different the buyer does not have all the fees it is a lot cheaper to close on a contract for deed sale than a Mortgage financed sale. Sellers may pay for some closing costs on a mortgage because they are getting paid off In full but with a contract for deed each party pays their own closings costs.
wraparound mortgage, more commonly known as a “wrap“, is a form of secondary financing for the purchase of real property. The seller extends to the buyer a junior mortgage which wraps around and exists in addition to any superior mortgages already secured by the property. This happens a lot in today’s real estate.

Promissory notes are not traded on a public exchange they are considered “illiquid”—not quickly and easily sold for their unpaid balance. But, if immediate cash is needed for an emergency, or for a better investment, selling the existing note becomes necessary. There are a lot of investors that will buy a not but they usually get a huge discount on it. Sometimes 20-30%

A fixed rate mortgage on which the monthly payments increase over time according to a set schedule. The interest rate on the loan does not change, and there is never any negative amortization. In other words, the first payment is a fully amortizing payment. This is what a buyer will want when buying a property on a contract for deed. You never want your payment to go up.

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