Mortgage Note Sale – Selling A Real Estate Note

The Definition Of A Mortgage Note:

A mortgage note (also called a real estate note or promissory note) is a written document that creates a lien by pledging real property as security for a debt. Mortgage notes go hand in hand with the deed of trust note, which transfers ownership of the property from the seller to the buyer.  A mortgage note sale refers to the holder of the note selling all or part of the note to a mortgage note buyer like Seascape Capital.

The mortgage note specifies: the sum of money to be paid plus interest, the rate at which it is paid until the promise is fulfilled, and assigns the borrower (also called the “holder” or “carrier”) who signs the note personal responsibility for repayment. Other variables, such as interest rate and payment types (balloon or interest only), will depend on the terms of the individual loan.

Types Of Mortgage Notes:

There are a wide array of mortgage loans, ranging from: “conforming” (meaning it meets the purchase limits put forth by the government-backed lenders Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae) and “conventional” (which has not been underwritten and backed by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae), to “jumbo” (when the purchase amount exceeds the limits established by the government sponsored entities) and “non-conforming” (which does not meet the criteria for ‘conforming’).

Mortgage notes are often associated with sales of property using owner financing, a type of financing in which the seller of a tangible item accepts a mortgage note as a portion of the purchase price (also called seller financing). Often times, owner financing can be a form of financing for individuals who experience difficulties obtaining a traditional mortgage loan through a bank.  Mortgage notes can be carried on many types of real estate properties, including residential, commercial, mobile and land.

Now that we have covered the definition of a mortgage note and the general types of mortgage notes, we can begin to understand the process of selling notes.  When you choose to have a mortgage note sale, you will want to find an established and trustworthy note buyer, understand the process of selling your note, and have an interest in the elements that go in to the pricing of your note.  The price that you will receive on your note is based on a number of factors, including property type and condition, the amount of equity and seasoning, the payer credit, and the terms of the note.  An excellent note buyer should be able to explain everything related to the mortgage sale thoroughly, and be happy to answer any and all of your questions.

Again, our goal is to continue providing you with important and helpful information about this process and answer your questions along the way. If you have a specific question that you would like answered or would like an offer to buy your note, we invite you to give Alan a call today at (858) 208-7776. We also welcome questions and comments, so please feel free to share your insights and let us know of any mortgage note topics of particular interest to you.


Written by Alan Noblitt

Alan Noblitt is the President of Seascape Capital, LLC, and works as both a real estate note buyer and a business note broker. Alan has an MBA from Arizona State University, a B.S. from the University of Wyoming, and is licensed as a California Real Estate Note Buyer.

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