Rookie Real Estate Investor Guide: Trust Deed Investing

Rookie Real Estate Investor Guide: Trust Deed Investing

By | 2017-07-21T17:40:51+00:00 July 21st, 2017|Trust deed investments|Comments Off on Rookie Real Estate Investor Guide: Trust Deed Investing
So you’re a rookie real estate investor? Before you begin trust deed investing, there are few things to consider. Trust deed investments offer flexibility, varying returns, and security. Investing in multiple trust deeds provides diversification for your portfolio. Trust deed investing allows you to invest in real estate (which is always a good idea) without having to deal with the hassles of being a landlord.

Trust Deed Investments

When you invest in trust deeds you essentially become the bank. By charging interest on the loan, you are making money the same way banks make their money. Trust deed loans are collateralized by real estate and secured by a deed of trust. The rates and terms are flexible and, when you work with an experienced broker, you can find a great investment that will provide you with a consistent stream of passive income.
A trust deed investment needs a loan servicer who manages the loan and collects the interest payments for the investor. This loan servicer is also generally the broker who arranges the trust deed loan for the investor. The investor and the borrower sign a loan servicing agreement which provides instructions on payments, distributions, documentation, and handling possible defaults. The primary job of the servicer is to manage the trust deed investment account and protect the interests of all investors.
The loan servicer has a very important job when it comes to trust deed investments so you want to make sure that you pick one that values communication and transparency. When investing in trust deed loans, you should look for someone who is who is experienced, knowledgeable, transparent, and honest.
When investing in a trust deed, the investor is buying someone else’s real estate loan, which is secured by a trust deed. When a real estate investor purchases trust deed, they are setting up a relationship as an intermediary between the original lender and the borrower. In Trust Deed investing the name/company name will be on the actual deed as the lender with and ROI of 10% to 12% and interest only payments. This rate will be decided upon by the investor and the borrower and the payments are delivered to the investor on a monthly basis.

Fractionalized Trust Deed Investments

In a regular trust deed investment, the investor claims 100% of the investment and owns the promissory note, the trust deed, the title policy and fire insurance policy – each in its original form. With a fractionalized trust deed investments, the broker retains the documents and merely gives lenders a copy to evidence their ownership.
Working with multiple members can be difficult but as long as the members communicate clearly with each other, it will help smooth out any problems that may come up. Here are a few ways to make your fractionalized trust deed investment go as smoothly as possible:
  • Make sure you have regular meetings with each member of your group being involved. Do not end these meetings until you have a clear sense of direction and until you uniformly  agree on all matters.
  • Make sure your group is as small as possible. Eight or nine people the maximum.
  • If possible, hire a qualified real estate attorney to advise and represent your group.
Because trust deed investments are secured by real estate, your money works harder and smarter without the risking drops in interest rates and returns. Trust Deed Investing is a tried and true method of creating a steady stream of fully collateralized, passive income.

About the Author:

Yanni Raz is The Founder and CEO of HML Investments, with over 15 years in the real estate and hard money lending industry, Yanni is an expert in real estate investing, trust deed investments and more.