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Sometimes you will find that a great money making idea is so easy that you just want to hit yourself in the head and say "DUH, how did I miss this?" This is one of those ideas...
When selling on lease option it is common for the seller to ask for 5% down. The problem is that many times a well qualified buyer may not have the full 5%. Let’s use an example…
You have a $100K house and you want $5,000 down. The property has been on the market for two months and you REALLY need to sell it. You find a buyer who has a good job, good credit etc. who could easily qualify if they had a decent down payment. Problem is that this buyer only has $3,000 to put down today. What do you do?
A lot of investors in this situation would take the $3,000 down and be glad that they have a good tenant-buyer and no mortgage payment to cover next month. The issue here is that you are leaving $2,000 on the table. This same buyer would more than likely be happy to give you $3,000 today and the balance of $2,000 in a promissory note. This promissory note can be any terms that the two of you agree on. Sometimes the buyer will pay you in one lump sum (for example, when their tax money comes in) other times they will be happy to pay an additional $XXX dollars per month until the full amount is paid. Regardless of the terms, you are getting $2,000 more than you had to start with. Granted, if the buyer exercises their option you would eventually get the $2,000 anyway, but that is IF they exercise the option to purchase.
Do The Math
If you do this with only five tenant-buyers a year then you will increase your yearly income by $10,000 or more.