Good Question. Owner financing can be as good or better than bank financing, especially for the buyer. Seller may be willing to hold a 2nd mortgage (behind a bank held 1st) or finance the whole thing.
Benefits from the buyer's side:
1) there are ususally fewer closing costs with seller financing. That can be a significant savings compared to the myriad of fees that often come with conventional financing.
2) Seller MAY be willing to finance where a bank will not, for any # of reasons; high debt to income, un-verifiable income, work needed to be done to the property, etc.) If you have a problem getting bank financing, seller financing may close the sale.
3) Creative 1st and 2nd mortgage combinations possible.
From a sellers point of view, it is an extended risk and cash is not immediately available for other purposes. However, it may be jsut the thing if you other option is to put the proceeds from the sale in some interest bearing instrument tht carries a lower interest rate.
Hope that helps
Cons: Your rate is usually higher.
Owner financing can be a great option if you are short on cash but have good credit. I would like to know more about your situation to know whether owner financing is right for you!
Michael D Delp
4802 Old Bethlehem Pike,
Telford Pa. 18969
1) The seller is having a hard time selling & has resorted to seller financing to unload the property.
2) Seller wants a high price or wants to charge a higher interest rate to get a good return on the investment.
Seller financing must be overlooked by Real Esate Attorney before signing so you are protected.
There are bank mortgages that allow a combination of a bank mortgage & a seller held 2nd mortgage instead of downpayment.
If you have any question feel free to contact me.