It’s a matter of choice and your situation. - Posted by Alex Gurevich, TX
Posted by Alex Gurevich, TX on June 27, 2001 at 08:36:43:
With all due respect to what Tim says, I disagree.
It’s a matter of personal choice on how you decide to execute your Lease/Options. Taking a large downpayment only addresses 1 concern, safety, for the investor.
While it’s an important one, trust me there are many more. To address those, you’ll have to weight what kind of effect they may have on your financial situations and goals.
The 2 biggies to consider are: the vacancy factor and your profit margin.
Tim probably hasn’t been in the situation yet where he has 10 epmty houses he needs to move or fill up quickly. When he does get to that point, and start running $10,000+/month negative cash flow on vacancies, he might change his mind about waiting for that perfect buyer with 5% down.
He might just go for a tenant with small chances of qualifying next year but the dream of homeownership. The tenant who’ll offer Tim to pay much more than regular rent. That might be good enough.
Profit margins. If you just L/O’ed a house from a seller or took payments on the loan over “S2”, chances are high you don’t have a large equity/profit margin. If you take a solid tenant/buyer with 5% down, they will likely exercise their option at the end of the year and you’ll end up with $7-10,000 in profit at that time.
I wouldn’t go for it. I’d take a week buyer with really small downpayment and I’d expect to ride the appreciation for a couple of years until I can pick up $30,000 or more on the back end. In fact, I do it routinely as a part of my biz process.