1. Be sure the contract is assignable. I’m seeing lately that there are restrictions on assignments. Many times, this information comes as a surprise to the investor. I see developers with regulations that say the buyer can’t assign the contract until he or she has lived there for one year or before a certain percentage of condominium units are sold. Also, the developer may hold the best units for the end, which makes assignment prior to that nearly impossible.
2. Know the developer or re-habber. How is your potential partner aligned to finance this flip project? Have they had a recent successful project before? How long will this project take to completion? Do your research? Make sure you have a very comprehensive outlining the project completion. I see it more and more where people are holding out contracts and deposits, and the developer isn’t moving as quickly as the investor had been told. Carrying costs need to be analyzed know the cost of delays. When using a real estate professional be sure he or she knows and goes over these costs.
3. Know the area you will be working in. When it comes to a specific investment property, you or your associates should be experienced in that area and in that neighborhood. If the market has reached top price, then investors need to be cautioned. Take thing into account that relate to local corporate holdings relative to the area. Local company transitions and political decisions that affect mortgage rate and lending laws; both in the retail and investment sectors.
4. Are you offer concessions as a part of closing? Make sure all of this is spelled out in writing to be handled by the closing attorney or title company. This way once you close on the property you can walk away with peace of mind; knowing these will be handled as promised and professionally.
5. Look for fees. Recently, developers have been charging assignment fees that may eat right through your profits. In order to assign the contract, the buyer has to pay a fee to the developer. Also, some developers are saying that resales must be done in-house. The buyer must use the developer’s real estate associates. For associates that’s fine, but for buyers or investors, it isn’t always a good thing.
6. Plan How To Handle Money. It’s important that you know you should get professional help, such as from a certified public accountant (CPA), about ongoing tax liabilities, short and long-term handling of investment profits. As an investor; I am telling you get accounting advice, and that will help you determine whether to hold the contract or the unit for a while before you resell it.
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