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FLOOD INSURANCE

Earlier this year, your real estate market was devastated with the implementation of the new flood insurance program. Previously, any home in a flood plain, that had a federally insured loan (most do), were required to have flood insurance, no exceptions,
Prior to January 2014, if a buyer got a federally back home loan and borrowed $125,000, their annual flood insurance policy premium is roughly 1% with an annual premium of $1,250 in addition to all of the other regular insurance, etc.
I first learned of this mess when my wife Beth and I had dinner with our next door neighbors, Heidi and Sean. When we met them at the restaurant on a Tuesday evening, they were furious, angry, frustrated and shocked.
Heidi and Sean were selling their previous home, had a contract on it and were scheduled to close on “this friday.” (we are in the restaurant on Tuesday evening.) Heidi just learned on Tuesday afternoon, 3 days before the scheduled closing that their buyer’s already approved loan was being cancelled due to the new flood insurance program that went into effect around January 10th or so.
Heidi and Sean’s annual flood insurance premium for their previous home they were selling was about $2,000.
Their new buyer’s flood insurance premium for the same house, jumped to $23,000 a Year because of the new changes. WOW!  No wonder their buyer’s loan was cancelled.
As you can see, there was no way they could sell their previous home and they rented it for the time being.
This rocked my local market big time and killed many pending real estate transactions and it also did the same for many communities across America.
UPDATE: with a lot of uproar from the real estate industry, our federal government recently passed a bill making some modifications to the federal flood insurance program.
What triggered the original fiasco is the turning off of federal government “subsidizing” flood insurance premiums. Insurance experts explained that the flood insurance premiums were never increased. The extreme price increase occurred when the federal government stopped the funding of flood insurance premiums.
The recently passed new modification to the federal flood insurance program postpones terminating federal assistance in 5 years.
This means for right now, you are ok, but only for 5 years, then the mess is triggered again.
TIP:  If you or your family members or loved ones own real estate in a flood plain, you might want to do some more homework on your local market and give serious consideration to selling now before the bomb drops in 5 years.
My personal concern about all of this flood plain and insurance changes is not so much for the investor, like me and you, but just think about the poor old homeowner. A homeowner who worked their whole life at a job, who considers their home an investment, and in one fell swoop, our federal government just causes these folks to go belly up.
What if these homeowners live on a pension and their flood insurance premium skyrockets from $1,200 a year to $12,000 annually. They are sunk. They can not sell because the value of their home has tanked.
And these homeowners are somebody’s mom and dad, aunt and uncle, brother, sister, and so on.
 
To Your Continued $uccess!
Mike
QUESTION:
Not having any experience with land trust, here are a few of my questions.

1)  Does a typical real estate contract need to be executed to initially lock in the terms of your deal….for instance, selling price, terms of the note (owner finance), etc, etc,?

 
let’s dumb it down,.. when you make an offer to purchase, your buyer will be the name of your trust
 


2)  The trustee is the only thing that is public…..does this mean that everything else is private…like the terms of the deal, the note, receipts for payments, etc.?
 
Your deed is on public record and will show:
 - Name of Your Trust
 - Name of Your Trustee
 - mailing address for your property tax bill

3)  When a down payment is put down on the property, is that reflected as a percentage of beneficial interest in the trust?  For example, if the buyer puts 10% down, then you would own 10% of the beneficial interest in the trust and the seller would own 90% of the beneficial interest?  If that is so, then as the note is paid down, how is that reflected in the trust?

 
hurts my head –  first of all most lenders will not lend to a trust.

4)  What happens when the note is finally paid off?  Buyer/Seller?

  – competent lenders will mail you the original promissory note marked paid in full and will complete a satisfaction of mortgage to record if there was a lien on your property. it is no different than a regular loan.

5)  Typically, is a new trustee appointed once the promissory note is paid off?

nope, you can change trustees anytime.

As you can tell, the structure of a real estate deal from start to finish are my main questions!

it is the same as any other real estate deal except your buyer and owner of record is the name of your trust

Thanks for your time.  As I get to know Mike’s product better I will definitely be using the strategy in my investing future.

Mike

 

hope this helps you Mike,

 

in the real world, do not worry about creating your trust until after you have an accepted offer; otherwise you will go nuts… keep in mind, so called experts will tell you that you must have your trust agreement in place before you make an offer… and they are correct…. but in the real world as an investor, you will experience many of your offers are not accepted… this is why i recommend to do your trust AFTER you have a contract.

 

keep in mind, writing a contract is not proper and many realtors use this language.

 

this might help you

 

STEP 1:  using a purchase and sale agreement form, you will write up an “Offer to Purchase”

STEP 2:  your seller will review and if they like, they will accept your “offer to purchase” and will sign and date.

STEP 3: At that point in time, your offer becomes a “Contract.”

Mike, you can get more information at http://TrusteeServicesUSA.com and http://5mLandTrusts.com

 

 

what do you think?

 

Mike Butler

 

 

Attention Landlords and Property Managers

In my neck of the woods, we are having record setting extreme cold temperature that seem to keep lingering on and on. In the past, we are use to having a spike for a day or two and then warm weather returns.

This year, right now, Alaska is warmer than my hometown here in Louisville, Kentucky.

Frozen pipes can be a devastating blow to your wallet and bank account, especially when it seems to never leave.

Keep in mind, in my “Landlording On AutoPilot” system, we send a Resident Newsletter with each monthly billing of rent to our residents. Plenty of winter cold weather tips are always in each newsletter before the season hits us.

This year is different. It feels like we are living in the arctic or Siberia. In an effort to try to keep plumbing cost down, I created this email to send to all of our current residents.

Please note, I understand not every resident will follow these instructions, but if one resident does follow these instructions you have save money, time, and grief.

 

Here is the email. Feel free to steal and paste (copy and paste) to send to your residents (tenants).

Subject: “WARNING! How to Prevent Frozen Pipes and Headaches!

BODY:   

EXTREME COLD is happening and TONITE!

RECORD COLD Temps below ZERO

TIP: How to keep your pipes from freezing Click Here for Full Video/Article (Members Only)

Happy Holidays and Here Is Your New Secret Money Maker for Landlords

My BIG Secret Tip to Get Your January Rents PAID Early!

It Works! 

I have been doing it for over 20 years!

If you have tenants and rental properties, this is a NO-BRAINER to make sure your tenants pay next month’s rent early.

Step into your Tenant’s shoes for just a moment. Holiday season, cold weather with higher utilities bills, extra expenses for holiday season… gifts for family, kids, etc.

Here is a great, simple, POWERFUL tool to make you look like a wonderful person and at the same time, almost guarantees your rent payment bill gets put on TOP of their bills to pay first or now.

The simple version is your very own Season’s Greeting Holiday Rent Coupon! You can get my Holiday Rent Coupon for free by clicking on the link below.

 

Here is How It Works!

As you probably already know, we bill all of our tenants on the 20th of this month for next month’s rent.

This means on December 20th, next Friday, my office manager Whitney will send monthly statements to all Tenants. Included in their monthly statement is the Vista newsletter for residents and their Vista Holiday Rent Coupon is enclosed as well.

 

How Much is the Discount?

Today the Holiday Coupon is $10 and can only be redeemed by making January 2014 rent payment on or BEFORE January 1. PERIOD.

Years ago, I tried fresh turkeys… did not work and made a mess. Depending on the size of your heart and bank account, you could change to $25, $50 or even $100. 

Click to Get Your Email with Link to Download

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