Do you have a house to sell? Perhaps you’re thinking about selling, and maybe you’re thinking about seller financing. But if you have a mortgage on your house, you might be wondering, “Can I do owner financing in Georgia if I have a mortgage on the property?”
We get this question a lot so we decided to answer that question here… Keep reading this blog post and we’ll answer that question and give you some strategies to move forward. We will discuss your options, seller financing with an existing mortgage and using rent-to-own as a bridge to financing.
You have options
Homeowners who are thinking about selling have several options. They can list their home through an agent, or they can list it themselves, or they can sell directly to a buyer. And, many homeowners are discovering a simple strategy called “owner financing” or “seller financing” that allows them to sell their home to a buyer and collect regular payments that pay off the house:
- The buyer pays a down payment
- The buyer pays regular monthly payments
- When the agreed-upon price is paid, the title reverts to the buyer
Homeowners love it because it’s a great way to sell and a great way to find even more buyers – including those who might not be able to get traditional bank financing. Home buyers love it because it means more choices for them and they don’t have to necessarily impact their credit score to get a house.
If you own your house outright, you can do a seller financing agreement. But what happens if you have a mortgage? Maybe you’re wondering, “Can I do owner financing in Georgia if I have a mortgage on the property?”
The short answer is: it’s complicated.
Seller financing with a mortgage
In some states, you can create something called a “wraparound mortgage” in which you extend a mortgage to a buyer (usually at a higher rate of interest) while still paying your own mortgage to the bank. However, this is not legal in all states and all situations, and there are additional clauses that you should be aware of.
Therefore before you consider offering selling financing with a mortgage, you should check with your state to make sure it is legal.
Can I Do Owner Financing if I Have a Mortgage on the Property? – You have choices
If you’re unable to sell with seller financing because of a mortgage, you have other options…
An alternative that might work for you is called rent-to-own also commonly known as lease purchase, which has some similarities (such as ongoing payment and you own the house) and some differences (there might not be a down payment and the buyer needs to qualify for a mortgage from a bank at the end of the pre-established rental term).
How Does A Rent To Own Option Work?
A rent-to-own option is a unilateral contract, that gives the buyer the first priority to buy within a specified period. At the end of the contract, the buyer may buy at the negotiated price or simply move on. If they decide not to buy the property after the agreement expires, the homeowner may find another rent-to-own buyer or sell the house the traditional way through a real estate agent.
Either way, it is a win-win scenario for the homebuyer because they get to cover their mortgage payments and keep the equity growth of the property during the rental period. It is also a great way to rent a property without having to worry about maintenance calls from the renters.
If you are thinking about accepting owner financing but you still have a mortgage on your property, here’s another option for you: Get in touch with us and talk to us about your property. As experts in buying and selling real estate, we are aware of a number of options that you might not know about. We can walk you through those options and help you out ourselves or we can connect you with someone who can help you.