What you Need to know on how to buy a home without Bank or Mortgage financing?

The best way to buy a home without bank or Mortgage financing is with a Seller financing also known as MN contract for deed. This is where the Owner carries the Mortgage or “note”-Contract for deed and there is no need for huge closing cost. There are no points; No bank fees and escrow fees are minimal. Always use an escrow company who has experience with seller financing contracts.

A Real Estate Broker who is experienced in Owner financing. It is very important to deal with a Broker that works with contract for deed homes in the state that you are looking in. Minnesota’s largest Owner financing location.

1. Finding a Home That Will Allow You to Buy a Home Without Bank or Mortgage Financing. In a buyer’s market, seller financing is a suggested selling tool by most Realtor’s, but not every home will fit into this criteria. A simple way to find such homes is by doing a MLS -Multiple listing- Search mnhomescontractfordeed.com and find each home listed as, Seller financing- MN homes for sale contract for deed-condo’s-town homes-Hobby farms-lake house-cabins-New construction-Waterfront properties-houses-home-farm-single family-deeded access-river front property-Loft- what ever you type of property you are interested in.

Experienced Real Estate Broker is a must.

Most realtors don’t work with contract for deed properties. Why you say? It is a lot of work and it is not the same as just looking for a house with a mortgage there are less homes with owner financing. Also Realtors are basicly drafting your mortgage per say they write all the terms of the contract which is very important to have the correct wording on the correct forms that are licensed by the Department of Commerce in the state you live in.

2. Remember just like every other business unfortunately every one states they can sell you a MN home contract for deed but may not be the best choice for you be sure to find out how many cd homes in Minnesota they have been involved in and how they plan on helping you.

We specialize in contract for deeds we work with contracts on a daily basis.

3. You should goto these sites for MN Rent to own

Craigslist.org-Hot Pads-Google-Yahoo-Bing-Ask-MSN-Yelp-Facebook-instagram these sites you will find a home contract for deed for sale in Minnesota – Rent to own MN – lease to own. We have the largest selection of cd properties. If you want rent to own go to the sites above.

4. Seller Financed Mortgages-Contract for deed-Wrap around mortgages

It is always good to be represented by either a Broker or Attorney when purchasing any home. It is impossible for a non licensed person to know all the legal terms used on purchase contracts and escrow instructions. Let your agent do the negotiating on terms and arrangements for seller financing to buy a home without a bank.

5. Writing the Contract for deed

A knowledgeable Real Estate Broker will know the contingencies to write in to protect you when buying a home without a bank. We don’t recommend agreeing to terms verbally all terms must be put in the contract. Whatever is in the purchase agreement will be put in the escrow instructions the title company will draft the contract or a law office what ever the parties agree to.

6. What contingencies should the buyer put in the contract?

Some of the main contingencies in a Seller financed Mortgage-Contract for deed Minnesota- will be things like: seller agrees to not place any additional liens on the property being purchased, seller has a right evict buyer with in the law limits. Minnesota the law is 60 days late. Buyer agrees to pay all taxes and insurance and buyer to have quiet enjoyment of the home at all times. The length of the contract-rate-payment-if there is a balloon there must be a date. There are a lot of things you will want put into the contract. View more information

7. Opening Escrow for Minnesota Owner Financing

When trying to buy a home without bank or Mortgage financing Contract for deeds, remember to always use an escrow company who is familiar with this type of financing to protect all the parties. Do not quitclaim the deed into the buyers name until the loan is paid in full. Set up a third entity to hold the deed and thus safeguarding the rights of all parties. Also, request a Owner title policy to make sure the seller of the property is the only legal owner. Buying a home without a Bank can be easy, less expensive -if done correctly. Closings can happen very quickly some are 14 days to 30 days depends if the house is occupied or not.

8. Closing Escrow

Is the time to sign the escrow instructions, pay the amount of down payment requested and get the keys to your new home. It is important to take a cashier’s check usually made out to buyers name to sign over at closing for the full amount owed. Sometimes the cashiers check might be made out to a different party make sure you talk to the title company or law office who is doing the closing to see who the check is made out to. After signing the papers and paying the money, the seller will turn the keys over to you.

What is contract for deed financing in Minnesota?

An agreement between a Buyer and Seller of property in which the buyer makes payments toward full ownership as with a Mortgage, but in a contract for deed MN, the title is held by the owner until the full payment is made. The buyer will recieve a copy of the deed from the title company or closing company or law office. The closing company will record the contract for deed in MN for the seller and buyer.

In Minnesota it is the law to record the contract for deed.

There are many different types of payment formats can be found. We structure the contract offer to purchase that benefits our clients. 

In a standard Conventional or FHA mortgage,VA-Rural loan there is an agreed upon price and payment schedule, but the payments amortized over 30 years but there is usually a balloon payment with 3-5 years when the home buyer must payoff the contract-Refinance the contract or sell the property.

Also known as an installment purchase contract or an installment sale agreement.

Land contracts are often used by purchasers that would not otherwise qualify for a FHA or VA or Conventional Mortgage, or by Investors who own multiple homes and cannot qualify for more investment properties. Self employed-credit challenged buyers-had a foreclosure or Short sale on their credit in the last 3 years.

How much money do I have to put down on a contract for deed in Minnesota or Wisconsin?

The home owner usually wants around 10% down of the sale price to enter in a CD or installment contract with a purchaser.

Owner financing works in all counties in Minnesota and all types of properties-hobby farms-cabins-waterfront-lake shore-single family-New construction you name it we can help you find it if you have the 10% down of the sale price of the home you are seeking.

9. Home ownership better than renting or leasing-take pride in owning your home. Do not pay for the landlords retirement.

10. Easy qualifying 

with good or bad credit-It is much easier for buyers to qualify for a CD than a traditional Mortgage. Banks traditionally require good credit and a proven history of stable monthly income. If a buyer self employed and runs their own business. If a buyer is experiencing or has experienced a bankruptcy, divorce, foreclosure, or credit issues then they will have a difficult time qualifying for traditional financing. Owners who sell their homes on a CD understand that a buyer is unlikely to have perfect credit.

11. Principal reduction paying down the cd- 

Land contract payments are structured similar to a mortgage. When the buyer pays the seller their monthly payment it will contain principal- interest taxes and insurnace in most cases.

12.  Lender or Bank fees 
-When a buyer obtains a mortgage from a traditional lender. These fees may include; points, origination fees, appraisal fees, credit report fees, document prep fees, administration fees, a lender’s title policy, and more. When buying on a CD, the buyer avoids these fees.

13. Quick closing 

-The buyer and seller are do not have to deal with a lending institution to fund a loan on the property. they avoid the typical delays that hold up a closing such as second appraisal, repairs to the property sometimes banks want more documents at the last moment and could delay the closing.

14. Tax benefits of ownership 

-The buyer May deduct the interest paid on their tax return.

15. Right to improve the property

The buyer may improve the property such as painting-adding a fence-finish the basement, add fireplace-deck-remember to check your cd there usually is a clause in there stating an amount the purchaser can add with out consent from the seller. Usually the buyer will have to provide proof there is no liens on the property for repairs.

16. Opportunity to improve your credit

CD gives a buyer the opportunity to improve his or her credit. We recommend getting 2 credit cards so the buyer or buyers can build credit fast.

17. Right to pre-pay 

any time without penalty

In Minnesota there is no prepayment penalty so the buyer may pay down the cd quicker if they like.

18. If the Property goes up in value

The buyer benefits from any appreciation on the property meaning if the value goes up the buyer will benefit from that.If the buyer sells the home before the contract expires the buyer will be able to keep any equity in the house.

Our company is located in Pine Springs its suburb Saint Paul located in the twin cities metro area.

I have been in business sense 1996. Over 20 years of real Estate Experience

Licensed Real Estate Broker in Minnesota and Wisconsin

Remember Rent to own is a lot different from a land contract you are renting the house to buy it.

The renter does not have any ownership rights.


Steve Vennemann (651-334-8312) BROKER