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Sell a Real Estate Note for Cash

The process of selling your note involves a series of steps that generally take 3 to 4 weeks to complete. A chronological outline of the steps necessary to sell a note is presented below.

Dear John, The closing went very well and we couldn’t be more pleased. Selling our note will help with so many things. We appreciate how quickly you were able to close our transaction and how honest you were to work with. At our age working with someone over the internet was a bit scary, but we made the right choice and couldn’t be happier. Thank you.

Bill and Sally G., Klamath Falls, OR
Step 1:
The note holder begins their initial exploration into the possibility of selling their note.
Step 2:
After speaking with potential note buyers, the note holder makes their decision about selling their note, selects the best sale option for them, and chooses the note buyer company they wish to do business with.
Step 3:
The note holder and chosen note buyer enter into a purchase and sale agreement for the sale of the note. The agreement will contain the sale price, the number of payments sold and who will be responsible for the expenses necessary to close the transaction.
Step 4:
The note buyer will conduct their due diligence necessary to complete the transaction. The due diligence process normally includes the following:
  • All pertinent documents will need to be reviewed, including the promissory note, mortgage, deed of trust or trust deed, and the settlement statement from the sale of the property.
  • A credit report on the borrower will need to be reviewed.
  • The note holder will provide a twelve month payment history on the note, along with evidence when the payments were received.
  • The note holder will provide a copy of the homeowner’s insurance declaration evidencing that the collateral property is insured and the note holder is named as an additional insured on the policy.
  • A drive-by appraisal on the collateral property will be ordered and reviewed.
  • A title search will be ordered and a commitment for a lender’s policy of title insurance must be issued by the title company.
  • An estoppel letter will be sent to the borrower verifying the note terms and the current outstanding balance on the note.
Step 5:
When all of the due diligence has been completed by the note buyer, the closing can be scheduled. It is a matter of good business practice for the closing to take place at an attorney’s office or the title company that completed the title search.
Step 6:
At the closing the note holder will sign the closing documents and surrender the original note and policy of title insurance.
Step 7:
Last but not least, the note holder will receive their sale proceeds from the closing agent via wire transfer or certified check. It is also important for the note seller to request a full set of copies from the closing agent.

These are the typical steps necessary to sell a note. Every note is unique and therefore every transaction will be unique.


John was personal and professional from my initial contact to the final sale of my note. He explained note buying and reinforced certain points of protection for me as the seller. I felt very comfortable in my initial contact after searching online for a note buyer as his web site was direct, clear and understandable. I did review everything John explained and proposed with my own attorney and was advised he was accurate on all counts. John was very thorough and kept me updated as to the process right up to completion. I am very happy with my results and highly recommend John Avenia.

S. Plenitudes, Portland, ME

Receive a free, no-obligation quote to sell your note for cash, or contact us at (800) 618-2485 or email John at The Mortgage Buyer.

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