When the real estate market is challenged like it is today, the creative juices start flowing in the real estate professionals that have been operating in this business for a long, long time. Today, I want to highlight a very creative real estate brokerage process that many people have not experienced, and that is the trade of one piece of real estate for another.
The key to pulling off a successful real estate trade
is to find the right parties with which to trade. Sometimes, a trade might involve three or more parties, but most likely, the trade will be between two different parties that are in serious need of getting rid of a property.
A whole other line of consideration for successful real estate trades is taxation, and I have written a series of blog articles on conducting 1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges. This is a subject matter that we will not be broaching today, but we will address this again in the future. Today's focus is on using the real estate trade
to get out of a real estate situation that one is presently in.
So, what types of trades are we seeing in the Tallahassee real estate market? There are types too numerous to count, but here are a select few that my office has conducted recently:
Homeowners trading their homes for a new home with a builder - The homeowner does not have to spend the time marketing their home (or allowing strangers access). The benefit to the homeowner is that they get a brand-new home from the builder and the benefit to the builder is that they trade a more expensive home for a lesser-expensive one, thus reducing the time it will take them to sell a home. This is a very popular real estate trade
in today's real estate climate.
Land owners trading lots for houses - There are many people in the Tallahassee real estate market who own vacant lots. They have to pay taxes and interest (or if the lot is owned free and clear, they lose the opportunity to invest that money for a greater rate of return). Many of these lot owners are trading their lots for income producing properties. For the lot owners, this real estate trade
increases their rate of return on the investment they have made in their lot, and for the income property owner it allows them to build a new home or get rid of management issues with which they were dealing.
We have been doing some larger trading as well. Developers trading undeveloped land to builders who have large inventories. The benefit to the developer is that they get rid of the holding cost for their land and take-on homes that can generate some income. The benefit of this real estate trade
to the builder is that they can get rid of older "bad" loans on homes and replace it with new "good" loans on new developments. This keeps their companies building and making money. The key is to take-on developments that the market will consume in today's real estate market.
Real World Example of a Real Estate Trade
Today we are attempting a real estate trade
involving a large develop-able piece of land for a newly constructed home in the Tallahassee real estate market. The benefits for all parties make me think the trade will work:
- The Builder - The Builder will be able to sell a very expensive home at full price in a market where there is much supply of very expensive homes.
- The Buyer - The Buyer will be able to sell a wonderful piece of land and use its equity to move her family into a home that most families can only dream of owning.
- The Bank - The Builders bank can move from a high-risk loan posture into a medium-risk loan posture with an asset that is more unique in its portfolio.
I suspect this will be a win-win-win scenario for all the parties, and this is the key to all successful real estate trades. I have never seen a trade where one side gets burned and the other side(s) make-out like a bandit. All parties have to win in a real estate trade or it just doesn't work.
Do you have a Real Estate Trade?
If you do, why don't you post a comment below, and start it off with "I would like to trade _____" and end it with "I am willing to consider ______________" as part of the real estate trade
. You can also just send me a note at E-mail Joe Manausa
and let me know what you are trying to accomplish
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Joe Manausa is a real estate investor and the Broker and Co-Owner of Joe Manausa Real Estate. He can be reached via e-mail through the Tallahassee Real Estate Website or catch his latest writings on the Tallahassee Florida Real Estate Blog , or by calling (850) 386-2001.