Category Archives: Business Transactions Blog

  1. In Need of a Contract for Deed”

    Something new I’ve been encountering, as buyers find ways to avoid banks and other traditional lenders, is the “contract for deed” also known as an “installment land contract” or “bond for deed”.  A contract for deed is another method of seller financing. In this setup, the seller and buyer enter into a contract for deed…

  2. Fannie Mae’s Green Rewards Program Puts Green Back in Property Owner’s Pockets

    Fannie Mae’s Green Rewards program incentivizes borrowers to undertake energy and water efficiency improvements at multifamily properties. The program is available nationwide to both conventional and affordable multifamily property loans, with a term between 5 to 30 years, and helps to lower property utility costs while increasing loan proceeds made available to borrowers. Additionally, owners…

  3. What to look for when hiring a securities, syndication, or fund attorney

    In this video, I go over some of the common areas to look into when looking for a securities lawyer. You want someone specialized so I give you some insight into what I would look for if I were to go out and hire a lawyer to help with a capital raise, securities offering, syndication,…

  4. Selling or Transferring Your Interest in Real Estate Syndications or Other Investments

    YOU INVESTED IN A PRIVATE OFFERING AND WANT TO SELL YOUR INTEREST – WHAT DO YOU DO? For all private offerings, restricted and/or controlled securities are issued, thus inhibiting the ability for investors to sell or transfer their interest. For securities purchased in a Regulation D offering, the interest is considered “restricted” and cannot be…

  5. Crypto Risks – Options for forming a crypto fund

    In this video, securities attorney Chris Barsness discusses the current SEC enforcement position on crypto as a security and ways to start a crypto fund.

  6. “Surviving Special Servicing: What to Expect If Your Loan is Referred”

    Prior to joining Patel Law Group, I worked for two large servicers of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans, and eventually ended up working in one of their special servicing departments managing underperforming loans. It wasn’t fun, and borrowers were annoyed, but it gave me a great understanding of what borrowers deal with once a…

  7. Wrap Your Head Around Seller Financing

    As the economy grapples with a potential banking crisis, buyers are seeking ways to reduce interest rates and qualify for loans.  Some sellers are willing to take on a bit of risk to help these buyers purchase through seller financing. Although seller financing is rare, it has grown more common as the Fed continues to…

  8. What to Assume About Loan Assumptions

    As interest rates remain high, one option for investors seeking multifamily financing for acquisitions is a loan assumption. A loan assumption occurs when a real estate buyer purchases a property and takes over a seller’s existing mortgage loan through the lender.  Many types of commercial loans can be assumed, including most Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac,…

  9. The DSCR: Calculating Your Property’s Financial Health

    In the search for an investment property, one of the first things any investor will consider is the property’s ability to cover its own operation and debt costs. Your lender will be just as, if not more, interested, and their underwriting team will delve deeply into the property’s recent financials calculating the annualized Debt Service…

  10. 2022 Syndication & Fund Review

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