Find Out How Fannie Mae Can Help You As An Investor by Tony Martinez

Here at the US Tax Lien Association we have decades of combined real estate investing experience. One of our student mentors, and Tony’s and my longtime friend, Ed Mitchell - spent many years working as an appraiser. He knows how to evaluate properties, and how to estimate their fair market value. This skillset is extremely important as an investor so I would like to pass on his lessons to our readers.

You’ve heard it from us before, but I’ll say it again, you make your money in real estate when you buy. This is a golden tenant you must always keep in mind. So, you can understand why it is so important to properly estimate the fair market value, or FMV, of a prospective investment property. If you don’t know what a property is worth, how can you determine a purchase price? Rehab costs and needs? Your profits? Really, the entire deal hinges on the value of the property.

So, how can Fannie Mae help you in this regard? Well, Fannie Mae has guidelines for selecting homes as comparables, or ‘comps’, for appraisers to follow. Just to go down a rabbit hole for a second...Fannie Mae has these guidelines in place because it holds lenders responsible for the accuracy of the appraisal and marketability of homes. Fannie Mae doesn’t offer loans directly, instead it’s a government backed agency that buys the mortgages from banks and the like so that those institutions can lend to more homeowners.

It’s in Fannie Mae’s best interest to purchase sound mortgages, so their comparable guidelines are an excellent resource. Some of the guidelines are listed below:

  • Settled Dates - Preferably the comparables should be of properties that have sold recently. General rule of thumb is no later than 6 months old.

  • Square Footage - The comparables square footage should be of similar size, this will play into the number of beds/baths which we will discuss next.

  • Beds/Baths - Do your best to mirror the number of beds and baths in the living space. A 4 bed, 2 bath is typically more desirable than a 3 bed 1 bath home. A small shift like that could make a big difference in selling price and desirability.

  • Distance - Try to pick comparables that are within a 1 mile radius. Yes, this could be difficult for more rural properties, for those you can expand that radius because of need. Even better, try to stick to the same neighborhood and zip code.

  • Build and Style - Look for comparables that are of a similar build. Types of builds include on site builds, prefabs, and modulars. Styles can include cabin, todor, and mid century.
I know this can seem like a lot of factors to take into consideration when looking for comparables - but it’s important...so be patient and take the time to do it, and do it right. If you visit Fannie Mae’s website you can find the guidelines in more detail.

Remember, it’s important that you estimate the fair market value correctly before purchase. This is a skillset you should perfect.

Sincerely,
Tony Martinez

Tony Martinez is the Founder and Chairman of the US Tax Lien Association, which is an organization that is committed and dedicated to helping others achieve total financial freedom through the power of investing in Tax Lien Certificates. With over 30 years of expert experience, Tony is the world's #1 authority on the subject of creating enduring wealth through the little know strategy of investing in Tax Lien Certificates, which gives anyone the opportunity to earn guaranteed fixed rates of returns of 18% – 36% interest per year, and acquire valuable real estate for approximately 10% of market value.

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Pays You: 15% Interest / Year

Address:
645 Church St, Bound Brook, NJ

Size:
2683 sq. ft.
Lot:
14,810 sq. ft.

Bedrooms:
4
Bathrooms:
2

Assessed Value:
$484,700
Market Value:
$419,700