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The Power of the "Subject To"
Strategy in Real Estate

As seasoned real estate investors might know, the "Subject To" strategy has been a gem in the single-family space for quite some time. However, we have taken this strategy to new heights, tailoring it for multifamily and luxury real estate. By integrating the principles of wraps and subject-to mortgage assumptions, DSW locks in favorable interest rates, directly assuming loans from sellers for the long haul.

In the upcoming years, the real estate market, especially the high-luxury sector, is poised for significant shifts. Recent data from markets like Miami indicates a potential slowdown in the luxury segment. With luxury properties spending more days on the market and inventory levels rising, there's a growing sentiment of caution. Additionally, as luxury real estate prices in certain areas begin to rival those of historically high-priced markets like California, there's a looming question of sustainability.


Yet, while some see chaos, we see a golden opportunity. Sophisticated sellers, even those not currently in distress, are anticipated to seek swift exits, aiming to preempt potential market downturns. This presents a unique chance for investors to work collaboratively with sellers, crafting solutions that benefit both parties. The goal is to navigate the complexities of the market, leveraging the "Subject To”  strategy to capitalize on these emerging trends.


Why Opt for the "Subject To" Strategy?

The Subject-to method offers several compelling advantages:

  • No Need for Traditional Financing: Investors can bypass the rigorous loan approval process, making property acquisition swifter.

  • Potential for No Down Payment: In some cases, sellers might not require a down payment, especially if they're motivated to quickly relieve themselves of the mortgage.

  • Flexibility: Terms can be negotiated directly with the seller, allowing customized agreements that benefit both parties.

  • Equity Buildup: As the investor continues to pay down the existing mortgage, they build equity in the property.

  • Creative Portfolio Expansion: This strategy allows investors to diversify their portfolios using non-traditional means.


Implementing the "Subject To" Strategy

  • Identify Motivated Sellers: Look for luxury properties where sellers, due to market shifts, are motivated to offer financing. This could be due to financial strain or the need for a quick exit.

  • Negotiate Terms: Discuss the existing loan terms, potential down payment, and other conditions.

  • Legal Documentation: Always ensure the agreement is legally documented. Engaging a real estate attorney is crucial to ensure all aspects are covered.

  • Stay Compliant: Understand the "due on sale" clause in many mortgages and be prepared for potential risks.


Managing Your "Subject To" Investments
  • Regular Monitoring: Ensure timely mortgage payments to maintain the property's good standing.

  • Build Strong Seller Relationships: Maintain open communication with the seller, as the loan remains in their name.

  • Exit Strategies: Plan for potential exit strategies, such as refinancing or selling the property.


Risks and Mitigation

Every investment strategy has its risks, and the Subject-to method is no exception:

  • High Leverage Equals More Risk: The strategy, while lucrative, is highly leveraged and can be riskier than traditional investments.

  • Due on Sale Clause: Lenders may have the right to demand full payment upon selling the property.

  • Property Condition: Ensure thorough property inspections to avoid unforeseen repair costs.

  • Clear Title: Ensure the property has a clear title without undisclosed liens.



For the past half-decade, we have been strategically positioning Direct Source Wealth for this moment. The DSW real estate assets, anchored in long-term holdings, have ensured a minimized debt profile. Now, the focus is on engaging sellers who might have been overly ambitious in the past. By assuming some of these historical debts and leveraging their own financing, DSW offers a lifeline to these sellers. The strategy? Acquire properties, allow the market to stabilize, and then refinance. This approach offers a practical alternative to traditional real estate investment, and it's the strategy we are most enthusiastic about, given its potential for higher-than-usual returns on investment.

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