Concord Equity Group, LLC  Mortgage & Real Estate Investments  
Why a Discount?:

It is the most frequently asked question: Why is there a discount when I sell my mortgage, annuity or lottery winning? The answer is that the discount is necessary so that the investment company buying the mortgage, annuity, etc. is able to pay its overhead, make a profit and stay in business!

What does that mean? Here is an example: Assume that you are receiving payments from a $500,000 mortgage that is paying you 7% interest. On the surface, 7% is a pretty good rate of interest. However, the investment company buying that mortgage typically borrows its money at 6 – 10%. The investment company has to pay its overhead (i.e. office, staff, advertising, etc.). The investment company has to have enough cash reserves so that if the mortgage stops paying, the company still has enough money to pay all of the above expenses while the foreclosure is completed and the property is re-sold. Finally, the company needs to make a profit to stay in business and make all of the above worthwhile.

What is an average discount? Depending upon the exact terms of the mortgage and the financial strength of your borrower, the discount on a quality first mortgage can be 5-25%. That discount translates into a buy price of $375,000 - $475,000 for that $500,000 mortgage. If you sell only part of your mortgage, the discount would be less.

If you are receiving payments from an annuity or lottery, some of these do not earn any interest at all. A $1,000,000 lottery that pays out $50,000 per year for 20 years pays no interest at all. Consequently, it is not uncommon for the discount in these instances to be over 50%. In fact, where some states offer the winner the choice to take a lump sum versus the annual payments, the lump sum is usually less than half of the quoted winning amount.

Simply put, it is the discount that provides the marketplace for the owners of these mortgages, annuities and lotteries. The discount enables these owners to sell these assets that otherwise would not be saleable.