Friday, May 9, 2008

Bill Gatten of North America Realty Services #67

Bruce Norris is joined this week by investor, creative real practitioner and educator, and author, Bill Gatten. Bruce and Bill discuss how long the concept of holding title in a trust been around, why it was created, the mid-70s and interest rates and problems with lenders, why we didn’t have huge price changes in 80s, creative financing, Garn- St Germain Depository Institutions Act in 1982, how it limited lenders on foreclosing, the living revocable trust, due on sale violations, the inter vivos trust, fee simple bundle of rights, the phase of acceptance for new ideas and where the living trust currently resides, how a living trust is structured, asset protection under the trust concept, the percentage of lawyers who understand the trust concept and how even fewer understand the land trust, the different Realtor groups that have made great use of the land trust in Southern California, creating options for the seller, if changing interest rates changes the strategy, problems with using a lease option, problems with contract for deeds, the steps in a transaction where using a land trust is appropriate, why it’s best for the seller not to remain in the property when using this transaction, the players in a trust transaction and who holds the power, the trustee, the settlor, the beneficiary, why a corporate trustee is important, and finally,

Bill Gatten is a one of the few true "in-the-trenches" creative financing teachers who actually practice what they preach. A highly successful real estate investor and much sought-after national speaker, Bill's most recent book (of many on the subject) is the very comprehensive, humorous and irreverent: "Making it BIG in Creative Real Estate and Keeping it...This Time," a 500 page compendium of all aspects of seller-carry, no-down, no-credit-needed, no-payment creative real estate financing, featuring the dynamic "Equity Holding Land Trust(tm) System" -- the PACTrust (tm) and NEHTrust(tm).

Educated at the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Bill's 45 years of work experience are in sales training, real estate investing and institutional banking (former co-owner and founder, Westlake Bancorp; and the former president and CEO of Gatten Financial Services, Inc. and Markay Equipment Leasing, Inc., Thousand Oaks, Ca.).

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