Why San Antonio Is A Great Market for Owner Financing

As a buy and hold investor in San Antonio, you have the option of either renting out your investment property, or owner financing it.

I have done both buy and hold strategies in the last 16 years. While I still hold some rental properties, I really like to owner finance properties in San Antonio. I think that the San Antonio market is a good place to owner finance for several reasons:

#1 Huge Blue Collar Hispanic Market

We like to serve the hispanic blue collar market in San Antonio. These are hard working people and are very oriented towards family.

Most of my buyers are electricians, roofers, plumbers, carpenters, painters, cooks, oil workers etc. Many of them have  two or three jobs and good income.

They often have large, extended families, and they have the ability to repair the houses that I sell them. To them, hard working blue collar people, I am offering them an affordable opportunity to own their own home.

If the home needs to have a new roof or new flooring, they usually can do the project themselves inexpensively. This saves them money, and it saves me money as an investor because I do not need to spend as much to rehab the house.

#2 Many Hispanics Are Cash Only People

There are hundreds of thousands of hispanics here who lack credit. They may have good income of $4000 to $8000 per month, but they either do not believe in credit, or they have bad credit. However, they have the income and the job stability to afford their own home.

With credit markets as they are, it can be tough for a buyer with no credit or bad credit to get a loan from a bank. It got even harder after the mortgage crash of 2008 and 2009. Sometimes these blue collar buyers have no conventional financing options; even FHA won’t work with them.

Why should a hardworking family that makes $5000 per month have to rent forever? It doesn’t seem fair at all. That’s where I come in.

#3 Owner Financing Is a Win Win for Everyone

Let’s say I have an under market value San Antonio property that I bought for $50,000. To resell it with owner financing, I may need to only spend $5000 to put in flooring, do minor foundation work, clean up the yard, and get rid of junk in the home.

Then, I can sell it with owner financing at $5000 down, $799 per month, 30 year note, 10% interest usually, no prepayment penalty. It is my job to make sure the end buyer has the job and income to support the payments; this is a requirement under Dodd Frank.

Everyone wins in this scenario: Me as the San Antonio real estate investor is making 12% or more per year with no repair costs.

The end buyer gets to own their own home and stop paying rent to a landlord.

The neighborhood gets another home owner who will probably fix up the house, which encourages others to buy and to fix up their home.

The city gets more tax dollars from owner occupied homes, and the local buisness community gets more money from people buying things to fix their homes.

That’s why I love San Antonio owner finance deals. Interested? This is a good San Antonio fixer upper:


  • Address: 1360 Essex St San Antonio, Texas 78210
  • Year Built: 1956
  • Description: San Antonio buy and hold investors – Another cash flow opportunity, 1360 Essex St San Antonio, Texas 78210, 3 beds 1 bath, 1002 square feet, lot size: .19 acres, subdivision: Denver Heights, 6K repairs, clean/lawn maintenance/interior paint, After Repair Value: 79K.
  • Cash Price on San Antonio Fixer Upper:  $45,000 CASH ONLY
  • Exit Strategy: Owner Finance with 6k in repairs: 5K down payment, $795.00 monthly PI/TI, 30 year amortization, 10% interest, Sales Price: $79,000.00, see attached comps.  NOTE: We recommend owner financing this investment property rather than renting; you will be able to save your cash outlays on the repairs by owner financing it rather than renting. Renting out this San Antonio investment property is possible, but at least another $10,000 of repairs will be needed. 
  • Sold and Rental Comps: sold-comps-1360-essex-st rental-comps-1360-essex-st

A Different Take on Buying and Holding Investment Properties Successfully

A lot of investors in San Antonio do a lot of flipping properties. Flipping homes has worked well for me in some cases in the last 15 years, but flipping San Antonio houses in the under $75,000 range can be challenging.

I deal mostly in affordable San Antonio properties, and with prices going up and construction costs going up, I have found that turning a profit of more than $3000 on a six month flip has been difficult.

Over the long term, I have been a big believe in buying and holding real estate – getting rich slowly rather than quickly. Taking a slower approach to getting wealthy in real estate might not be what you see on TV, but I think buying and holding San Antonio investment property is the key to long term wealth building, more than flips.

What Is Your Exit Strategy? 

Most of my under market value properties were bought under market value in San Antonio for $25,000 to $75,000. I usually buy and hold them for more than 10 years. Some of my properties I have held for 15 years!

Generally, I buy my houses in cash, do a few thousand in repairs, and then owner finance the homes instead of renting them out. With owner financing, I get a steady $500-$800 per month in cash flow and I have to do no repairs on the home once I have sold it.

Many buy and hold investors only consider renting out the property, and while I do have some rentals, I will usually prefer to owner finance them.

I also recommend San Antonio owner financing properties for the investor who still has a full time job. You don’t have to concern yourself with fixing leaking roofs or water heaters. The new property owner takes care of it and just pays you each month.

While I buy my homes in cash, you can get a mortgage on an investment property that is in decent condition, and then owner finance it just as you would if you bought it cash. This is called a wrap around mortgage. This is an option for people who do not have the cash to buy a bunch of houses for all cash. As long as you are able to clear $300 or so on the property, this can make sense.

The home I have for sale below would work great as an owner financed property to make you 11% or so per month with no repairs.

Only $5000 in repairs to get it sold.


  • Address: 127 Hopkins St. San Antonio, TX 78221
  • Year Built: 1972
  • Description:  Location Location! Very popular neighborhood with extra-large back yard south of downtown. This is a high ROI, under market value San Antonio investment property ! – 3 beds 1 bath, 850 sqft, built: 1972, Lot Size: .16 acres, Yearly taxes: $1,052.00, Estimated yearly insurance $600.00, Estimated repairs: 5K, landscape tree removal, trash removal interior/exterior. ARV: 69.9K
  • Cash Price on San Antonio Fixer Upper:  $39,900
  • Exit Strategy: Owner Finance this San Antonio investment property with 5K in clean up: 5k down, $695.00 monthly P/I, 30 year amortization, 10% interest, Price: 69.9K.