Understanding Wraparound Mortgages: Benefits and Risks for THINK3RE Clients

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At THINK3RE, we understand the complexities of wraparound mortgages and their potential benefits and risks for our clients. As a real estate consultants, we guide buyers and sellers in navigating these transactions to achieve successful outcomes.

What is a Wraparound Mortgage?

A wraparound mortgage, also known as a “wrap,” is a secondary financing option for purchasing real property. The seller extends a junior mortgage to the buyer, which exists in addition to any superior mortgages already secured by the property. This type of financing allows the seller to provide financing to the buyer, often with more flexible terms than traditional lenders.

How Does a Wraparound Mortgage Work?

Under a wrap, the seller accepts a secured promissory note from the buyer for the amount due on the underlying mortgage plus an additional amount up to the remaining purchase money balance. The buyer makes monthly payments to the seller, who is then responsible for making payments to the underlying mortgagee(s). If the buyer defaults on the wrap, the seller has the right of foreclosure to recapture the property.

Benefits of Wraparound Mortgages for THINK3RE Clients

  • Increased Accessibility: Wraps can lower barriers to ownership and expedite the home-buying process, making it easier for buyers to purchase a home.
  • Flexibility: Sellers can charge a spread, and buyers who cannot qualify for traditional loans may use wraps to facilitate a transaction.
  • Wider Buyer Pool: Each seller sets their own standards, creating a wider pool of potential buyers.
  • Expedited Process: Wraps can streamline the home-buying process, as buyers don’t need to qualify for traditional financing.
  • Lower Down Payment: Wraps may require a lower down payment, making it easier for buyers to enter the market.

Risks of Wraparound Mortgages for THINK3RE Clients

  • Credit Risk: Sellers take on the risk of buyer default, which can lead to foreclosure.
  • Legal Risk: Sellers must ensure compliance with original loan terms and continue making payments on their mortgage.
  • Default Risk: If the buyer defaults on the wrap, the seller must continue paying the mortgage or risk foreclosure.
  • Interest Rate Risk: Sellers may earn a higher interest rate on the wrap, but also take on the risk of buyer default.
  • Foreclosure Risk: If the buyer defaults, the seller may be forced to foreclose on the property, which can be a lengthy and costly process.

Key Considerations for THINK3RE Clients

  • Due-on-Sale Clause: Wraparound mortgage transactions may trigger the due-on-sale clause, allowing the bank or other mortgagees to call the superior notes due.
  • Payment Arrangements: Allowing buyers to make payments directly to the original lender can mitigate risk.
  • Compliance: Sellers must ensure compliance with original loan terms and continue making payments on their mortgage.
  • Title Transfer: Title is transferred from seller to buyer, which may trigger the due-on-sale clause.
  • Mortgagee Approval: The original lender must approve the secondary loan.


Wraparound mortgages can be a valuable tool for THINK3RE clients, offering flexibility and increased accessibility. However, they also come with significant risks. Our experienced team can guide you through these complex transactions, ensuring you understand the terms and conditions and make informed decisions. With careful consideration and proper planning, wraparound mortgages can help you achieve your real estate goals.

Expert Guidance for a Smooth Wraparound Mortgage Process

Seek Professional Advice: Consult with our experienced real estate team and with a real estate attorney or financial advisor to ensure compliance with original loan terms and mitigate risk.

  • Clearly Define Terms: Establish clear payment arrangements and terms to avoid confusion and potential disputes.
  • Monitor Payments: Regularly monitor payments to ensure timely and full payment of the wrap and underlying mortgage.
  • Consider Alternative Options: Explore alternative financing options, such as traditional lenders or private money loans, to compare terms and conditions.

By understanding the benefits and risks of wraparound mortgages, THINK3RE clients can make informed decisions and navigate these complex transactions with confidence. Our team is here to support you every step of the way.

Trust THINK3RE for Your Wraparound Mortgage Needs

At THINK3RE, we understand the complexities of wraparound mortgages and the importance of tailored solutions for homeowners in need. As a family-owned and solutions-driven real estate consulting firm based in Milton, WA, we offer a No-Obligation Free Assessment of your property and provide multiple solutions to fit your unique situation.

Whether you’re facing Foreclosure, Liens, Code Violations, Probate, Inherited properties, Job Relocation, Upsizing or Downsizing, or other challenges, our experienced team is here to help. We’ll guide you through the wraparound mortgage process, ensuring legal and regulatory compliance, financial due diligence, and effective negotiation with all parties involved.

Contact THINK3RE today to schedule your Free Assessment and discover how our wraparound mortgage services can help you unlock the benefits of homeownership in Washington State.

Phone:  (253) 459-5600
Email: info@think3re.com

Let us help you navigate the wraparound mortgage process with confidence and expertise.

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