FirstREX Helps With Mortgage Down Payments in Exchange for Home Equity

FirstREX helps with down payments in exchange for equity in homes
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Jeff Uter would have needed to sell stocks or pull cash out of his consulting business to afford the down payment on a $780,000 home in Orange County, Calif. Instead, he paid half of the 20 percent required and got the other $78,000 from San Francisco-based real estate investment companyFirstREX. In exchange, FirstREX will get 40 percent of any gains in the value of Uter’s four-bedroom condo in a golf course community when it’s sold. “I have stocks and my own business,” says Uter. “I’d rather invest in that than put it in a personal residence.”

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