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Seller financing can be a viable option for both buyers and sellers. However, not all stories end on a positive note. The recent case involving NFL star Von Miller and his mansion serves as a cautionary tale, shedding light on the potential pitfalls.


Former Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller sold his 19,000-square-foot mansion to Oluwole Jolaoso for $3.7 million in November 2022. Jolaoso financed the purchase with a $3 million loan from Miller, with the understanding that it was a bridge loan, allowing Jolaoso one year to secure financing from another source. However, Jolaoso failed to make the monthly interest payments of $23,000, citing problems with a Creston “smart home” system that impacted his ability to rent out the property.

Miller filed to foreclose on the property in September 2023. In January, Miller and Jolaoso modified their loan agreement. Jolaoso owed Miller $3.5 million, and as part of the modification, Jolaoso agreed to make a lump-sum payment of $2.775 million, leaving a pending loan balance of about $725,000. Jolaoso took out a new loan from FirsTier Bank on the same day. The modified loan has a seven-month term, with Jolaoso making interest-only payments at 9 percent, amounting to about $5,450 a month.

Miller dropped his bid to foreclose on the property on Feb. 8 after the loan modification. The agreement acknowledges Jolaoso’s claims about property issues but takes no responsibility. Jolaoso stated that the problems were fixed in early December, and he didn’t pay for the fixes. Jolaoso expressed regret about the purchase, highlighting the challenges he faced with the property.

Unlocking the Power of Seller Financing in Colorado: Insider Tips for a Seamless Transaction

Seller financing, also known as owner financing, has become a popular choice in Colorado’s real estate landscape, offering an alternative to conventional financing. This arrangement allows property sellers to extend direct financing to buyers, fostering a mutually beneficial transaction.

Navigating Seller Financing Dynamics

In a seller-financed deal, sellers provide credit directly to buyers, eliminating the need for traditional mortgages from banks or lending institutions. The negotiation process involves crucial aspects such as interest rates, down payments, repayment schedules, and other essential conditions. These terms are then formalized in a written contract, typically comprising a promissory note and a security instrument, such as a mortgage or deed of trust.

Legal Insights for a Secure Transaction

Understanding and adhering to legal considerations is paramount for a successful seller-financed transaction:

  1. Compliance with Regulations:
    • Federal and state regulations, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Truth in Lending Act, and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, must be strictly followed.
    • State-specific regulations, such as usury laws and licensing requirements, may also apply.
  2. Key Legal Documents:
    • The promissory note, outlining principal amounts, interest rates, payment schedules, and consequences for default, should be legally enforceable.
    • Security instruments like mortgages or deeds of trust must be properly drafted and recorded for enforceability.
  3. Disclosure Obligations:
    • Federal and state laws may impose disclosure requirements, covering loan terms, buyer’s right to rescind, and potential prepayment penalties.
  4. Due Diligence:
    • Both buyers and sellers should conduct thorough due diligence, verifying creditworthiness, financial stability, and ensuring a clear property title.

Mitigating Risks with Proactive Strategies

  1. Default Risk Mitigation:
    • Sellers can mitigate default risk by requiring substantial down payments, verifying creditworthiness, and securing the loan with a mortgage or deed of trust.
  2. Legal Compliance:
    • Legal risks can be minimized by consulting with an experienced attorney in seller financing, ensuring strict adherence to regulations.
  3. Tax Implications Awareness:
    • Consultation with a tax advisor is crucial to understand the tax consequences, covering potential income tax, capital gains tax, and gift tax implications.


Seller financing offers a valuable avenue for both buyers and sellers, but success hinges on a thorough understanding of legal implications and proactive risk management. As a realtor, guiding my clients through these intricacies ensures a smooth and secure seller-financed transaction.

If you are considering the use of Seller Financing, contact me.  I’m happy to discuss your options. 

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