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How to find investment property at a discount

Posted by Jim Emerson

Mar 16, 2022 9:00:00 AM

For over 30 years, AMI Lenders has helped hundreds of real estate investors finance their investments in fix-&-flip properties. Therefore, it is evident to us that successful fix-&-flip projects start with the investor (or "flipper") doing their homework and finding an investment property, not only with a significant discount off its market value but also in the right location and at the right time. In this blog, we want to share what we have seen successful flippers do when hunting for an investment property.

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Topics: houston, loans, fix and flip

Would you want to invest in rental property as we face a looming recession?

Posted by Jim Emerson

Mar 4, 2022 6:00:00 AM

In the past few weeks, we have started reading interesting articles on the future of the US economy, mainly dealing with whether trying to rein in inflation will bring about a recession. Since we write this blog for real estate investors and home buyers, and since there are some warnings of a looming recession, if not this year, maybe next (for example, read Bill Conerly's November 2021 article "No Recession In 2022—But Watch Out In 2023" in Forbes magazine), the question that has sprung to mind for us is:

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What to look for when hunting for a multigenerational house

Posted by Jim Emerson

Feb 18, 2022 11:26:01 AM

We recently wrote in one of our blogs about pooling incomes in a household to obtain a mortgage. We mentioned that multigenerational households could be a trend in the housing sector. Changes in demographic behavior could lead to even more households becoming multigenerational. In this blog, we would like to assist you in thinking around some issues when you are looking into purchasing and renovating a home suitable for a multigenerational household.

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Topics: houston, residential hard money loans, AMI Lenders

Pooling incomes in a multi-generational Household to qualify for a hard money loan in Houston.

Posted by Jim Emerson

Feb 2, 2022 9:00:00 AM

In one of our weekly updates, we recently wrote to our clients that home prices might be growing faster than rents in most places across the country. But, financially speaking, homeownership still beats renting, as shown by a new study from ATTOM Data Solutions, a real estate data firm. In about 6 out of 10 localities across the U.S., it is cheaper to own a home than rent, so it is still a good idea to own rather than rent, even more so in creeping inflation environments like we have been experiencing. Still, it is usually easier to sign a lease contract than to get a mortgage.

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Topics: Hard Money Loans, houston, residential hard money loans, AMI Lenders

Myths and Misconceptions about Hard Money Lenders and their Type of Loans

Posted by Jim Emerson

Jan 20, 2022 10:15:27 AM

Due to a lack of industry knowledge, the general public often believes myths about asset-based mortgage lenders or Hard Money Lenders. Many people have misconceptions about their loans to real investors and home buyers. In this article, we intend to tackle these myths and misconceptions.

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Topics: hard money lenders, houston, AMI Lenders, Hard Money Loan

Hard Money Lender Tips for Current or Potential Real Estate Investors

Posted by Jim Emerson

Jan 13, 2022 12:59:58 PM

It is never too late to get into real estate investing. Yet, as with many things in life, you must study and be diligent to be a successful real estate investor because, mind you, real estate investing is not as easy as some make it sound on TV: there are plenty of aspects that could go wrong when buying a property as an investment. In what follows, we give you some tips that might prove helpful to you whether you are a proven investor or are just considering getting into real estate investing.

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Topics: Tips, hard money lenders, houston, real estate investors, AMI Lenders

What exactly happens when a Hard Money Lender checks your credit report?

Posted by Jim Emerson

Dec 18, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Let us suppose that you are interested in getting a mortgage loan from us, so you call us to ask about our mortgage rates and loan terms. To make sure that we give you the correct answer, we need to know whether your potential application will be ranked "good," "fair," or "poor." One of the elements in your evaluation is pulling your credit report.

Many of our customers worry that pulling their credit reports will hurt their credit scores. So here we explain what happens to your credit score and suggest to you some tips you might want to follow when shopping for a mortgage loan. You might also want to read what the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a US government agency, has to say about this subject on their website: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/ask-cfpb/what-exactly-happens-when-a-mortgage-lender-checks-my-credit-en-2005/ .

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Topics: hard money lenders, houston, private money lender, AMI Lenders, credit report, mortgage

Making your money work for you with a Hard Money Loan for real estate investing.

Posted by Jim Emerson

Dec 8, 2021 5:48:02 PM

A lot has been said and written about “making your money work for you,” a colloquial, charming way to refer to passive income (that is, income that does not come from those employment or activities to which you dedicate most of your time in order to generate said income). Still, we think our faithful readers can benefit from being reminded that there are ways of generating passive income in the real estate industry, taking advantage of hard money loans.

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Topics: private mortgage investors, real estate, private money lenders in houston, AMI Lenders, Hard Money Loan

Hard Money Loans and rising inflation, what it all means.

Posted by Jim Emerson

Nov 29, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Fears of rising inflation in the US have been garnering attention all over the news and in many other countries. The Economist (a magazine published in the UK) included in its November 13, 2021, edition an article entitled “A three-decade high in inflation sows concerns about America’s recovery”. The Australian (a newspaper printed in Australia) included an article with the headline “US inflation spike to record levels means mortgage rates in Australia are almost certain to rise.” Forbes published during September 2021 an article about inflation and mortgages[1] and how it might be a good time to buy a house to protect yourself against rising inflation. And we could continue citing interesting inflation-related articles.

Better than just letting you navigate in the news, let us try to give you our point of view on what you as a borrower of real-estate related loans, be it a mortgage for your new home or a bridge loan for a fix and flip, should know about inflation and loans.

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Topics: Hard Money, Hard Money Loans, commercial hard money loan, AMI Lenders

Staying Competitive in a Fix and Flip Market

Posted by Jim Emerson

Nov 23, 2021 9:00:00 AM

The 'fix and flip' investment strategy is one of several available to real estate investors. While some consider it to be relatively straightforward, it has its complexities as any other business endeavor. If executed poorly, it can lead to much lower returns than expected. In a competitive market where there is a shortage of houses to flip, workers and materials, flipping houses can become more difficult than usual. In this economic environment, investing in a distressed property that meets all the characteristics needed for high returns becomes essential. Furthermore, if you are new to fix and flipping, or if you already have done several, it is good to remember that seeking the help of professionals can make the entire process efficient and beneficial.

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Topics: Hard Money Loans, houston, fix and flip, AMI Lenders

   

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