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What Private Mortgage Lenders want you to know about Flood Insurance in Texas

Posted by Jim Emerson

Sep 26, 2018 2:08:55 PM

Texas is amongst the top of the nation in rankings for weather-related property damage each year. Therefore, knowing the different types of insurances available and their coverages is crucial. If you live or plan to live in one of the  14 coastal counties or parts of Harris County or Galveston Bay you should know of separate policies that are available that may help you protect yourselves from losses caused by flooding.

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Topics: Hard Money Loans, hard money lenders, residential hard money loans, houston hard money lenders, private mortgage investors, flood insurance, commercial hard money loan

This Is Why Every Property Owner Should Have Flood Insurance

Posted by Jim Emerson

Jan 30, 2018 4:41:24 PM

There are many misconceptions when it comes to purchasing flood insurance.

Many homeowners think they’re not at risk for flooding, when they usually are. And many believe that if they are flooded, they’re insured for it. For example, the coverage is often inadequate lacking enough coverage to fully rebuild the home. Although flood insurance is available to many homeowners under the NFIP, most don’t have it. This is true for many of Hurricane Harvey’s victims. This hurricane was the most significant tropical hurricane in the United States history. Harvey’s damage was between $90 Billion and $160 Billion with a midpoint at $125 Billion.

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Topics: Houston Commercial Loans, hard money lenders, mortgage process, houston, residential hard money loans, houston hard money lenders

Pitfalls Hard Money Lenders (and Borrowers) should consider to avoid a loan payment default.

Posted by Jim Emerson

Jan 24, 2018 11:59:46 AM

There has been troubling news released by S&P/Experian, as reports indicate that defaults on first credit payments by consumers are on the rise. While most indicators surrounding the economy and the stock market have been positive, this boom in defaults isn’t, as it’s the first time in two years defaults have increased.

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Topics: hard money lenders, residential hard money loans, loans

How Wraparound Mortgages and Hard Money Loans come together.

Posted by Jim Emerson

Mar 2, 2017 12:00:00 PM

 You may or may not heard of this term  before but a wraparound mortgage     or “wrap” is a form of secondary  financing for the purchase of real  property.  The seller/lender extends to  the buyer a junior mortgage which  wraps around and existing mortgage,  typically the bank or the seller of the  real property assumes the payment of  the existing mortgage and provides the borrower with a new larger loan, usually at a higher interest rate.

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Topics: Hard Money, Hard Money Loans, hard money lenders, wraparound mortgages

Hard Money Loans: What are they and what is their future in Houston?

Posted by Jim Emerson

Feb 27, 2017 1:00:04 PM

Houston Hard Money loans are backed by the value of real property not by the credit worthiness of the borrower.  Since the property itself is used as the only protection against default by the borrower, the loans have a lower Loan to Value ratio (LTV) and carry higher interest rates compared to conventional commercial or residential loans.  These loans are often referred to as a short term loan or bridge loan. 

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Topics: Hard Money, Hard Money Loans, hard money lenders

10 Undeniable Reasons why Houston Hard Money Homestead Loans are here to stay.

Posted by Jim Emerson

Jan 27, 2017 4:09:03 PM

If you are a typical borrower looking for financing for your primary residence the first thought is to apply with your local bank or credit union. The interest rates are typically competitive and generally lower than private lenders. However, credit rating is a primary factor in the loan decision and you have to meet certain underwriting guidelines. If you don’t have good credit with easily documented income sources your loan application can be denied.

Hard Money loans are customized to borrowers needs based on the fact that you have sufficient capital, generally around 20-30% down of the purchase price of the property and your ability to repay the loan.

Private money lenders or Hard Money lenders in Houston are quite different from bank loans. Below you will learn 10 reasons why Hard Money loans in Houston are here to stay:

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Topics: Hard Money Loans, hard money lenders, homestead loans

5 Things About Hard Money Loans in Houston That You May Not Know

Posted by Jim Emerson

Jan 12, 2017 12:30:00 PM

Hard money loans, also known as a fast short term loans, are a mortgage alternative to a borrower who is possibly in a distressed financial situation or who has less than perfect credit which fails to meet bank criteria for funding.  This asset-based loan financing is secured by real property and loans are typically made by a company or individual from a private organization, also known as “Private Mortgage Investors”. 

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Topics: Hard Money, hard money lenders

Hard Money Loans in Houston for Foreign Nationals (ITIN Loans)

Posted by Jim Emerson

Jan 2, 2017 11:00:00 AM

In today’s market, it is fairly difficult to find a Hard Money lender in Houston to finance to a Foreign National or to a borrower with an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN).   A Foreign National is a citizen from another country who periodically visits the United States and is purchasing a property in which to reside during their stay.  Mortgage Investors Corporation or AMI Lenders Foreign National and ITIN loan programs, offer financing to any non-US citizen wanting to obtain a residential or commercial Hard Money loan in the Houston metropolitan area. 

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Topics: Hard Money, Hard Money Loans, hard money lenders

How to Buy a Residential Property Through A Hard Money Lender

Posted by Jim Emerson

Sep 29, 2016 2:36:05 PM


How to Buy a Residential Property:

When in the market for a new home or in the market for an investment property, one should do their own research. (An example of an investment property is buying homes to either “fix and flip” or “fix and rent”).

We’re a mortgage investment corporation and we’ve been financing homes and investment properties for over 25 years.

Because we’ve been a residential hard money lender for so many years, we pretty much know the proper due-diligence in selecting the right property at the right price.

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Topics: Residential Loans, hard money lenders

The Importance of FICO Scores To Hard Money Lenders

Posted by Jim Emerson

Jun 16, 2016 11:56:34 AM

As a commercial hard money lender, we understand the importance of one’s FICO score.  Therefore, we want to share our experience and how one can increase their FICO scores to improve their chances of getting a hard money loan. 

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Topics: Hard Money, Hard Money Loans, hard money lenders