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Financing Real Estate Investments through Hard Money Loans is not “one-size-fits-all”

Posted by Jim Emerson

Apr 26, 2022 12:04:05 PM

It is not the same to evaluate financing unimproved versus improved properties, short term vs long term loans or the level of risk 

the borrower represents.

To put it simply, financing real estate projects varies significantly from one borrower to another, AND from one type of property to another.  

To make sure we are on the same page: in Hard Money Lender's terminology, an unimproved property means the property does not have a structure on it: for example,

  • a vacant lot or vacant acreage is an unimproved property. An improved property means the property has a structure on it (regardless of its condition).
  • In the residential arena, an improved property can be a single-family dwelling, a duplex, or an apartment complex.
  • If it's a commercial property, an example would be an office building, a shopping center, a warehouse, or a data center.
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Topics: Hard Money Loans, houston, AMI Lenders, Real Estate Investment

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

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

Why Reputable Hard Money Lenders Invest Time and Resources to Rigorously Verify a Borrower’s Abilityto Repay?

Posted by Jim Emerson

Feb 19, 2021 4:01:07 PM

Real estate investors often prefer hard money lenders instead of large financial institutions such as banks for obtaining their loans. The primary reasons for this are a)private money lenders process loans much faster, which is ideal if someone requires a loan quickly to beat a competitive bid, and b) Hard Money Lenders have more flexibility than banks. Also, hard money lenders have less stringent requirements and background checks.

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Topics: Hard Money Loans, hard money lenders, private money lenders in houston

How Do Realtors, Brokers, and Private Lenders Work Together to Help Real Estate Investors?

Posted by Jim Emerson

Nov 13, 2020 5:00:08 PM

With a robust real estate market in Houston, you may be thinking about purchasing a property as an investment. After all, home values reported in September 2020 are up in Houston by more than 11% year-over-year.

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Topics: Hard Money Loans, houston hard money lenders, private mortgage investors, real estate

Banks vs. Private Money Lenders for ITIN Mortgage Loans

Posted by Jim Emerson

Sep 15, 2020 3:19:18 PM

Since the program began in 1996, the IRS has issued nearly 24 million ITIN numbers. These numbers are issued for tax purposes to immigrants who are not yet eligible to obtain a social security number or citizens of foreign nations who want to purchase property in the U.S.

They also allow undocumented immigrants to open bank accounts, take out credit cards, and even buy a home. However, finding a lender willing to fund ITIN mortgage loans can be a little tricky.

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Topics: Hard Money Loans, mortgage loans, private money lender, ITIN loans, private money lenders in houston, ITIN mortgage loans

Can You Get a Mortgage Loan if You Only Have an ITIN Number?

Posted by Jim Emerson

Sep 1, 2020 3:22:03 PM

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Topics: Hard Money Loans, mortgage loans, private money lender, ITIN loans, private money lenders in houston

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

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

   

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