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What to Know About Hard Money Lenders and Loans

Posted by Jim Emerson

Jan 6, 2023 3:00:00 PM

You've likely noticed the flood of negative headlines about the real estate market. Higher mortgage lending rates, market volatility, and uncertainty are certainly having an effect. However, experienced private mortgage investors (not unlike many of AMI Lenders’ clients) know that real estate investment opportunities are still available.

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Topics: hard money lenders, houston, private mortgage investors, AMI Lenders, Real Estate Financing

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

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

Debt-To-Income Rule is a Blessing for Lenders as Well as Borrowers.

Posted by Jim Emerson

Feb 18, 2020 5:30:06 PM

While buying a house, choosing a private lender over a full-fledged financial institute for a mortgage loan is a great option. One of the many benefits of doing so is that private lenders approve loans much quicker than other financial institutions, such as banks.

Best of all, the majority of hard money lenders do not look into a borrower's credit history. Private lending is a flexible process that makes it easier for almost everyone to own a home or invest in real estate.

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Topics: mortgage loans, private mortgage investors, Debt-to-Income Rule, private money lender

Get advice from a real estate attorney or broker to avoid costly mortgage loan mistakes.

Posted by Jim Emerson

Dec 13, 2019 9:37:25 AM

Sadly, this is the mother of all mistakes made by people trying to save a few hundred dollars when they are dealing with a commercial or residential hard money loan. As a hard-money lender, I’ve seen genuinely heart-breaking tragedies.

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Topics: mortgage loans, private mortgage investors, real estate

Los Prestamistas Privados Incitan Sobre Seguros Contra Inundaciones

Posted by Jim Emerson

Oct 5, 2018 3:15:04 PM

Texas se encuentra entre los primeros lugares de la nación en el ranking de daños a la propiedad relacionados con el clima cada año. Por lo tanto, conocer los diferentes tipos de seguros disponibles y sus coberturas es clave. Si vive o planea vivir en uno de los 14 condados costeros o partes del Condado de Harris o la Bahía de Galveston, debe conocer las políticas separadas que están disponibles y que pueden ayudarlo a protegerse de las pérdidas causadas por las inundaciones.

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Topics: houston hard money lenders, private mortgage investors, flood insurance, seguro inundaciones en texas

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

Private Mortgage Investors Must Warn Consumers of the Surge in Mortgage Risk Fraud

Posted by Jim Emerson

May 30, 2018 5:17:08 PM

For the 6TH straight quarter Mortgage application fraud is on the upswing according to the National Mortgage Application Fraud Risk In


dex released by CoreLogic, a real estate data firm. CoreLogic developed the index based on residential mortgage loan applications processed by CoreLogic Loan Safe Fraud Manager, a predictive scoring technology.  Based on their findings, the index has increased for all of the last six consecutive quarters.

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Topics: mortgage loans, mortgage process, residential hard money loans, private mortgage investors

Home Inspections FAQ’s for First Time Buyers and Sellers

Posted by Jim Emerson

May 25, 2018 4:40:48 PM


Obtaining a home inspection is a very important investment that will give you the confidence to make the best decisions whether you are selling or buying a home. If you are buying a home, this can be your largest single investment you will ever make. As private mortgage investors, we recommend you learn as much as possible about the newly constructed home or existing home before you purchase. If you are already a homeowner, a home inspection will give you the opportunity to identify problems and suggest preventative measures to help avoid costly repairs in the future. Below we will explore the most common FAQ’s regarding home inspections.

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Topics: residential hard money loans, buying new home, private mortgage investors

AMI Lenders helps Millennials become homeowners with Hard Money Loans

Posted by Jim Emerson

May 11, 2017 10:37:41 AM

AMI Lenders is a Private Mortgage Investor company or Hard Money Lender who provides innovative solutions, personalized service and applies a proprietary, common sense approach to loan underwriting by looking beyond the numbers to determine the true value and risk of a borrower.  

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Topics: residential hard money loans, houston hard money lenders, buying new home, private mortgage investors


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