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Private money – whole loans vs fractional share loans

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

S. Clay Sparkman
This issue nearly always comes up in early conversations with new potential investors. Working with private money investors, we are able to fund loans in two different ways.
(1)  Single loan/single investor – This is probably most common. It is quite simple. A potential investor evaluates a loan, and if she chooses to do [...]

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Getting started with private money investing

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Clay Sparkman
I am frequently asked by private money investors: “… so how do we get started investing in private money loans?”  You know, there is no simple answer to this question. I tell them that it is kind of like dating. If we are going to do this as an investor/broker team, then they need to [...]

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Five potentially useful indicators of the likely movement of value

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Clay Sparkman
Any good real estate investor should be attempting  to assess whether property values are rising, falling, or holding in the area of his/her latest potential investment. After all, the core question when buying investment property (particularly short-term) is, “what is value likely to do in the [...]

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A book that we must read

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Clay Sparkman
This book strikes me as a must read for anyone in the lending business. I have not read it yet, but I intend to get started now. Have any of you read it, and if so, what was your take away?
Here
The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives
Lisa Servon. Houghton Mifflin [...]

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Resources for private money profesionals

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Clay Sparkman
I posted this article in 2011, and am sad to say that I haven’t come across much in the way of new resources since. I’m going to re-post, with a few small changes, and please let me know if you know of any useful resources available to private money professionals.

These days–with uncertain markets—tools and [...]

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Examining an FAQ about Trust Deed investing

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

S. Clay Sparkman
TNG (The Norris Group) published the following FAQ on their site. I thought it might be fun to go through this and see where I agree and perhaps disagree, and offer my annotations (in red).
Frequently Asked Questions About Trust Deed Investing
1. What is a trust deed investor?
A trust deed investor is a person [...]

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10 things You should do before you start investing

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Clay Sparkman
Most of my discussions on this blog have to do with private money investing, and trends related to such.
I cam across a Lifehacker article recently–one that I had saved in The Pocket to read *later* (if you know what I mean), and was reminded that before one can make sensible private money investing decisions/choices, [...]

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A guide for private money lenders

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Clay Sparkman
I thought that this set of blog posts, A Guide For Private Money Lenders (in four parts), by Thad Merrill, was both interesting and informative, and so I thought I’d share them with you. (Ever vigilant: I’m combing the web for you.)

http://www.fortunebuilders.com/becoming-private-money-lender-part-1/
http://www.fortunebuilders.com/becoming-private-money-lender-part-2-breaking-private-money-loan/
http://www.fortunebuilders.com/becoming-private-money-lender-part-3-attract-investors/
http://www.fortunebuilders.com/private-hard-money-lenders-part-4/
Best, Clay
- Clay (clay@privatemoneysource.com, 503-476-2909)
Clay is Vice President of Fairfield Financial, a primary [...]

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25 questions you must ask

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Clay Sparkman
I originally published this article in September of 2009 on this blog.
I’m going to make a list today of twenty-five important questions that I believe an investor must ask prior to funding any private money loan transaction.  I’m not going to elaborate much on each particular item here, but will drill down on each [...]

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Finding qualified commercial private money borrowers

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Clay Sparkman
This item was originally posted on this site on 4/30/10. I had a sense that it might be relevant once again, and so I have rewritten it slightly and am posting here again. I hope you find it useful.
Most private money investors choose to work with brokers.  However it is a decision that each [...]

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Loans we are placing – example

Friday, April 5th, 2013

S. Clay Sparkman
Every now and then I like to present one of the loans that we have placed or are in the process of placing, so that blog readers can see (a) the types of loans that we are placing, and (b) how we feel that loans should be presented. Keep in mind that this [...]

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How to read an appraisal

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Clay Sparkman
This article was originally published, on The Private Money Broker Blog. on 8/9/10. Some two and a half hears later, I feel it is worthy to be modified slightly and published again. Whatever you do in the real estate business, I highly recommend that you give this post a good read.
The most [...]

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The infinte universe of private money

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Clay Sparkman
Our private money lending programs tend to be fairly rigid with regard to LTV requirements but quite forgiving with regard to other issues.   One of the nice things about private money is that it allows for creative problem solving.   I have put many transactions together, that initially didn’t appear to be doable, simply by [...]

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Twnety-five questions you must ask (re-post)

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Clay Sparkman
I originally published this article on this blog in September of 2009. It is as relevant ans useful, I believe, today as it was then.

I’m going to make a list today of twenty-five important questions that I believe an investor must ask prior to funding any private money loan transaction.  I’m not [...]

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Private Money FAQ

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Clay Sparkman
I try to update and publish this FAQ every once in awhile, as it is a handy guide to better understanding the market for private money loans in general–and more particularly, how we operate here at FFS. It is written more with brokers and borrowers in mind, but the information here should [...]

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Everything you wanted to know about private money but were afraid to ask

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Clay Sparkman
(Note: I posted the following on my broker blog recently. It is oriented to toward brokers, but at the same time, I think it would be quite useful to those trying to get a handle on investing in private money loans and trying to better understand the process.)
Private money is often [...]

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A private money loan prospectus – Hood Canal, Washington

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Clay Sparkman
From time to time, I post a prospectus for a loan that we are currently in the process of placing. This serves three purposes: (1) It gives readers a window into the kinds of loans that we are placing, (2) It provides an example of how are loans are initially presented, and (3) It [...]

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Squeezing loans into the box (by thinking outside the box)

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Clay Sparkman
As you all know, sometimes we have to be creative to get loans done in this market. One of the most critical aspects of any loan (as you well know) is the Loan to Value ratio, and there are often options for reducing the LTV to make the deal more attractive.
For purchases, the seller [...]

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How to invest in private money loans when real estate markets are uncertain

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Clay Sparkman
We’ve been through nearly 3 ½ rough years in the real estate market—and projections seem to indicate that we will finally see clear up-turn in the second half of this year, but no one really knows for sure.  We have managed to survive this down-time (thus far) and continue doing loans even in the [...]

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A private money loan prospectus

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Clay Sparkman
I’m not sure how many of you have made loans with us before, so I thought I would post a prospectus for a loan that we are currently in the process of placing.  The prospectus which is shown here is the high level presentation, or executive summary of the loan.  Having read the prospectus [...]

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Private loan packaging guidelines

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Clay Sparkman
One of my long term objectives with this blog is to eventually walk with you through all of the private money loan processes and procedures, from the moment of conception until death (death of course not being a bad thing in my chosen metaphor, but simply meaning loan payoff, workout, or foreclosure).
This post deals [...]

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Getting started with private money – the dating thing

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Clay Sparkman
I am frequently asked by private money investors:  “… so how do we get started investing in private money loans?”  You know, there is no simple answer to this question.  I tell them that it is kind of like dating.  If we are going to do this as an investor/broker team, then they need [...]

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