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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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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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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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Where do you go to learn about private money lending?

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Clay Sparkman
I can’t tell you how many times I have been asked by prospective private money investors, “Where do I go to learn more about this? Where are the books? Where are the articles? where are the websites”
I have generally had to shrug my shoulders and say, “Uh …. you know, I really [...]

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The quest for quality private money loans

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Clay Sparkman
Most private money investors choose to work with brokers.  However it is a decision that each private money investor must make independently and with great care—to use or not to use a broker.
The essence of the matter I think is this.  If you want a full-time job (and some investors certainly do) then you [...]

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A few useful and interesting resources for private money professionals

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Clay Sparkman
These days–with uncertain markets—tools and resources which provide us with information and data are more crucial than quite possibly ever before.
I am always trying to find more resources that will be of use to both me and readers of this blog. Here are a few items that have popped up lately.
ALTOSResearch offers this wonderful [...]

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A way to find qualified commercial borrowers – Lendicom.com

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Clay Sparkman
Most private money investors choose to work with brokers.  However it is a decision that each private money investor must make independently and with great care—to use or not to use a broker.
The essence of the matter I think is this.  If you want a full-time job (and some investors certainly do) then you [...]

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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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Private money through the looking glass

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Clay Sparkman
First off, I’d like to point you to a list of 37 private money investment tips posted by Brad Evans of Brad Evans Real Estate Loans.  This list has been circulating on the net for quite a few years now.  It is one of the more thoughtful comprehensive items that I have come across [...]

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Resources – where is all the good stuff?

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Clay Sparkman

As I continue my search for resources that might be useful to those who invest in real estate secured loans, I become increasingly convinced that our particular niche field is somewhat of an intellectual/informational wasteland.  Every time I stumble upon an article or site that looks like it might be of interest, it [...]

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