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Two hicks from Oregon go to Malibu – a cautionary tale

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Clay Sparkman
I first posted this Blog piece on 11.11.09 at this site.
The runway was drenched in sunlight as our plane touched down that morning at LAX.  It was a golden balmy day.  We grabbed our bags and headed for the rental car kiosks.  I don’t recall how it happened exactly, but the fellow at the [...]

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Private money for maijuana grow and sell operations

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Clay Sparkman
Good article in the Los Angeles Times:
Lending money to pot businesses is a high-risk move: ‘This is not for the faint of heart’
A few years back, this was starting to look like a pretty good place to consider investing your private money. Several things were favorable: (1) The general trend nationwide was clearly toward [...]

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Twenty-eight questions you must ask

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Clay Sparkman
I first wrote and published this piece in its original form in September of 2009. I am of the firm belief that the key to success (defined as: having fun and maximizing your return, two closely correlated phenomena), is rigorous and comprehensive vetting of the loan proposal. If you do this right, the rest [...]

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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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Leading real estate value indicators

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Clay Sparkman
Of particular interest to private money investors is to analyze and spot potential trends in real estate pricing. I recently posted an article, Three potentially useful indicators of the likely movement of property values, which proposed three potential indicators to watch.
The following article, Unlike prices, real estate jobs not back at peak, published in [...]

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Private money – the rules of physics may not apply

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Clay Sparkman
I first posted this article in August of 2009. That was right about when I was just getting started with the blog. It is hard to believe that it has been nearly seven years now. At any rate, I feel that this article deserves a second look (or a first look, if you are [...]

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Three potentially useful indicators of the likely movement of property values

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Clay Sparkman
Any good private money 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 issue  when assessing investment risk is LTV, and if the “V” part of “LTV” falls during the time of your investment, your investment is [...]

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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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How to read an appraisal

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Clay Sparkman
This article was originally published, on The Private Money Broker Blog. on 8/9/10. Some 5+ years 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 [...]

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We may be done wandering through the forest

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Clay Sparkman
I got this upbeat article as a special alert on my smart phone this week. It seems that finally the real estate market it pulling the rest of the economy forward, instead of the other way around. I would say that it’s official. Hallelujah!
Housing, regional factory data show economy’s stamina
http://us.news-republic.com/Web/ArticleWeb.aspx?regionid=1&articleid=10246360
On the other hand, a [...]

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Too good not to share

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Clay Sparkman
I figured this was too good not to share. After all, when The New York Times speaks …
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/28/business/economy/new-indications-housing-recovery-is-under-way.html
I’ll try to get back to posting more frequently. I’ve been a bit at a loss as to what to post lately. If anyone has anything they’d like to know more about, please let me know.
– Clay [...]

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As goes Miami …?

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Sorry to be so long away from you. I guess the lazy days of summer have been calling. I would like to share an article that I read recently in the New York Times.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/27/business/affluent-buyers-reviving-market-for-miami-homes.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1
It seems that the Miami market, one of the worst hit during the real estate turn down, is on [...]

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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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Private Money – The Rules of Physics May Not Apply

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Clay Sparkman

I would like to make a proposal.  I would like to propose that the standard universal laws don’t necessarily apply to private money lending.  That is, the things which we most take for granted—or assume to be true–may not be true in the realm of private money lending.
Let’s talk about systems for a [...]

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