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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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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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Rehab loan offering in Oregon

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

S. Clay Sparkman
We’ve had a lot of nice solid little loans come in lately. As you know, we have a tradition of, from time to time, presenting 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 [...]

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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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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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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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Sample loan prospectus

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

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 placed recently. The prospectus which is shown here is the high level presentation, or executive summary of the loan.  Having read the prospectus you should have a pretty [...]

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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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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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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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What exactly do you want me to do for you?

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Clay Sparkman
When evaluating loan requests, this is the fundamental question:  what exactly do you want me to do for you?  It is impossible to count the number of times that I have receive loan packets or proposals that didn’t include a loan summary or any clear description of the request.  The process of evaluating a [...]

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Twenty-five questions you must ask

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Clay Sparkman
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 of the individual items in future posts.  For the sake [...]

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