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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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Several perspectives on private money and changes happening in the industry

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Clay Sparkman
With regard to forward thinking (that is, how is the industry changing?): I thought you might appreciate this article, Private Lending Sector Making Big Noise for Real Estate Investors, by Ben Stoodley:
Here
Certainly he is correct with regard to his interpretation of current trends, and one must wonder how far this might all [...]

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Into the mainstream

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Clay Sparkman
I thought that this recent article in The National Real Estate Investor would be worth sharing with the private money investors in this group. It certainly rings true with those of us at Fairfield, as we have had to work with our investors to adapt our programs and strategies to a changing market (becoming [...]

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The cost of hard money

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Clay Sparkman
After 50 years in the hard money business (as a family operation)  and 20+ years personally, you’d think we’d know what to expect. But let’s face it, no one really knows what to expect in the complex globally based financial world.
For my first 15 or so years working in the hard money industry, I [...]

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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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Investing in real estate (either directly or indirectly) in 2013: three articles you should read

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Clay Sparkman
On occasion, I try to publish links to articles that are relevant, useful, and interesting. Here are three articles which give useful perspective on the matter of investing in real estate in 2012—each from a different perspective.
A money.cnn article on how to find real estate opportunities in 2013:
http://money.cnn.com/2012/12/01/real_estate/housing-outlook-2013.moneymag/index.html
Dailyresearchhunter.com on global real [...]

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What to look for in 2013

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Clay Sparkman
I rather enjoyed the following article in the www.thefiscaltimes.com (quite an impressive publication at first blush), and thought it would be a good one to share.
“Ten Real Estate Trends to Watch in 2013″
http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2012/12/06/10-Real-Estate-Trends-to-Watch-in-2013.aspx#page1
The article begins by noteing that “national home prices have been on the uptick for eight straight months,” and then goes on [...]

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Good news for real estate markets: could this be the actual turn around we’ve been waiting for?

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Clay Sparkman
I posted this on my broker blog post recently. It is slightly dated, but the good news motors on. Let us celebrate the positives. (Yet, at the same time, let’s hope that we don’t go over a certain fiscal cliff, out of control and doing 90 mph. It will be interesting to see how [...]

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I can climb; I just don’t want to fall again

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Clay Sparkman
I like what I’m seeing in the New York Times lately regarding real estate recovery. The following article was in yesterdays paper:
Here
It seems that they are convinced that recovery of the real estate markets is underway–though they also suggest that it is likely to be slow.
I’m fine with that. I can whether the climb [...]

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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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There’s something about equity

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Clay Sparkman
With a double dip real estate depreciation nationwide becoming fact in April, and now with  the federal government threatening not to extend government backed financing options large (jumbo) residential loans, this market is hardly getting easier or more predictable.  So you might ask, “How do we get private money loans done in today’s real [...]

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A story of adaptation: or how to survive and succeed in a challenging real estate market

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

The following is a guest post by Matthew Whitaker, Managing Member of Magnolia Partners, LLC and Golden Key, LLC.  I originally posted this article on my Broker Blog, but it occurred to me that it would be appropriate to post it here as well.   What I think a trust deed investor should take away from [...]

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Less Grumbly – A Follow-up to ‘grumblings of a slum lord in the post-bust environment’

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

This Guest post by Brian Blum, Operating Manager of Maverick Structures LLC,
is  a follow up to an earlier post
Sure, we each have “teams” of lawyers, Realtors, title agencies, finance people, insurance agents, and contractors working with us, but don’t kid yourself – real estate investing is largely an individual sport.  Many investors have neither receptionists [...]

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What does this mean to us?

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Clay Sparkman
Okay, I don’t know about you, but whenever I read news about some new development in the real estate market, my first instinct is to say, “What does this mean to me?”  Hey I’m not proud of it, but that’s just how I’m wired.
This past two weeks we read that:
(1)  GMAC and JPMorgan Chase [...]

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Grumblings of a slum lord in the post-bust environment

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Guest post by Brian Blum, Operating Manager, Maverick Structures LLC
I’m a real estate investor.  I see opportunities in buildings – and in numbers, and I use those opportunities to create income and equity.  What I do benefits society, but I’m not going to lie to you – I am driven to do it for my [...]

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The sweet spot

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Clay Sparkman
We are always looking for the sweet spot these days in the real estate market.  And by sweet spot, I mean that realm of  investments that are on balance less risky and more likely to turn a profit in what is otherwise a jaded real estate market.
I have gone on a bit in my [...]

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When life gives you lemons …

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Clay Sparkman
I have always believed—and history seems to bear this out—that when the status quo becomes problematic, new opportunities present themselves.   Certainly the real estate economy of the past three years has proved problematic, and so as private money investors we are called upon to seek out those borrowers/investors who have encountered and successfully [...]

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A brief unofficial analysis of the private money market for investors

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Clay Sparkman
The national economy is in a state of confusion and the local economy is in a state of confusion. So what does this mean for the market for investing in trust deed based loans?
Well of course nobody really knows–and this is just my take on it–but here goes:  First of all, let’s talk briefly [...]

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Question: what will it take to get the banks to lend?

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Clay Sparkman
Back in January, in my post entitled, “Won’t somebody please call a plumber … the banks are clogged,” I addressed what I consider to be the essential question regarding what it will take to get the real estate economy on track and moving in the right direction assertively and with confidence again.
And now, nearly [...]

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Those who shorted subprime

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Clay Sparkman
I just recently finished reading The Greatest Trade Ever, the 2009 book by Wall Street Journal reporter Gregory Zuckerman.  It is a terrific read.  I really enjoyed it.  It evolves primarily around John Paulson, and tells the story of how he managed to make billions of dollars for himself and his hedge fund investors [...]

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Is Oregon next?

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Clay Sparkman
After many years of holding relatively firm, the real estate market in the Pacific Northwest may be in trouble.  The following informative piece was printed yesterday at Business Insider.  Make sure to follow the “Check out how bad Oregon has become” link and the 14 slides that accompany the article.
http://www.businessinsider.com/oregons-expanding-foreclosure-rate-could-make-it-the-next-california-2010-2
What does this mean for [...]

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