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Will Amazon’s HQ2 sink Seattle’s housing market?

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

S. Clay Sparkman
Will Amazon’s HQ2 sink Seattle’s housing market?
https://www.seattletimes.com/business/real-estate/will-amazons-hq2-sink-seattles-housing-market/
Probably not much, but it should pump up the markets in NYC and DC even furthur.
Best,
Clay
- Clay (clay@privatemoneysource.com, 503-476-2909)
Clay is Vice President of Fairfield Financial, a primary source for private money loans since 1964. Fairfield works with a broad range of private money investors, in a broker [...]

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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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The west coast is on fire

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Clay Sparkman
Between Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, LA, and San Diego, home prices are off the charts. We broker short-term loans to real estate investors, so if you wish to invest in trust deeds in these markets, consider contacting us.
And check out these two recent articles:
A Third of U.S. Homebuyers Are Bidding Sight Unseen
Seattle-area home market [...]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rehab loan in WA state

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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 (a) see the [...]

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Loan offering in Washington state

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

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 [...]

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A private money loan offering

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Clay Sparkman

We are in the process of placing a loan that I really like. We have worked with these borrowers in the past and they have been excellent in both payment and performance.
It has to happen pretty fast (by 9/20, a week from Thursday), and we will most likely place it as a fractional [...]

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Another good piece of data for real estate markets in the PNW

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Clay Sparkman
This from a recent article in The Puget Sound Business Journal:
“Sales of larger apartment buildings in King County are on the upswing, setting a record average price per square foot in 2011, according to data supplied by Dupre + Scott Apartment Advisors Inc.
Investors last year paid an average price of $136,509 per unit for [...]

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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 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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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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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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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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An interview with Grover W. Sparkman

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

S. Clay Sparkman
Grover W. Sparkman is the President of Fairfield Financial Services, a company that he founded with his wife, Louise Sparkman, and a business partner in 1964.  He has been involved in just about every imaginable aspect of private money lending and paper brokering for nearly half a century.  He also works as a [...]

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Rehab and construction loan FAQ

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Clay Sparkman
One of the most promising areas at the moment for real estate investors, by all indications, is REO, rehab, and quick flip of properties.  The opportunity to buy distressed properties at a low price point is evident in many markets.  And yet it is difficult for most end-buyers (with a non-profit initiative) to take [...]

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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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