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Using a private money option

Monday, November 26th, 2018

S. Clay Sparkman
Just about every broker should have a private money option to go to. Here are a few quick tips on how to get that going.
(1)   Find a Lending source that you like and trust. Also, make sure that they will work with you, guiding you through the process AND giving you quick feedback [...]

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Five potentially useful indicators of the likely movement of value

Wednesday, August 9th, 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 next year or [...]

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Ask an Investor

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Clay Sparkman
I came across the following blog posting by Jersey Digs, and felt that it would be worth passing along to interested borrowers and brokers:
Ask an Investor: How did you get started? How do you make money?
I hope you found that to be useful. Any feedback would be much appreciated.
If you would like to discuss [...]

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Traversing the Private-Money Path

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Clay Sparkman
A good article in The Scotsman Money Guide, providing a a road-map through the private-lending landscape, for brokers and borrowers:

Here
By the way, if you do not already use The Scotsman Money Guide (either the online or paper version), I highly recommend it as an excellent guide to various lender resources. They do a nice [...]

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Private money loans – a broad perspective

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Clay Sparkman
I came across this article, Private Lending Presents Opportunities for Investors by Jeff Brown, in US News. It gives a very broad perspective on private money lending. For example, it includes references crowd-sourcing and unsecured loans. I thought it might be worth sharing with you all, as you contemplate your options for non-bank loans.
Here
Check [...]

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Visualizing the industry

Thursday, May 19th, 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 go.
Comments are [...]

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Three potentially useful indicators of the likely movement of value

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

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 next year or so?” If you [...]

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Guest Post: Private Lending—Turning Trash Into Treasure

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Clay Sparkman

I came across this blog post by Jeffrey Tesch recently. It was originally posted at cpexecutive.com on October 19, 2015. After working to articulate the various practical issues of private money for many years, I felt that it would be nice to offer a fresh voice/perspective on the matter. I contacted a representative for [...]

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Prognostication regardiing the real estate marketplace

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Clay Sparkman
Okay, it has been a good nine months since I last posted. Let’s just say it’s a long story. At any rate, I’m back–so expect regular postings going forward.
It looks like HML Investments predicts that this is a good time to consider hard money.
HML Investments Releases Latest Prognostication Regarding the Real Estate [...]

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Flexibility and creativity: the beauty of private money loans

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Clay Sparkman
This post was first published on this site on July 6th. 2010.

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.  [...]

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3 recent posts on hard money loans that are worth reading

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Clay Sparkman
Here are three three recent posts that pertain to hard money loans that will almost surely enhance your knowledge of the current state of the market.
Financing With ‘Hard Money’
Here
The Hard Money Loan Funding Process: A Guide for Rehabbers
Here
Hard Money Lenders Fear Overreach
Here
Let me know if you have any comments or questions, or if you [...]

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Are hard money loans worth the hassle?

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Clay Sparkman
I apologize for being so long between blog posts as of late. I was in Chile, with my family during the holiday, and I can tell you: it is hard to think of interesting blog posts when it is 80 degrees and sunny every day.
I came across the following post by Brian Cline. It [...]

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Some private money blogs which look pretty good to me

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Clay Sparkman
If you read this blog regularly, you will know that I am pretty much constantly scanning the internet for resources and materials that might be of value to my readers. Recently I came across several private money blogs that look to be quite good. I’d like to share those with you.
The first blog is [...]

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Trust deed lending – ten mistakes you should never make and ten mistakes you must never make

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

I first published this post on The Private Money Investor Blog on Dec 19, 2009. It is clearly directed toward a private money investor audience. However, from time to time, I like to post articles on this blog which give more of that particular perspective. If you really wish to understand the private money lending [...]

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What the media is saying about private money markets

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

S. Clay Sparkman
I spend plenty of time cruising the web for interesting articles that are relevant to the current state of hard money lending, brokering, and borrowing. I don’t always agree with everything I find, but it is useful to evaluate varying points of view, and I certainly wouldn’t pass along any article that I [...]

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Investing in real estate in 2013: Three articles you should read

Thursday, January 31st, 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 estate investing:
http://dailyresourcehunter.com/universal-language-moneymaking-real-estate/
An investopedia.com [...]

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2013: Think construction loans

Friday, January 25th, 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 noting that “national home prices have been on the uptick for eight straight months,” and then goes [...]

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Private Money – The Rules of Physics May Not Apply

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

This article was published in The Scotsman Guide as “2 Private-Money Myths: Debunked” back around the time when the sub-prime market was just beginning to collapse.  I thought it might be of interest to some of you on this blog, and so I’m posting a slightly different version here.

Clay Sparkman

I would like to make [...]

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

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Clay Sparkman
During the past five years we’ve–most of us who make our money in the real estate market (in one way or another)–had a pretty rough time. Certainly, few of us ever anticipated that we were in for a slump of five+ years. And, of course, there have been the false-starts along the way (several)—real [...]

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A private money loan prospectus – Hood Canal, Washington

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Clay Sparkman
(In October of 2011, I posted this item on my Private Money Investor blog. I thought it might be useful to brokers as well—the idea being so that you may (a) see how we present loans to our internal working investors, (b) gain perspective on our entire private money loan process, from start to [...]

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