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House flipping wisdom worth noting

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Clay Sparkman
I try to keep an eye out for good information on the status of property flipping. Here are a few things that I have come across recently.
With regard to the best cities for home flipping (as of May):
The 25 Best Cities for Flipping a House
Taylor Tepper at Money
May 25, 2017
Another article of a [...]

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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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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:
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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Minding the gap

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Clay Sparkman
This article was originally posted at this site in May of 2013 at this site. Since then, we have seen the number of construction and fix/flip loans that we do increase significantly. This seems to be a sweet spot for the private money market. That is, we are able to fill what would otherwise [...]

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2014: Bring on the quick flip

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

This article was originally posted on this site, on 1/23/13, as “2013: The year of the quick flip.” Did 2013 turn out to be the year of the quick flip? We certainly did our share of quick flip loans. However, I think that we failed to anticipate one thing: bulk buyers. Several very large bulk [...]

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More REO opportunites for the little guy

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Clay Sparkman
As I have indicated recently, it seems that REO purchase opportunities have been tough for the little guys out there due to dominance of several ginormous buyers who are gobbling up everything they can get from the banks, I think there may be hope that this trend is beginning to shift.
The following article (”Investor [...]

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Good news for real estate investors

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Clay Sparkman
Well, if this isn’t good news, I don’t know what is:
It appears that now is the time to be investing in real estate and real estate loans. We finally have a turn-around market that might actually be *real* and might actually be steady.
Let’s hope it keeps going this way. There are so [...]

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Minding the gap

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Clay Sparkman
It is our opinion and the opinion of many others that banks, though they’ve bounced back in certain areas, have not picked up the slack when it comes to funding rehab, construction, and development loans.
I have been on about this before, so I won’t go into great detail here. I think that the following [...]

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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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Web based resources for the private money professional (re-post)

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Clay Sparkman
I originally published this article in January of 2010. Two years later, I think it is as useful as ever. Thus the re-post (for those who missed it the first time around).

Today I will focus on a few web based tools that I have found to be useful in the business.
Let’s start locally [...]

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Quick flipping

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Clay Sparkman
As you probably know, we work with a lot of people who are doing quick flip properties/projects. That means: buying low, generally fixing up (though not always), and then selling fast, at a fair price, for a nifty profit.
Until now, we have made many such loans, and we have done so as follows: 5 [...]

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Draw process for rehab and construction loans

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Clay Sparkman
We plan to do as many rehab and construction loans as we can this year. We see great potential in that area. Builders are under-building (by a substantial number), and this is mostly because banks haven’t recovered to the point where they aren’t comfortable doing construction style lending–and thus there aren’t many options for [...]

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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:
Dailyresearchhunter.com on global real estate investing:
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″
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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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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In the way of good news

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Clay Sparkman

I am re-posting two short articles that I posted on the investor blog recently. Why? Because they are quite positive and credible in their outlooks, and I feel that we could all use a dose of optimism with regard to real estate markets about now. (It has been a long five years.)
Too good not [...]

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What’s Going On Out There?

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Clay Sparkman
With the decline of real estate prices and concern about the global economy, there is a lot of speculation regarding the timeline of this recession. In conversations with brokers, investors, and developers throughout the country, the topic often turns to one common question: what’s going on out there? I’ve heard what the experts say, [...]

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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.
It seems that the Miami market, one of the worst hit during the real estate turn down, is on the mend, and [...]

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Won’t somebody please call a plumber … the banks are clogged

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Clay Sparkman
This article was originally posted on my lender blog in January of 2010.  Now, some 15 months later, it still seems pretty much timely,  That worries me.  I’d like to hear your thoughts on this matter.  You brokers are the real experts.  Please give voice.

One of my dear good readers sent the following e-mail [...]

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