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Don’t put all your egg baskets in one egg truck

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Clay Sparkman Colloquialisms are funny things.  We use them pretty much every day in our speech and in our writing and yet most of us, I suspect, though we know the meanings of the expressions, frequently don’t know why the individual words have come to mean what they mean.  Take for example: “Don’t look a […]

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Private money – whole loans vs fractional share loans

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

S. Clay Sparkman This issue nearly always comes up in early conversations with new potential investors. Working with private money investors, we are able to fund loans in two different ways. (1)  Single loan/single investor – This is probably most common. It is quite simple. A potential investor evaluates a loan, and if she chooses […]

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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 […]

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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 next year or so?” If you sense […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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10 things You should do before you start investing

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Clay Sparkman Most of my discussions on this blog have to do with private money investing, and trends related to such. I cam across a Lifehacker article recently–one that I had saved in The Pocket to read *later* (if you know what I mean), and was reminded that before one can make sensible private money […]

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A guide for private money lenders

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Clay Sparkman I thought that this set of blog posts, A Guide For Private Money Lenders (in four parts), by Thad Merrill, was both interesting and informative, and so I thought I’d share them with you. (Ever vigilant: I’m combing the web for you.) http://www.fortunebuilders.com/becoming-private-money-lender-part-1/ http://www.fortunebuilders.com/becoming-private-money-lender-part-2-breaking-private-money-loan/ http://www.fortunebuilders.com/becoming-private-money-lender-part-3-attract-investors/ http://www.fortunebuilders.com/private-hard-money-lenders-part-4/ Best, Clay – Clay (clay@privatemoneysource.com, 503-476-2909) Clay […]

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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 […]

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