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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 […]

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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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Twenty-eight questions you must ask

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Clay Sparkman I first wrote and published this piece in its original form in September of 2009. I am of the firm belief that the key to success (defined as: having fun and maximizing your return, two closely correlated phenomena), is rigorous and comprehensive vetting of the loan proposal. If you do this right, the […]

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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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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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Rehab loan offering in Oregon

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

S. 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 that […]

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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 […]

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Sweet private money loans

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Clay Sparkman Historically we have placed loans in the 12-14% range, but in the current market we are finding that this may be a bit high. Especially if a lender is willing to come down to 10-11%, there are little golden nuggets of opportunity presenting themselves. Here, by way of example, is a loan that […]

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