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Home rehab season is here

Friday, April 5th, 2019

S. Clay Sparkman Once again it is spring, and that means that its time for the builders season to get underway.  We finance new construction, but have also done a great many small rehab projects over the years. The numbers indicate that rehab activity is down generally over this past few years. If I were […]

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Sample loan in Oregon

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Clay Sparkman Here is an example of a loan that we recently placed. We like to give samples from time to time. Not only does this give borrowers and brokers a better idea of the kinds of things that we do, but it also gives them a nice working template for presenting a loan. Kristopher […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The beauty of private money loans – when they're right, they're right

Wednesday, August 28th, 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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Flexibility and creativity: the beauty of private money loans

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Clay Sparkman This post was originally published on this site on July 6th. 2010. I feel that the information within is so important to a full understanding of private money flexibility and creativity, that I modified the document, bringing it up to date, and am publishing it here now once again. Our private money lending […]

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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 […]

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Loans we are placing – example

Monday, April 8th, 2013

S. Clay Sparkman Every now and then I like to present 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 we are placing, and (b) how we feel that loans should be presented. Keep in mind that […]

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What exactly do you want me to do for you?

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Clay Sparkman When evaluating loan requests, this is the fundamental question:  what exactly do you want me to do for you? It is impossible to count the number of times that I have receive loan packets or proposals that didn’t include a loan summary or any clear description of the request.  The process of evaluating […]

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The kinds of things we are doing – an example

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Clay Sparkman From time to time, I like to publish the prospectus for a loan that we have placed. I do this for two reasons. One: so you can get an idea of the kinds of loans that we do, and two: so you can see how a nice tight loan presentation should look. The […]

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