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General perspective

The private money lending business: likes and gripes (part I)

Friday, September 6th, 2019

Clay Sparkman Awhile back I published a 3-part post on my Private Money Investor blog regarding my personal likes and gripes as a purveyor in of private money.  This has been my sole job for the past 20 years.  Who wouldn’t want to go rant and rave publicly about their job?  I guess I could […]

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Traversing the private money path

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

The following is a re-post of a good article in The Scotsman Money Guide (2016), providing 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 so?” If you sense […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 sense […]

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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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