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What is cash flow

What is cash flow and why do you need it?

Well, let’s face it, when you have more money in your wallet, life’s a whole lot easier. Because you have MORE money in your wallet!

When you make passive income every month, you can:

  • Take your dream big trip to the Bahamas, Italy, or anywhere else in the world.
  • Buy the dream car you’ve always hoped to own.
  • Move to a better, safer neighborhood.
  • Or simply live more comfortably.

But before we go on, let’s answer the very common question, “What is cash flow? And how can I generate it?”

First of all, cash flow is exactly what it sounds like: cash flowing into your pocket. Just think about things like income, profits, and any other term you can think of that means adding money to your bank account every month.

There are many ways to produce cash flow, and there’s really no right or wrong way to produce it. Because everyone has a strategy that works best for them.

So, what are some of those strategies?

Well, you can:

  • Invest in value-add properties, like fix and flips and rentals.
  • Become a private lender to real estate investors.
  • Improve your credit score to make extra money each month. Because better credit scores mean lower interest rates. And lower interest rates mean cheaper bills. And cheaper bills mean less money out, and more money in.

As you can see, there are countless ways to approach cash flow. You just need to choose the best approach for you.

Ready to chat? Great. Our team is here to set you on a path that helps you make the kind of money you need to live the life you want.

Happy investing!

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What Are YOUR Funding Options: The Power of Fix and Flip Loans

What Are YOUR Funding Options: The Power of Fix and Flip Loans

When you enter the world of fixer uppers and other value-add properties, you’ll need good funding options. Otherwise, your positive cash flow might take a hard hit.

So, what’s one of the things you can do to prepare for battle—er, your real estate investment?

Easy! Take a few seconds to learn about your loan options. And if you’re going to tackle a fix and flip, then you’ll want a fix and flip loan (aka, a hard money loan).

Now, contrary to belief, these types of loans will help boost your cash flow and profits.

Yes, boost. Not obliterate!

So, what is a fix and flip loan? Well, here are 3 keys facts.

Fix and flip loans are:

  1. A special type of loan usually secured by a real asset—aka, real estate. The money for these loans is typically provided by private investors or companies.
  2. Paid off fast! Unlike normal bank loans (that are paid off over 15-30 years), fix and flip loans are meant to be short-term. Like, 3 to 9 months. You can pay them off quicker or slower, but this is the typical range.
  3. Perfect for real estate investors who want to buy properties FAST. Fix and flip loans usually close in days, not weeks. They’re ideal for buying discounted properties (non-MLS)s. Think wholesalers and other under-market deals.

Basically, fix and flips loans are here to save the day when you need funding FAST for a project that’s going to make you a lot of money.

So, what are you waiting for? When you’re looking for good funding options, we’re here to help guide you. Because we’re eager to set you on a path that helps you make the kind of money you need to live the life you want!

Happy investing!

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How To Make More Money with More Lender Options

How To Make More Money With More Lender Options

Let’s talk about how you can make more money with more lender options.

Because one of the biggest problems that impacts your cash flow is getting too comfortable with a single lender.

We’re talking about thousands-of-dollars-kind-of-impact.

Let’s face it. Sometimes it’s just easier to keep using the same lender for all your loans. But here’s the truth: Sticking with the same lender will suck money out of your pocket every month and make banks fatter.

Stop giving the banks your extra money every month!

That’s money you should be using to make your life easier and more enjoyable. If you want a leg up on most real estate investors, then spend an hour or so and shop around for lenders who can get you the best deal on each loan. Why? Because not all lenders are made the same or have the same products available. Or, worse, they think mainly of how much money they can make and not how much they can increase your monthly cash flow.

Let’s look at two examples that cost our clients thousands of dollars. All because they didn’t want to shop around or change their current lenders:

Example #1

Our team recently spoke with two couples who purchased a fix and flip together and decided to keep it. Neither had tax returns that made the cut to qualify for a traditional loan. So, they needed to use a non-traditional loan that qualified them using bank statements for income.

An important side note: Once you venture into non-traditional loans, rates can vary greatly between lenders. There are fewer lenders who offer these products, which leads to them charging higher fees.

So, back to our example! Our two couples entered a loan for $575,000 that had a 5.8% interest rate. They stuck with this loan for two weeks until they called us to chat about other options.

Our team priced the same loan 1.5% lower. That cheaper rate saved them hundreds of dollars every month, which means they enjoyed a huge boost to their monthly cash flow.

Example #2

A real estate investor reached out to us to chat about a rental property he wanted to purchase.

His current hard money lender offered him a loan that wouldn’t require him to use his tax returns, because he writes everything off and doesn’t show taxable income.

He decided to call us to see if he had other options. Using just market rents and a good credit score for approval, we were able to quote him a rate 1.125% lower than the lender he was currently working with.

Again, this was a big cash boosting move on his part. All because he chose to shop around rather than stick with who and what he knew.

As the markets tighten, there ARE ways to increase your positive cash flow. And there ARE ways to get the best rates and loan products for your unique situation.

Often times, it pays to avoid hitting the easy button for your loans. We understand comfort zones are a big deal for a lot of real estate investors, especially when it comes to funding their value-add properties.

But if you don’t break out of your comfort zone, you and your cash flow won’t grow the way it could (or should). So do your due diligence and spend the time shopping around. Go ahead, and discover your lender options. If you do, we can guarantee you’ll see your cash flow soar.

Ready to chat? Great, our team is here to help. We’re excited to set you on a path the helps you make the kind of money you need to live the life you want.

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Temporary Funding: How to Generate Positive Cash Flow with a Bridge Loan

Temporary Funding: How to Generate Positive Cash Flow with a Bridge Loan

Temporary funding is one of the keys to real estate investing right now.

So, the world is going a little crazy lately. Things seem to be changing on a daily basis. Many areas of the country are seeing extremely low inventory, which makes it harder to find profit-making deals.

So, what can you do to ensure your cash flow doesn’t take a major hit during these strange and uncertain times? Especially if you’re stuck in a project or need temporary funding?

We suggest getting a bridge loan.

What is a bridge loan?

It’s basically a short-term loan that closes a financial gap.

For example, let’s say you have a hard money loan for a fix and flip or another value-add property, but you’ve run out of money. Well, you can get a bridge loan to help you finish your project. Because it’s way cheaper to get a short-term loan than to get stuck in an expensive long-term loan for months or years while you figure out a way to come up with funds to complete it.

Not to mention dealing with the costs of an unfinished project. Think about materials, contractors, taxes, insurance…the list goes on and on.

Think about your next project!

Bridge loans also work great when you are looking for your next project, but your current project’s closing is delayed. A bridge loan can help with this. It allows you to use the equity in the current project to secure a new one. And then when your current project closes the bridge loan is paid off and you’re on to your next project.

These loans keep your business humming without the stalling out due to lack of funds. You can even get a bridge loan so you can make a cash offer on a real estate deal.

Essentially, a bridge loan is immediate cash flow.

It’s an excellent way to keep your projects moving along and your cash flow, well, flowing! It also prevents you and your bank account from growing stagnant—or worse, depleting.

Ready to chat? Great! Our team is here to help.

We’re eager to set you on a path that helps you make the kind of money you need…to live the life you want.

Happy investing!

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How to Put Less Money Down on Your Real Estate Deals

How to Put Less Money Down on Your Real Estate Deals

When you put less money down on your real estate deals, you keep more money in your pocket.

Now, if you’re a real estate investor, then chances are you put a lot of focus on positive cash flow.

But what does cash flow really mean?

Well, all investors have a different perspective, but most fall into 3 popular categories:
  1. Putting less money down.
  2. Making monthly income.
  3. Gaining leverage with cash-out refinancing.
All of these cash flow strategies share 2 common similarities:

Today, let’s dig deeper into the first cash flow strategy: putting less money down.

Investors who take this approach like to focus on leverage. Limiting the amount of money in each real estate deal leads to higher leverage. Higher leverage means you keep more money in your bank account. But it also means you lower your MONTHLY cash flow.

But that’s okay. It’s not always about monthly income.

It’s also about equity.

Investors who use this strategy aim to limit their initial outflow so they can keep more money in their pocket, and possibly buy more value-add properties with the same money.

What do we mean by that? Well, let’s take a look at a sample:

Let’s say Jane and John each have $50,000 to invest.

Jane decides to buy her property at the full retail value of $250,000 with a 20% down payment.

20% / $250,000 = $50,000

That’s Jane’s entire savings. So, she can only afford to buy the one property and must save up to buy another.

John, on the other hand, decides to use the BRRRR strategy to invest his $50,0000. Because he wants to limit the amount of money he puts down at closing.

So, John finds a wholesale property (aka, a discounted property) for $225,000 that has an ARV of $300,000. He puts $25,000 in for renovations, which leaves him with $25,000 in his bank account. Plus $50,000 of equity. He can use that money to do, well, whatever. That includes buying more value-add properties. We’re talking 2-4 additional houses.

So, while Jane used all of her $50,000 to buy ONE property, John used his $50,000 to buy multiple properties. Or simply live more comfortably.

Does this sound like your kind of cash flow strategy?

If not, no worries. There are still plenty of strategies to take, and our team is here to help you discover which one works best for you. We’re excited to set you on a path that makes you the kind of money you need…to live the life you want.

Happy investing!

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3 Ways to Make More Money: How to Triple Your Cash Flow

If you constantly dream of living your ideal life, but keep coming up against obstacles, then check out these 3 ways to make more money and starting tripling your cash flow.

 

Here are 3 ways you can start making more money today:

Boost your credit score.

Maybe you’ve heard this before, maybe you haven’t, but it bears repeating again and again.

Your credit score matters.

A lot!

The products you have access to, and the interest rates you pay all stem from your credit score. Which means your score can cost you thousands of dollars if it’s not high enough. It can also cost you the real estate loan you need.

We’re not talking about a 50-point difference. We’re talking about a single point. That’s right. Just one! For example, a score of 680 will get you a traditional conforming loan, but a score of 679 won’t.

That’s just one point.

So, what can you do to start boosting your credit? Well, here are a few tips:

  • Go private
  • Get authorized
  • Pay extra

Buy Discounted Properties

You can do what most people do and find a full-priced property on the MLS. Or you can connect with a wholesaler and take advantage of under market properties (aka, discounted properties).

Get out of your hard money loans.

If you buy a property through a wholesaler, or if you can’t obtain a traditional loan through a bank quite yet, then chances are you’ll need a hard money loan.

And, yes, hard money loans are expensive. So, you don’t want to get stuck in one too long. But maybe you ARE stuck right now. Well, you can boost your cash flow by finding a way out.

And there are options for everyone. That includes real estate investors who:

  • Haven’t been self-employed for more than 2-years.
  • Like to write everything off on their taxes.
  • Or haven’t owned a value-add property for more than a year.

These are just 3 ways you can triple your cash flow. And we can help you with each one!

Ready to chat? Great, our team is here to help you create a plan.

Happy investing!

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Real Estate Goals: How to Turn 2020's Lemons into Lemonade

Real Estate Goals: How to Turn 2020’s Lemons into Lemonade

It’s 2021, which means it’s time to come up with some fresh real estate goals.

The year 2020 had its opportunities, sure. But we think it’s fair to say that, overall, it was a year full of lemons.

Lots and lots of lemons.

And, yeah, we know 2021 isn’t going to be overflowing with daisies. But we think it’s time to take 2020’s lemons and make them into lemonade (hmm, lemonade!). It’s time to come up with more than goals and resolutions this year. It’s time to come up with a plan. A plan to:

Let’s not wallow in fear and uncertainty in 2021. Instead, let’s look on the bright side and generate positive cash flow. Because in good times, bad times, and in-between times, someone will always make money. Why not you?

So come on, let’s chat about your goals and a plan to achieve them this year. Because our team is eager to set you on a path to help you make the kind of money you need to live the life you want.

Happy investing!

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