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We might be based in Colorado, but that doesn’t mean that as our client you have to miss out on deals in other states! In fact, Hard Money Mike lends on properties in several states, like with this Texas fix-and-flip!

Texas fix-and-flip deal

We love seeing our clients crush their investment goals, even from afar! Take, for instance, this Texas fix-and-flip property purchased by one of our clients. We were able to fund this deal in a week.

Yes, you read that right.

Investors and wholesalers alike will find the short-term loan process at Hard Money Mike quick and easy. We pride ourselves on making it easier to get the cash flow you need for quick property purchases. Who wants to wait around when they’re trying to close a deal and add to their investment portfolio?

In other words, we want to help you make more money even faster!

Hard Money Mike is a lender based in Colorado, lending money on all types of commercial based properties: fix and flip, land, whole tailing, and builder bridge loans.

Have your eyes set on an investment property on the single-family or commercial building side? The Cash Flow Mortgage Company funds investor loans on properties in both of these categories. Long story short: whatever deal you’re trying to fund, chances are, we can help you get it done!

Give us a call:

Hard Money Mike  303-539-3000

*All non-commercial and construction loans offered by TNS Loans NMLS #1719349

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Remote Closings And You: How COVID-19 Has Redefined the Real Estate Closing Process

 

What We Know:

The financial side of real estate has been stalled on many fronts these past few months due to the economic lockdown.

 

Offices are closing, and would-be buyers are losing their jobs. Appraisers aren’t allowed into properties, title companies are limiting closings. There are also complications of safely converting everyone’s office jobs to work-from-home positions.  This influx of rapid-fire changes puts a strain on the mortgage process and adds stress to closing on properties.

 

But, things are improving. We are beginning to see some positive changes thanks to the introduction of remote and online closings.  

 

What Is Changing:

For starters, buyers and sellers are no longer required to physically drive across town at a prescribed hour that works for everyone and suit up with masks and gloves for a closing.

Closing from Home

Systems are now in place for closings to happen 100% from the comfort of home or office ( or really, anywhere you need to be.)  Remote closings are real and they’re happening, along with simple remote notarizations. These simple adaptations eliminate so many hurdles to the closing process and help speed things along, especially in these unique times.

 

Fidelity, one of the largest title companies in the industry, is all-in with the remote advancements and allowing clients to choose how they close.

 

What the Future Holds:

We could be heading for a time when remote appraisals are standard and virtual showings become the norm.  It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. We’re inching closer to that reality by the day.

Remote Closings

Just imagine the mortgage process taking place in a week or two, and not months!

 

Of course, this is good news for investors selling SFR properties and/or refinancing.  Landlords owning commercial properties may see values drop. After all, more people are working from home without having to physically come into an office.

 

On the rate front, we’re seeing very stable numbers. However, we’re still staring at a wall when it comes to refinancing.

 

As states open up and lift restrictions, let’s hope people run out and get back to work and start spending like we are all used to.

 

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New-home construction sees its largest monthly decline since March 1984, as COVID closures take a toll.

 

According to March’s economic report by MarketWatch, new-build housing starts and permits have fallen to their slowest pace since last July.

Builders started construction on new homes in the U.S. at a pace of 1.22 million in March, representing a 22% decrease from a revised 1.56 million in February. However, even with this decrease, the figures were still 1.4% higher than a year ago.

It’s the largest decline we’ve seen since March 1984.

Permitting activity, however, had a little less dramatic of a slowdown. Privately-owned housing unit permits were authorized at a seasonally-adjusted rate of 1.35 million. That was 6.8% below the revised pace of 1.45 million set in February, but still 5% above last year’s rate.

This news isn’t all doom and gloom, however.
Yes, housing starts are down and inventory is very low, but these conditions create some interesting market conditions.  With the lockdown and the rise in unemployment, one would start to think we may have a housing crash on our hands (and it’s still possible if closures and stay-at-home orders continue much longer.)
For now, with mortgage rates so low (buyers still mainly purchase on payments they can afford) and inventory shrinking, it is keeping home prices high. There’s not enough inventory to meet buyer demand, and therefore, prices remain stable.
What this means for the future will all come down to how long our economy is closed.
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States are slowly opening back up into an uncharted post-COVID19 closure world, but how does this affect the lending markets?

 

Some states have started to allow the gradual re-opening of businesses as stay-at-home orders begin to relax around the country.  What effect will this have on mortgages, rates, and availability of lending to investors?

 

What We Know:

Here’s what we think is reasonable to expect as we return to our new version of “normal”:

 

As businesses start opening up, there will be an influx of people employed and able to make their rent and mortgage payments.

 

The majority of the traditional lenders left investors out to dry over concerns of rents being paid. Government officials haven’t helped the matter with proposals to postpone or forego rent payments.  If tenant rents are not paid, how will investors react? Will they still be able to make their payments?  Will it affect those with larger portfolios to a greater degree than those with smaller ones?

 

These serious (and unanswered) questions are the main reason we have little to no funding options at the moment.

 

The only way we put these concerns to rest is by people going back to work (if they’re able.)  Feeling out the new “normal” flow of payments will help bring certainty to the lenders so that they can decide whether to open lending back up (at a limited pace and with tighter guidelines,) or keep it as-is (little to no options.)

 

The fate of the traditional lending world will hinge on payments: Those made by renters as they return to the workforce, and subsequently, those made by their landlords.

 

What You Can Do:

Be optimistic for more certainty over the coming weeks. As individual states’ economies reopen, let’s remain hopeful that jobs are still there, people want to go back to work, and that they are able to keep up with their payments.

Lastly, also let’s encourage government officials to stop putting out the idea that renters can “forgo” their rents.  This helps no one currently holding a mortgage (unless you want votes.)

 

Want to stay in the loop with the latest assessments of the lending climate, and ideas on how to keep your real estate investments funded in these trying times?

Sign up for our weekly industry newsletter and upcoming OPM webinar series here >>>

 

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Now isn’t the time to improve anything. It’s time to change everything.

 

Are you aware that over the course of the past few weeks, almost all lending for the investment community has dried up? Not only that, but it’s uncertain how long it will be before these products become available again.

But this doesn’t mean the end of the road for investment-based businesses who rely on funding to complete their deals.

 

Why should banks control us and our financial future? If they choose to close their doors and refuse to lend money to investors, then so be it. It’s time to change how the lending world works. 

 

Just because the economy takes an unexpected nosedive doesn’t mean our investments need to. When the banks say no, we can remain in control of our financial futures by turning to personal funding partners. 

 

OPM- or, Other People’s Money – funding is one of the best ways to gain and keep control over your finances as an investor and gives you the freedom to continue your business, even as the banks batten down the hatches.

 

Want more info on how to make the switch to funding your deals using OPM? Join us for our next weekly webinar! Whether you’ve dabbled with this way of doing business before, or you’re on the fence about how and when to get started, we’ll make sure you’ve got the information YOU need to thrive during these uncertain times.

 

Get signed up here! >>>

 

Just remember: Keep it legal, keep it safe, keep it honest.

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Don’t be controlled by banks. It’s time for you to take control!

That noise you just heard? That was the sound of conventional lenders across the country slamming the door and walking away from the lending on investment properties. For those of us who make our living through fix and flips, fix and holds, and other real estate investments, it’s not exactly a GREAT sound.

But if you listen carefully, you might also be able to hear the rumblings of coming change. Just because the banks are currently the bearers of bad news, doesn’t mean it’s time to give up. Take back control of your financial future by disrupting the chain and breaking the bank’s monopoly. And the good news?  It’s actually easier than it sounds.

How, you ask? Simple. Start funding your own deals with 100% OPM – Other People’s Money. Cash from your mom, your neighbors, your golfing buddy—really, this source of capital can come from anyone who has money and is looking to invest it. 

This easier-than-it-seems solution really can help you thrive now during a period of economic uncertainty, as well as far into the future. No matter the economy, you’ll never have to worry about being controlled by what the banks have to say. If they shut the door to funding on you, you’ll have a way to keep investing and continue turning a profit for you AND your lending partners. 

 

Want to see just how easy it can be to transition your current real estate investment business model? Join us for our next informative webinar session!

Just remember: Keep it legal, keep it safe, keep it honest. 

 

Establishing trust is KEY in this funding model. When you’re dealing with other people’s cash to fuel your investments, it’s critical to stay transparent and protect everyone’s best interests.

 

Want to know more? Sign up here for our next session. >>>>

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Let’s start the week off on a positive foot with this inspirational video from New York Times Bestselling author, Brendon Burchard.

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