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What We Know:

The markets are stabilizing, and underwriting term times are back in pre-Covid standards.

With rates for single-family investor properties on conforming loans hovering around the low 3’s, it might be time to look at locking in and increasing your cash flow.

What This Means for You:

As an investor, there is money in the money—Your money!

Your credit score is the key to keeping more of your money. No matter your income situation, the better your score, the cheaper the money. Cheaper money equals more cash in your pocket.

Investor Credit Score impact

Last week, we showed you how much money can be saved with a good credit score. Now, it’s time to go over how to increase that score quickly.

How to raise your score and increase your cash and cash flow

Want to save money as an investor? It might be time to crunch the numbers

Do you want to keep money in your life or keep supporting a banker’s life? We’re pretty sure we know the answer to that particular question.

They say that Vegas was not built on the gambler’s winnings. The same can be said about banks. Banks keep popping up everywhere, even when most banking has gone online.

 

Why is that? Because they know there’s money in your money.

 

So how can you better prepare your credit score for an investor loan?

  1. Plan before you apply by checking your score online.
  2. Stop applying for ANY credit at least 60 days before a loan application.
  3. Raise your score with one or two of these simple methods:
    • Use private money when you can and keep it off your credit. If you can borrow from a private individual or entity that doesn’t report on credit to pay off/down your credit, do it BEFORE your next statement date.
    • Don’t close paid off accounts.
    • Pay down your credit cards before due dates. This will take extra cash now, but it will save you tens of millions in the future.
    • Keep balances below 30% of outstanding balances on revolving accounts like credit cards.
    • Dispute any item that should not be on your report.

This list does not include paying your accounts on time. That’s a no-brainer. You should always pay on time. There’s typically no quick fix for late payments.

Stay tuned, because next up, we’ll be covering how to check your credit on your own! In the meantime, if you have questions about your score, what it’s costing you, or what a better score could save you, reach out! We’re always happy to go over the numbers with you!

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

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a less than perfect credit score is eating away at your profit.

How much money might a lackluster credit score be costing you over the life of your investment business?

the impact of your credit score

You probably hear a lot of talk in the mortgage industry about your credit score and the effect it can have on your interest rates, but do you really have an idea of how much it’s affecting your bottom dollar?

Do you know how to determine your Return on Credit (ROC)?

Can you crunch the numbers to figure out how much your score is helping your cash-flow (or how much money it’s sucking out every month?)

These calculations can get complicated, but the takeaway here is that a less-than-stellar score can really be costing your tens of thousands of dollars over the lifetime of your loan. And when your loan is on an investment property, (or several,) you may as well be lighting your profits on fire.

a less than perfect credit score is eating away at your profit.

We want to help! Contact our team so we can help you see where you’re currently at, and where you could be going instead.

Let’s get you to your goals faster by trimming some of the fat from your financing!

Hard Money Mike is a lender based in Colorado offering services in several states. We lend money for all varieties of commercial-based properties. So whether you’re trying to finance a fix-and-flip, vacant land, whole-tailing, or looking for a builder bridge loan, we’ve got you covered.

Call Mike Bonn at: 303-539-3000 or email Mike@HardMoneyMike.com

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

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Mortgage industry is showing signs of recovery.

The Mortgage Market is Showing Signs of Being on the Mend.

What We Know:

The mortgage market is finally showing signs that it is starting to recover and heal. As states begin to lift travel and business closure restrictions and reopen for commerce, lenders appear to be relaxing some of their restrictions in-kind.  Last week, we welcomed back a few lenders offering loans outside the standard conventional box.

This week, we see even more positive progress, such as lenders expanding the LTVs up to 70% on their investor cash flow loans (based on credit score and lease.)

We are noticing the lending requirements are a little more restrictive than before Covid-19, but at least additional options are making a comeback. Hopefully, this upward trend will continue over the following weeks.

What You Can Expect:

A return to business-as-usual won’t happen overnight, of course. The lower credit scores and higher LTVs will more than likely take some additional time to return to their pre-COVID closure state. Lenders will want more data on the unemployment and rental payment front before expanding.

Real estate investors may have to be more patient for normalcy to return to their lending markets.

Rates in the standard-conforming market are coming down.  For investors, 30-year rates are in the mid 3’s for purchases and no cash-out refinances.  Cash-out refinances are still a big challenge for investors, and will more than likely continue to be so for the next few months.

Expect to find the expanded requirements (up to 6 months reserves for each property) to be in place with underwriters through the end of the year.

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

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Non-Conventional Mortgage Loans Are Making a Comeback…

Non-conventional loans are closing again

Non-conventional mortgage loans are getting funded again.

What We Know:

Finally, we’re seeing an influx of non-conventional mortgage loans being funded. Hopefully, this positive change is bringing some relief to both investors and their buyers who don’t fit neatly into the conventional mortgage lending box.
 
Mortgage loans in this lending bucket typically do not require tax returns but rely on bank statements or leases for income.
 
Even though some are back, requirements for securing these loans have increased and are a little harder to obtain.  The majority of the lenders have a starting point of a max 65% LTV and a credit score of 700+.  The good news is the rates have not skyrocketed. There are now lenders lending who had previously been turning away would-be investors.
Light at the end of the lending tunnel

There’s a light at the end of the lending tunnel again.

 

The Takeaway:

We are on the road to lending opening back up. The economic restrictions and resulting uncertainty appear to be lessening. Apparently, to the point where lenders are feeling confident enough to begin closing riskier deals again.
Make no mistake, it will be a slow process. But there appears to be a light at the end of the COVID lending tunnel. Stay tuned as we provide continuing outlook updates over the course of the coming weeks.
In the meantime, if you’d like to review your financing options for investment properties, feel free to reach out! We’re always happy to run your numbers with you.
*All non-commercial and construction loans offered by TNS Loans NMLS #1719349
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95% of investors are controlled by the banks. The other 5% control their own destiny.

Which group do you want to be in? 

 

History is repeating itself.  Banks and lenders are closed up and running away from loans for the investment community.  They’re backing out of deals just minutes from the closing of a loan, without the courtesy of so much as a “Sorry.”

Right now, the majority of real estate investors (95%) rely on banks and traditional lenders as a means to fund their deals. That means when the banks decide to stop lending money, they stop you from succeeding.

 

Let’s change that!

 

Now, more than ever is the perfect time to take back control of your financial future.

 

How? By partnering up with people who have money ready to invest! Mom, your bestie, neighbor, gym buddy—anyone with cash to invest has the ability to help fund your investment deals. It doesn’t HAVE to be a bank or traditional lender. 

Be a power player and join the 5% who don’t sweat economic disasters.

 

Want to dip your toes into the world of OPM (Other People’s Money) funding, but not sure where to start? Sign up for our Into to OPM Webinar! We’ll be going over the basics and answering your most pressing questions about how to secure financial freedom for your investment business, EVEN when the banks are saying “No.” 

 

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

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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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If you’ve been watching the mortgage industry reports over the past few weeks, it shouldn’t come as a shock to you that the banks are quickly closing their doors to investors. In fact, if you run an investment property business and have relied solely on traditional funding, it’s practically impossible to find money to close your deals the old-fashioned way. 

 

But don’t give up hope just yet. We’d like the chance to introduce you to your new funding partner: Cash money.

If you need funds to close your deals, the quickest way to secure it in these unprecedented times to STOP relying on banks and traditional financing options. Believe it or not, there are tons of other sources of investment capital out there, and they just so happen to already be in your phone’s contact list.

 

When it comes time to fund your next deal, instead of turning to the bank and patiently waiting to be shot down, why not place a call to a potentially willing partner instead? Whether it be a grandparent, a fellow real estate investor, your golfing buddy, or your next-door neighbor, chances are you already know someone who might be looking to make their savings balance work a little harder for them (and therefore, you!)

Asking acquaintances or friends for funds can be a tricky subject, but with the right approach, it’s perfectly possible to do so while keeping it legal, safe, and honest – not to mention PROFITABLE – for all parties involved.

Don’t be beholden to banks. Money is king, so take back control of your financial future and put yourself where the money is.

We can help you start the conversation with our Guide to OPM Funding Webinar series! Get more info and signed up here >>>>

 

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Investor mortgage report

The going is still tough out there for real estate investors looking for traditional financing.

 

 

What We Know:

This week doesn’t bring much (if any) relief to the mortgage markets.  The Feds have slowed down buying mortgage back securities and closings are still tough.

 

We are seeing the majority of our payoffs being delayed 2-3 weeks as mortgage companies push loans through these uncertain times.

 

Unfortunately, this means–once again–the real estate investor doesn’t rank high on their list of loans to close (or close fast).

 

The good news? There are still lending options for Real Estate Investors.  You just need to know where to find them.

 

Even though most traditional lending options are currently off the table, there is still one source that is interested in lending to real estate investors (at least in some markets):

Credit unions.

 

 

According to our market research, there are still a couple of credit unions maintaining business as usual. Better yet, they are still lending with good terms on rental properties.

 

Why do they seem less impacted than the rest of the lending world?  The answer is heavily based on their loan mix. Unlike banks, credit unions do not have a heavy investment in all these small businesses that have closed down. (Remember, the closure of small businesses impacts banks via deposits and bad loans. Bad loans create a need for banks to slow down on all lending.) Secondly, a good deal of their mortgages are kept inside the credit union, and don’t rely on secondary markets to keep lending.

 

So, if they can make a good loan on a piece of real estate, they will.

 

What You Can Do:

Of course, not every credit union lends on rental properties. You will need to call around in your market to find out which ones offer this service.  

 

 

Also consider that the ones who are doing these loans will be BUSY, and you’ll need to be patient.  It took us 2 days just to get a call-back…that is just reality in the strange times we’re living in.

 

Want to stay on top of what’s happening in the market, as well as what you can do to help your investor business thrive in a post-pandemic lending world? Get signed up for our weekly webinar series and join our mailing list for info, insights, and action items geared toward helping you take the guesswork out of your funding.

 

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Investor mortgage report

Why did all the banks just make it damn near impossible to get a loan on an investment property?

 

 

For lenders, times are more uncertain than ever.

 

With conventional/standard loans as the only lending option available for rental investors, lenders went and changed the rules…and not in the investor’s favor.

 

As of this week, the new underwriting criteria has hit 90% + of the market for investor loans on rental properties. Plus, most lenders now require a minimum of 6 months reserves (and, a lot of times, up to 12 months) for every rental property that has a loan on it. That’s right. If you have four rental properties, you now need at least 6 months of payment reserves on each property. That adds up quickly.

 

That may not even be the worst of it.

 

In addition, most lenders are not allowing borrowers to use the rental income from their properties to qualify. If they do, they might only allow a very low percentage of the rent (like 50% of gross rent). That means if you have rent coming into a property at $2K, they may only count 50%, or $1K, of that towards your expenses (if they allow you to use it at all). In this example, if the rental property has expenses at or above $1K (and most will) the underwriters will expect you to cover the shortage with other non-rental cash flow.

 

So, if you don’t have great credit (lenders have raised the threshold here, too) and other income to qualify for a new loan, you will be out of luck…for now.

 

We don’t know how long this will last. It might be weeks, but more likely months. Nobody will know until banks and lenders figure out how current stay at home orders will affect the markets.

 

So, why exactly is this happening?

 

 

Once the lenders get the data, they will adjust. Let’s cross our fingers that rents are being paid and, likewise, mortgages are kept up.  This flow of money will help bring lenders and loan choices back to our market.

 

What can you do?

 

  • Keep informed on what is happening in the lending markets. If you are selling properties, then stay updated for your potential buyers, too.
  • Keep paying your mortgages. This will help the overall market, but especially you when you are looking to borrow in the future for better rates (the rates are expected to be great after we return to some normal) or new opportunities.
  • Keep your credit score high and keep working with your renters to pay what they can when they can.

 

Remember the loans and rates will come back. When they do, be prepared to take advantage.

 

If you have a credit score at or above 760, and have ability to income qualify, then your rate estimates this week for conventional loans look like the following:

 

  • Paying closing costs rates for rental properties (1-4 units) in the high 3’s for a rate and term. Typical break-even point is between 2 and 2.5 years.
  • Paying little to no closing costs rates are high 4’s (best for strategies for keeping a property under 2.5 years).

 

If you want to know where you stand and what you can do, schedule a time to discuss your lending needs with us today by emailing mike@thecashflowcompany.com.

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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.

 

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