Investor Inspo: Dallas Fix-and-Flip

Dallas Fix-and-flip exterior

Nobody does fix-and-flip curb appeal like these Dallas clients.

Check out these amazing Before-and-After photos of this Dallas Fix-and-Flip!

 

Dallas fix-and-flip living room

These clients did an amazing job transforming this living room into a much more liveable space.

Dallas fix-and-flip bedroom

From dark and cave-like, to light and inviting, this bedroom looks pretty dreamy to us!

Dallas fix-and-flip kitchen

From cluttered to cool, this kitchen got a pretty serious glow-up.

Dallas fix-and-flip bathroom

Not even the bathroom escaped noticed in this impeccable flip!

We’re still in awe of this amazing fix-and-flip investment deal from our Dallas area clients. A little imagination and some investment capital can go a long way towards transforming a haggard house into an updated future home!

We never tire of watching our clients change the face of their neighborhoods in a positive way. This property is a shining example of what the real estate investing community is all about: improving a neighborhood and enjoying a profitable rehab!

Looking for a hard money loan to fund your own flip? Look no further.

How do you take the guesswork out of getting your deals funded for rehab projects like this one? Simple: By partnering with Hard Money Mike.

Hard Money Mike is a lender based in Colorado. We offer a large pool of lenders so we can be sure to find the right fit for your project. We regularly lend money for all types of commercial-based properties. So whether your project is a fix-and-flip, land, whole-tailing, or a builder bridge loan, we have you covered.

If this flip has you feeling inspired, we want to know about it! Contact Mike Bonn at 303-539-3000 or email Mike@HardMoneyMike.com to start exploring your lending options!

Want even more awe-inspiring investor inspo? Check out what some of our other clients have been up to…

Investor Mortgage Report 5.26.20

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.

Investor Mortgage Report 5.19.20

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.

Don’t Sideline Your Investment Game

investment power player

Be a real estate investment power player by harnessing the power of OPM funding.

You don’t have to be a bench warmer in the real estate investment world. Transform yourself into a power player! 

 

It’s easy to think that with the COVID-19 shutdowns, stay-at-home orders, and lasting economic uncertainty that now is an okay time to sit idle and just see what happens in the real estate investment world.

 

And that would be your first mistake.

 

By many standards, there’s never been a better time to go all-in for your real estate investment business. Mortgage rates are low, making previously out-of-reach properties insanely affordable. Showings are still under a good deal of restrictions and safety precautions. But this just means the buyer pool is limited to the extremely serious. Great news for fix-and-flip investors looking to turn a quick profit!

 

It’s true, the banks have been saying no, but that doesn’t mean the game is over. We’re here to tell you that there are other ways to play besides begging the banks to fund your deals.

 

Put your future in your hands: Make the switch to OPM (Other People’s Money) funding and stop waiting on the bank.  When the deals start popping up (and they will,) you’ll be able to buy the properties you want when you want, and for what you want to pay. 

Instead of sitting on the bench, you can be actively working to build that dream life, even in times of uncertainty.

 

Questions on how to go about making this transition? Luckily for you, we’re hosting an Intro to OPM Webinar where we’ll be covering all the critical details of how to make this crucial switch for your investment business!

 

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Investment Property Inspo: First-Time Flip!

Check out this first-time investment property flip from our newbie mother/daughter client team:

Investment Property Exterior

This newbie team jumped all in and tackled this investment property flip in Colorado Springs, Colorado with the help of a general contractor. In less than 6 short months, this mother and daughter duo added some much-needed updates and some serious curb appeal and are already under contract to sell and take their profits and move on to the next deal! Pretty impressive for a first-time flip!

Investment Property bathroom

Bathroom before-and-after

Investment Property kitchen

From cluttered kitchen to bright-and-shiny function!

Investment Property Bedroom

Bedroom before-and-after

The best part of this deal? This was an investment property in their own neighborhood!

 

A fix-and-flip deal doesn’t have to be made across town: Look for deals in your own backyard (or, you know, down the street.) These clients not only fixed up a home to turn a profit for themselves, but they helped update their neighborhood at the same time. Making money while increasing the value of you AND your neighbors’ homes? That’s what we call a #HouseFlipping win, and ultimately, it’s really the thing a good fix-and-flip deal is made of.

 

We could all probably learn something valuable from this team about making smart choices about the locations of our investment properties.

 

It’s easy to sit back and draw inspiration from the successes of others, but if you happen to be on the hunt for hard money funds to jump into your own first-time flip, we can help! Contact us today to see if we can help you realize your investment property dreams!

 

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Investor Mortgage Report 5.12.2020

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.

 

Why You Shouldn’t Let the Banks Hold Your Wallet

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.

Investor Mortgage Report 5.5.2020

 

 

Refinancing may have just become more expensive for both rate and lower LTVs.

 

Wow, what is this? The powers that be are still messing with our beautiful lending world. It’s not a shock that government officials seem more focused on getting votes at the cost of property owners and mortgage companies, encouraging tenants not to pay rents and not lending a hand with evictions.

 

What We Know:

Mortgage rates are so low right now (in the mid 2’s for owner-occupied, and low 3’s for investors) that still-employed buyers should be running out and buying homes left and right.  After all, the number one reason buyers purchase is that they can fit the payment into their monthly budget. We should be seeing mortgage companies throwing money out to everyone. We should see buyers buying and investors refinancing (increasing that cashflow without adding more properties.)

 

 

So why isn’t that happening?

 

In short- our government is hard at work wreaking havoc in the lending markets, making it harder for all of us to get a loan, especially refinances.

 

Sure, it sounds good in theory: Allow anyone who wants to defer a payment or 4 during an economic crisis to do so, without proving any reason based on financial hardship.

 

How does this impact us all?  Glad you asked.

 

If a lender helps someone out and refinances them and they decided to go directly into forbearance, (yes, people WERE doing cash-out refinances with the plan of deferring payments to take advantage of the government’s kindness,) that lender cannot sell or move that loan off of their books to those that service FHA, VA, Conventional loans, etc, unless they want to take pay a huge fee. So, they decide to hold the loans, thus filling up their lending bucket.

 

So what happens next?  The lenders don’t want to take a chance that a percentage of people are going to take advantage of this opportunity, so they raise the cost of refinancing for everyone.  On top of that, they will start lowering the LTVs (loan-to-value ratios,) making the box for traditional financing harder for all.

 

Yes, obviously those that need mortgage forbearance should be able to use it, but it’s the ones who are not in financial need that are making these numbers grow, creating more costly financing for us all.

 

Let’s look at the numbers from an article from MBA.com from the end of April:

 

Key findings of MBA’s Forbearance and Call Volume Survey – April 13-19, 2020

  • Total loans in forbearance grew relative to the previous week (from 5.95% to 6.99%.) In comparison, only 0.25% of all loans were in forbearance for the week of March 2.
    • By investor type, Ginnie Mae loans grew the most relative to the prior week: from 8.26% to 9.73%.
    • The share of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans in forbearance increased relative to the prior week: from 4.64% to 5.46%.
    • The share of other loans (e.g. private-label securities and portfolio loans) in forbearance increased relative to the prior week: from 6.43% to 7.52%.
  • Forbearance requests as a percent of servicing portfolio volume (#) dropped relative to the prior week: from 1.79% to 1.14%.

What You Can Do:

Keep up with your payments if you’re able. The more of us that are paying on time and in full, the quicker the lenders will start to relax and start loaning again. Everyone wins.

New Build Construction is Slowing Down. Here’s Why That’s Not Necessarily A Bad Thing.

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.

Investor Mortgage Report 4.28.2020

 

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.)

 

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