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Investor Mortgage Report 6.9.2020

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

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 5.5.2020

 

 

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.)

 

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?

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What to Do When the Bank Says, “No.”

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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Buying a Duplex – What NOT To Do

Whether you’re getting ready to invest in your first rental units, or you’ve been renting for years, it’s always a good idea to learn from other people’s mistakes. In this video, Chandler David Smith tells us about the lessons he’s learned and what NOT to do as an investor. Check it out!

Ready to start investing? Need some guidance? Then contact our team. We’re ready to show you how to invest and invest right!

Motivational Monday – Impossible

“It’s impossible. I can’t do it.”

What’s stopping you from achieving your financial goals? Is it doubt? Fear of failure? The truth is, you can achieve anything if you have the right mindset, a solid plan, and a supportive team around you.

Our team wants to take the impossible and make it possible for you. Contact us today to chat about your goals and how you can reach them.

Motivational Monday – Dreams

Today is a day about vision and dreams. What are yours? Where do you see yourself in three months? Three years? Three decades? If you set your mind to it and, more importantly, take your dreams seriously, then you can achieve just about anything. That includes your investment goals.

Ready to reach for your dreams? We can help! Contact us today to create a 2-year plan.

Friday Fun: Wholesale

Want to make more with your rentals? Then consider buying discounted properties (i.e. wholesale). Ready to learn more? Contact our team today.