Beware of Identity Theft When Getting Quotes as a Real Estate Investor! Verify your Lender!!!

About 3 years ago, there were a number of posts on Facebook that stated the lender had money at 4% available to anyone.  As a loan broker, I’m always looking for inexpensive money for my clients.  When I made contact with one of the supposed lenders their requirements were rather interesting.  The key to telling me they were scam artists were two things: The need for a utility bill from the borrower and a copy of the borrower’s driver’s license. 

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Fast forward to today…  these same scam artists are at it again.  They are a bit more sophisticated now but they are easy to spot.  These lenders pose as private money lenders on LinkedIn.  They ask for a general summary of the project and even an executive summary of the project the borrower wishes to fund.  They even have websites that make you think you’re dealing with a real lender.  One that I began to research even had testimonials.  Fantastic, I was getting somewhere, the lender had people saying they were legit! 

Fake websites often look like legitimate and trustworthy sites to make people more apt to provide their personal information. Scammers may seed the website with malware that infects the victim’s device and harvests personal or financial information.

It fell apart when I started calling some of the people that I knew, a small world of loan brokers, that were listed in the testimonials.  The specific testimonial listed a former member of my contact’s company as having written the testimonial.  They listed another person in the testimonial but my contact had no idea who the lender was. I researched further to find the person mentioned in the testimonial.  Fortunately, he was still in the industry and was able to be located.  He and I had a few pleasant email exchanges which led to the fact that the testimonial was lifted from a legitimate lender, another one I work with, and edited to change the name of the lender. 

For cyber thieves, your personal information is a goldmine. For example, your (user) name, last name, email addresses, phone numbers, passwords, banking information, credit card details, Social Security number, medical records – and so forth.  Your personally identifying information could include your full name, home address, email address, online login and passwords, Social Security number, driver’s license number, passport number, or bank number. 

Then came the email from the questionable lender.  Please have your client fill out our application. 

  • Name 
  • Address 
  • Sex 
  • Utility Bill 
  • Driver License 

It was the same group from 3 years ago remade into a somewhat real lender. 

Scammers often use phishing emails to trick victims into providing personal or financial information. Phishing emails can be deceiving in that they may appear to come from a known or trusted company, such as a bank or an online retailer, and use various tactics to get the victim to click a link or open an attachment.  They are trying to steal your identity!  Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal identifying information and pretends to be you in order to commit fraud or to gain other financial benefits.

With enough identifying information about an individual, a criminal can take over that individual’s identity to conduct a wide range of crimes. For example:

  • False applications for loans and credit cards,
  • Fraudulent withdrawals from bank accounts,
  • Fraudulent use of telephone calling cards or online accounts, or
  • Obtaining other goods or privileges which the criminal might be denied if he were to use his real name
     

Please be wary of any lender that wants the type of information requested above and is offering interest rates that are substantially below market rates. 

Call us today to find out more about all our options. If you need funding, apply now.   

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Updates to our Loan Offerings – More for you as a Real Estate Investor

We are a direct lender and financial intermediary, which gives us the opportunity to place the most competitive financing options in the market.  Below is what we specialize in.  We look forward to winning your business and creating a long-term relationship: Ground-Up New Construction ($200K to $45M – Loan Amount), Fix/Flip Projects, Long-term Rental Property Acquisitions and Refinances, Airbnb or vacation rental acquisition and refinancing, and Commercial Property Lending including Apartments. Here are more details of our core lending products.

1. Fix and Flip Loans – up to 90% Of Purchase with 100% of Rehab, experienced, or first-timer investors

2. BRRRR – Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance and Repeat loans are available.  Loan programs include 5/1 ARM, 7/1 ARM, 30 Year Fixed Rates.

3. Rental Property Loans – Purchase – Refi – Cash Out.  SFR 1-4 units and AirBnB properties.  Loan programs include 5/1 ARM, 7/1 ARM, 30 Year Fixed Rates.

4. Ground Up Construction Loans

5. Portfolio Loans for SFR – 2-4 units and Multi-Family

6. Bridge Loans – Loans to Pay off current Lender – 1-2 Year Loans.

7. Multi-Family Loans from 5 doors to 300+ doors.  Value-Add Purchase, Turn-Key Purchase, Bridge, New Construction, Agency and non-Agency loans

8. Commercial and Mixed-Use Properties

9. Haz. Ins. Co you can use. https://affiliate.nreig.com/RichardTurner­

We are also very excited to be working with a new lender that will provide funding for the BRRRR investment concept.  Basically, the loans look like this:

  • LTV – up to 88% of Cost / 68% LT Market Value
  • DSCR – 1.20 based on Market Rents (1.30 if less than 3yrs rental experience)
  • Experience – Min 5 flips or rental / 5yr look back
  • Loan Terms  – 7 yr  (5yr Fixed+2yr Floating)
  • Interest – Intro Rate 4.9% (increases with credit below 740, max 5.8%), First-year – no interest payments (rolled into loan principal)
  • Loan Terms – 12yr (10yr Fixed + 2 yr Floating)
  • Interest- Intro Rate 5.2% (increases with credit below 740, max 6.1%), First-year – no interest payments (rolled into loan principal)
  • Origination Points – 3% (2 to lender + 1 to us)  need to get a Broker/Client Agreement at 1%
  • Prepayment – Step Down 3-2-1  (No PPP if Origination Points Increased by 1%)

The lender will work with the following background issues:

  • Litigation with another Lender
  • Bankruptcy (10yr lookback)
  • Foreclosures (since 2012)
  • Delinquency with suppliers
  • Outstanding RE Liens
  • RE Loan Delinquency

This lender is geared up to work with contractors and investors.  They understand the issues they come into and have a system that helps to prevent further erosion of the borrower’s track record or credit.

One of their claims is that 95% of applications pass thru the system to get a loan.

If you’re planning to buy a distressed property, now may be a good time to buy. Just make sure you’re aware of the risks and understand what you’re getting into.  Distressed homes offer a unique buying opportunity for real investors, but the average home buyer should probably look elsewhere. 

If you need funding, apply now. I am working online with the rest of you.  

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ANNOUNCING: Bridge FICO Bands Lowered to 600+ Minimum Requirement

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We’re constantly analyzing data to train our machine learning models and inform our credit policies. Recently, we’ve lowered our bridge FICO minimum requirement to 600+ for qualifying clients. With newly expanded FICO bands, you have the potential to approve different clients and scale your business. Please note that all terms and borrowers are subject to credit approval.
We’ve also increased our bridge rehab limit to $500k maximum for clients of all REI experience levels. Take advantage of our other bridge loan program highlights, such as:

  • Rates as low as 6.5%*
  • Minimum 600+ FICO – new
  • Max $500k rehab size with up to 100% of rehab costs covered – new
  • Loans from $50k to $3MM
  • 12, 18 & 24-month terms
  • Up to 90% of the purchase price
  • Up to 75% of after-repair value

If you’re planning to buy a distressed property, now may be a good time to buy. Just make sure you’re aware of the risks and understand what you’re getting into.  Distressed homes offer a unique buying opportunity for real investors, but the average home buyer should probably look elsewhere. 

If you need funding, apply now. I am working online with the rest of you.  

Patrick St. Cin

W – 512-213-2271

Patrick@REICapitalResources.com

http://www.reicapital.cash/

Diamonds are not forever but Real Estate Is … Make Wise Investing Choices!

Would you ever think to compare diamonds and real estate? At first glance, they seem like two completely different things.  However, they are both hard assets that are cost-prohibitive to acquire for the average US worker.  However, you can sell both “assets” quickly and not realize their full value in the marketplace.    Let’s first compare the similarities and then differences from an investment perspective.

Real Estate is a better long term investment than diamonds

Similarities

Hard Assets:

  • Both Diamonds and Real Estate are Hard Assets similar to other commodities
  • Negatively correlated with bonds and stocks, so when stocks crash both appreciate in value

Long Term Investments

  • Suitable for investors who are not looking for fast returns on their investment
  • Risk losing money if you try to “flip” your investment too early or didn’t acquire at the right price below market value

Additional Utility

  • Provide the investor with enjoyment and value
    • Diamonds are pretty to look at and make the person or people associated with the diamond have better social value 
    • Real Estate provides rental income and in the case of short-term rentals – owners can enjoy the property and generate revenue when not in use.

Differences

As investors, we all know that not all hard assets, such as real estate or diamonds, have the same return on investment.  In fact, ROI performance varies greatly even among real estate classes:  residential property, commercial real estate, agricultural property, etc.  Financial crises prove time and again that real estate is a highly volatile asset.   Diamonds are a closed market that is stable and less risky.  However, there are still differences among the rate of returns on diamonds such as the colored diamonds are less risky.

  • Maintenance Fees
    • Diamonds don’t have a maintenance fee … you’re ROI is based on the price you paid upfront for the diamond
    • Real Estate requires maintenance and repairs and possibly property management fees.  All these factors need to be carefully considered before acquiring property and affect your return on investment.
  • Portability
    • Several millions of dollars can fit in your fist and transport in a pocket … the irony for not being the rarest stone they have the highest size to value ratio of the natural resource category.   This is how historically (since the silk road trail) wealth was transported long distances and across borders.
    • Real estate can’t be moved. Real estate is not physically portable and the value does not transfer easily either.  However, 1031 exchanges are a great way to transfer appreciation as you sell your property.

At REI Capital Resources, we prefer real estate investing to diamonds.  In fact, diamond prices are extremely volatile – shooting up 249% from 1978 to 1980 before falling 77% by early 1986 – but the value of diamonds has also long been propped up by a number of artificial sources.   Real estate can be utilized and provide rental income.  As the number of cloud and work from home startups rise, commercial real estate is increasingly valuable to investors to provide “server farms” to meet bandwidth demands.

We are not saying diamonds aren’t valuable or important – especially as emergency currency and making your future or current spouse a little happier this valentine’s day.  We’re saying don’t buy a diamond as an investment with the idea of retained value.  If you look at diamond prices since the 1970s, there has been “Too Much Price Volatility & Demand Uncertainty To Be Considered Investable” by numerous sources.  Also, the use of diamonds as a symbol of a woman to be married is only about a 100-year-old custom.  There are numerous other stones considered rarer.  Thank you, Madison Avenue for making weddings a thing to save money for and cause the intelligent investor to consider generating a new stream of revenue.

We love this quote by Milton Friedman, “The speculator is looking for hidden weak spots in the market,” and acts as “the advance agent of the investor, seeking always to bring market prices into line with investment values.”   Diamonds don’t provide an adequate hedge against inflation, and most people would be better off with more practical financial planning, than investing for catastrophe purposes.  The diamond while a modern symbol of one’s love and commitment to another is expensive and ranks low when compared to value stability.

Diamonds vs. Gold vs. S&P 500

YearGold ROI  %Diamond ROI  %S&P500 ROI  %
2004000
200536-110
200657323
200797291
200811911-22
200917619-7
2010254507
20112763915
20122182437
20131852061
2014172873

*Data courtesy of the Rappaport Diamond Index, Kitco, the World Gold Council and Yahoo Finance. Diamond prices reflect monthly averages based on a 1-carat diamond. Gold prices are based on average annual London PM fixed prices. S&P 500 prices reflect average monthly adjusted closing prices. ROIs are cumulative.

The chart shows when the stock market suffered historic losses, diamonds at best served as a short-term hedge and very quickly fell behind the returns of alternative investments.

Therefore, I would recommend a 3 bedroom house that generates a positive return on investment that you can set aside the money after a year to buy your sweetie her diamond.  If she loves you, she’ll wait a year knowing a diamond is coming.

Deferment Fog

Although real estate agents are seeing increases in inquiries about homes in the suburbs compared to the same period last year and house sales are up slightly in the second-home market, consumers are not applying for as many loans and banks are not lending as much.

Millions of Americans, 29 million, filed for unemployment last week for the first time according to Investopedia.com, slightly more people than expected, but less than the previous week.

As they lost their jobs or were forced to close their businesses, homeowners who could not make their mortgage payments asked their mortgage servicers for permission to pause their payments. Once a rare occurrence, the number of accounts in deferment, forbearance, or some other form of relief rose to 100 million between March 1 and the end of May according to today’s Wall Street Journal article by Anna Maria Andriotis.

For lenders and borrowers, these are difficult times because the coronavirus stimulus package includes a provision that says lenders that allow borrowers to defer their debt payments cannot report these payments as late to the credit reporting companies, making credit scores an unreliable marker of how a borrower is doing paying their loans back.

Banks are pulling back on credit because lenders are having a difficult time determining if applicants’ credit scores and credit reports reflect their true levels of risk. Not only do they not know who to lend to, but they cannot tell how much their loan losses will be if the economy remains a mess.

Across the board, lending standards have been tightened. Even mailed credit card solicitations fell from 316 million in February to 74 million in May. (Wsj.com)

It takes more work to find borrowers who will pay their loans back. A lender will have to sort through more data. Some lenders are asking borrowers for permission to look at their payment history on accounts not appearing in their credit report and to analyze their banking accounts.

If you need funding, apply now. I am working online with the rest of you.

Patrick St. Cin

W – 512-213-2271

M – 505-239-3026

Patrick@REICapital.cash

http://www.reicapital.cash/

References

Andriotis, June 29, 2020, Flying Blind Into a Credit Storm’: Widespread Deferrals Mean Banks Can’t Tell Who is Creditworthy, available online at https://www.wsj.com/articles/flying-blind-into-a-credit-storm-widespread-deferrals-mean-banks-cant-tell-whos-creditworthy-11593423001?mod=hp_lead_pos5

Fluctuating LTV

The loan-to-value (LTV) ratio is the amount a borrower can borrow from a lender compared to the appraised value of the property that he or she wants to buy. The LTV determines the amount of a down payment a borrower has to supply from his own pocket to invest in the property.

Loan-to-Value ratio = Mortgage amount ∕Appraised value of the property.

For example, if the lender offers a loan at a 90% loan-to-value ratio, the borrower must supply 10% of the total cost of the purchase. In a fix-n-flip loan the same is true, the lender that supplies up to 90% (for example) of the home purchase price, requires the borrower to provide the other 10% of the price.

The Coronavirus pandemic has changed things rapidly including the market value of homes, thus affecting the LTV ratios lenders depend on. Please call for the most up-to-date loan-to-value ratios on our loans for your upcoming projects. 512-213-2271

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If a borrower defaults on a home loan, which is more likely to happen if they do not have much of their own money in the home, the lender takes back the home and sells it to get back the money they lent. Market fluctuations can cause lenders to lose money if the value of a house goes down and the borrower defaults on the loan. The value of the home may be less the amount of the loan. The coronavirus pandemic may make home prices goes down, but that is not certain and may not be true in all locations.

Equity

If the borrower had equity in the home and defaults, then the borrower loses the equity they have in the home because the lender takes the property and sells it to recoup their investment and expenses as quickly as possible.

Equity is the amount of money that would be returned to homeowner if the asset is liquidated (sold) and all debts are paid off. It is in a home owner’s best interest to sell a home before they default on a loan and pay the loan off if possible both so they can get their equity out of the home and so that they can keep their credit history in good shape.

FICO Score Requirements

The FICO score required on loans relates to the buyer’s credit history. It reflects how often they have been late or defaulted on loans in the past. Before the coronavirus pandemic set our lives, marketplace, and economy into a spin, REI Capital Resources required a FICO score of 650 on a hard money loan with a term of up to 24 months. Many people have lost their jobs and their credit scores have suffered. Watching the unemployment rate go up, lenders across the country have tightened up their FICO requirements and these requirements are changing daily. Please call me for our latest FICO requirements. 512-213-2271.

Selling to Avoid Foreclosure

Owners in default or facing default will sometimes take less than the market value for a house to avoid foreclosure. They may settle for only getting part of their equity back, reasoning that some is better than none. None is what they will get if they go into foreclosure and the lender takes back the property and sells it for the balance owed on the loan. The borrower may even give up all their equity to sell the house before defaulting to keep their credit history intact and their FICO scores high.

Buying Opportunity

The distressed homeowner’s situation becomes the buyer’s opportunity. The homeowner needs help to retain their high FICO score and some equity, and the fix-n-flip buyer needs to purchase a property for the lowest price. It can be a win-win deal.

As a direct lender, it is my job to help you get a purchase and rehab loan as quickly and as easily as possible. The perfect fit is still out there. Call me though for the most up-to-date information.

I am working online with the rest of you. If you need funding, fill out the BLN application at   http://reicapital.blnsoftware.com/ or send me an e-mail or give me a call.

Patrick St.Cin

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M – 505-239-3026

Patrick@REICapital.cash

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Have You Hired an Uber Driver Today?

House flipping has made it to the Wall Street Journal. In a recent article (May 28, 2019), Uber Drivers Seek Extra Cash Working for House Flippers,” I read about a new way house flippers are finding houses to buy in today’s competitive market. They are maximizing their chances of locating houses to fix-n-flip by paying Uber drivers to identify homes on their routes that are ripe for flipping. This cuts down on the amount of driving and scouting the real estate investor has to do to find potential homes to buy, and the Uber driver makes some extra cash.

Uber drivers take a picture of a property using an app developed by DealMachine, LLC. The app uses GPS and county online property records to identify property owners. The DealMachine website in the Google app store says that the app “is the fastest growing solution for investors and agents who want to build their own marketing list and find local deals.” It advertises that you can “See a run-down house, find the owner, and flip it for a profit.” Their app gets in touch with the property owner via direct mail or e-mail. The app user instantly sees the owner’s name, phone number, and e-mail address to contact them on the spot.

Driving for Dollars

Homes that have owners that might be eager to sell include houses that appear vacant and those that have newspapers piled up and a “for sale” or “for rent by owner” sign in their un-mowed front yards. Uber drivers take pictures of the houses and submit the referrals when they are not driving a client.

Some real estate investment companies pay the Uber driver a hefty commission if a lead pans out and others pay some for each good lead and more if a referral leads to a deal closing. One Uber driver interviewed by the WSJ writer has sent in 400 photos and has not had any of her leads close yet, but she says, “I understand real estate is a numbers game. What do I have to lose? I’m driving around anyway.”

REI Capital Resources is a direct lender as well as a broker of funding solutions. We offer short and long-term financing options for real estate.

Please give me a call when you find that perfect real estate investment and know how much money you need.

Patrick St.Cin
512-213-2271
Patrick@REICapital.cash 

References

Parker, Will and McWhirter, Cameron, Uber Drivers Seek Extra Cash Working for House Flippers,

WSJ May 28, 2019

https://www.wsj.com/articles/uber-drivers-seek-extra-cash-working-for-house-flippers-11559035802?mod=trending_now_2

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Vacation Rental Investment Property: Expenses

Summer is here and vacations are in the air.  Perhaps, it is also time to think about how we can pay for our vacation with income from an investment property purchased to rent. As we discussed yesterday, if you receive income from renting property for use as a dwelling, such as a house or apartment, you may need to report the income, and you may be able to deduct certain expenses. 

To make your tax life easier and less confusing for you, your tax preparer, and the tax authorities, be clear about your goals for the rental property.  Are you using the property partly for your own use and renting it out when you aren’t using it or are you operating it solely for a profit?  If you are using the property yourself and renting it, divide the portions of expenses between your investment and your personal tax forms based on days used or percentage used, and you will not run into tax trouble.

Types of Rental Expenses

In most cases expenses related to renting your property are deductible. These deductions can be applied against the income you receive from rent to lower the amount of the rental income that is subject to tax. These would general be reported on a form 1040.  According to the IRS, if you use the investment property to rent for a profit and do not use the dwelling as a residence, or for personal use, then your deductible rental expense may add up to more than your gross rental income. When you use the property for both personal and rental use, you will not be able to deduct rental expenses in excess of the gross rental income minus the rental portion of the mortgage interest, real estate taxes, casualty losses from federally declared disasters for the rented part, realtor’s fees, and advertising costs.

Deductible expenses include:

  • Advertising
  • Auto and travel expenses (if the primary purpose of the trip is to collect rent or to manage, conserve, and maintain your rental property)
  • Cleaning and maintenance
  • Realtor and Online Commissions
  • Depreciation: This expense begins when the property is rented or placed in service. It is taken over the lifetime of the property to cover the cost of the original purchase.
  • Insurance
  • Interest on loans other than the mortgage
  • Legal and other professional fees
  • Local transportation expenses (those incurred collecting rents, managing, conserving, or maintaining your property)
  • Management fees
  • Mortgage interest paid to banks, etc.
  • Mortgage expenses, including mortgage commissions, abstract fees, recording fees, are not deducted as expenses, but are considered part of the basis of your property as capital expenses and are depreciated.
  • Points. Points are prepaid interest and are deducted over the life of the loan and not all in the year the loan was made.
  • Pre-rental expenses: Expenses incurred maintaining your property from the time you make it available to rent
  • Rental payments for equipment
  • Rental payments for the property you lease
  • Repairs
  • Taxes
  • Utilities

Vacant Property

You can deduct expenses incurred maintaining and preserving your property when it is vacant, or vacant while listed for sale.

Uncollected Rent – Not Deductible

Don’t deduct uncollected rents. It is not included in your income, so it cannot be deducted.

Renting to Your Employer

If you rent part of your home to your employer and provide services for your employer in that rented space, report the rental income.  Claim the income and deduct the expense for that portion of the house. You can deduct mortgage interest, real estate taxes, casualty losses from federally declared disasters for the rented part of your home.

I would like to help you with funding for an investment rental property or vacation rental.  I have a long-term rental loan program that can help you get into an income-producing vacation rental investment property.

Please give me a call when you find that perfect real estate investment and know how much money you need.

Patrick St.Cin
512-213-2271
Patrick@REICapital.cash 

References

IRS Publication 527 (2018) Residential Rental Property

IRS Tax topic 415 Renting Residential and Vacation Property

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Numbers: Prices, Percentages, Points

Despite the volatility of the stock markets and the Texas weather, no matter if it is raining, blowing, or baking, even if I have to walk uphill both coming and going, in a “snownado,” I am here to help you find ways to put your money and your time to good use making more money in big or small, short-term or long term, real estate investment adventures.

I have several loan programs to offer.

 

 

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Cash Out Refinancing Ratios

Cash out refinancing rests on your credit score and two important ratios: the Loan to Value (LTV) ratio and the Debt to Income (DTI) ratio.

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First, cash-out refinancing means you want to take out part of the equity of your home or rental property as cash and make a new loan with a higher balance on your home. Equity is the difference between the amount owed on the loan and the current purchase price of the home or property.  An appraisal will give you the current fair market price of your home, how much you could sell it for.  There has to be a positive difference between the value of your home and the amount you own on it. You have to have equity in order to have any cash to take out and then you can take out only part of the amount, depending on the type of loan you have.

LTV

The LTV is the ratio between the principal amount of the mortgage balance, at origination or thereafter, to the current value of the underlying real estate collateral. The ratio is commonly expressed to a potential borrower as the percentage of value a lending institution is willing to finance. The ratio is dynamic, and varies by lending institution, property type, geographic location, property size, etc.

Current loan ÷ approximate value = LTV

DTI

The DTI is one of several financial calculations performed by your lender to determine if you can afford a particular monthly payment. The debt ratio (also known as the obligations ratio) is the sum of all your monthly debt payments including your total monthly mortgage payment divided by your total monthly income. Typical acceptable debt ratios for conventional loans are 36 – 38%, FHA loans are 41 – 43%, and VA loans are 41%.

Total Debt Payments per month ÷ monthly income = DTI

 

I can help you with cash out refinancing.  Just give me a call or send an e-mail and I’ll call you.

REI Capital Resources is a loan originator for select investor single-family residential projects. Our goal is to provide fast closing loans to fund your investment projects so you don’t lose a good deal.

Patrick St.Cin
W – 512-213-2271
Patrick@REICapital.cash