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. 

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Don’t Self-Sabotage as a Real Estate Investor, Rates are RISING!

Rates are heading up rapidly! Since 9/1/2021 when the best 30yr fully amortized loan interest rate was 3.625%, there has been a steady increase.  Within the past 7 days, the same institutional lender has increased its rates to 5.750%, the lowest possible rate available.  This is a 2.125% increase in approximately 6 months.  Interest rates will remain volatile during this period of inflation.  As the Fed works to rein in inflation by adjusting the rate upward, we will continue to see these increases.

What can be done to mitigate these increases?

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When your Loan Officer requests Documents please be expeditious in sending them.  We are seeing investors delay signatures, sending documents, and poor response times which have led to as much as a 1.00% to 1.25% increase in the interest rates.  Investors want to see the mailbox money flow in with a minimum of effort, that is understandable.  But when it comes time to purchase or refinance a property, please make sure that your entity documents are in order.  This means signatures are where they should be (the biggest issue we see today), That a clear chain of ownership of the entity is evident.  Lawyers like to hide the ownership trail to minimize exposure to risks.  Lending institutions want to know exactly who they are lending to, minimal smoke and mirrors make the organizations with the money happy.

Some lenders offer a rate buy-down.  The basic way this works is that by paying an increase in the origination points to the lender the interest rate can be lowered.  Generally, this is a ratio of points to interest buy-down.  An example could be:

The ratio is 0.333% per Point.  The maximum buydown is 2 points or 2 times the buy-down points offered.

Interest7.00%7.00%7.00%
Origination Pts0%1%2%
Buy Down0.000%0.333%0.667%
New Interest Rate7.000%6.667%6.334%

There are other lenders that offer a similar buy down at a rate of 0.5% maximum for an increase in the lender’s origination points of 1.5%.  This buy down can be bought in 0.125% increments if that works for your program.

BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE!

We do have better news if you are doing a BRR strategy and not just a regular refinance and are open to a 5 or 7 year ARM. Call us today to find out more about all our options.

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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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Texas’ hot housing market might be cooling down … or not?

As providing funding for real estate projects which include new construction as well as fix-n-flip loans and long-term rental loans, we keep our eyes on the market economics that might impact our clients.

The pandemic price run-up for homes has been helpful for some of our investors especially to mitigate the rising cost of lumber and other materials. In major Texas cities from the end of 2020 through much of 2021, the median house price soared!!! Here’s the difference in cost between September 2021 and September 2022:

  • D-FW: $298,884 (Sept. ’20) to $350,000 (Sept. ’21). Change: + $51,116 
  • Houston: $261,000 (Sept. ’20) to $300,000 (Sept. ’21). Change: + $39,000 
  • San Antonio: $255,000 (Sept. ’20) to 294,950 (Sept. ’21). Change: + $39,950 
  • Austin: $350,318 (Sept. ’20) to $448,00 (Sept. ’21). Change: + $97,682 

The A&M researchers expect the price per square foot to keep going up in the next several years, but not anything like what we have just seen. Home prices have risen and so have property taxes. Landlords want to pass costs to renters and renters are not immune.

New research from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Research Institute for Housing America (RIHA) found that renters were about 3X more likely than homeowners to miss payments this year.  Renters may be vulnerable to the expiration of expanded pandemic unemployment benefits.  Therefore, we recommend our long-term buy-and-hold investors be sure to run background checks on potential renters.

From Texas Real Estate Research Center at Texas A&M University: “With lumber prices falling, total Texas housing starts increased for the second consecutive quarter. Zonda data revealed roughly 38,000 homes broke ground in the Texas Triangle in 3Q2021, pushing single-family housing starts up 3.9 percent on a quarterly basis amid strengthening economic conditions and robust housing demand. Housing starts in North Texas and Austin reached an all-time high, increasing 8 and 13.8 percent, respectively, from last quarter. “

Read more stats here:  https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/articles/technical-report/Texas-Housing-Insight

Lastly, the average rate on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages in Freddie Mac’s survey was 3.11% during the week ending December 2, up one basis point from the previous week. The rate averaged 3.07% in both October and November. All rates quoted have fees and points averaging 0.6% to 0.7% of the loan amount.   

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/

Homeowners who are delinquent on their mortgage provide an opportunity for investors

Homeowners are delinquent on their mortgage provide an opportunity for investors!

There are still 1.5 million borrowers who are seriously delinquent or have late-stage delinquencies at 90 days or more past due on their home loans, according to the June Mortgage Monitor report from Black Knight.

While the national delinquency rate is at its lowest level since the beginning of the pandemic, about 1 million homeowners are expected to be in serious delinquency as September’s wave of mortgage forbearance program expirations begin, the report showed.

The economic recovery is expected to slow down even more as more Americans fall behind on their mortgage payments, and fewer can afford to purchase homes. The housing recovery will be delayed as banks tighten their lending standards. 

What is the difference between default and delinquency?

Delinquency means that you are behind on payments. Once you are delinquent for a certain period of time (usually nine months for federal loans), your lender will declare the loan to be in default. The entire loan balance will become due at that time.

How did we get here?

One of the most difficult things about owning a home is taking care of your financial obligations. If you’re not making your monthly mortgage payments, you’re considered delinquent. In the past decade, this has been a problem for a lot of homeowners. In total, about 1.5 million homeowners are delinquent on their mortgage payments. This is a problem for the investors, as the value of these homes goes down because the homeowners can’t afford to pay their mortgage. It’s a frustrating situation for everyone involved.

The 90–day delinquency rate is a measure of serious delinquencies. It captures borrowers that have missed three or more payments. This rate measures more severe economic distress. View this link to learn more and view interactive charts:  https://www.consumerfinance.gov/data-research/mortgage-performance-trends/mortgages-90-or-more-days-delinquent/

What you need to know as an investor

Per MarketWatch (https://www.marketwatch.com/story/one-subset-of-homeowners-could-be-in-trouble-here-are-the-real-estate-markets-most-at-risk-11625591292):

Any homeowner who isn’t able to sell their home or modify their loan is likely to face foreclosure or other financially challenging options, such as a short sale, the researchers warned. Whether a homeowner leaves their home by choice or through foreclosure at the end of all this, it will have the effect of adding supply to the market they live in.

“As a result, a buyer’s market could develop in ZIP Codes with heavy exposure to such borrowers,” the researchers wrote, noting that these would be areas with a high concentration of FHA loans in delinquency. So which markets are most at risk?

Atlanta tops the list, with 17.4% of the city’s mortgages in delinquency as of May. The city also has a large share of FHA loans overall, with those loans representing over a fifth of all mortgages in the city.

Many of the metro areas most threatened by such a scenario were located in Texas, including Houston (No. 2), Dallas (No. 4), San Antonio (No. 8) and Ft. Worth (No. 9).

Should you buy a distressed property now?

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

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Patrick@REICapitalResources.com

http://www.reicapital.cash/

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Transform an Office Building into a Home

Many people are transforming rooms in their homes into home offices, but some people are transforming commercial spaces into homes.

Unused and Vacant

Today, CNN reports that outdoor retailer REI is selling their newly finished unused 8-acre corporate campus in Bellevue, WA as they redefine their experience of “headquarters.” Their new model they say will make remote working the “normalized model” for headquarters employees and the future headquarters building will be instead multiple satellite campuses in the Seattle area.

Businesses all over the US are seeing what REI is seeing and adjusting their business models. Office building occupancies are going down in the downtown areas of large cities across the US primarily because of the effect of the coronavirus pandemic and its associated lockdowns. Businesses are either moving, transitioning to remote working, or closing altogether. Landlords of downtown office buildings in big cities are in danger of losing the income from their properties as companies move to small communities or have their staff work from home. If the landlord has a mortgage and cannot keep up with their payments, they could lose the building. These buildings are then left vacant.

According to STR, a global hospitality data and analytics firm, hotels are suffering as well. Their data show that a fifth of hotel properties are still closed and have been since March. Many of these hotels will not survive the pandemic.

This devastating business and economic situation may offer a sliver of optimism if we look at investing in converting office buildings and hotels into much needed housing.  

According to an article in realtor.com (https://www.realtor.com/news/trends/office-hotel-conversions-to-housing/) office buildings and hotels in urban downtowns are attractive for conversions to apartment housing because they have wifi and cable infrastructure in place, parking areas, and common areas. While offices will require more plumbing to provide bathrooms and perhaps kitchens to each apartment, hotels can be converted less expensively because they are already divided into individual spaces with individual bathrooms.

Creating Affordable Housing

One example of a hotel converted to apartments is Plato’s Cave at 3524 Keetor St. in Branson Missouri. Repvblik (pronounced Republic) LLC, a Los Angeles based firm, converted a vacant six-building Days Inn into multi-family or workforce housing. The complex includes studio apartments, renting for $495.00 a month, and one-bedroom apartments, renting for $695.00 a month. According to its website, https://www.platos-cave.com/pictures-of-units, the complex incudes a gym, commercial kitchen, large dining area, an outdoor pool and beach volleyball on the property. There is plenty of parking and it is right on the strip within walking distance to the jobs there. It is affordable housing that is so badly needed.

Living and working in crowded downtowns were very popular until the pandemic hit these communities so hard. It is not clear how many people will be willing to move back to crowded downtowns after the pandemic ends or if it lingers for years. It looks certain that there will be many vacant office buildings and hotels around by the end of 2021 or when long-term leases run out. Landlords will have to keep their prices in line with demand and it is too soon to tell what demand will be.

Too Early to Give Up

Clare Trapasso, the author of the article, “As the Pandemic Empties Office Buildings, Can Those Spaces Help Solve the Housing Crisis” says, “… it may be too early to write the obituary of urban office buildings and hotels, as many did in the wake of 9/11.”

However, development can drive what happens, so you might want to be thinking about a strategy to help cities, people in need of housing, and your own financial security by seriously studying the risks and rewards of converting vacant downtown office space and hotel space into affordable housing in your own city.

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

Patrick St. Cin

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Patrick@REICapital.cash

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References

Trapasso, Clare, Realtor,com, As the Pandemic Empties Office Buildings, Can Those Spaces Help Solve the Housing Crisis, August 12, 2020. com (https://www.realtor.com/news/trends/office-hotel-conversions-to-housing/)

CNN,  Leah Asmelash and Alison Kosik, August 13, 2020. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/outdoor-retailer-rei-to-sell-sprawling-new-and-unused-headquarters-to-shift-to-remote-work/ar-BB17VDuG?ocid=msedgdhp

Platos Cave website: https://www.platos-cave.com/property-tour

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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

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Patrick@REICapital.cash

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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

Migration Boom

People are moving. Single-family houses in the suburbs are opportunities real estate investors should consider.

According to an article in Mansion Global, apartment living in densely populated urban areas is already losing its appeal to Americans as they process their experiences during the coronavirus pandemic. Many people are eyeing options for relocating to the suburbs and a single-family home after facing the challenges of coming into contact with infected individuals in apartment building common areas and restrictions on their use of outdoor spaces like pools and game rooms.

Buyers crave —ROOM— living space, outdoor space, privacy, flexibility, and safety.

When you are researching a purchase of a rental property, evaluate:

  1. Is there room for an office in the house?
  2. Does the house have a good-sized yard?
  3. Is there a pool in the backyard?
  4. Is there a deck or porch that offers a sheltered option to living indoors?
  5. Is the neighborhood safe to walk around in at night?
  6. Is there a neighborhood association and is it restrictive?
  7. Did local authorities try to restrict people’s use of their yard during the pandemic?
  8. Consider taxes. People are richer in states where taxes are lower.
  9. Big or tiny, single family homes in suburbs near major cities offer good opportunities for people to escape living in densely populated apartment buildings where entrances and recreation space is shared and access is restricted. If you need funding, apply now. I am working online with the rest of you.

Patrick St.Cin

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Patrick@REICapital.cash

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Waking Up

Real Estate is waking up. U.S. mortgage applications to purchase a home 🏠 rose 9% last week from the previous week and from a year earlier, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s seasonally adjusted index. It was the sixth straight week of gains and a 54% recovery since early April. Investopedia.com.

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This is despite the sobering news from the Labor Dept. Weekly pay fell 11% in April from the prior month. That was the biggest drop on record, but it will likely be broken in May. Investopedia.com This, plus historically high unemployment, will be immense hurdles for people buying homes but might be incentive to start a business fixing and flipping homes to add to your own income and to provide homes, maybe small homes, to young and old consumers alike. Both want to get out of community living and out of big mortgages. I have the funds to help you fill this void in housing.

Real estate agents are using more virtual tours to showcase their homes. You might be able to use a video 🎥 to showcase your remodeling experience on a loan application for a private money loan for your next project.

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 my an e-mail or give me a call.

Patrick St.Cin

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