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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Default

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

W – 512-213-2271

M – 505-239-3026

Patrick@REICapital.cash

www.REICapital.cash

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

W – 512-213-2271

M – 505-239-3026

Patrick@REICapital.cash

www.REICapital.cash

Fix-n-Flip Time & Money

Although many states are exempting building, utility, road, and bridge construction from “stay-at-home” work shutdowns carried out to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, some states are calling for a cessation of all residential construction because it is not defined as “life sustaining” work or “construction of essential infrastructure.” If you read the recent Dallas County Shelter in Place order, you will see that Dallas County has not shut down residential construction. However, some states and counties across the country have. A fix-n-flipper needs to pay attention to the exemptions and inclusions in the work-stoppages orders that are being issued by state or county governments because it may affect your schedule and costs in ways you cannot predict.

Dallas county residents are being ordered to stay in their homes except for crucial work and errands, beginning 11:59P.M. Monday. All businesses that aren’t deemed essential also must stop operating.

Dallas Morning News, Updated 3/22/2020

Your construction loan has or will have terms and limits, usually 24 months for a fix-n-flip loan that will pay 100% of your estimated rehab costs. In an epidemic, you may find that you cannot finish construction in 24 months or within the costs you estimated months ago. If you are faced with a situation like the coronavirus pandemic, something you could neither foresee or prevent, you need to review your contracts for “Force Majeure” and price escalation clauses to understand who bears the risk in the case of work stoppages or rising material costs and shortages that are due to situations that cannot be predicted or avoided.

Be proactive. Start working this out with the organization or lender that lent you the money.  Be sure to understand that if the project needs to be stopped and the contract rewritten who calls the stoppage and who and how everyone involved must be informed.

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Delays often ripple through a project and can cause you to miss the deadline for your loan to be paid back, increasing your interest and penalties. Perhaps you can’t get a plumbing fixture delivered or a critical subcontractor is quarantined, and the next trades scheduled to work cannot proceed. Jump in and be aggressive about finding local alternative materials and even workers.

Louisiana becomes the ninth state to announce a statewide shelter-in-place order since California did so on Thursday night. Residents in Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon and Pennsylvania have begun or are about to begin staying at home for at least two weeks.

The Advocate, March 22, 2020

Below is a list of ways the coronavirus pandemic might affect your fix-n-flip project:

  • Sick workers who must quarantine for 14 days
  • Exposed workers who must quarantine for 14 days
  • Workers required to take off work to care for children when schools close
  • You have to take off work to care for your children when schools close
  • Subcontractors or specialty contractors who do not show up
  • Government permitting offices shutdown
  • Material shortages caused by epidemic in China or elsewhere
  • Shipping delays due to port-of-entry quarantines
  • Construction work stoppages in your area ordered by government to slow the spread of disease.
  • Material shortages cause prices to rise
  • Shipping costs rise owing to transportation shutdowns
  • Order cancellations

If you are in the process of negotiating your loan and calculating your expenses, you need to be very careful in estimating your materials. Right now, in the middle of this epidemic, it is for me, or might be for you, impossible to tell how long impacts to business will last.  Review your contracts to include appropriate “Force Majeure” and price acceleration provision clauses in your contracts. Look for local alternative suppliers.

We wish health and safety to you and yours.

Fill out the BLN application at   http://reicapital.blnsoftware.com/ or send my an e-mail or give me a call.

Patrick@InvestorsLendingSource.com

512-213-2271

Austin, Texas

Tools of the Trade: Blanket Loan

A blanket loan is a loan or mortgage used to fund the purchase of 2 or more pieces of real estate (Wikipedia, Investopedia). The real estate is held as collateral for the mortgage, but the individual pieces of property may be sold without retiring the entire mortgage. Builders and developers, investors in multiple apartment communities, or investors in more than on single family rental property use blanket loans to buy a large tract of land to subdivide or multiple properties to manage as a business. The rental investor may sell one property without redoing the mortgage on the other properties. The developer can create many individual parcels to be sold one at a time without securing a new mortgage each time the sale of a parcel is made.

The blanket loan has a release clause that allows the owner to sell a portion of the secured property and make a corresponding payment on the loan. The outstanding balance on the loan is adjusted accordingly without being completely redone or retired. Most single-house traditional mortgages contain a “due-on-sale clause,” which means the entire outstanding debt is due when the securing property is sold. If this is the type of mortgage a developer or an investor with multiple rental properties has, then each time they sell a property they have to redo all the paperwork to remake the mortgage.

Benefits

The financial benefits for an investor include

  • Only have to pay the fees and costs of one loan rather than applying for and closing multiple mortgages.
  • Negotiated terms, such as the monthly payment may be better under the blanket mortgage, freeing up capital for further investment.
  • Acquiring more than one house to fix-n-flip under one loan when several come on the market at the same time would allow a flipper to take advantage of the opportunity to buy multiple properties all at once (saving time and fees) while still being able to sell them one at a time after they are refurbished.

Danger

The danger to the owner is that if he or she defaults on the mortgage, the lender may seek control of all the properties secured by the loan.

Give me a call or send an e-mail and I will help you to move quickly, get the best deal, and start making money sooner. Patrick@InvestorsLendingSource.com

512-214-2271 Austin, Texas

References:

Kagan, Julia, Investopedia, Defining a Blanket Mortgage, March 8, 2018. https://www.investopedia.com/terms/b/blanket_mortgage.asp

Wikipedia, Blanket Loan. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blanket_loan

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Cloud on Title

A cloud on title is something odd about a deed for real property that has been recorded that might invalidate or impair the title.  It usually stems from unresolved issues with the property. Buyers should proceed with caution because there is something about the deed that requires closer attention.

Some examples of a cloud on a title include:

  • A wrong spelling of the property’s address in a deed conveying title.
  • Foreclosure proceedings underway by mortgager in response to a borrower defaulting on payment.
  • Failure to transfer certain property rights to the former owner, such as mineral rights.
  • A mortgage lien whose repayment has not been officially recorded with a local record office.
  • Covenants are rules, conditions, or restrictions place on a property by a subdivider or other landowner to create uniformity of building and uses within tracts of land or groups of lots.
  • Probate matters that involve estates and inheritance can create a cloud on title. If a property owner dies without a will defining who gains control of their estate, the property title may become in doubt as heirs challenge each other in court.
  • A fraudulent title recorded would create legal confusion and a cloud on the title.
  • An encumbrance is a claim or right held by some party other than the owner or a claim that is not a lien that limits the ownership of the property such as conditions, restrictions, easements, reservations, etc.
  • A mechanics lien placed on the property for construction work contracted.  The lien remains on the property and does not follow the owner, forcing a buyer to assume responsibility for repayment.
  • Any pending lawsuit before a court of law over ownership of the property.

Title Insurance

Title insurance protects the insured and their heirs from loss or damage due to defects, liens, or encumbrances in the title or actual ownership of the property as of the date of the policy.

A Clear Title

A clear title is one without any kind of impairment, lien, or levy from other parties and poses no question of legal ownership.

In most cases problems with a title can be cleared up when proper documents are submitted to the local record office.  This lifts the cloud on the title. This is not complete legal advice.  Please be sure to consult your real estate agent and attorney.

Closing Delays

One thing is sure:  a cloud on the title will slow down the paperwork associated with buying and selling property.

Patience may be a virtue, but it is one that is often tested when you are eager to close a loan and get on with your project. To save your dream and your nerves, Clean up the title ASAP. 

REI Capital Resources

REI Capital Resources built its reputation on finding private funding for investors for quick turn purchases and difficult situations.  This is still true today.  

Give me a call or send an e-mail and share with me your plans and needs, and I’ll see what lending solution I can generate for you.

Patrick St.Cin

W – 512-213-2271
Patrick@REICapital.cash
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Austin, Texas

References

https://www.investopedia.com/terms/c/cloud_on_title.asp

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_on_title

http://www.realestateproarticles.com/Art/25272/263/What-You-Need-To-Know-About-A-Cloud-On-A-Title.html

Partners in Private Funding

I know a banker and his partner who recently purchased and remodeled a building that was once a doctor’s office. They turned the space into 7 small suites, a conference room and a kitchenette. They advertised for occupants with an ad looking for entrepreneurs with ideas for a business who needed some space in which to grow and offered seed loans for the startups.  His motive is multifaceted, to rebuild the downtown business section of the town he lives in and to put some of his money to work for his community. He also wants his hometown to be vibrant and is offended when someone says, there is nothing going on in that downtown. Like all good investors, the partners are also interested in putting their money to work to make more money in the form of income.

These partners specialize in fix-n-rent business investments. Most recently the duo closed on a property that they will remodel from a Victorian house on the corner of a small downtown into a used bookstore, bar, and coffee shop with an outdoor patio area. The purchaser? A publisher who still loves physical books more than online articles.

What else has these small town fix-n-flip investors been up to? They remodeled a ballet studio into a financial investment office with a family psychologist renting a back office with a separate entrance, turned an insurance office into a yoga studio, turned a paint store into a gift and DIY furniture rehab shop, and helped a daughter purchase her mother’s restaurant business lock, stock, and liquor license.

If you are interested in putting your money to good work in your community, become a private lender and work with me. I am focused on funding success, both yours, and the buyers.

Competition for good rental properties is stiff, and in order to buy a property in a climate of competition a buyer need funds fast. As a broker, I help people find funds for their fix-n-flip and fix-n-rent project. Be a private lender with me and put your money to work for you.

Call me and let’s set up a meeting.

Patrick StCin, 512-213-2271

e-mail: patrick@REICapital.cash

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

Bridge that Gap

Sometimes there is a gap that needs to be crossed or bridged temporarily between money going out for a new purchase and money coming in from a home sale. The bridge loan is the funding tool that applies in this multiple house situation.

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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.

Enjoy your day!

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

 

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REI Bridge Loan

Although a bridge loan can be used in any business to raise operating capital or buy out partners, for our purposes, it is most often funds lent to cover an interval between two transactions, typically the buying of one single-family dwelling and the selling of another. Buyers (individuals or businesses) take out a bridge loan so they can buy another home before they sell an old one. The loan is secured by the houses.

Fast Financing
The main benefit of a bridge loan is that it is a way to get financing fast. Like a gap loan, it is useful if you have a seller that is in a hurry for some reason or if a buyer places an offer on a new house with a contingent for selling his or her old house and another buyer comes along and makes an offer on the property, requiring the first buyer to come up with the funds to purchase the property and remove the contingency or lose the opportunity to purchase the home to the new buyer.

In a sellers’ market, some sellers will not accept a contingent offer because they have so many offers, they don’t need to. In a seller’s market or in a auction situation having a bridge loan in place before you offer will make your offer more attractive.

Higher Interest Rates Over a Short Term
The main drawbacks to a bridge loan are interest rates, fees, and the risk of having to maintain a loan on two homes if your old house does not sell quickly. The expense of a bridge loan can be acceptable when you know you can pay it off quickly with a lower interest loan. Even though a bridge loan may carry no payments for a few months, interest will accrue and be due when the loan is paid on the sale of the old property. Fees on a bridge loan typically include:

  • Loan administration fee
  • Appraisal fee
  • Escrow fee
  • Title policy fee
  • Wiring fees
  • Notary fee
  • Loan origination fee

A home equity loan is cheaper than a bridge loan, but if your old house, the one with the equity, is on the market, some lenders will not lend on it. The interest rate is lowest for borrowers with excellent credit ratings and lots of equity. The borrower must be able to qualify for owning both houses. Both mortgages are rolled into one for a short time at a high interest rate.

Research Potential Time on the Market
In a seller’s market, buyers are plentiful so the home you are trying to sell might sell quickly unless it is in a totally different market. The answer here is to do plenty of research so you can estimate how long it might take your old home to sell and negotiate that term with the lender with an option for extending the bridge loan. You also want to be aware of any prepayment penalties in the case your property sells quickly.

If the housing market cools and homes are for sale on the market a long time, the number of bridge loans needed may increase to cover this gap between buying new and selling old. If there is a chance your old house will not sell quickly, and depending on your circumstances, it might be safer to wait for the house to sell before you make an offer on a new house or you could be stuck making two home loans.

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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 great deal. This includes bridge loans for the acquisition of property.

Give me a call or send an e-mail for assistance funding your project.

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

 

References

The balance.com What exactly are Bridge Loans by Elizabeth Weintraub, January 2019.
https://www.thebalance.com/what-are-bridge-loans-1798410

Investopedia, Bridge Loan Definition, by Julia Kagan, April 9, 2019. https://www.investopedia.com/terms/b/bridgeloan.asp

Bridge Loan. https://www.thetruthaboutmortgage.com/bridge-loan/