Letter from our CEO – July 2022:

All of us at REI Capital Resources are committed to staying current with the best offerings and creative solutions to fund your Real Estate investments.  Whether you have a need for a rental loan, a short-term bridge loan to take out a hard money loan on your recently completed flip or construction funding, we are ready to meet your needs.

However, we know that the market is very volatile and is causing ongoing interest rate instability.  This does affect our lending rates and we encourage you to have all your documents ready when applying for a loan.  That will allow us to lock in your best rate and ensure your success.

We’re here for our investor partners and are dedicated to helping you grow during the current market and beyond. Our goal is to provide complete transparency, so we wanted to provide more information about what to expect in the upcoming months:

We Will Continue to Be Your Trusted Partner

We remained consistent during the COVID-19 pandemic by continuing to grow our loan programs and providing financing to ensure your real estate investment projects succeed. This will continue during the current market instability and we’re committed to providing reliable capital, competitive loan terms, and a fast customer experience through our stable of lenders. Our loan programs will continue to be an important staple of REI Capital Resources as we’re here to support you, our clients.

Rates and Terms May Fluctuate

With the current housing and financial market headwinds, we’re expecting rates to possibly fluctuate.  Yes, our lenders have tightened some of their requirements but we will continue to find the best terms, rates and processes for your loans.  As we continue to manage our loan programs, we’ll keep you informed of these evolving changes.

Our Capital is More Reliable Than Ever

REI Capital Resources is stronger than ever and will continue to fund your rental, bridge, construction and commercial loans. We are closing loans on a regular basis through our multiple lending sources.  

Contact us today or schedule an appointment on my calendar by clicking here.

Sincerely,

Patrick St. Cin

W – 512-213-2271

Our lenders are ready to work with contractors and investors.  Now is a good time to buy a distressed property but be aware of the risks and understand what you’re getting into.  Distressed homes offer a unique buying opportunity for real estate investors, but the average home buyer should probably look elsewhere.

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June 2022 – State of the Commercial Lender Market

Where We Are and Where Are We Going!

Welcome to our re-cap of our presentation and learn our insights about borrowing money, what you need to know as a private lender, or things to be aware of before borrowing from a commercial lender in 2022.

We need to have an understanding of both the prime and treasury historic rates to gain a perspective for 2022.

When looking at the past 22 years, we are actually not at the highest interest rate. Treasury rates are used to indicate various aspects of our economy.  Over the past 22 years the 10yr and 20yr Treasury Bond rates have fluctuated with small gains or reductions over short periods of time.  The last time the Treasury rates increased anywhere near as much as they have in the past few months was between mid-2011 to early 2013.  Today’s increase is similar but has been brought on by the Federal Reserve Bank reigning the economy in, attempting to keep inflation in check.

Low Unemployment has complicated this movement by the Fed.  Unemployment and high inflation were last in the early 50’s almost 70 years ago.  The concern is while the job market is extremely tight that higher wages will be a result of this tightened market thereby fueling inflation at the consumer level even more.  Remember, the Fed is trying to tighten the money supply by raising interest rates.  By doing so, historically, the economy shrinks and unemployment rises.

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers has noted that every time inflation has exceeded 4% while unemployment was below 5% over the past 75 years—which has happened in 70 months—the U.S. has fallen into a recession within two years.

The most recent of these events is from May to June of 2006, which was followed by the financial crisis starting in December of 2007.

Fed Chair Jerome Powell said in an interview with Marketplace that he couldn’t promise a so-called soft landing for the economy where inflation gets back to the 2% range and the labor market remains strong. “It’s quite challenging to accomplish that right now,” he said. (source, Barron’s, 5/25/2022)

Bond Yield Curves – Direction of Economy can be forecast through the observation of the US Treasury Yield Curves.  In this graph, the curves from the bottom, represent the yield curves by the months for 2022.  The economy has gone from being reasonably robust for the first quarter of the year to pointing toward a future recession.  The indicator of the recession is how the curve flattens in April (Gold line) to this past Friday (dark blue line).  Economists state that when the yield of the shorter term instruments, in this case the 2-year rate, is nearing the same rate as the 10yr rate, then the economy is headed towards a recession.

Sample Institutional Lender Rates – This is one of many lenders working in the 30yr Fixed Mortgage market.  They are somewhat tied to the 10yr Treasury Bill.  As can be seen the long term rates are rising much as the consumer mortgage rates are.  What is of interest is how they perceived and mitigated their risk in this market over the past 2 years.

During the pandemic the average spread between the 10yr Bill and their mortgage was hovering around 2.9%.

As the effects of the pandemic were dropping, along with all of the government rent and mortgage freeze programs, they lowered their spread to approximately 1.9%, a full 100 basis points from the 2020 spread.

As inflation worries started showing up in their data analysis in early 2022 risk abatement was once again put in place with a hefty increase of 140 basis points to the current 3.4% spread, we see today.

In the Multifamily lending space, we are seeing an increase in the spread between the T-Bill rate and the final interest rate to the borrower.  The delta between the 5yr spread and the 10yr spread has remained pretty much the same throughout the year.  What has happened to mitigate the risk involved is the actual spread for each of these loans between the T-Bill and final rate has increased by 15+/- basis points.  This increase along with the increase in the T-Bill rates has pushed the final interest rates for a 10yr Tier 2 loan to about 5.68%.

The Secured Overnight Financing RATE, SOFR, has held steady at 0.05% up till March 16 of this year.  This coincides with the first FED rate increase.  The SOFR is an index of what banks charge during the overnight transfer of money among various institutions.  It has increase 6,800% over a year ago.

Some lenders have switched their use from the LIBOR rate to the SOFR rate.  The spreads used are similar to either index but as with any loan the spread is what makes or breaks the deal.  One lender that was interviewed has stated their bridge loan products have a spread between 350 to 450 basis points.  At the high end for this lender their bridge products now range between 4.20% to 5.20% based on the SOFR of June 15, 2022.  These are for loans originating at the level of $15M and above.

Commercial lenders are pushing the limits of controlling their risk thru a number of methods.

            Qualifying FICO Scores have increased from an average of 640 to 660.  In order to obtain the best rates the FICO scores have increased from 740 to 780.

            Lenders are discounting professional appraisals.  Most recently I have experienced from 2 different lenders discounts of 20%-25% of the appraiser opinion of value.  Requesting data to support their claims apparently is futile.

            If the project has a Value Add component upwards of $100,000 or more then the borrower should be prepared to either prepare and or have a Feasibility Study performed by a third party construction management organization in order to satisfy the lender’s risk concerns.

            Guarantors – This has had minor changes but the members of an entity that have a 20% or greater ownership share should be ready to have their finances reviewed, even if they are on the sidelines with the strongest person as the guarantor.

            Tax Returns for the guarantor(s).  Depending on the structure of the ownership, other members/owners may need to share their tax returns as well.

Property requirements are tightening to some degree.  Regardless of the type of loan, Purchase or Refinance, the following items should always be made available to the lender:

  • P&L Statement from Previous Owner (if a purchase)
    • Balance Sheet from Previous Owner (if a purchase)
    • Rent Roll showing rents for the past 12 months
    • Lease Agreement(s)
    • Business Tax Returns
    • Environmental Report may be Required More Often than Not
    • Property Tax Statements
    • Insurance Coverage
    • Exit Strategy Statement
  • Based on the Yield Curves we have a reasonably good probability of a recession in the next 12-24 months.
  • This conclusion is bolstered by the combination of inflation being higher than un-employment.  Historically, when these two indicators are inverted there has been a recession with in 2years.
  • The question is:  How long will a recession last.  A recent Reuters article quotes James Gorman, CEO of Morgan Stanley, stating, “There is a 50% chance the U.S. economy will enter a recession though any downturn is unlikely to be severe.”
  • During these tough financial times and in to the foreseeable future, putting together and pushing a commercial loan thru to close will involve having lower LTV to meet the requirements of the DSCR for any given loan.  As the interest rates increase the only factor that can be adjusted to meet the DSCR requirements will be an increase in the borrower’s equity position, hence lower LTV.
  • Putting together and pushing a commercial loan thru to close will take more time, effort, documentation and patience.

Some of our lenders 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

Our lenders are ready to work with contractors and investors.  Now is a good time to buy a distressed property but be aware of the risks and understand what you’re getting into.  Distressed homes offer a unique buying opportunity for real estate 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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Small Balance Commercial Loans Now Available from REI Capital Resources and Current Offerings

As a direct lender and financial intermediary, we have the opportunity to place the most competitive financing options in the market.  We look forward to winning your business and creating a long-term relationship.  In addition to our core offerings of 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, we now have the ability to place loans with multiple small-balance commercial lenders.  The small-balance commercial loan amount falls between $100,000 to $10.M.

Types of properties that can be funded: 

  • Multifamily 
  • Commercial Condo 
  • Multi-Use – Primarily Residential 
  • Multi-Use – Primarily Commercial 
  • Office 
  • Retail/Wholesale/Strip Center 
  • Warehouse 
  • Light Industrial 
  • Self Storage 
  • Mobile Home Park 
  • Automotive 
  • Day Care – Free Standing/non-residential 
  • Restaurant/Bar 

Loan Programs Available: 

  • No Doc (min FICO 700)  –  $100,000 to $2.5M 
  • Full Doc (Min FICO 600) –  $500,000 to $10.0M 
  • Lite doc (Min FICO 650)  –  $100,000 to $2.5M 
  • Bank Statement (Min FICO 650) – $100,000 to $2.5M 

Loan Terms: 

  • Amortization – 15, 25, 30 yr 
  • Term – 5, 7, 10yr 
  • Rates – from 5.5% 

Here are more details of our core lending products of 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.

  • 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

Do you need funding for your BRRRR investment?  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%)

Some of our lenders 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

Our lenders are ready to work with contractors and investors.  Now is a good time to buy a distressed property but be aware of the risks and understand what you’re getting into.  Distressed homes offer a unique buying opportunity for real estate 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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Patrick St. Cin

W – 512-213-2271

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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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.

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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Patrick St. Cin

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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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Patrick St. Cin

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10 Real Estate Investor Blogs You Should Be Reading in 2021 and 2022

10 Real Estate Investor Blogs You Should Be Reading in 2021 and 2022

Whether you’re a seasoned investor or are just acquiring your first property, real estate investment blogs are an excellent source of information. From rental properties to fix-and-flips to REITs, there’s a blog — and usually a partner podcast — that will give you the scoop on all things real estate investing. 

There’s a universe of knowledge about real estate out there, and just being willing to seek it out can accelerate your expertise far beyond your years of experience. The best place to start is the internet’s most prominent real estate investor blogs. What we are reading at REI Capital Resources and recommend you do too!  Take a look at our top 10 picks for blogs to follow:

1. Afford Anything

Blogger: Paula Pant

Focus: Rental properties

A former journalist, Paula Pant achieved financial freedom through real estate, and now she teaches others how to do it through her blog and podcast. Her philosophy? You can afford anything, but not everything, so you’ll need to take control of your money to build the life you want most. Whether you read her blog or listen to the podcast, you’ll get great advice on how to set a course toward financial freedom with real estate investing.

2. JoeFairless.com

Blogger: Joe Fairless

Focus: Multifamily investing, apartment syndication

Joe Fairless is a bit of a Renaissance man — he’s taught preschool, done standup, and worked as an ad exec. He also controls more than $900 million in real estate. So if you’re an investor looking to up your game, you’ll want to read Joe’s blog and his long-running daily podcast, “Best Ever Show.” 

3. Mr. Money Mustache

Blogger: Peter Adeney

Focus: Real estate investing for beginners, rentals, and REITs

“Financial freedom through badassity” is the tagline of Peter Adeney’s blog, so right away you know you’re in for a no-holds barred perspective on real estate investing. Adeney was able to retire in his 30s by cutting expenses in half and investing the savings in Vanguard index funds and rental homes. His blog is great for beginners, as many of the posts offer great advice on how to stash away more money by slashing food bill costs and other lifestyle expenses.

4. InvestFourMore.com

Blogger: Mark Ferguson

Focus: Real estate investing, wholesaling, BRRRR strategy

Mark Ferguson built $3.7 million in equity through real estate investing. He’s got info for everyone, from advanced investors to those who are just getting their feet wet. Ferguson blogs and has a regular e-newsletter that discusses flipping houses, financing, finding deals, wholesaling, and BRRR strategy.

5. Bigger Pockets

Focus: All aspects of real estate investing and personal finance

BiggerPockets is the single largest real estate investing platform in the world.  

BP is an empire of knowledge that spans podcasts, a growing library of books, and a vast website with all the information and resources an investor could want. Half educational, half social network, it brings together both new and experienced investors in all phases of real estate.

6. REtipster

Seth Williams is the founder of REtipster, a real estate investing blog that talks a lot about investing in raw land and some pretty cool land-investing strategies. I’ve always enjoyed talking with Seth at conferences, and he is a knowledgeable and transparent investor.  Seth’s website is easy to navigate and very user-friendly. He talks about more than just investing in land on his platform, so don’t write off this awesome resource just because you don’t buy land (yet).

7. Short Term Sage

Julian Sage of Short Term Sage is the short-term rental (STR) guy. I have had the pleasure of knowing Julian for a couple of years now, and he is in a mastermind group we host for service members. Julian is on active duty in the Coast Guard and has become an expert in the short-term rental space, hosting not one, but two, of the top short-term rental podcasts on iTunes.

Not only does Julian talk about traditional short-term rental strategies, but he also talks about rental arbitrage, STR property management, and even multifamily STR opportunities with apartment buildings.

8. Inman

Inman is a leading source of real estate information used by investors, realtors, brokers, and other professionals. It’s often one of the first sites to post major stories that affect the housing market. Frequent visitors will find news about:

  • The most recent mortgage rates
  • Statistics such as mortgage delinquency rates
  • New tools and tech platforms for real estate searches and transactions
  • Real estate firm mergers
  • Real estate crime and legislation

While the site focuses on the latest news, that isn’t the only kind of content you’ll find here. A decent amount of the content covers tips, secrets, and industry advice.  Inman is for real estate investors who rely on up-to-date information about the industry. That may include large-scale investors who are looking to break into local markets. Most of the advice is meant for people who are actively investing in property rather than new investors.

9. Realty Times

Realty Times is a real estate news and advice site that serves both investors and homebuyers with stories about: 

  • The definitions of critical real estate terms
  • Legal challenges and new legislation
  • Changes in consumer behavior and trends
  • Shifts in the housing market
  • Home selling advice

It regularly publishes market outlook reports for specific housing markets. These reports are detailed with information about average home prices, the best time to sell, and other data. Anyone who can make use of the reports can benefit from this blog. It’s a good resource for both buyers and sellers. If you’re going to focus on selling, what you learn here may help you understand buyers’ mindsets better. 

10. Commercial Property Executive

Activity in the commercial real estate market matters, even if your focus is residential real estate. That’s because the local job market and economy have a dramatic effect on the performance of residential rental properties.

Start learning from the best

Your education as a real estate investor never stops — especially if you want to keep growing your holdings. Blogs and podcasts are a great way to hear what’s working/not working for other investors. Find a few you like and commit to reading them to get new ideas and fresh perspectives for your real estate investing business. Reading blogs is one way that you can significantly increase your expertise with only a little effort. Use your downtime to do some reading, and you may be able to catch up on years of experience.  All of us at REI Capital Resources recommend checking out each of these blogs to find out which one can offer you the most. 

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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/

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/

Funding the Gap

There are several reasons why a fix-n-flip investor might want to secure a fast loan to cover a gap. A gap loan, as the name implies, is a loan that bridges a span of time. It helps you gain control of a property quickly even if you are still scrambling to get all your paperwork done for a full rehabilitation loan.

A Buyer in a Hurry
At some time or other, you might face a seller in a hurry. One situation that puts a seller in a hurry is foreclosure. Many property owners in this situation are in denial so they wait until the last week or so, or even days, before the foreclosure sale to act on saving their credit. To save their credit, they must pay the bank all they owe on the mortgage right now. The house might actually be worth much more than what they owe if they have been paying on the loan a long time or put a large payment down on it. But, a foreclosure on their record will ruin their credit. So, for them, it is better to sell at a discount and survive to buy another house another day.

In this scenario, an owner in foreclosure has agreed to sell the property to you at a steep discount, but they need to close the deal quickly. You, the investor, want to buy this property and you make an offer. However, the competition is extremely stiff, and another investor is sitting in the wings waiting to obtain the property. Your offer locks up control of the property temporarily. You need to move quickly to secure a loan. Normally the loan process takes a minimum of 7 working days and typically takes 10-15 working days.

A Nonrefundable Deposit

Another reason you might need funding in a hurry is that you have stumbled upon a wholesale purchase with a tight deadline to close, perhaps 2 to 5 days. The property is ideal for your purposes and you want to make an offer. However, if you don’t get the deal closed by the deadline, you will lose the nonrefundable deposit you are required to put down and control of the property you are seeking.

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Getting Control of the Property

Here is where obtaining a gap loan is useful. A gap loan allows you to purchase the property as is while you are in the process of obtaining a rehab loan. The gap loan can be secured in 2 to 3 days typically. Your strategy is to obtain control of the property through this gap loan, begin paperwork to refinance the loan immediately and eventually complete the rehab and offer the property for sale.

REI Capital Resources has funds available for fix-n-flip loans with terms up to 6 to 9 months with a minimum of 3 months.

Fix-n-Flip Option 2

E-mail or call for more information on minimum and maximum loan amounts, interest rates, terms, and fees for specific project. I can help you with first liens only and these loans are limited to the Austin, DFW, Houston, and San Antonio Metro areas.

Pat St.Cin

Patrick@reicapital.cash

512-213-2271

Austin, Texas

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