There are many reasons a real estate investor might want to have a ready access to private money for real estate investing. This article will explore a few of those reasons.
The first reason to use private money for real estate investing is to protect your credit rating. Think about this… if you borrow the money from a private individual, rather than a bank or lending institution, the loan will never be reported to the credit bureau. It won’t count against your debt-to-income ratio, and no record of the payment history will be kept. No one will ever know about that loan, unless you tell them.
Next, and one of the very best reasons to use private money for real estate investing, is the elimination of paperwork. I have never had to complete a loan application for private money for real estate investing. The lenders I work with all know me and the kind of investing I do. Many of them never even care to see the property. When I apply for a mortgage, on the other hand, the application process itself can take several days, and there are mountains of paper.
Yet another reason to use private money for real estate investing is the ready access to fast cash. Sometimes, when a deal is especially good, moving super-fast is a necessity. With bank financing, that kind of speed is often impossible. Even lines of credit don’t always give you the same speed capability that private lenders do. With one phone call to one of my private lenders, I can tie up a deal that other investors only dream about.
A great reason to use private money for real estate investing is the leverage that it gives you. Think about this… if you have $50,000 of your own money, is it better to pay all cash for a $50,000 property, or to put $50,000 cash down on a $500,000 property and use private lenders to finance the rest?
If you answered the $500,000 property, you’re right- and here’s why. Let’s say the $50,000 property rents for $500 per month, or $6,000 per year. Your Return On Investment (ROI would be 12% the first year ($6,000 divided by $50,000). It’s safe to assume the rent on the $500,000 property might be about 10 times that of the $50,000 property, or about $60,000 for the year. If your payback to your lender totals $4,000 per month, or $48,000 per year, what’s your Return On Investment (ROI) for the $500,000 property? If you answered 24%, give yourself a gold star!
Of course, you would need to take into account the cost of borrowing the money, but even after doing that, you can see there really is no comparison. Using private money for real estate investing gives you something called leverage. Leverage is the ability to move something very large with something very small… a lever. The lever, in this case, is your small amount of cash ($50,000). With it, you can “move” or control a $500,000 property, because the private lender’s money increases the power of your “lever”.
Here I’ve given you a few of the many great reasons for using private money for real estate investing. There are more, but you should have a clear picture of why private money can be so useful in your real estate investing toolkit. If you would like more information, I have written another article on my website titled Private Money For Real Estate Investing.
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