Finding Money for your Fix and Flips.

Finding Money for your Fix and Flips. Source of funding for Investments are Conventional, Hard Money Lenders and OPM.

If you have been around the real estate investing business before, you are probably aware of the acronym O.P.M., which stands for other people’s money.  Leveraging the funds of others, for that matter, is one of the best ways to get a new real estate business off the ground. And to that point, there are two basic strategies centered around using O.P.M.: private and hard money. Each of them serves the same basic function but offer two completely different ways to go about funding a deal. With private money loan, you are tapping into friends, family and co-workers to form a financial partnership on the deals you buy. With private hard money, you are using funds from an individual or partnership to earn a higher return on their capital. Almost all successful real estate investors have multiple options for using O.P.M. They may not use them on every deal, but in the right situation, it makes perfect sense. For as many people that swear by O.P.M., there are still a few detractors. Let’s look at some of the reasons people may not want to use O.P.M., and why it may pay to ignore them:

“The rates and fees are too high!”

There are times in the real estate business when beggars can’t be choosers. If you do not have access to your own capital or do not want to use traditional lender options, funding is limited. Your only options may be hard and private money lenders. As simple as it sounds, making something on a deal is better than not making anything. Increased hard money options have pushed rates and fees down considerably. With private money lenders, you can negotiate the best terms and fees that you are both comfortable with. Whatever the terms are, they give you an entry into the business. Having access to capital allows you to make more offers, and to ultimately have more of those offers accepted. Making a smaller return on numerous deals adds to your bottom line and accelerates the speed in which you can accumulate your own funds. If you are using these funds for rehabbing properties, the impact of the interest rate will only be felt for as long as you own the property. In most cases, you can turn a rehab property around in as little as 30-90 days. O.P.M. rates and fees are higher than a traditional lender, but they should be they have the funds and can dictate the terms. Just because the rates are higher than you may like, however, doesn’t mean you should ignore them.

“My local lender has rates around 4%.”

There are many investors who have done quite well using traditional lender options. However, there are significant restrictions on how quickly you can close, and even if you can get approved. Your local lender does have much lower interest rates, but only if you can take advantage of them. For starters, you will need a down payment anywhere between 20-30%, coupled with strong credit scores. You will also need to document all of your income and be prepared to wait anywhere from 30-45 days. Most sellers do not want to deal with a lender financed option. If there is a cash offer at a slightly lower price, most would rather accept the sure thing. Additionally, the industry norm allows for a maximum of 10 total loans on your credit report, which includes second mortgages. Even if you don’t mind the process, sooner or later you will hit ten and be forced to find alternatives.

“I don’t know where to find a hard money lender.”

In recent years, there has been an influx of hard money lenders in most markets. Last decade there were only a handful of these lenders. They were considered a last-ditch option that was used for foreclosure prevention or other emergencies. Today, there are more hard money lenders than ever before. Most of these companies have websites and operate very much like lenders, in that they have defined rates, fees and terms. The biggest difference is that they are not bound by specific guidelines. Finding hard money lenders is as easy as asking your real estate agent, attorney, or accountant. There are usually a handful at most real estate clubs and networking events. There is an instinct to be intimidated by what you don’t know. With so much competition, you can shop around. Talk to as many different hard money lenders as possible and find the best fit for you. What you will find is that they want your business just as much as you want to work with them.

How does a Hard Money Lender Qualify You.

Most hard money lenders first look at the property you are purchasing. They calculate a Loan to Value Ratio and that is the amount of money the are willing to lend on the property.  It’s based on the current value, which is the value you are probably pay to purchase the property.  Future value is nice to see, but a hard money lender will base the loan amount it on current value.  
 
Once you develop a relationship with a lender, you will begin to gain trust. Instead of constantly looking over your shoulder and giving updates, you are given freedom to work. It will take a while to get to this point, but once you do it will change your business. You can focus on finding good deals and making offers that work for you. Using O.P.M. may not be perfect, but it is a perfectly good way to get started or take your business to the next level.
 
Dennis Dahlberg
Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC
Hard Money Lender
Hard Money Loans
Hard Money Loan
Arizona Tel: (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel: (512) 516-1177
Dennis@level4funding.com
Dennis Dahlberg Broker/RI/CEO

NMLS 1057378 | AZMB 0923961 | MLO 1057378
22601 N 19th Ave Suite 112 | Phoenix | AZ | 85027
111 Congress Ave | Austin | Texas | 78701

Equal Housing Opportunity. This is not a Good Faith Estimate and this is not a Guarantee to lend and should not be considered as such. Costs, rates, estimates and terms can only be determined after completion of a full application. Actual payments will vary based on your individual situation and current rates. APR for loans vary from 7.99 – 29.5% and is based on Credit Score, Down Payment, LTV, Income. Mortgage rates could change daily. To get more accurate and personalized results, please call 623 582 4444 to talk to one of our licensed mortgage experts. Terms and conditions of all loan programs are subject to change without notice. Level 4 Funding LLC, 22601 N 19th Ave Suite 112, Phoenix AZ 85027, 623-582-4444 NMLS 1018071 AZMB 0923961 This e-mail is for the exclusive use of the intended recipients, and may contain privileged and confidential information. If you are not an intended recipient, please notify the sender, delete the e-mail from your computer and do not copy or disclose it to anyone else. Your receipt of this message is not intended to waive any applicable privilege. Neither this e-mail nor any attachment’s establish a client relationship, constitute an electronic signature or provide consent to contract electronically, unless expressly so stated by Dennis Dahlberg RI/CEO, Level 4 Funding LLC, in the body of this e-mail or an attachment. To the extent this message includes any tax or legal advice this message is not intended or written by the sender to be used, and cannot be used, for legal or tax purposes or advice.
 

About the Author: Dennis has been working in the real estate industry in some capacity for the last 40 years. He purchased his first property when he was just 18 years old. He quickly learned about the amazing investment opportunities provided by trust deed investing and hard money loans. His desire to help others make money in real estate investing led him to specialize in alternative funding for real estate investors who may have trouble getting a traditional bank loan. Dennis is passionate about alternative funding sources and sharing his knowledge with others to help make their dreams come true. Dennis has been married to his wonderful wife for 43 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters 5 amazing grandchildren. Dennis has been an Arizona resident for the past 40 years.
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The Best Real Estate Investor’s Guide To Financing Investments

Guide To Financing Investments A Real Estate Investor’s

 
Private hard money lenders are the most important people to establish a relationship within the real estate industry – at least if you want to run a sustainable business. Whether you are a new real estate investor or a seasoned veteran, chances are you will want to scale your business sooner rather than later. However, volume isn’t contingent on skill alone; you must bring something else to the table. There is one more piece to the puzzle that every successful real estate investor must find on their own: funding. That said, any hopes of completing more deals would depend on building relationships with those that have the necessary capital. There are exceptions of course, but private hard money lenders are a critical component to any real estate investor’s arsenal.
 
Private hard money lenders are integral to the growth of every new investor. They essentially provide the confidence and funding required to complete more deals. Of particular importance, however, is the liquidity private hard money lenders can offer investors and their businesses. Additional funds insulate people in our industry from risk and allow them to diversify their portfolios, at least more so than without private or hard money lenders getting involved.
 
Both sources are certainly worth their own considerations, but investors are advised to be able to differentiate between the two. To help you understand the differences between private money lenders and hard money lenders, my partners over at CT Homes and I have provided the following:
 

Breaking Down Private & Hard Money

Funding Deals With Private Money

 

In their simplest form, private money lenders are those people with the means and intent to invest capital. Consequently, anyone with a little extra money and an interest in what you do may be typecast into the role of a private money lender. It is up to you, however, to see to it that the convergence between your business and their interests takes place.
 
It is important to note that private money lenders are just as interested in working with you, as you are interested in working with them; it is really the quintessential symbiotic relationship. Both sides stand to gain something from every deal that is struck. In return for interest on their investment, private money lenders are entirely capable of bringing speed and efficiency to every transaction. Additionally, your leverage will increase exponentially when you offer to purchase a property with private-cash funds.
 
It is not uncommon for the funds from a private lender to go towards the purchase price of a property and subsequent renovation costs. The lender, however, will receive both the mortgage and a promissory note at the time of closing. Think of this as their insurance policy. The investor, on the other hand, will proceed with the renovation and put the funds to work. Following the completion of the rehab and its inevitable sale, the lender will be given their principle plus interest payment, and the borrower will collect what’s left.
 
As I mentioned before, private investors can benefit immensely from investing their own capital in the ventures of others. First and foremost, their money will work on their behalf, coming back with interest on top of the principal investment. Their investment is also protected, as they will receive the deed and promissory note as a form of collateral. In fact, private money lenders are awarded more safety than many other investment vehicles can boast.
 
At the cost of somewhere between six and twelve percent interest on the money borrowed, real estate investors will be given the opportunity to close on more deals in a shorter period. What you pay in interest comes back in the form of volume and efficiency. It is truly the definition of a win, win scenario for both parties involved.
 
Often, private money lenders tap into their own bank accounts to fund a deal. That said, you won’t have to wait an extended period and can move quickly on time sensitive deals. Consequently, traditional bank loans can offer nowhere near the efficiency of a private money loan.
 

Funding Deals With Hard Money

 

It’s no secret; savvy investors know that they need to complement their private money sources with a hard money lender. That said, I could argue that a hard money lender is the most important person you will work with on a project at any given time. Not unlike private money lenders, hard money provides short-term, high-rate loans, and will also typically cover the cost of purchase and rehab expenses. However, hard money lenders are typically more organized and semi-institutional. Perhaps even more importantly, however, they have been licensed to lend to investors like yourself.
 
Hard money funding is typically distributed in draws against the work being done. It is, therefore, relatively common for a hard money lender to set up a payment schedule for completed work.
 
It is also important to note that the term “hard money” does not imply a degree of difficulty in acquiring said funds; in fact, it’s quite the contrary. While the terms and criteria that accompany a hard money loan can be extensive, they are typically easier to overcome and more reliable than your standard institutional lender. If for nothing else, receiving hard money approval is easy in the face of a promising asset. You see; most hard money lenders make their decisions based off the asset in question. It isn’t until after the home has been deemed promising that they will even see if the borrower qualifies. In other words, the more promising the project, the more likely you are to receive a hard money loan.
 
While hard money is certainly more expensive to borrow, it is more reliable. That said, it is not subject to traditional credit guidelines (the same ones that protect banks). Instead, fees for borrowing hard money are often delineated in points (three to five to be exact). Points represent an additional upfront percentage fee based on the loan amount. It is important to note that these fees are not universal, and different hard money lenders will bring different terms to the table.
 
Subsequently, hard money lenders are trying to mitigate risk by increasing interest rates, thus charging investors more for their services. But that increased rate is more than worth it, considering investors will be able to move on deals much faster than they would be able to with a traditional loan.
 
It is rare that a hard money lender will fund an entire deal. It is more common that they will only fund a percentage of the purchase price or the after-repair value (ARV) – usually, around 70 percent. Also, hard money lenders tend to favor deals that take less time. Having said that, it is common for the duration of a hard money loan to top off at 12 months. If your deal looks to be lengthy, you may need to side with a private money lender, or someone willing to fund your project for an extended period.
 
In the end, chances are a hard money loan is your best bet to secure a deal with a great profit margin. While five points may sound difficult to overcome, sometimes the profit margins awarded to those who can close on a home quickly are well worth the investment.
 
Even with all of this in mind, investors are still advised to use caution when working with a hard money lender. I encourage you to have multiple exit strategies lined up in the event something unexpected happens.
 
Private hard money lenders have become a trusted source of funding for real estate investors on nearly every level, regardless of their experience. Both hard money and private money, for that matter, have become the backbone of any successful real estate entrepreneur. You simply can’t beat the speed and efficiency they have to offer. While they may come with a heftier price tag, I can assure you their positives greatly outweigh their negatives.
 

For More Information On Private & Hard Money Lending:

 

If you are interested in how to find private money investors that may be interested in teaming up with you on your next project. That way you won’t have any problems finding funding for your next deal. Are you ready to start working with private hard money lenders?
 
Dennis Dahlberg
Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC
Hard Money Lender
Hard Money Loans
Hard Money Loan
Arizona Tel: (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel: (512) 516-1177
Dennis@level4funding.com
Dennis Dahlberg Broker/RI/CEO

NMLS 1057378 | AZMB 0923961 | MLO 1057378
22601 N 19th Ave Suite 112 | Phoenix | AZ | 85027
111 Congress Ave | Austin | Texas | 78701

Equal Housing Opportunity. This is not a Good Faith Estimate and this is not a Guarantee to lend and should not be considered as such. Costs, rates, estimates and terms can only be determined after completion of a full application. Actual payments will vary based on your individual situation and current rates. APR for loans vary from 7.99 – 29.5% and is based on Credit Score, Down Payment, LTV, Income. Mortgage rates could change daily. To get more accurate and personalized results, please call 623 582 4444 to talk to one of our licensed mortgage experts. Terms and conditions of all loan programs are subject to change without notice. Level 4 Funding LLC, 22601 N 19th Ave Suite 112, Phoenix AZ 85027, 623-582-4444 NMLS 1018071 AZMB 0923961 This e-mail is for the exclusive use of the intended recipients, and may contain privileged and confidential information. If you are not an intended recipient, please notify the sender, delete the e-mail from your computer and do not copy or disclose it to anyone else. Your receipt of this message is not intended to waive any applicable privilege. Neither this e-mail nor any attachment’s establish a client relationship, constitute an electronic signature or provide consent to contract electronically, unless expressly so stated by Dennis Dahlberg RI/CEO, Level 4 Funding LLC, in the body of this e-mail or an attachment. To the extent this message includes any tax or legal advice this message is not intended or written by the sender to be used, and cannot be used, for legal or tax purposes or advice.
 

About the Author: Dennis has been working in the real estate industry in some capacity for the last 40 years. He purchased his first property when he was just 18 years old. He quickly learned about the amazing investment opportunities provided by trust deed investing and hard money loans. His desire to help others make money in real estate investing led him to specialize in alternative funding for real estate investors who may have trouble getting a traditional bank loan. Dennis is passionate about alternative funding sources and sharing his knowledge with others to help make their dreams come true. Dennis has been married to his wonderful wife for 43 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters 5 amazing grandchildren. Dennis has been an Arizona resident for the past 40 years.
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A Real Estate Investor’s Guide To Financing Investments

A Real Estate Investor’s Guide To Financing Investments

 
Getting a short-term loan quickly can be difficult for real estate investors and wholesalers, especially if a great potential deal is coming up soon. However, you don’t necessarily need to go with a sketchy loan or a high interest offer. Instead, you might be able to rely on transactional funding to finance real estate deals and other investment opportunities. But before you put all your eggs in one basket, let’s take a closer look at this process and break down whether it’ll be a good choice for your investment goals.
 
What is Transactional Funding?
Also called same-day funding or flash funding, transactional funding is a unique financial strategy in which investors take out very short-term loans to make purchases, then pay back those loans much more quickly than normal, oftentimes within the same day or week. They pay the loans back with profits made on the purchase. Through this alternative form of financing, investors, especially real estate wholesalers, can buy and sell target properties quickly without risking their capital. Because of their extremely short-term nature, these agreements are best used for real estate deals where a buyer will close on a deal and resell the same property (in a separate deal) for a profit within a few days at most.
 
How Does Transactional Funding Work?
There are several key agents in a transactional funding process:
  • A lender that provides the money for the transactional funding
  • An intermediate agent, like a real estate investor or real estate wholesaler
  • An initial seller, who sells the target property to the real estate investor
  • An end buyer, who buys the target property from the real estate investor once the investor gets the cash they need from the lender
In most cases, capital is available from hard money or private money lenders. Additionally, transactional funding is usually only possible when the intermediate agent (such as the real estate wholesaler) has a well-documented and established end buyer in place for the second deal. That’s because the second or end buyer needs to be ready to buy a real estate wholesaler’s property immediately after the investor buys their target property from the initial seller. In other words, this type of financing only works when all the players in such a transaction are ready to go and trustworthy.
You can use transactional funding for any real estate purchase and sale so long as the closing agent is willing to facilitate all the transactions and the lender agrees to the terms. In many cases, the lender will need important details made available to them to trust in the transaction. Note that transaction funding was available on a “pass-through” basis before the 2008 recession. This allowed an investor to sign a contract to buy an excellent deal for real estate at a low price, then sign a secondary contract promising to sell the property at a higher price for a profit. Then the investor could use the end buyer’s money to fund the initial transaction to kick off the entire process. However, new regulations now require the purchase of the target property and the selling of the property to be two separate transactions.
 
How Much Does Transactional Funding Cost?
It depends on the comfort levels of different lenders. Some lenders may be more comfortable with certain deals than others. Even with this variability, real estate investors should assume that lenders will charge between 2% and 12% of the total loan amount. For example, if you need a $100,000 loan, you may need to pay between $2000 and $12,000 to facilitate the transactional funding process.
 
Transactional Funding in Wholesaling
Transactional funding is often useful when trading wholesale properties. Investors can get the cash they need to get a deal from a seller and quickly resell the property they purchased for a profit in a separate, transaction. This funding method gives investors more versatility and can replace the assigning contracts method of real estate trading, which is sometimes not permitted depending on your area. Because of its benefits and speed, transactional funding is of great use to real estate wholesalers.
 
What Do You Need To Be Eligible?
Although eligibility requirements may vary from lender to lender, there are generally 3 things you need to be considered eligible:
  • A motivated seller
  • Proof that you represent a business entity, such as an LLC
  • An end-buyer who is ready to close the deal immediately.
Note that the title company must be able to send a written confirmation stating that the money is in their escrow account.
 
Is A Proof Of Funds (POF) Letter Provided By The Lender?
Yes, the lender will provide a proof of funds (POF) letter. This letter proves to your seller that you have the funds available to purchase the property. Your deal is more likely to move forward once you have a POF, representing official backing from a legitimate financial institution.
 
Are There Any Upfront Fees?
Borrowers are expected to pay an origination fee, which is the equivalent of a few percentage points of the loan amount. When it comes to wholesaling, borrowers don’t have to pay a down payment on top of an origination fee. Wholesaling is an investing modality that allows you to access capital with minimal costs.
 
Is There A Processing Fee?
Yes. Borrowers must pay a processing fee that is separate from the origination fee. The fee pays for an attorney who will review the documents and certify that the property and title meet any legal criteria required for it to close. The closing fee varies from lender to lender but expect to pay at least $1,000.
 
Transactional Funding in House Flipping
Not surprisingly, transactional funding is an important tool used by house flippers and rehabbers. Most notably, it increases optionality and the ability to secure more deals. Thanks largely to the speed at which transactional funding may be deployed, investors may gain access to deals they would have otherwise lost out on to the competition. In securing and deploying money faster than others, investors can make offers sooner than those seeking traditional financing. Through this transactional method, house flippers can get the funds they need to rapidly purchase a wholesale deal, then flip the house and sell it to an end buyer without rehabbing it or spending lots of money fixing it up.
 
Example Of Transactional Funding
 
Let’s walk through an example of transactional funding to help solidify the concept. Let’s say that you’re a wholesaler working with a buyer who wants to move to Arizona from Illinois. You identify a property that needs minor upgrades and negotiate a selling price of $300,000.
You put the property under contract such that the property will be sold from your seller to your buyer for $350,000. You then secure a transactional loan and coordinate closing dates. You also arrange for a contractor and their workers to make the necessary upgrades within the next two days.
You put $10,000 of your potential profit into contractor and lender fees. After closing, you walk away with a profit of $40,000, all without having to put in a dime of your own funds.
 
Pros & Cons Of Transactional Funding
Transactional funding is a proven strategy that has found its way into investors’ playbooks. The optionality and speed of implementation transactional funding awards investors are invaluable. That said, the method in which transactional funding grants those who use it access to capital isn’t without downsides. Taking on debt to secure an investment does come with inherent risk. As a result, investors need to weigh the pros and cons associated with transactional funding and decide for themselves if it’s worth pursuing.
 
Pros of Transactional Funding
 
The pros of using transactional funding include, but are not limited to:
  • Loans Cover The Entire Cost Of The Property: There’s minimal risk for real estate investors and wholesalers, as the loans provide 100% of the loan amount to purchase a property.
  • Straightforward Processing: The paperwork is straightforward, and most deals don’t require your credit score or income to be reported for approval.
  • Relatively Easy Qualifications: All you need is a proof of funds letter from the end buyer for your target real estate property.
  • Speed Of Implementation: Funds can be acquired extremely quickly, sometimes in a matter of hours.
  • Optionality: Transactional funding allows you to take advantage of “flash in the pan” real estate deals that don’t come around very often.
  • Accelerated Process: Most transactional lenders don’t require insurance, appraisals, or full title reports, which accelerates the process and may increase your profit margins.
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Cons of Transactional Funding
The cons of using transactional funding include, but are not limited to:
  • Closing Costs: The funds from a transactional funding deal come with closing costs. Fees will usually be taken out of your profits at both deals’ closes.
  • Short-Term Loan Duration: Transactional funders usually offer short-term loans, so you must be prepared to settle with your end buyer very quickly after taking out your loan.
  • Payments Due Within Weeks: Transactional loans are often due within two weeks of being taken out or may even be due within 48 hours.
  • Deal Dependent On End Buyers: Any end buyers must qualify for financing for the deal to go through.
 
How to Qualify for Transactional Funding
 
While transactional funding can be effective, you’ll need to qualify for these deals to take advantage of them. Generally, you’ll need:
  • An end buyer contract that proves the end buyer’s funds are present to convince the transactional lenders that the deal can go through ASAP
  • Possibly a credit report and background checks for the borrower
  • Some due diligence for the property, like a desktop valuation or examining pictures from the interior and exterior of the property
  • Many lenders may also require a letter, which evaluates the borrower based on the “5 Cs of Credit”
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Alternatives to Transactional Funding
 
Given the risk inherent with transactional funding, some real estate investors may wish to consider alternatives, including:
  • Hard Money Loans: Offered by private lenders, hard money loans offer short-term capital, which is backed by the subject property. Hard money loans typically come with lower interest rates than their private money counterparts, but approvals can be harder to come by for some investors.
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  • Private Money Loans: Private money loans are not associated with an institution but rather private investors with access to capital of their own. Without an attachment to an institution, private money lenders are easier to qualify for and faster to act. However, private money lenders will ask for higher interest rates, upwards of 12% to 15%.
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  • HELOCs: Otherwise known as home equity lines of credit, HELOCs allow investors to borrow against the equity in their own homes to finance subsequent real estate purchases.
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  • Joint-Venture Capital: A joint venture, as its name suggests, is a convergence of two or more parties that seek to invest in a single property for profit. In addition to sharing risks, joint ventures will also usually share the acquisition costs.
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Summary
 
All in all, transactional funding can be an excellent tool in your real estate investing repertoire, particularly if you stumble upon a great deal you want to jump on ASAP. But keep in mind that you will need a guarantee of an end buyer’s funds, plus their willingness to pay, to secure transactional funds from a suitable lender. Furthermore, you may be on the hook for paying back the loan faster than you anticipate, so make sure to close both transactions in a deal quickly.
Dennis Dahlberg
Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC
Hard Money Lender
Hard Money Loans
Hard Money Loan
Arizona Tel: (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel: (512) 516-1177
Dennis@level4funding.com
Dennis Dahlberg Broker/RI/CEO

NMLS 1057378 | AZMB 0923961 | MLO 1057378
22601 N 19th Ave Suite 112 | Phoenix | AZ | 85027
111 Congress Ave | Austin | Texas | 78701

Equal Housing Opportunity. This is not a Good Faith Estimate and this is not a Guarantee to lend and should not be considered as such. Costs, rates, estimates and terms can only be determined after completion of a full application. Actual payments will vary based on your individual situation and current rates. APR for loans vary from 7.99 – 29.5% and is based on Credit Score, Down Payment, LTV, Income. Mortgage rates could change daily. To get more accurate and personalized results, please call 623 582 4444 to talk to one of our licensed mortgage experts. Terms and conditions of all loan programs are subject to change without notice. Level 4 Funding LLC, 22601 N 19th Ave Suite 112, Phoenix AZ 85027, 623-582-4444 NMLS 1018071 AZMB 0923961 This e-mail is for the exclusive use of the intended recipients, and may contain privileged and confidential information. If you are not an intended recipient, please notify the sender, delete the e-mail from your computer and do not copy or disclose it to anyone else. Your receipt of this message is not intended to waive any applicable privilege. Neither this e-mail nor any attachment’s establish a client relationship, constitute an electronic signature or provide consent to contract electronically, unless expressly so stated by Dennis Dahlberg RI/CEO, Level 4 Funding LLC, in the body of this e-mail or an attachment. To the extent this message includes any tax or legal advice this message is not intended or written by the sender to be used, and cannot be used, for legal or tax purposes or advice.
 

About the Author: Dennis has been working in the real estate industry in some capacity for the last 40 years. He purchased his first property when he was just 18 years old. He quickly learned about the amazing investment opportunities provided by trust deed investing and hard money loans. His desire to help others make money in real estate investing led him to specialize in alternative funding for real estate investors who may have trouble getting a traditional bank loan. Dennis is passionate about alternative funding sources and sharing his knowledge with others to help make their dreams come true. Dennis has been married to his wonderful wife for 43 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters 5 amazing grandchildren. Dennis has been an Arizona resident for the past 40 years.
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6 Sources to Raise Capital For Real Estate Investing

6 Sources to Raise Capital For Real Estate Investing
Raising capital for real estate can be a challenge for many new investors, but it is necessary for anyone looking to succeed in the industry. The key to learning how to raise capital for real estate is to focus on identifying what today’s lenders covet the most (and give it to them). If you succeed, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to raise the real estate investment capital you need for your next deal.
 
Other People’s Money (OPM) is what makes real estate investing possible for a considerable percentage of aspiring investors.  Even the most successful real estate professionals and legendary investors almost exclusively use OPM to reduce liability and maximize returns. Daniel Chan from Marketplace Fairness suggests “It is important for investors to know how to raise capital in the real estate world because it gives them more options and opportunities to invest in the market. Even if an investor has their own money, knowing how to raise capital can help them get better deals and make more money in the long run”. As you can see, raising capital is critical for investors of every level.
 
However, both novice and seasoned real estate investors struggle to connect with potential private investors and close the deal. (Or even understanding how capital works with an alternative strategy such as tax lien investing.)
 
This is a shame, considering there is more real estate investment capital out there than ever before. Remember, private money lenders want to work with you just as much as you want to work with them.  Private lending has never been so attractive or widely accepted, and the benefits for you and your lender are endless.
 
Raising real estate investment capital is about more than a simple message or conducting a presentation that resonates. It must be more than a pretty website, thousands of inorganic Facebook friends, glossy folders, and a nice suit.
 
What Is Investment Capital?
 
Investment capital is the money used to fund a given investment deal. This can include the costs of acquiring a property, initial renovations, and upfront costs. There are generally two types of investment capital: debt and equity. Debt refers to investment capital from hard money lenders, such as banks, and often requires interest payments. An advantage of using debt investment capital is that hard money lenders will not have a say in the company. However, many investors may find it difficult to secure capital with hard money lenders. This is where equity (and OPM come in).
 
Equity refers to money secured by selling ownership of a property or business. Private money lenders may invest in a company if they see the investment as potentially profitable. Using equity as a form of investment capital has different pros and cons to utilizing debts, so investors must consider both options. For entrepreneurs ready to put the work in, raising private money can offer the chance to pursue various investment opportunities and expand their portfolios.
 
Top Sources Of Private Money
 
Private money can be found all over the real estate industry, but it may not be easy to identify if you don’t know what to look for. Here are some of the top sources of private money to be aware of:
 
  • Business Partner: A common business arrangement is for one partner to manage the heavy lifting in terms of workload, while the other supplies the capital (called a silent partner)
  • Peer-to-Peer Lending: P2P lending is made possible through online lending platforms that partner you with other investors.
  • Crowdfunding: Real estate crowdfunding has become increasingly common over the last several years, and again allows you to utilize an online lending platform to finance investment deals.
  • Family, Friends, or Colleagues: Many private money deals are funded by sources close to the investor, such as a family member with extra capital.
  • Hard Money Lenders: It is also possible to finance a deal with an investor you haven’t worked with before. Ask around your network for trusted lenders to learn more.
What Are Money Partners?
Money partners are anyone you decide to work with to fund a given deal. When it comes to raising capital for real estate, money partners can be beneficial because they can enable investors without significant capital to get started. Money partners can finance a deal, provide advice, and even share a given investment risk depending on the arrangement at hand. Because of this, money partners are often highly sought after in the investment world. However, it is important to note that partnering with other investors is mutually beneficial. Business partners stand to benefit from the success of a good deal just as much as you do, something that is important to keep in mind as you get ready to approach potential lenders.
Money partners exist throughout the real estate industry, though it is important to approach each potential investment carefully. It is not uncommon for even the most seasoned real estate investors to fail to close a deal with private money lenders or money partners. To ensure this does not happen to you, research potential investors you are trying to work with and put in the time and effort to ensure you are prepared every step of the way. If you are interested in learning more about how to find private money lenders or money partners, read this guide.
 
Uses For Private Money
Those who want to raise capital for real estate most commonly use private money for refinancing a property or buying a new property. For example, suppose you purchased a property using a conventional mortgage but want to want to negotiate for a shorter repayment plan or lower interest rate. In that case, you can use a private money lender to help you refinance.
If you are interested in condos, single-family homes, multifamily homes, or apartments, private money can be used to purchase your new investment property. To get a private money loan for a new investment property, you will have to pitch the potential profitability of the property with reliable numbers and predictions. Raising capital for real estate using private money is typically easier for experienced investors as they have records of successful deals they have made.
 
How To Raise Capital For Real Estate
Private money lenders will often have their own set of rules and guidelines. While many will exercise similar practices, their borrowers’ criteria are different. I maintain, however, that there are several universal things private money lenders look for.
If borrowers can identify what it is their money partners want, it’s more likely that they will receive the loan. You see, lenders are in the business of making money, too. There are 6 P’s that you can remember when it comes to private money lenders. If you can give them the things I outline below, you could find yourself with the money needed to buy your next deal:
  1. Protect their capital
  2. Promise realistic returns
  3. Prove your potential
  4. Procure a great deal
  5. Provide your track record
  6. Promote relationship building
 
1. Protect Their Capital
The primary concern investors have is protecting what they’ve loaned out. If they lose that, they won’t be able to profit, which is the whole point. That’s why so many money partners have recently invested in low-yielding real estate-related products and ventures. When contemplating this factor, most look for collateral and how easy it will be to get their money back in the worst-case scenario. So be ready to answer these questions and have a plan B in your back pocket. It should go without saying, but the best way to work with a private money lender and raise the real estate investment capital you need for your next deal is to convince them that it’s worth their time.
 
2. Promise Realistic Returns
Where most real estate investors go wrong when trying to raise capital is promising huge returns. If you sound overconfident, your presentation will automatically appear to be a “high-risk investment” or “scam,” which is certainly not the message you want to send.  You will have to be above average market rates – of course – but don’t project too high.  The last thing you want to do is overpromise and under-deliver.  Even if you think your goals are possible to achieve, start by underestimating and then deliver more later, which will create a sense of loyalty and reliability between you and your first line of money partners. If you tell them they will receive an ROI of 8 percent, and they actually make 14 percent after all is said and done, you can bet they’ll put you at the front of the line in their contact database and beg you to take their money for your next deal.
 
3. Prove Your Potential
On the other hand, you need to make your investment sound appealing.  Savvy investors with bigger pockets and heavy-weight venture capital firms are, of course, intrigued by the promise of big wins. So, while keeping projections conservative, don’t be afraid to hint at the full upside potential – those big numbers you are hoping you’ll really hit.
 
4. Procure A Great Deal
Everyone wants a “deal.” There are two reasons for this. The first is that it is simply human nature. If someone thinks they are getting a good deal on a product, it automatically gives the impression of value.  The second is that these individuals and money managers want to look smart and feel like they are making a sound investment. They all have someone they need to impress. It could be their boss, co-worker, spouse, competitor, or even themselves.  Regardless of who, your potential money partner will want to be able to boast about how intelligent they were to discover this high-yielding or trendy investment before everyone else. Help them out.
 
5. Provide Your Track Record
Of course, most investors expect to see a proven track record. They want to know that you can deliver on your plans. If you don’t have direct experience in real estate investing, what other relevant experience do you have or who else can you partner with?  Have your portfolio ready to go with your successes on top.  You’ve got to have the numbers to prove yourself.
 
6. Promote Relationship Building
Surprisingly – or perhaps not so surprising – having a personal relationship between both investing parties trumps the rest of the qualifications.  So how can you build more authentic relationships or find like-minded individuals – whom you might already know – that might want to work with you? This is one of the most important habits to acquire as a real estate investor. Try attending a local networking event to get your face out there.  Building and maintaining relationships is necessary if you want to discover a potential money partner and achieve success.
 
5 Tips For Raising Private Real Estate Capital
 
The best advice for raising private capital in real estate will vary depending on who you ask. This is because over time, investors find the way of doing things that work best for their real estate businesses. However, this is not helpful to newbies. What I can say is that it takes time to develop a surefire system for raising private capital. In the meantime, —here are some tips to help you get started:
 
  1. Use Your Own Money First: Before you start fundraising a new project, assess how much capital of your own you can rely on. Not only will this help you frame the budget for the project, but it will also lower the amount of cash you are paying interest on should you find a private lender. To increase your personal capital, consider redoing your monthly budget and reducing expenses for a while; you may even be eligible for a home equity loan.
  2. Attention To Detail: The details included in your portfolio are going to make or break your pitch to private money lenders. Ensure you have an accurate purchase price, property value, rehab cost, and rental value wherever it applies to you. If this is your first investment deal, make sure the figures and estimates in your deal analyzer are as accurate as possible. Strong attention to detail could mean the difference between choosing a potential investment and securing enough financing.
  3. Showcase Your Success: When you complete a successful real estate deal, don’t be modest! Share the good news with your network, website, and social media following. Investors can and should showcase their successes (or wins) as they come along. This can help establish your credibility over time in the real estate industry when done right.
  4. Build Relationships: Networking is not as simple as exchanging business cards, and you shouldn’t want it to be. If you want to have a successful career in real estate, building relationships across the industry is critical. Keep up with your connections, celebrate their successes, and check-in from time to time. Building genuine relationships will help your career more than you can imagine.
  5. Educate Others: Sometimes, you may encounter potential lenders who are mostly unaware of the intricacies of a real estate deal or the dynamics of private lending. That’s okay; it could be the perfect opportunity to educate someone else about what you do. As you build relationships with other real estate professionals, have conversations about lending and acquiring deals, share the resources you find helpful, and put people in contact with one another when fitting. This will help you build relationships (as I mentioned above) and potentially introduce investors to a mutually beneficial real estate aspect.
Raising Capital For Residential Vs. Commercial
When comparing residential and commercial deals, financing is going to look very different. Residential properties almost always cost less than commercial properties, and investors need to secure less funding overall. It can take a shorter amount of time to raise the capital necessary for a residential deal. Commercial deals, on the other hand, require much more capital but come with higher profit margins. For this reason, some investors may find it easier to secure commercial properties. Overall, it comes down to your network and preferred lenders. Raising capital for residential vs commercial properties requires an understanding of the different income projections.
Continue Learning How To Raise Capital For Real Estate
Raising capital for real estate has become one of the most discussed topics associated with real estate investing. If for nothing else, it’s the one concept anyone could stand to improve on, there’s never too much funding. As a result, there are volumes written on the subject of raising capital for real estate, and perhaps even more knowledgeable people talking about their own strategies just about anywhere someone is willing to listen. Truth be told, it’s not hard to find someone willing to offer their own opinion on raising capital for real estate investments; the hard part comes in distinguishing between those who are truly knowledgeable and those who are, for lack of a better word, ignorant.
It should go without saying, but incorrect information can be damaging to one’s career. Therefore, it’s important to gather information from trusted sources, not the least of which include:
 
  • Books: To this day, books represent one of the greatest ways to filter through the volumes of information made available to investors. However, the number of books one can find on raising capital for real estate can be staggering. Instead of sifting through everything, and risking learning from someone that may not know what they are talking about, save yourself some time and consult “The Real Estate Wholesaling Bible,” by my friend and business partner Than Merrill. As the name suggests, aspiring investors will learn how to wholesale real estate, but a large portion of the book deals with raising capital and funding. As a compliment, my own book, “The Real Estate Rehab Investing Bible,” will teach readers the importance of raising capital for real estate and the best ways of going about doing so.
  • Podcasts: Relatively new to their written counterparts, podcasts are not to be underestimated. Oftentimes free, these downloadable audio files are filled with information from today’s top minds in the real estate industry. Get Wealthfit, for example, is a compilation of podcasts by investors who have been exactly where many aspiring investors hope to be one day. Get Wealthfit covers everything from money management to marketing strategies and everything in between.
  • Blogs: Not unlike books, blogs offer knowledgeable individuals the ability to share their knowledge with the masses. Only, instead of releasing once every year or so, writers can publish blog content daily. 
Summary
Raising capital for real estate doesn’t need to be nearly as hard as many make it out to be. For those learning how to raise capital for real estate, remember, working with money partners is as simple as doing two things: learning what it is they want the most and giving it to them. The investors can identify what today’s lenders are looking for that stand the best chance at getting the money they need for their next deal. That said, pay special considerations to the steps above, as they offer insight into what the majority of today’s lenders look for in a borrower. Only when you can give a lender what they want will your chances of receiving real estate investment capital increase dramatically.
Dennis Dahlberg
Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC
Hard Money Lender
Hard Money Loans
Hard Money Loan
Arizona Tel: (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel: (512) 516-1177
Dennis@level4funding.com
Dennis Dahlberg Broker/RI/CEO

NMLS 1057378 | AZMB 0923961 | MLO 1057378
22601 N 19th Ave Suite 112 | Phoenix | AZ | 85027
111 Congress Ave | Austin | Texas | 78701

Equal Housing Opportunity. This is not a Good Faith Estimate and this is not a Guarantee to lend and should not be considered as such. Costs, rates, estimates and terms can only be determined after completion of a full application. Actual payments will vary based on your individual situation and current rates. APR for loans vary from 7.99 – 29.5% and is based on Credit Score, Down Payment, LTV, Income. Mortgage rates could change daily. To get more accurate and personalized results, please call 623 582 4444 to talk to one of our licensed mortgage experts. Terms and conditions of all loan programs are subject to change without notice. Level 4 Funding LLC, 22601 N 19th Ave Suite 112, Phoenix AZ 85027, 623-582-4444 NMLS 1018071 AZMB 0923961 This e-mail is for the exclusive use of the intended recipients, and may contain privileged and confidential information. If you are not an intended recipient, please notify the sender, delete the e-mail from your computer and do not copy or disclose it to anyone else. Your receipt of this message is not intended to waive any applicable privilege. Neither this e-mail nor any attachment’s establish a client relationship, constitute an electronic signature or provide consent to contract electronically, unless expressly so stated by Dennis Dahlberg RI/CEO, Level 4 Funding LLC, in the body of this e-mail or an attachment. To the extent this message includes any tax or legal advice this message is not intended or written by the sender to be used, and cannot be used, for legal or tax purposes or advice.
 

About the Author: Dennis has been working in the real estate industry in some capacity for the last 40 years. He purchased his first property when he was just 18 years old. He quickly learned about the amazing investment opportunities provided by trust deed investing and hard money loans. His desire to help others make money in real estate investing led him to specialize in alternative funding for real estate investors who may have trouble getting a traditional bank loan. Dennis is passionate about alternative funding sources and sharing his knowledge with others to help make their dreams come true. Dennis has been married to his wonderful wife for 43 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters 5 amazing grandchildren. Dennis has been an Arizona resident for the past 40 years.
© 2022 Level 4 Funding LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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6 Sources to Raise Capital For Real Estate Investing

6 Sources to Raise Capital For Real Estate Investing
Raising capital for real estate can be a challenge for many new investors, but it is necessary for anyone looking to succeed in the industry. The key to learning how to raise capital for real estate is to focus on identifying what today’s lenders covet the most (and give it to them). If you succeed, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to raise the real estate investment capital you need for your next deal.
 
Other People’s Money (OPM) is what makes real estate investing possible for a considerable percentage of aspiring investors.  Even the most successful real estate professionals and legendary investors almost exclusively use OPM to reduce liability and maximize returns. Daniel Chan from Marketplace Fairness suggests “It is important for investors to know how to raise capital in the real estate world because it gives them more options and opportunities to invest in the market. Even if an investor has their own money, knowing how to raise capital can help them get better deals and make more money in the long run”. As you can see, raising capital is critical for investors of every level.
 
However, both novice and seasoned real estate investors struggle to connect with potential private investors and close the deal. (Or even understanding how capital works with an alternative strategy such as tax lien investing.)
 
This is a shame, considering there is more real estate investment capital out there than ever before. Remember, private money lenders want to work with you just as much as you want to work with them.  Private lending has never been so attractive or widely accepted, and the benefits for you and your lender are endless.
 
Raising real estate investment capital is about more than a simple message or conducting a presentation that resonates. It must be more than a pretty website, thousands of inorganic Facebook friends, glossy folders, and a nice suit.
 
What Is Investment Capital?
 
Investment capital is the money used to fund a given investment deal. This can include the costs of acquiring a property, initial renovations, and upfront costs. There are generally two types of investment capital: debt and equity. Debt refers to investment capital from hard money lenders, such as banks, and often requires interest payments. An advantage of using debt investment capital is that hard money lenders will not have a say in the company. However, many investors may find it difficult to secure capital with hard money lenders. This is where equity (and OPM come in).
 
Equity refers to money secured by selling ownership of a property or business. Private money lenders may invest in a company if they see the investment as potentially profitable. Using equity as a form of investment capital has different pros and cons to utilizing debts, so investors must consider both options. For entrepreneurs ready to put the work in, raising private money can offer the chance to pursue various investment opportunities and expand their portfolios.
 
Top Sources Of Private Money
 
Private money can be found all over the real estate industry, but it may not be easy to identify if you don’t know what to look for. Here are some of the top sources of private money to be aware of:
 
  • Business Partner: A common business arrangement is for one partner to manage the heavy lifting in terms of workload, while the other supplies the capital (called a silent partner)
  • Peer-to-Peer Lending: P2P lending is made possible through online lending platforms that partner you with other investors.
  • Crowdfunding: Real estate crowdfunding has become increasingly common over the last several years, and again allows you to utilize an online lending platform to finance investment deals.
  • Family, Friends, or Colleagues: Many private money deals are funded by sources close to the investor, such as a family member with extra capital.
  • Hard Money Lenders: It is also possible to finance a deal with an investor you haven’t worked with before. Ask around your network for trusted lenders to learn more.
What Are Money Partners?
Money partners are anyone you decide to work with to fund a given deal. When it comes to raising capital for real estate, money partners can be beneficial because they can enable investors without significant capital to get started. Money partners can finance a deal, provide advice, and even share a given investment risk depending on the arrangement at hand. Because of this, money partners are often highly sought after in the investment world. However, it is important to note that partnering with other investors is mutually beneficial. Business partners stand to benefit from the success of a good deal just as much as you do, something that is important to keep in mind as you get ready to approach potential lenders.
Money partners exist throughout the real estate industry, though it is important to approach each potential investment carefully. It is not uncommon for even the most seasoned real estate investors to fail to close a deal with private money lenders or money partners. To ensure this does not happen to you, research potential investors you are trying to work with and put in the time and effort to ensure you are prepared every step of the way. If you are interested in learning more about how to find private money lenders or money partners, read this guide.
 
Uses For Private Money
Those who want to raise capital for real estate most commonly use private money for refinancing a property or buying a new property. For example, suppose you purchased a property using a conventional mortgage but want to want to negotiate for a shorter repayment plan or lower interest rate. In that case, you can use a private money lender to help you refinance.
If you are interested in condos, single-family homes, multifamily homes, or apartments, private money can be used to purchase your new investment property. To get a private money loan for a new investment property, you will have to pitch the potential profitability of the property with reliable numbers and predictions. Raising capital for real estate using private money is typically easier for experienced investors as they have records of successful deals they have made.
 
How To Raise Capital For Real Estate
Private money lenders will often have their own set of rules and guidelines. While many will exercise similar practices, their borrowers’ criteria are different. I maintain, however, that there are several universal things private money lenders look for.
If borrowers can identify what it is their money partners want, it’s more likely that they will receive the loan. You see, lenders are in the business of making money, too. There are 6 P’s that you can remember when it comes to private money lenders. If you can give them the things I outline below, you could find yourself with the money needed to buy your next deal:
  1. Protect their capital
  2. Promise realistic returns
  3. Prove your potential
  4. Procure a great deal
  5. Provide your track record
  6. Promote relationship building
 
1. Protect Their Capital
The primary concern investors have is protecting what they’ve loaned out. If they lose that, they won’t be able to profit, which is the whole point. That’s why so many money partners have recently invested in low-yielding real estate-related products and ventures. When contemplating this factor, most look for collateral and how easy it will be to get their money back in the worst-case scenario. So be ready to answer these questions and have a plan B in your back pocket. It should go without saying, but the best way to work with a private money lender and raise the real estate investment capital you need for your next deal is to convince them that it’s worth their time.
 
2. Promise Realistic Returns
Where most real estate investors go wrong when trying to raise capital is promising huge returns. If you sound overconfident, your presentation will automatically appear to be a “high-risk investment” or “scam,” which is certainly not the message you want to send.  You will have to be above average market rates – of course – but don’t project too high.  The last thing you want to do is overpromise and under-deliver.  Even if you think your goals are possible to achieve, start by underestimating and then deliver more later, which will create a sense of loyalty and reliability between you and your first line of money partners. If you tell them they will receive an ROI of 8 percent, and they actually make 14 percent after all is said and done, you can bet they’ll put you at the front of the line in their contact database and beg you to take their money for your next deal.
 
3. Prove Your Potential
On the other hand, you need to make your investment sound appealing.  Savvy investors with bigger pockets and heavy-weight venture capital firms are, of course, intrigued by the promise of big wins. So, while keeping projections conservative, don’t be afraid to hint at the full upside potential – those big numbers you are hoping you’ll really hit.
 
4. Procure A Great Deal
Everyone wants a “deal.” There are two reasons for this. The first is that it is simply human nature. If someone thinks they are getting a good deal on a product, it automatically gives the impression of value.  The second is that these individuals and money managers want to look smart and feel like they are making a sound investment. They all have someone they need to impress. It could be their boss, co-worker, spouse, competitor, or even themselves.  Regardless of who, your potential money partner will want to be able to boast about how intelligent they were to discover this high-yielding or trendy investment before everyone else. Help them out.
 
5. Provide Your Track Record
Of course, most investors expect to see a proven track record. They want to know that you can deliver on your plans. If you don’t have direct experience in real estate investing, what other relevant experience do you have or who else can you partner with?  Have your portfolio ready to go with your successes on top.  You’ve got to have the numbers to prove yourself.
 
6. Promote Relationship Building
Surprisingly – or perhaps not so surprising – having a personal relationship between both investing parties trumps the rest of the qualifications.  So how can you build more authentic relationships or find like-minded individuals – whom you might already know – that might want to work with you? This is one of the most important habits to acquire as a real estate investor. Try attending a local networking event to get your face out there.  Building and maintaining relationships is necessary if you want to discover a potential money partner and achieve success.
 
5 Tips For Raising Private Real Estate Capital
 
The best advice for raising private capital in real estate will vary depending on who you ask. This is because over time, investors find the way of doing things that work best for their real estate businesses. However, this is not helpful to newbies. What I can say is that it takes time to develop a surefire system for raising private capital. In the meantime, —here are some tips to help you get started:
 
  1. Use Your Own Money First: Before you start fundraising a new project, assess how much capital of your own you can rely on. Not only will this help you frame the budget for the project, but it will also lower the amount of cash you are paying interest on should you find a private lender. To increase your personal capital, consider redoing your monthly budget and reducing expenses for a while; you may even be eligible for a home equity loan.
  2. Attention To Detail: The details included in your portfolio are going to make or break your pitch to private money lenders. Ensure you have an accurate purchase price, property value, rehab cost, and rental value wherever it applies to you. If this is your first investment deal, make sure the figures and estimates in your deal analyzer are as accurate as possible. Strong attention to detail could mean the difference between choosing a potential investment and securing enough financing.
  3. Showcase Your Success: When you complete a successful real estate deal, don’t be modest! Share the good news with your network, website, and social media following. Investors can and should showcase their successes (or wins) as they come along. This can help establish your credibility over time in the real estate industry when done right.
  4. Build Relationships: Networking is not as simple as exchanging business cards, and you shouldn’t want it to be. If you want to have a successful career in real estate, building relationships across the industry is critical. Keep up with your connections, celebrate their successes, and check-in from time to time. Building genuine relationships will help your career more than you can imagine.
  5. Educate Others: Sometimes, you may encounter potential lenders who are mostly unaware of the intricacies of a real estate deal or the dynamics of private lending. That’s okay; it could be the perfect opportunity to educate someone else about what you do. As you build relationships with other real estate professionals, have conversations about lending and acquiring deals, share the resources you find helpful, and put people in contact with one another when fitting. This will help you build relationships (as I mentioned above) and potentially introduce investors to a mutually beneficial real estate aspect.
Raising Capital For Residential Vs. Commercial
When comparing residential and commercial deals, financing is going to look very different. Residential properties almost always cost less than commercial properties, and investors need to secure less funding overall. It can take a shorter amount of time to raise the capital necessary for a residential deal. Commercial deals, on the other hand, require much more capital but come with higher profit margins. For this reason, some investors may find it easier to secure commercial properties. Overall, it comes down to your network and preferred lenders. Raising capital for residential vs commercial properties requires an understanding of the different income projections.
Continue Learning How To Raise Capital For Real Estate
Raising capital for real estate has become one of the most discussed topics associated with real estate investing. If for nothing else, it’s the one concept anyone could stand to improve on, there’s never too much funding. As a result, there are volumes written on the subject of raising capital for real estate, and perhaps even more knowledgeable people talking about their own strategies just about anywhere someone is willing to listen. Truth be told, it’s not hard to find someone willing to offer their own opinion on raising capital for real estate investments; the hard part comes in distinguishing between those who are truly knowledgeable and those who are, for lack of a better word, ignorant.
It should go without saying, but incorrect information can be damaging to one’s career. Therefore, it’s important to gather information from trusted sources, not the least of which include:
 
  • Books: To this day, books represent one of the greatest ways to filter through the volumes of information made available to investors. However, the number of books one can find on raising capital for real estate can be staggering. Instead of sifting through everything, and risking learning from someone that may not know what they are talking about, save yourself some time and consult “The Real Estate Wholesaling Bible,” by my friend and business partner Than Merrill. As the name suggests, aspiring investors will learn how to wholesale real estate, but a large portion of the book deals with raising capital and funding. As a compliment, my own book, “The Real Estate Rehab Investing Bible,” will teach readers the importance of raising capital for real estate and the best ways of going about doing so.
  • Podcasts: Relatively new to their written counterparts, podcasts are not to be underestimated. Oftentimes free, these downloadable audio files are filled with information from today’s top minds in the real estate industry. Get Wealthfit, for example, is a compilation of podcasts by investors who have been exactly where many aspiring investors hope to be one day. Get Wealthfit covers everything from money management to marketing strategies and everything in between.
  • Blogs: Not unlike books, blogs offer knowledgeable individuals the ability to share their knowledge with the masses. Only, instead of releasing once every year or so, writers can publish blog content daily. 
Summary
Raising capital for real estate doesn’t need to be nearly as hard as many make it out to be. For those learning how to raise capital for real estate, remember, working with money partners is as simple as doing two things: learning what it is they want the most and giving it to them. The investors can identify what today’s lenders are looking for that stand the best chance at getting the money they need for their next deal. That said, pay special considerations to the steps above, as they offer insight into what the majority of today’s lenders look for in a borrower. Only when you can give a lender what they want will your chances of receiving real estate investment capital increase dramatically.
Dennis Dahlberg
Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC
Hard Money Lender
Hard Money Loans
Hard Money Loan
Arizona Tel: (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel: (512) 516-1177
Dennis@level4funding.com
Dennis Dahlberg Broker/RI/CEO

NMLS 1057378 | AZMB 0923961 | MLO 1057378
22601 N 19th Ave Suite 112 | Phoenix | AZ | 85027
111 Congress Ave | Austin | Texas | 78701

Equal Housing Opportunity. This is not a Good Faith Estimate and this is not a Guarantee to lend and should not be considered as such. Costs, rates, estimates and terms can only be determined after completion of a full application. Actual payments will vary based on your individual situation and current rates. APR for loans vary from 7.99 – 29.5% and is based on Credit Score, Down Payment, LTV, Income. Mortgage rates could change daily. To get more accurate and personalized results, please call 623 582 4444 to talk to one of our licensed mortgage experts. Terms and conditions of all loan programs are subject to change without notice. Level 4 Funding LLC, 22601 N 19th Ave Suite 112, Phoenix AZ 85027, 623-582-4444 NMLS 1018071 AZMB 0923961 This e-mail is for the exclusive use of the intended recipients, and may contain privileged and confidential information. If you are not an intended recipient, please notify the sender, delete the e-mail from your computer and do not copy or disclose it to anyone else. Your receipt of this message is not intended to waive any applicable privilege. Neither this e-mail nor any attachment’s establish a client relationship, constitute an electronic signature or provide consent to contract electronically, unless expressly so stated by Dennis Dahlberg RI/CEO, Level 4 Funding LLC, in the body of this e-mail or an attachment. To the extent this message includes any tax or legal advice this message is not intended or written by the sender to be used, and cannot be used, for legal or tax purposes or advice.
 

About the Author: Dennis has been working in the real estate industry in some capacity for the last 40 years. He purchased his first property when he was just 18 years old. He quickly learned about the amazing investment opportunities provided by trust deed investing and hard money loans. His desire to help others make money in real estate investing led him to specialize in alternative funding for real estate investors who may have trouble getting a traditional bank loan. Dennis is passionate about alternative funding sources and sharing his knowledge with others to help make their dreams come true. Dennis has been married to his wonderful wife for 43 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters 5 amazing grandchildren. Dennis has been an Arizona resident for the past 40 years.
© 2022 Level 4 Funding LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright | Privacy Policy | *Terms & Conditions
          

6 Sources to Raise Capital

Raising capital for real estate can be a challenge for many new investors, but it is necessary for anyone looking to succeed in the industry. The key to learning how to raise capital for real estate is to focus on identifying what today’s lenders covet the most (and give it to them). If you succeed, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to raise the real estate investment capital you need for your next deal.
 
Other People’s Money (OPM) is what makes real estate investing possible for a considerable percentage of aspiring investors.  Even the most successful real estate professionals and legendary investors almost exclusively use OPM to reduce liability and maximize returns. Daniel Chan from Marketplace Fairness suggests “It is important for investors to know how to raise capital in the real estate world because it gives them more options and opportunities to invest in the market. Even if an investor has their own money, knowing how to raise capital can help them get better deals and make more money in the long run”. As you can see, raising capital is critical for investors of every level.
 
However, both novice and seasoned real estate investors struggle to connect with potential private investors and close the deal. (Or even understanding how capital works with an alternative strategy such as tax lien investing.)
 
This is a shame, considering there is more real estate investment capital out there than ever before. Remember, private money lenders want to work with you just as much as you want to work with them.  Private lending has never been so attractive or widely accepted, and the benefits for you and your lender are endless.
 
Raising real estate investment capital is about more than a simple message or conducting a presentation that resonates. It must be more than a pretty website, thousands of inorganic Facebook friends, glossy folders, and a nice suit.
 
What Is Investment Capital?
 
Investment capital is the money used to fund a given investment deal. This can include the costs of acquiring a property, initial renovations, and upfront costs. There are generally two types of investment capital: debt and equity. Debt refers to investment capital from hard money lenders, such as banks, and often requires interest payments. An advantage of using debt investment capital is that hard money lenders will not have a say in the company. However, many investors may find it difficult to secure capital with hard money lenders. This is where equity (and OPM come in).
 
Equity refers to money secured by selling ownership of a property or business. Private money lenders may invest in a company if they see the investment as potentially profitable. Using equity as a form of investment capital has different pros and cons to utilizing debts, so investors must consider both options. For entrepreneurs ready to put the work in, raising private money can offer the chance to pursue various investment opportunities and expand their portfolios.
 
Top Sources Of Private Money
 
Private money can be found all over the real estate industry, but it may not be easy to identify if you don’t know what to look for. Here are some of the top sources of private money to be aware of:
 
  • Business Partner: A common business arrangement is for one partner to manage the heavy lifting in terms of workload, while the other supplies the capital (called a silent partner)
  • Peer-to-Peer Lending: P2P lending is made possible through online lending platforms that partner you with other investors.
  • Crowdfunding: Real estate crowdfunding has become increasingly common over the last several years, and again allows you to utilize an online lending platform to finance investment deals.
  • Family, Friends, or Colleagues: Many private money deals are funded by sources close to the investor, such as a family member with extra capital.
  • Hard Money Lenders: It is also possible to finance a deal with an investor you haven’t worked with before. Ask around your network for trusted lenders to learn more.
What Are Money Partners?
Money partners are anyone you decide to work with to fund a given deal. When it comes to raising capital for real estate, money partners can be beneficial because they can enable investors without significant capital to get started. Money partners can finance a deal, provide advice, and even share a given investment risk depending on the arrangement at hand. Because of this, money partners are often highly sought after in the investment world. However, it is important to note that partnering with other investors is mutually beneficial. Business partners stand to benefit from the success of a good deal just as much as you do, something that is important to keep in mind as you get ready to approach potential lenders.
Money partners exist throughout the real estate industry, though it is important to approach each potential investment carefully. It is not uncommon for even the most seasoned real estate investors to fail to close a deal with private money lenders or money partners. To ensure this does not happen to you, research potential investors you are trying to work with and put in the time and effort to ensure you are prepared every step of the way. If you are interested in learning more about how to find private money lenders or money partners, read this guide.
 
Uses For Private Money
Those who want to raise capital for real estate most commonly use private money for refinancing a property or buying a new property. For example, suppose you purchased a property using a conventional mortgage but want to want to negotiate for a shorter repayment plan or lower interest rate. In that case, you can use a private money lender to help you refinance.
If you are interested in condos, single-family homes, multifamily homes, or apartments, private money can be used to purchase your new investment property. To get a private money loan for a new investment property, you will have to pitch the potential profitability of the property with reliable numbers and predictions. Raising capital for real estate using private money is typically easier for experienced investors as they have records of successful deals they have made.
 
How To Raise Capital For Real Estate
Private money lenders will often have their own set of rules and guidelines. While many will exercise similar practices, their borrowers’ criteria are different. I maintain, however, that there are several universal things private money lenders look for.
If borrowers can identify what it is their money partners want, it’s more likely that they will receive the loan. You see, lenders are in the business of making money, too. There are 6 P’s that you can remember when it comes to private money lenders. If you can give them the things I outline below, you could find yourself with the money needed to buy your next deal:
  1. Protect their capital
  2. Promise realistic returns
  3. Prove your potential
  4. Procure a great deal
  5. Provide your track record
  6. Promote relationship building
 
1. Protect Their Capital
The primary concern investors have is protecting what they’ve loaned out. If they lose that, they won’t be able to profit, which is the whole point. That’s why so many money partners have recently invested in low-yielding real estate-related products and ventures. When contemplating this factor, most look for collateral and how easy it will be to get their money back in the worst-case scenario. So be ready to answer these questions and have a plan B in your back pocket. It should go without saying, but the best way to work with a private money lender and raise the real estate investment capital you need for your next deal is to convince them that it’s worth their time.
 
2. Promise Realistic Returns
Where most real estate investors go wrong when trying to raise capital is promising huge returns. If you sound overconfident, your presentation will automatically appear to be a “high-risk investment” or “scam,” which is certainly not the message you want to send.  You will have to be above average market rates – of course – but don’t project too high.  The last thing you want to do is overpromise and under-deliver.  Even if you think your goals are possible to achieve, start by underestimating and then deliver more later, which will create a sense of loyalty and reliability between you and your first line of money partners. If you tell them they will receive an ROI of 8 percent, and they actually make 14 percent after all is said and done, you can bet they’ll put you at the front of the line in their contact database and beg you to take their money for your next deal.
 
3. Prove Your Potential
On the other hand, you need to make your investment sound appealing.  Savvy investors with bigger pockets and heavy-weight venture capital firms are, of course, intrigued by the promise of big wins. So, while keeping projections conservative, don’t be afraid to hint at the full upside potential – those big numbers you are hoping you’ll really hit.
 
4. Procure A Great Deal
Everyone wants a “deal.” There are two reasons for this. The first is that it is simply human nature. If someone thinks they are getting a good deal on a product, it automatically gives the impression of value.  The second is that these individuals and money managers want to look smart and feel like they are making a sound investment. They all have someone they need to impress. It could be their boss, co-worker, spouse, competitor, or even themselves.  Regardless of who, your potential money partner will want to be able to boast about how intelligent they were to discover this high-yielding or trendy investment before everyone else. Help them out.
 
5. Provide Your Track Record
Of course, most investors expect to see a proven track record. They want to know that you can deliver on your plans. If you don’t have direct experience in real estate investing, what other relevant experience do you have or who else can you partner with?  Have your portfolio ready to go with your successes on top.  You’ve got to have the numbers to prove yourself.
 
6. Promote Relationship Building
Surprisingly – or perhaps not so surprising – having a personal relationship between both investing parties trumps the rest of the qualifications.  So how can you build more authentic relationships or find like-minded individuals – whom you might already know – that might want to work with you? This is one of the most important habits to acquire as a real estate investor. Try attending a local networking event to get your face out there.  Building and maintaining relationships is necessary if you want to discover a potential money partner and achieve success.
 
5 Tips For Raising Private Real Estate Capital
 
The best advice for raising private capital in real estate will vary depending on who you ask. This is because over time, investors find the way of doing things that work best for their real estate businesses. However, this is not helpful to newbies. What I can say is that it takes time to develop a surefire system for raising private capital. In the meantime, —here are some tips to help you get started:
 
  1. Use Your Own Money First: Before you start fundraising a new project, assess how much capital of your own you can rely on. Not only will this help you frame the budget for the project, but it will also lower the amount of cash you are paying interest on should you find a private lender. To increase your personal capital, consider redoing your monthly budget and reducing expenses for a while; you may even be eligible for a home equity loan.
  2. Attention To Detail: The details included in your portfolio are going to make or break your pitch to private money lenders. Ensure you have an accurate purchase price, property value, rehab cost, and rental value wherever it applies to you. If this is your first investment deal, make sure the figures and estimates in your deal analyzer are as accurate as possible. Strong attention to detail could mean the difference between choosing a potential investment and securing enough financing.
  3. Showcase Your Success: When you complete a successful real estate deal, don’t be modest! Share the good news with your network, website, and social media following. Investors can and should showcase their successes (or wins) as they come along. This can help establish your credibility over time in the real estate industry when done right.
  4. Build Relationships: Networking is not as simple as exchanging business cards, and you shouldn’t want it to be. If you want to have a successful career in real estate, building relationships across the industry is critical. Keep up with your connections, celebrate their successes, and check-in from time to time. Building genuine relationships will help your career more than you can imagine.
  5. Educate Others: Sometimes, you may encounter potential lenders who are mostly unaware of the intricacies of a real estate deal or the dynamics of private lending. That’s okay; it could be the perfect opportunity to educate someone else about what you do. As you build relationships with other real estate professionals, have conversations about lending and acquiring deals, share the resources you find helpful, and put people in contact with one another when fitting. This will help you build relationships (as I mentioned above) and potentially introduce investors to a mutually beneficial real estate aspect.
Raising Capital For Residential Vs. Commercial
When comparing residential and commercial deals, financing is going to look very different. Residential properties almost always cost less than commercial properties, and investors need to secure less funding overall. It can take a shorter amount of time to raise the capital necessary for a residential deal. Commercial deals, on the other hand, require much more capital but come with higher profit margins. For this reason, some investors may find it easier to secure commercial properties. Overall, it comes down to your network and preferred lenders. Raising capital for residential vs commercial properties requires an understanding of the different income projections.
Continue Learning How To Raise Capital For Real Estate
Raising capital for real estate has become one of the most discussed topics associated with real estate investing. If for nothing else, it’s the one concept anyone could stand to improve on, there’s never too much funding. As a result, there are volumes written on the subject of raising capital for real estate, and perhaps even more knowledgeable people talking about their own strategies just about anywhere someone is willing to listen. Truth be told, it’s not hard to find someone willing to offer their own opinion on raising capital for real estate investments; the hard part comes in distinguishing between those who are truly knowledgeable and those who are, for lack of a better word, ignorant.
It should go without saying, but incorrect information can be damaging to one’s career. Therefore, it’s important to gather information from trusted sources, not the least of which include:
 
  • Books: To this day, books represent one of the greatest ways to filter through the volumes of information made available to investors. However, the number of books one can find on raising capital for real estate can be staggering. Instead of sifting through everything, and risking learning from someone that may not know what they are talking about, save yourself some time and consult “The Real Estate Wholesaling Bible,” by my friend and business partner Than Merrill. As the name suggests, aspiring investors will learn how to wholesale real estate, but a large portion of the book deals with raising capital and funding. As a compliment, my own book, “The Real Estate Rehab Investing Bible,” will teach readers the importance of raising capital for real estate and the best ways of going about doing so.
  • Podcasts: Relatively new to their written counterparts, podcasts are not to be underestimated. Oftentimes free, these downloadable audio files are filled with information from today’s top minds in the real estate industry. Get Wealthfit, for example, is a compilation of podcasts by investors who have been exactly where many aspiring investors hope to be one day. Get Wealthfit covers everything from money management to marketing strategies and everything in between.
  • Blogs: Not unlike books, blogs offer knowledgeable individuals the ability to share their knowledge with the masses. Only, instead of releasing once every year or so, writers can publish blog content daily. 
Summary
Raising capital for real estate doesn’t need to be nearly as hard as many make it out to be. For those learning how to raise capital for real estate, remember, working with money partners is as simple as doing two things: learning what it is they want the most and giving it to them. The investors can identify what today’s lenders are looking for that stand the best chance at getting the money they need for their next deal. That said, pay special considerations to the steps above, as they offer insight into what the majority of today’s lenders look for in a borrower. Only when you can give a lender what they want will your chances of receiving real estate investment capital increase dramatically.
Dennis Dahlberg
Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC
Hard Money Lender
Hard Money Loans
Hard Money Loan
Arizona Tel: (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel: (512) 516-1177
Dennis@level4funding.com
Dennis Dahlberg Broker/RI/CEO

NMLS 1057378 | AZMB 0923961 | MLO 1057378
22601 N 19th Ave Suite 112 | Phoenix | AZ | 85027
111 Congress Ave | Austin | Texas | 78701

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Different Sources of Capital

Raising capital for real estate can be a challenge for many new investors, but it is necessary for anyone looking to succeed in the industry. The key to learning how to raise capital for real estate is to focus on identifying what today’s lenders covet the most (and give it to them). If you succeed, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to raise the real estate investment capital you need for your next deal.
Other People’s Money (OPM) is what makes real estate investing possible for a considerable percentage of aspiring investors.  Even the most successful real estate professionals and legendary investors almost exclusively use OPM to reduce liability and maximize returns. Daniel Chan from Marketplace Fairness suggests “It is important for investors to know how to raise capital in the real estate world because it gives them more options and opportunities to invest in the market. Even if an investor has their own money, knowing how to raise capital can help them get better deals and make more money in the long run”. As you can see, raising capital is critical for investors of every level.
However, both novice and seasoned real estate investors struggle to connect with potential private investors and close the deal. (Or even understanding how capital works with an alternative strategy such as tax lien investing.)
This is a shame, considering there is more real estate investment capital out there than ever before. Remember, private money lenders want to work with you just as much as you want to work with them.  Private lending has never been so attractive or widely accepted, and the benefits for you and your lender are endless.
Raising real estate investment capital is about more than a simple message or conducting a presentation that resonates. It must be more than a pretty website, thousands of inorganic Facebook friends, glossy folders, and a nice suit.
What Is Investment Capital?
Investment capital is the money used to fund a given investment deal. This can include the costs of acquiring a property, initial renovations, and upfront costs. There are generally two types of investment capital: debt and equity. Debt refers to investment capital from hard money lenders, such as banks, and often requires interest payments. An advantage of using debt investment capital is that hard money lenders will not have a say in the company. However, many investors may find it difficult to secure capital with hard money lenders. This is where equity (and OPM come in).
Equity refers to money secured by selling ownership of a property or business. Private money lenders may invest in a company if they see the investment as potentially profitable. Using equity as a form of investment capital has different pros and cons to utilizing debts, so investors must consider both options. For entrepreneurs ready to put the work in, raising private money can offer the chance to pursue various investment opportunities and expand their portfolios.
Top Sources Of Private Money
Private money can be found all over the real estate industry, but it may not be easy to identify if you don’t know what to look for. Here are some of the top sources of private money to be aware of:
  • Business Partner: A common business arrangement is for one partner to manage the heavy lifting in terms of workload, while the other supplies the capital (called a silent partner)
  • Peer-to-Peer Lending: P2P lending is made possible through online lending platforms that partner you with other investors.
  • Crowdfunding: Real estate crowdfunding has become increasingly common over the last several years, and again allows you to utilize an online lending platform to finance investment deals.
  • Family, Friends, or Colleagues: Many private money deals are funded by sources close to the investor, such as a family member with extra capital.
  • Hard Money Lenders: It is also possible to finance a deal with an investor you haven’t worked with before. Ask around your network for trusted lenders to learn more.
What Are Money Partners?
Money partners are anyone you decide to work with to fund a given deal. When it comes to raising capital for real estate, money partners can be beneficial because they can enable investors without significant capital to get started. Money partners can finance a deal, provide advice, and even share a given investment risk depending on the arrangement at hand. Because of this, money partners are often highly sought after in the investment world. However, it is important to note that partnering with other investors is mutually beneficial. Business partners stand to benefit from the success of a good deal just as much as you do, something that is important to keep in mind as you get ready to approach potential lenders.
Money partners exist throughout the real estate industry, though it is important to approach each potential investment carefully. It is not uncommon for even the most seasoned real estate investors to fail to close a deal with private money lenders or money partners. To ensure this does not happen to you, research potential investors you are trying to work with and put in the time and effort to ensure you are prepared every step of the way. If you are interested in learning more about how to find private money lenders or money partners, read this guide.
Uses For Private Money
Those who want to raise capital for real estate most commonly use private money for refinancing a property or buying a new property. For example, suppose you purchased a property using a conventional mortgage but want to want to negotiate for a shorter repayment plan or lower interest rate. In that case, you can use a private money lender to help you refinance.
If you are interested in condos, single-family homes, multifamily homes, or apartments, private money can be used to purchase your new investment property. To get a private money loan for a new investment property, you will have to pitch the potential profitability of the property with reliable numbers and predictions. Raising capital for real estate using private money is typically easier for experienced investors as they have records of successful deals they have made.
How To Raise Capital For Real Estate
Private money lenders will often have their own set of rules and guidelines. While many will exercise similar practices, their borrowers’ criteria are different. I maintain, however, that there are several universal things private money lenders look for.
If borrowers can identify what it is their money partners want, it’s more likely that they will receive the loan. You see, lenders are in the business of making money, too. There are 6 P’s that you can remember when it comes to private money lenders. If you can give them the things I outline below, you could find yourself with the money needed to buy your next deal:
  1. Protect their capital
  2. Promise realistic returns
  3. Prove your potential
  4. Procure a great deal
  5. Provide your track record
  6. Promote relationship building
1. Protect Their Capital
The primary concern investors have is protecting what they’ve loaned out. If they lose that, they won’t be able to profit, which is the whole point. That’s why so many money partners have recently invested in low-yielding real estate-related products and ventures. When contemplating this factor, most look for collateral and how easy it will be to get their money back in the worst-case scenario. So be ready to answer these questions and have a plan B in your back pocket. It should go without saying, but the best way to work with a private money lender and raise the real estate investment capital you need for your next deal is to convince them that it’s worth their time.
2. Promise Realistic Returns
Where most real estate investors go wrong when trying to raise capital is promising huge returns. If you sound overconfident, your presentation will automatically appear to be a “high-risk investment” or “scam,” which is certainly not the message you want to send.  You will have to be above average market rates – of course – but don’t project too high.  The last thing you want to do is overpromise and under-deliver.  Even if you think your goals are possible to achieve, start by underestimating and then deliver more later, which will create a sense of loyalty and reliability between you and your first line of money partners. If you tell them they will receive an ROI of 8 percent, and they actually make 14 percent after all is said and done, you can bet they’ll put you at the front of the line in their contact database and beg you to take their money for your next deal.
3. Prove Your Potential
On the other hand, you need to make your investment sound appealing.  Savvy investors with bigger pockets and heavy-weight venture capital firms are, of course, intrigued by the promise of big wins. So, while keeping projections conservative, don’t be afraid to hint at the full upside potential – those big numbers you are hoping you’ll really hit.
4. Procure A Great Deal
Everyone wants a “deal.” There are two reasons for this. The first is that it is simply human nature. If someone thinks they are getting a good deal on a product, it automatically gives the impression of value.  The second is that these individuals and money managers want to look smart and feel like they are making a sound investment. They all have someone they need to impress. It could be their boss, co-worker, spouse, competitor, or even themselves.  Regardless of who, your potential money partner will want to be able to boast about how intelligent they were to discover this high-yielding or trendy investment before everyone else. Help them out.
5. Provide Your Track Record
Of course, most investors expect to see a proven track record. They want to know that you can deliver on your plans. If you don’t have direct experience in real estate investing, what other relevant experience do you have or who else can you partner with?  Have your portfolio ready to go with your successes on top.  You’ve got to have the numbers to prove yourself.
6. Promote Relationship Building
Surprisingly – or perhaps not so surprising – having a personal relationship between both investing parties trumps the rest of the qualifications.  So how can you build more authentic relationships or find like-minded individuals – whom you might already know – that might want to work with you? This is one of the most important habits to acquire as a real estate investor. Try attending a local networking event to get your face out there.  Building and maintaining relationships is necessary if you want to discover a potential money partner and achieve success.
5 Tips For Raising Private Real Estate Capital
The best advice for raising private capital in real estate will vary depending on who you ask. This is because over time, investors find the way of doing things that work best for their real estate businesses. However, this is not helpful to newbies. What I can say is that it takes time to develop a surefire system for raising private capital. In the meantime, —here are some tips to help you get started:
  1. Use Your Own Money First: Before you start fundraising a new project, assess how much capital of your own you can rely on. Not only will this help you frame the budget for the project, but it will also lower the amount of cash you are paying interest on should you find a private lender. To increase your personal capital, consider redoing your monthly budget and reducing expenses for a while; you may even be eligible for a home equity loan.
  2. Attention To Detail: The details included in your portfolio are going to make or break your pitch to private money lenders. Ensure you have an accurate purchase price, property value, rehab cost, and rental value wherever it applies to you. If this is your first investment deal, make sure the figures and estimates in your deal analyzer are as accurate as possible. Strong attention to detail could mean the difference between choosing a potential investment and securing enough financing.
  3. Showcase Your Success: When you complete a successful real estate deal, don’t be modest! Share the good news with your network, website, and social media following. Investors can and should showcase their successes (or wins) as they come along. This can help establish your credibility over time in the real estate industry when done right.
  4. Build Relationships: Networking is not as simple as exchanging business cards, and you shouldn’t want it to be. If you want to have a successful career in real estate, building relationships across the industry is critical. Keep up with your connections, celebrate their successes, and check-in from time to time. Building genuine relationships will help your career more than you can imagine.
  5. Educate Others: Sometimes, you may encounter potential lenders who are mostly unaware of the intricacies of a real estate deal or the dynamics of private lending. That’s okay; it could be the perfect opportunity to educate someone else about what you do. As you build relationships with other real estate professionals, have conversations about lending and acquiring deals, share the resources you find helpful, and put people in contact with one another when fitting. This will help you build relationships (as I mentioned above) and potentially introduce investors to a mutually beneficial real estate aspect.
Raising Capital For Residential Vs. Commercial
When comparing residential and commercial deals, financing is going to look very different. Residential properties almost always cost less than commercial properties, and investors need to secure less funding overall. It can take a shorter amount of time to raise the capital necessary for a residential deal. Commercial deals, on the other hand, require much more capital but come with higher profit margins. For this reason, some investors may find it easier to secure commercial properties. Overall, it comes down to your network and preferred lenders. Raising capital for residential vs commercial properties requires an understanding of the different income projections.
Continue Learning How To Raise Capital For Real Estate
Raising capital for real estate has become one of the most discussed topics associated with real estate investing. If for nothing else, it’s the one concept anyone could stand to improve on, there’s never too much funding. As a result, there are volumes written on the subject of raising capital for real estate, and perhaps even more knowledgeable people talking about their own strategies just about anywhere someone is willing to listen. Truth be told, it’s not hard to find someone willing to offer their own opinion on raising capital for real estate investments; the hard part comes in distinguishing between those who are truly knowledgeable and those who are, for lack of a better word, ignorant.
It should go without saying, but incorrect information can be damaging to one’s career. Therefore, it’s important to gather information from trusted sources, not the least of which include:
  • Books: To this day, books represent one of the greatest ways to filter through the volumes of information made available to investors. However, the number of books one can find on raising capital for real estate can be staggering. Instead of sifting through everything, and risking learning from someone that may not know what they are talking about, save yourself some time and consult “The Real Estate Wholesaling Bible,” by my friend and business partner Than Merrill. As the name suggests, aspiring investors will learn how to wholesale real estate, but a large portion of the book deals with raising capital and funding. As a compliment, my own book, “The Real Estate Rehab Investing Bible,” will teach readers the importance of raising capital for real estate and the best ways of going about doing so.
  • Podcasts: Relatively new to their written counterparts, podcasts are not to be underestimated. Oftentimes free, these downloadable audio files are filled with information from today’s top minds in the real estate industry. Get Wealthfit, for example, is a compilation of podcasts by investors who have been exactly where many aspiring investors hope to be one day. Get Wealthfit covers everything from money management to marketing strategies and everything in between.
  • Blogs: Not unlike books, blogs offer knowledgeable individuals the ability to share their knowledge with the masses. Only, instead of releasing once every year or so, writers can publish blog content daily. 
Summary
Raising capital for real estate doesn’t need to be nearly as hard as many make it out to be. For those learning how to raise capital for real estate, remember, working with money partners is as simple as doing two things: learning what it is they want the most and giving it to them. The investors can identify what today’s lenders are looking for that stand the best chance at getting the money they need for their next deal. That said, pay special considerations to the steps above, as they offer insight into what the majority of today’s lenders look for in a borrower. Only when you can give a lender what they want will your chances of receiving real estate investment capital increase dramatically.
Dennis Dahlberg
Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC
Hard Money Lender
Hard Money Loans
Hard Money Loan
Arizona Tel: (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel: (512) 516-1177
Dennis@level4funding.com
Dennis Dahlberg Broker/RI/CEO

NMLS 1057378 | AZMB 0923961 | MLO 1057378
22601 N 19th Ave Suite 112 | Phoenix | AZ | 85027
111 Congress Ave | Austin | Texas | 78701

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About the Author: Dennis has been working in the real estate industry in some capacity for the last 40 years. He purchased his first property when he was just 18 years old. He quickly learned about the amazing investment opportunities provided by trust deed investing and hard money loans. His desire to help others make money in real estate investing led him to specialize in alternative funding for real estate investors who may have trouble getting a traditional bank loan. Dennis is passionate about alternative funding sources and sharing his knowledge with others to help make their dreams come true. Dennis has been married to his wonderful wife for 43 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters 5 amazing grandchildren. Dennis has been an Arizona resident for the past 40 years.
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4 Warning Signs of a Bad Wholesale Deal

Wholesaling is among the most popular exit strategies for entering the competitive world of real estate. With minimal capital and no experience, wholesaling offers new investors the quickest method for generating a healthy income in real estate. However, not all wholesale deals are created equal. Truth be told, some deals are not worth your time, or your money, and you need to be able to recognize them before you make your next move. To identify a good wholesale deal, it is important to understand the fundamentals of what real estate wholesale is.

Wholesaling is the act of buying a property, marketing it to a potential buyer, and then selling or assigning the contract to a buyer. Often, the wholesaler will never actually purchase the property but instead sell the home before the contract with the original seller closes. To gain a better understanding of real estate wholesale, and distinguish the difference between a good and bad deal, here are four warning signs of a bad wholesale deal.

4 Warning Signs Spotting – A Bad Wholesale Deal

No Seller Motivation

The earliest sign of a bad wholesale deal is a distinct lack of motivation on behalf of the seller. As a foreshadowing of things to come, lack of motivation from the seller will hinder almost any deal — no matter how profitable it may be — and should be eliminated during the early stages of property analysis. Asking the following questions will assist in determining a seller’s motivation:

What is your reason for wanting to sell currently?

How quickly are you looking to sell the property?

What is your ideal closing date?

What are your plans if the property does not sell?

If the seller is not motivated, and the property does not appear to have a significantly higher after repair value (ARV) compared to the price, it may not be a good deal. However, a last-ditch effort may be to make a very low ball offer over the phone to ensure you didn’t miss something.

General Property Information Does Not Match

Most bad wholesale deals can be eliminated by simply minding your due diligence. The first step in evaluating a good wholesale deal is to gather the critical information about the property, including the seller’s situation, which can usually be found from either the seller, agent, or a third party. It is important to know the status of a property and whether it’s owner-occupied, vacant or a rental, as this will provide insight and better information on the seller’s motivation to sell.

Owner-occupied: This is when the seller is currently living in the property. Not only will they have a stronger emotional attachment to the home but arranging buyer showings will be much more difficult.

Vacant: A vacant property is ideal for wholesalers for two reasons: for one, there is no one living in the property so it’s much easier to schedule buyer showings and two, this could be a sign of distress depending on the seller’s situation which means more motivation to sell.

Rental: It is important to gather as much information as possible on rental properties. You should educate yourself on the number of tenants, their rents, and lease terms for a potential property because the buyer will essentially inherit them.

To ensure information is correct, it’s important to obtain its property card. As the city’s record of information about a property, including ownership and all of its improvements, a property card will ensure there aren’t any discrepancies between what the agent or seller has told you.  

No Equity/Not Enough Upside

The magic word when locating a wholesale deal is equity and securing this information beforehand will make it much easier to decide if you want to make the seller an offer. If there is little or no equity and the seller is current on his mortgage, there will not be much you can do with this deal. To make a profitable deal that is worth your time, it is crucial you consider the following:

What does the seller currently owe in total against the property?

Does that include all liens and mortgages?

Is the seller current on payments? If not, how many months behind?

If there is little or no equity and the seller is behind payments, then the only way for you to create equity is to negotiate a short sale with the bank. Remember that when wholesaling there needs to be enough upside for you to not only get the property at your price point, but also getting an investor to see the value.

ARV (After Repair Value) Is not High Enough

Valuing real estate accurately is a major cornerstone of success for any wholesaler. It is also a make-it-or-break-it moment for wholesale deals.

When assessing the ARV (After Repair Value) of a potential wholesale property, it is important to use a sales comparison approach–the litmus test to figuring out if a deal has potential. This approach will directly compare the potential property against three or four recent sales of similar properties, as well as comparing common significant property variables that warrant price adjustments. For wholesalers, using the 70 percent of ARV rule is a great formula to measure profit margins when purchasing distressed real estate, as it will calculate the maximum you can pay for a given property.

Remember, you are ultimately trying to determine what the subject property will be worth once it is fixed up. This is quite different from trying to appraise the property in its “as-is” condition. As a wholesaler, you must show a rehabber that he or she can make a profit from the transaction by adding value to the property.

To locate data on comparable properties, there are a slew of paid and free services such as Redfin and Zillow, as well as the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for more detailed information. It is also important to speak with a local real estate agent or expert in the area, as they are best at determining an accurate after repair value. To gauge the ARV of a property accurately, relying solely on online tools and websites is not recommended. Instead, a combination of online resources and due diligence is preferable and will ultimately provide the most comprehensive insight.

At the end of the day, wholesaling is not a get-rich-quick business but rather an entrepreneurial path to achieving financial freedom. With some hard work, planning, time, energy, and resources, you too can find the right wholesale deal to get started wholesaling.

Dennis Dahlberg
Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC
Hard Money Lender
Hard Money Loans
Hard Money Loan
Arizona Tel:  (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel:      (512) 516-1177
Dennis@level4funding.com
Dennis Dahlberg Broker/RI/CEO

NMLS 1057378 | AZMB 0923961 | MLO 1057378
22601 N 19th Ave Suite 112 | Phoenix | AZ | 85027
111 Congress Ave | Austin | Texas | 78701
About:  Dennis has been working in the real estate industry in some capacity for the last 40 years. He purchased his first property when he was just 18 years old. He quickly learned about the amazing investment opportunities provided by trust deed investing and hard money loans. His desire to help others make money in real estate investing led him to specialize in alternative funding for real estate investors who may have trouble getting a traditional bank loan. Dennis is passionate about alternative funding sources and sharing his knowledge with others to help make their dreams come true. Dennis has been married to his wonderful wife for 43 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters 5 amazing grandchildren. Dennis has been an Arizona resident for the past 40 years.
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Build Your Dream Home with a Arizona Construction Loan

538757401House hunting can be an exhausting process that yields little results. If you are unhappy with what is on the market, consider how an Arizona Construction Loan can make all your dreams come true!

House hunting can be exhaustive. After a while, you may feel like giving up—but settling on a house is not something you should do. After all, you spend time in your home every single day and it is a reflection of who you are and functions within your lifestyle. Choosing a home that is too small or doesn’t have all the features you like will make you unhappy in the long run. Fortunately, there are other options.

Some prospective home buyers may go as far as to consider fixer uppers. Sometimes, this option can be cheaper. However, it does involve a little bit of work and transforming a home before your eyes. Depending on who you are, if you have a natural eye for design and are able to work with the existing foundation, the process of making a fixer upper your own can be difficult—and, because you are forced to work with what is there, not all creative design choices are possible. If you are tired of not being able to find your dream home, or even renovate or modernize one to your liking, consider building one from scratch with a construction loan.

Why You Should Invest in Arizona Construction Loans

An Arizona Construction Loan will allow you to create your dream home. You will be able to design the floor plan, and even go as far as picking the location of your property, probably with the help of a land loan. Building a home from scratch is a lot of work that involves multiple heads: an architect, project manager, and the builders themselves. However, a collaboration like this one may be able to allow you to create the home you want but doesn’t exist on the market.

The idea of building a home from scratch can definitely be overbearing. There is a lot of pressure to do the job right, but you are not alone. If you don’t want to design your floorplan by yourself, you can work with an architect who can help make adjustments or suggestions that will help ensure you are getting the home you want that fits your aesthetic and lifestyle. If you choose to work with a qualified mortgage broker, like those at Level 4 Funding in Arizona, you can be confident that you are working with someone who considers your needs on an individualized basis with a thorough understanding of the real estate market.

Arizona Construction loans in Arizona

If you are tired of the nonsense availability of the current homes on the real estate market, give the lenders at Level 4 Funding a call to discuss what an Arizona Construction Loan can do for you. We offer a free initial consultation, with no upfront costs or fees, to help you determine the best way to make your dreams reality. Our lenders are willing to work with you on an individual basis so that you can build the home that speaks to you. Give us a call today!

                                                                                                                                        Dennis Dahlber Broker Ri CEO Level 4 Funding LLC

Dennis Dahlberg
Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC
Hard Money Lender
Hard Money Loans
Hard Money Loan
Arizona Tel:  (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel:      (512) 516-1177
Dennis@level4funding.com
Dennis Dahlberg Broker/RI/CEO

NMLS 1057378 | AZMB 0923961 | MLO 1057378
22601 N 19th Ave Suite 112 | Phoenix | AZ | 85027
111 Congress Ave | Austin | Texas | 78701
About:  Dennis has been working in the real estate industry in some capacity for the last 40 years. He purchased his first property when he was just 18 years old. He quickly learned about the amazing investment opportunities provided by trust deed investing and hard money loans. His desire to help others make money in real estate investing led him to specialize in alternative funding for real estate investors who may have trouble getting a traditional bank loan. Dennis is passionate about alternative funding sources and sharing his knowledge with others to help make their dreams come true. Dennis has been married to his wonderful wife for 43 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters 5 amazing grandchildren. Dennis has been an Arizona resident for the past 40 years.
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What You Need to Know Before Applying for a Land Loan

iStock_000002189826_Large - CopyIf you are new to the real estate market, you may be playing catch up in all the jargon and lingo that goes on in the business—neglecting to watch HGTV may also keep you out of the loop in the types of creative passion projects people have and attempt to make a profit off of. So, what are Arizona Construction Loans? Are they the new fixer upper?

Someone choosing to obtain Arizona Construction loans are looking to build land on a property they own. Instead of purchasing a property to renovate or modernize, they choose to build from the ground up. In this way, builders have complete control over the type of home they build, and have a say in the location. Usually people who obtain Arizona Construction loans also obtain Arizona Land Loans to complete a total vision of the project.

Construction or Fix and Flip?

Designers and lover of aesthetic may be more interested in fixer uppers than construction projects. Fixer uppers already have an essence to them, and somebody working on a fixer upper has to work with what exists. It’s true that renovators can tear down walls and turn a small office into a half bath and vice versa—but there is a foundation that is not malleable. Designers may see potential in what is already there and tweak it.

Those interested in construction projects may have an idea for a complete vision. Perhaps there is a vacant lot near business, entertainment and school districts that would be the foundation for a charming family home. Or, perhaps they are an architect with the vision of a director, and they would like to design and curate the home based on a blank canvas, or, in this case, vacant lot. Both construction projects and renovation projects have their pros and cons, but someone seeking Arizona Construction loans may have to invest more time and money than those seeking fix and flip loans.

An Arizona Construction Loan covers many costs, and building a home involves a lot of people. Compared to fixer uppers, complete home builders require more labor and more brain power. This is because the project is being completed from scratch and as the home is built, many different people come into play to make sure it happens; this includes the architect, builders, project managers, inspectors, as well as those who provide the resources to actually build the house.

Sometimes it’s possible to find an affordable fixer upper that just needs a few changes, the commitment isn’t as deep, and the cost and stakes aren’t as high. Building a home is a much higher commitment and investment.

Where to Get a Construction Loan in Arizona

If you are seeking out an Arizona Construction Loan, consider the mortgage brokers at Level 4 Funding. We are a team of qualified professionals who offer a variety of loans and free initial consultation. We charge no upfront costs. Give us a call today to see how we can help make your passion project go from dream to reality.


                                                                                                                                        Dennis Dahlber Broker Ri CEO Level 4 Funding LLC

Dennis Dahlberg
Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC
Hard Money Lender
Hard Money Loans
Hard Money Loan
Arizona Tel:  (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel:      (512) 516-1177
Dennis@level4funding.com
Dennis Dahlberg Broker/RI/CEO

NMLS 1057378 | AZMB 0923961 | MLO 1057378
22601 N 19th Ave Suite 112 | Phoenix | AZ | 85027
111 Congress Ave | Austin | Texas | 78701
About:  Dennis has been working in the real estate industry in some capacity for the last 40 years. He purchased his first property when he was just 18 years old. He quickly learned about the amazing investment opportunities provided by trust deed investing and hard money loans. His desire to help others make money in real estate investing led him to specialize in alternative funding for real estate investors who may have trouble getting a traditional bank loan. Dennis is passionate about alternative funding sources and sharing his knowledge with others to help make their dreams come true. Dennis has been married to his wonderful wife for 43 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters 5 amazing grandchildren. Dennis has been an Arizona resident for the past 40 years.
© 2019 Level 4 Funding LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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