Many of our previous blogs focused on things you should be doing to succeed as a real estate investor. For example, we shared our perspective as a private money lender on how to get real estate deals and how to build a real estate investing team that will propel you forward. We talked about what it takes to be a rehabber and what you need to do to minimize your risk. However, what’s equally important is to know what NOT to do in order to succeed.
This article is continuation of our series on finding profitable real estate deals. We’ve already discussed the REO route and its pros and cons. However, there is one type of REO that is quite different from the rest. In my experience as a private mortgage lender, this route offers unique opportunities for real estate investors. I am talking about HUD properties. Such opportunities don’t come often, but some of the most profitable rehabs we’ve seen came via HUD properties.
Many of our private rehab loan customers ask us to wish them good luck on their rehab investment, but real estate investment isn’t about luck. It’s about well thought out decisions based on good research. It’s about markets and timing. However, all of that aside, it’s mostly about YOU. As a football coach would tell their team during half time, “You gotta get your head in the game!” To make successful decisions, you have to have the right mindset. What is the right mindset you ask?
Private mortgage lenders – any lender for that matter – want to make sure that borrowers not only repay their loans, but also pay them on time, so lenders can deploy their money elsewhere. The best way to ensure repayment is to lend to responsible and competent borrowers who are vested in the transaction. When it comes to private mortgage lenders, to be “responsible” and “competent” means not only being able to put a great investment property under contract, but also to realize your rehab vision on time and within budget. In other words, we want to work with borrowers who are well positioned to make a profit.