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A History of the Flip: House Flipping and Real Estate Investment 

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Workers are installing plasterboard (drywall) for gypsum walls in apartment is under construction, remodeling, renovation, extension, restoration and reconstructionThe term house flipping has become popularized thanks to television shows like Flip This House, Flip Las Vegas, Zombie House Flipping, and countless others. Nobody would have thought that a show about fixing houses would go so mainstream and grow its own bit of cult following. You can even buy merch and sport the very clever “Do you even flip bro?” Who wouldn’t want that?!  The very idea of seeing something (an old house) for what it could be is so quintessentially American in nature. That is, our culture has always encouraged reinvention and innovation and the real estate business is no different. It’s why hundreds of people across the country—from stay-at-home moms to real estate agents to handymen— set out every year to buy and flip properties. Many people see it as much more than just lucrative business; it’s an opportunity to take something that’s falling apart and make it beautiful again. There is great satisfaction in that. Here at Entrust Capital Funding, we facilitate this process for people as they embark on the exciting journey of real estate investment. Sometimes the hardest part is getting started, so we help secure the funds and you take it from there. 

Where did the idea of  ‘the flip’ get started?

Let us take this all the way back. We mean waaaay back.  It’s no secret that Americans hold property in very high regard. Property rights are well enshrined in our laws and thinking.  The founding fathers drew from the philosophy of John Locke, Enlightenment thinker and philosopher, who wrote famously about the role of government and the way a free society might function. The core principle of ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’ was a reference to Locke’s very revolutionary idea (at the time) of natural rights that included life, liberty, and property. It was changed to ‘happiness’ by Mr. Thomas Jefferson himself who deemed it a much more appealing and inspiring phrase given the document in which he was writing it. After all, the document needed to rally support behind the revolutionary cause. 

That, of course, serves as the basis for much of our society. The American Dream is very much tied to owning one’s own property and having the picture perfect home with the white picket fence. Today, many versions of this ‘perfect home’ exist, and those that understand the value of real estate investing know that it is an instinct ingrained in Americans to want to own their home, their property, where their family can grow and thrive. A home, after all, is the place where you feel safe and protected and free. 

If there is one thing that television shows like those mentioned above have done, it makes the concept of a house flipper mainstream. Most people thirty years ago might have known what you were talking about when you said the term. Today, it’s a pretty well-known tactic to get into a lucrative business. House flipping as we know it in these mainstream shows really began around the 1980s. The early 80s had an economic recession hit and people with reliable incomes and savings were able to buy the foreclosed homes, fix them, and sell them for a profit. Savvy people understood that markets are always fluctuating and that when a recession happens, there is likely to be an improvement. 

The Outward Expansion and Mass Production of Homes 

Suburbia, which began in the 50s and 60s as millions of American servicemen returned to build families and made use of the GI Bill, meant that rows and rows of houses in the outskirts of cities began the outward expansion that we know today. The surge of home-building continued onto the 70s, 80s, and 90s as suburbs extended outward and larger metropolitan areas grew in population, density, and infrastructure. This pushed the outward expansion that led to the building of entire neighborhoods and communities outside America’s major cities.

Blast from the Past – The Appeal of Retro Homes and Renovations

Whether it’s fashion or films, the idea of returning to the past has always appealed to people. The same applies to homes. Renovating and sprucing up an old classic home from the early 20th century is part of what kickstarted the movement of flipping houses. Retro home features like classic chimneys, wallpapers, clawfoot tubs, and more are always coming back and have homeowners seeking blasts from the past. With homeowners eager and happy to purchase older homes that have been renovated, house flippers discovered that turning old abandoned homes into modernized havens with stylish additions and improvements was very much a burgeoning market. 

And so the trend of the house flipper continues because it is a never-ending market. As new generations of Americans come up, new-somewhat-modified versions of the American Dream continue and people search for that perfect home. For the real estate investor, this means that the work they put into the house will be worth it. Many real estate investors, of course, fall in love with the process of turning something that is dilapidated, forgotten, perhaps a little abandoned, into a breath-taking home that inspires hopes and dreams. For many, this is what it’s all about. 

If you have a passion for giving people what they are looking for, the world of real estate investment might be for you. Here at Entrust Capital Funding, we help people find those opportunities and turn them into profits. Give us a call and learn about how you can dive into the world of house flipping. 

The Entrepreneurial Spirit and How to Embrace It

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African american entrepreneur business owner ceo portrait at the creative design officeIf there is one thing that separates America from most other countries, is the entrepreneurial spirit and tradition that runs through the backbone of this country. Part of what fuels the American spirit is the question of new frontiers; characterized from our early history, where miles and miles of unexplored land lay westward, the country developed a culture of seeking adventure and new limits. Without that, we might not be one of the most innovative, productive, and culturally rich countries in the world. And while most people will not be settling on unexplored land, we all have the opportunity to reach new frontiers in our own lives. Here at Entrust Capital Funding, we believe in this spirit of adventure and risk mitigation. It’s why we offer great funding opportunities for people that have a dream and a drive to grow their wealth in a different way. 

So how does one engage in the journey of entrepreneurship?

Well, there is no one path, no one way to get to where you want to go. If you look at some of the most innovative minds in America in the past few decades: Elon Musk, Jeff Besos, Bill Gates, etc, they each lead different journeys that brought them to where they are, but we can look at some similar characteristics or tips that might help you take a new risk and grow you wealth.

Tip #1: Take on the challenge. Venturing into new territory will always be scary and will always be a challenge. Embrace the difficulties as part of the journey that will take you to your golden vision. 

Tip #2: Care about your work. A million-dollar idea that you don’t much care about will not bode very well. That’s because it’s going to get tough and if it gets tough and you don’t care about the work you do, it’s far more likely that you’ll give in to the impulse to walk away. 

Tip #3: Acknowledge the risk. Jeff Bezos once said that he knew that he would not regret failure but that he would regret not trying. The outcome of your efforts will only be known until you make that effort and go all out. 

Tip #4: Have a vision. Regardless of the venture, you’re looking to embark on, it’s better to always have a clear vision of what you want it to be. Keeping that vision at the forefront will help you move forward, overcome obstacles, and find creative ways to move towards it. 

Tip #5: Surround yourself with good people. Life is too short to surround yourself with people that drag you down or pull you under. If a person doesn’t inspire you, move you, or challenge you in some way, you might get better friends and business partners. 

Words of Wisdom from Successful People

Sure it sounds easy to tell someone to ‘take a risk.’ In the real world, what does that really mean? We mitigate risk on a day-to-day basis. And yet, that doesn’t mean that we blindly throw everything we got onto one basket and look away. Taking risks requires some planning, analysis, but also some trust. There does come a point where you have to let go and simply accept that there is risk involved. 

Let’s take a look at some advice from notable people:

Mark Cuban is a well-known entrepreneur and investor. He owns NBA teams, Landmark Theaters, and Magnolia Pictures. He asks two simple but important questions: “(1) Is it something you love to do? (2) Is this something you’re good at. He encourages people to choose something they love to do and care about. The first step, he says, is always the most difficult. And this is true for most everything in life. The first time you do it, it seems insurmountable. After that, you know the ropes. 

Tony Robbins is a well-known speaker, best-selling author, and beloved personality in the world of self-help-inspirational-type activities. He warns people against believing that having a solid business plan is the end all be all. He claims business is 80% psychology and 20% mechanics. He advises people to think honestly about who they are, what you want to accomplish, and the mindset you need to have to get there and claims that few people are ‘natural’ risk-takes. It’s why we have to work our way towards that. 

Tim Ferris is a well-known and best-selling author that wrote about the “Four Hour Work Week.” Ferris claims that the best advice he ever received was that you are always the average of the 5 people you associate with. In other words, choose your friends wisely and make sure that they play a productive role in your life. 

Thinking About Real Estate Investment? 

Real estate investment can be a great way to learn a new industry and grow your wealth. Here at Entrust Capital Funding, we believe in the spirit of entrepreneurship and encourage people to get out there and fight for the lives that they want to live. It’s why our capital funding is quick and simple to get. If you want to invest in real estate, there may be an opportunity waiting for you. Call us to find out more about what we do. 

A Secure Investment: Real Estate and House Flips During a Time of Crisis 

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Young business entrepreneur woman working at home while having breakfastAccording to a recent Gallup poll, both high-income and low-income Americans have lost faith in their stocks. Interest in stocks and mutual investing fell dramatically in the first quarter of 2020. Of course, these are unprecedented times and the market has certainly shown it.

Thirty-five percent of Americans say real estate is their favored long-term investment. This has been the case since 2013 and remained so especially during the time of the pandemic. The reason for this can be twofold: one, real estate is tangible, and even during a pandemic, it is still there. You can see it. Feel it. Touch it. Two, the markets will always come back, at some point or another, but they do come back, and when they do, people will always need a place to live. 

Tips For Preparing For a Recession as an Investor

We don’t actually know what is going to happen to the markets as the country begins to open up. There are plenty of analysts and market gurus projecting their predictions. Some claim that there is likely to be a recession coming out of this. That may or may not be the case. In fact, it may be that the markets bounce back as people are eager and able to get back to work immediately. After all, we’ve never had a self-imposed economic shut down before. Yet, as a real estate investor, you always want to be prepared and have a few things in mind in case a recession does hit. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • If you have properties or assets, you might consider selling some so that you have more liquidity. 
  • If you are prepared, consider making cash offers on properties likely to go back up quickly, that is, places with desirable schools, good neighborhoods, etc. 
  • If you have the capital, buy properties that you see have potential. Many real estate investors, after the great recession of 2008, figured out that they could have bought more properties since prices went insanely low. 
  • If you’re a house flipper, you can work on building relationships and using several lenders, so you have trusting relationships before a recession hits. 

Well, that still doesn’t answer the million-dollar question directly. Does that make now a good time to put in an offer on a property? 

The truth is, there is likely no straightforward answer to that question. The answer will largely depend on what you plan to do with the home, your current situation, your other properties, etc.

It might very well be a good time to buy an investment property if there is inventory at a good price. The challenge is, of course, that there were a lot of pauses put on the home selling process, that inventory is quite low in many American cities, including El Paso. 

How the Stay at Home Orders Upended the Home Buying Process 

Many companies that specialize in buying or selling homes have put a pause on operations. New listings, according to Market Watch, were down 44% in April compared with the previous year. This translates to about 189,000 fewer homes on the market than during the same period in 2019. New home construction was also halted, as many builders became wary about the state of the housing industry. 

So there might be a lower amount of inventory due to these reasons:

  • Seller uncertainty 
  • Real estate companies halting services
  • The rapid rise of unemployment and sellers pulling their listings
  • Lack of foreclosure homes. 

All this being said, it doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily a bad time to buy an investment property. A deal is a deal. And if a deal pops up in a market that you, as an investor, see as a good investment, it is the right time to buy. The returns will come later, as the market picks up. In fact, there is already data suggesting that buyers are returning to the markets and slowly things are picking up. 

It’s important to keep in mind that all of the above reasons are only temporary. Seller uncertainty tends to fade as the market begins to reopen and states go back to normal. Texas is one of the states that is opening the fastest after coronavirus. And while El Paso seems to be slower than the rest of the Lone Star State, there are still plenty of listings in the El Paso market. That being said, Texas is a robust state with a strong economy and a business-friendly environment. This will likely mean a quicker recovery. 

Get Confident, Look for a Deal, and Be Ready to Invest For Your Future

Every investor knows that investing—whether it be real estate or stocks—always involves some risk mitigation. Uncertain times, certainly call for more attention to detail and keeping your eye on the markets. That doesn’t mean, however, that it is not a ripe time to capitalize on the market downturn. Finding a good deal means that your returns will likely increase as the market picks back up. Here at Entrust Capital Funding, we encourage investors to go with their gut and use their entrepreneurial spirit to seek the right deal for the best price. If you’re looking for some funding to invest in that diamond in the rough, give us a call today.

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Real Estate Investment & Coronavirus: Factors To Consider

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The global COVID19 pandemic is causing unprecedented levels of medical and economic damage, choking hospitals of resources and killing small businesses like barbershops, restaurants, and nail salons. Global shipping has taken a huge hit, and governments are scrambling to guard against an economic collapse unlike anything the world has seen.

The far-reaching effects of the coronavirus have left no industry untouched, including the real estate market. Close eyes are on the real estate market, and early reports are dire. In this blog, we’ll analyze the current effects and predictions for the real estate market.

How COVID19 Is Shaking Up The Market

The coronavirus is quickly overwhelming citizens and governments alike, while the negative ramifications continue to build. The economy was already slowing down, so the coronavirus has acted to accelerate and exacerbate the already-coming recession. Unlike the previous recession, though, the housing market may not take as big a hit.

The head off the effects of the coronavirus, state and federal governments are helping by providing relief and assistance for those with mortgages. Since many people rent, especially young adults, some help is likely in the works for them.

For investors, the most important numbers will be interest rates, which will continue to drop as this pandemic progresses. Lower interest rates mean more investment in property and development, given how fruitful it will be as opposed to bonds or CDs.

At the time of writing, normal housing behavior has been maintained more or less. Recent surveys have shown that 80 to 90 percent of home buyers and sellers report no change in interest or sales, despite the crisis. The National Association of Homebuilders has sent President Trump a letter asking for federal support for the housing sector nonetheless, likely worried about the future implications of the pandemic.

For now, the housing market is relatively stable. Future forecasts, however, are not as optimistic.

The Future Of The Housing Market

The housing market, like the rest of the economy, has its underpinnings in debt. Lots and lots of debt. It’s estimated that there’s enough debt for each American man, woman, and child to have $12,000 each in debt. The pandemic presents a huge opportunity for the housing market to collapse ordinary Americans, but it all hinges on the way the government responds.

The Trump administration has taken steps to head off the crisis by putting a freeze on mortgages backed by federal bodies like Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, or the FHA. While this will put mortgage servicers in a bad spot, it should ultimately save the cascade of foreclosures that would have happened otherwise.

It’s also important to keep in mind that the housing market as a whole was already pretty tight. Housing prices have been skyrocketing for some time now, and the available homes for sale have also decreased across most major cities.

Besides the 2008 housing crash (which ultimately caused the stock market crash), the housing market is actually quite resilient during a recession. In fact, many people are looking to shift their investments into real estate because it seems like a safer option than other types of investments.

How Should I React To The Coronavirus?

Unfortunately, it’s hard to know how to respond since we have no clue how long or severe the coronavirus recession will end up being. It’s hard to make decisions when the future is so uncertain. Many investors, as stated above, are taking advantage of rock-bottom rates and are investing in droves.

If you recently bought a home, refinancing may be a great idea, though many banks are pausing their refinancing programs due to the coronavirus. Some experts warn of a liquidity crunch in the market, due to the lack of capital from lenders. Getting a mortgage and a new home will be difficult, thus making the housing market grind to a crawl.

The best advice at the moment would likely to practice very cautious and well-calculated moves. As the stock market is showing, many people are panic selling their stocks and panic buying toilet paper. Those probably aren’t the wisest moves, especially since the markets are going to be receiving some major help from the government.

Investing in real estate may represent a much more stable choice, but the best tool you can have in times like these is knowledge. Stay up to date with the latest news and government actions will best inform your investing decisions.

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8 Ways to Invest in Real Estate Without Actually Buying

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Home renovations being completed to sell for a larger profitThere is a risk of investing in anything. You always need to make sure that the market that you are investing in is profitable and will continue to be profitable. Investing is always a risky business and some markets are riskier than others. Investing in the real estate and housing markets can be a risk and many people are intrigued by it but not willing to just dive all the way into it. There are ways to invest in real estate that can help you learn all about the market without as much risk as actually buying property. Here are 7 ways to invest in real estate without actually buying property and posing less of a risk to your wallet. 

 

Become a Real Estate Agent or Start a Brokerage

Being a real estate agent and a broker requires some education and licenses that need to be obtained. Those licenses and levels of education sometimes depend on your location and area of expertise. This is a great way to learn about the market and work your way up. Successful agents earn a decent amount of commission and brokerages can earn a decent amount of commission from their agents that work under them. If you are a successful agent, building a brokerage might be a very profitable option for you to consider.  However, starting a brokerage can be very expensive. It does take money to make money, so consider how long it can take to grow and see a return in profits. 

 

Wholesaling Houses

This is similar to owning and flipping a house, except you don’t have to own the property to do it and you don’t front the cost of maintenance. You essentially contract someone who is looking to sell their home and you then take that contract and sell it to a buyer for a profit. The trouble with this way of investing is that it can be very difficult to find a home that has been undervalued in the market that a person is willing to renovate and sell. Lots of factors need to line up in order for this kind of investment to be successful. 

 

Real Estate Mutual Funds

Mutual funds are pulled together and overseen by an investment manager. You can choose a fund that is growth-oriented or income-oriented. These are designed to minimize the risk of investing, but like anything in real estate, there is still a slight risk. If a real estate related risk affects one of the investments, it is likely to infect the other investments as well. This is where you would really want to evaluate the market and see if the risks are too big to take. 

 

Invest in Home Construction Companies

By this we mean investing in the stocks of home building companies. Be sure to look closely at stock numbers and study the home building market. Perhaps, start small and work your way into investing more money if you see that you are turning up a profit. Invest if you truly believe that the home building market is going to boom and remain steady. 

 

Real Estate Partnerships

Investing can be really expensive to do on your own. This is where it can be beneficial in having an investing partner. Each person had their own responsibilities that they take care of. This is a great way to purchase property at a lower price. Depending on the agreement, you can choose what is most enjoyable and easiest for you to take care of, and leave the rest to your partner. 

 

Invest in Real Estate Service Companies

This is a great way for beginners to dip their toes into the housing market and build their portfolio until they can really invest. This involves minimal work and is a great way to gain experience and learn. 

 

Become a Real Estate Appraiser

This is another great way for you to learn about the housing market and learn what times are the best to invest in. As a real estate appraiser, you can specialize in commercial or residential properties. You will determine the values of properties and their surrounding areas while making a decent salary and learn about valuable housing markets. 

 

Obviously, any kind of investing can be tricky, but the housing market is a particularly tricky market, especially in this economy. Entrust Capital Funding id here to help. Contact us to learn more about real estate investing.

Preparing Future Homeowners: Requirements for Buying a Home in Texas

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If you’re interested in buying a home in the state of Texas, you’ve made an excellent choice. Real estate investors and homebuyers are in for a treat when deciding to reside in Texas, especially in major cities such as Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. In order to diminish your share of challenges in the home buying process, it’s important to understand specific laws and issues. If you’re wondering what exactly you need to purchase property in the state of Texas, you’ve come to the right place! We touch on the requirements and steps it takes to successfully make a Texas home yours.

Assessing Your Finances and Do Your Research

One of the most important primary steps for looking and purchasing a home in Texas is to do some research. This research doesn’t have to be arduous, but it should be just enough so that you can gain a general understanding of how home buying works in Texas. Some of the key points you will want to look at should consist of credit score, average down payment, home programs, and mortgage payments. By reading up on these requirements, buying a home in Texas can be much more feasible for investors.

Finding a Real Estate Agent

Although the state of Texas is one of the very few that does not make it mandatory for an investor to hire a real estate agent but utilizing their help could make a world of a difference. By hiring a real estate agent to guide you through the home buying process, their presence minimizes the potential for errors in other requirements to buy a house in Texas. If you want to ensure that you are choosing a qualified agent for your home buying journal, it could be helpful to seek the wisdom of referrals and more.

Getting Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

The next step regards getting pre-approved for a mortgage, which is essential before making an offer after searching for investment properties for sale. If you are a first-time home buyer in Texas, it is crucial that you learn about the lender’s requirements.

Initiating the Property Search

You can start hunting down properties by scouring your desired area or by searching for local advertisements. Even better, you could search for investment properties for sale online, as 90% of real estate investors do.

Make a Written Offer

Once you’ve set your mind on a specific property, you can then move onto the next step of buying a house in Texas: making an offer. In Texas, offers to purchase must be written. This is one of the requirements to buy a house in Texas that a real estate agent can provide a significant amount of help for investors. The agent can review the contingencies and terms of the offer and any other associated legal aspects.

Have the Property Inspected and Appraised

The next step in meeting the requirements to buy a house in Texas includes the expertise of two real estate professionals: inspectors and appraisers. Whenever you are purchasing a home in Texas, these two professionals must be prevalent throughout the process. An inspector is available to assess the standards of the property, while an appraiser determines the property’s value.

Determine Escrow and Finalize the Deal

The following steps of buying residential property in Texas near the ends of the home buying process. A legal advisor, who can simultaneously be the agent, helps to determine escrow of the deal. Once escrow is determined and agreed upon, the closing of the deal can begin.

While some detailed specifics can be different based on your real estate agency and property, these are the general requirements and steps to buying a house in Texas. Above the requirements, it is essential that you take your time with the process, especially if this is your first time purchasing property. Never agree to anything in the deal until you come to a full understanding and level of comfort.

Entrust Capital Lending: Here to Accompany You Throughout the Process!

The Entrust Capital Lending group is just as passionate about working with investors and homebuyers as we are about providing loans for Texas homes. If you need a loan in a timeframe that is convenient and fast for you, we are here to help! Contact us today to learn more about how we can get you started.

Harnessing Powerful Concepts Into the Art of House Flipping

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There has been no shortage of real estate gurus over the years. Dozens of acclaimed speakers claiming to have the magic formula to real estate investing have likely passed through your town doing sold out lectures, conventions, and expos. Most professionals will tell you, however, that there is not just one formula, particularly for a business as dynamic as real estate. Still, if you are venturing into real estate investing and house flipping, you’re probably looking for some general guidance and tangible useful advice.  Understanding certain basic principles of taking action might be a great way to get over the fear and crack open the initial stages of real estate investing. 

One of today’s leading voices in the self-help motivational realm—although not exactly a traditional motivational speaker himself—is the tall, articulate, and charismatic Tony Robbins. And while Robbins does not limit himself to only one industry, his advice is more focused on mastering human emotion and action. And some of the key principles can be applied directly to real estate. Let’s take a look at some helpful tips:

  1. Decision is the ultimate power. This is probably one of Robbins’ central ideas. The thought here is that decision is what drives destinies and without a decision you can be stuck in no man’s land for some time. So if you’re thinking about real estate investing. Don’t think about it too long. Either go for it or don’t. 
  2. Utilize the Incredible Power of Focus. And just like the above, the concept applies to everyday life and other personal decisions, as well as real estate. You can spend years studying the literature of how to best flip a house, but if you focus on action and doing, you’ll likely learn faster and get where you want to go. When concentrating on one thing the human mind can yield and incredible force. 
  3. Always move towards bigger things. Don’t get caught up in the details of life. Move towards the big goals. This way you are always moving towards the big things that you aim for. 
  4. Take Action. This is a big leading principle. Nothing happens without action and dabbling in indecision can not only make you lose a lot of time but a lot of money as well. If you haven’t taken action, you haven’t truly decided. This is key. In order to move towards these big goals you have to take steps to get there. Reading about real estate investing every day, printing articles, and never really taking action is not exactly a path to success. Reading is good, research is good, but action is better. 
  5. Look for a mentor. Finding someone that understands real estate and can give you some advice on your first flip, how to work your first investment, finding your price ranges, etc, can be a wealth of knowledge in one conversation. 

And once you’re in, keep moving forward. There might be mistakes, there might be setbacks, but dedication gets you there. 

Focus, Take Action, and Invest!

Here at Entrust Capital Funding, we are supporters of investors and want to help them succeed in their endeavors. It’s why we make the process easy and pain free. We know the opportunities that lie in the world of real estate investment and if you have been thinking about taking the leap, why not do it now! Remember, if you focus and take action, what you can achieve is truly remarkable. We are here to help you get the funds you need to get started. Call us today. 

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Benefits of House Flipping as a Profession

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House flipping, as a profession, can be pretty rewarding and demanding. Many people in the industry simply love real estate, or were tired of living in a 9 to 5 corporate environment. It has become more popular than ever before, with shows and social media accounts chronicling the lives of house flippers reaching millions of people a day. However, some people still have too little information on the industry and remain skeptical. If you are on the fence, check out just some of the benefits of house flipping below.

  1. Take Control of Your Time – When you flip houses for a living, you are your own boss. You don’t have to have lunch right at 12 or have that report done by Monday; you decide how much you want to do, when you want to do it, and how. 
  2. Financial Potential – As you may already know, there is a lot of money to be made in real estate. After all, for most people, the majority of their net worth is tied into their home. This can be daunting for some people since they have never had to deal with such large amounts of money before. But for motivated individuals, the potential for money-making in the house flipping business is as big as their desire and drive.
  3. Networking – Flipping houses requires talking to people, and we mean a lot. Marketing, getting loans, getting info on neighborhoods, and all the other aspects of house flipping require communication. If you love talking to people or want to branch out, this is a great industry to be in.

Pairing Your Dream With The Right Lender

House flipping can be made easy and profitable with the right lender. Here at Entrust Capital Funding, we pride ourselves on being able to offer the best loans for home flippers of all types. Contact us today to see how we can get your dream off the ground. 

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Terms You Should Know in the House Flipping Industry

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Real estate is a great industry to work in; it’s stable, and allows you to meet new people, take risks, and expand and grow to an almost endless degree. If you want to get started in this industry, you may want to learn some of the most common terms so you won’t get lost or confused doing your own research. 

House Flipping Terms

The house flipping industry has a lot of terms that are unique to the industry and are brought up a ton from experienced home flippers. Here as some of the most common that you’ll see and hear regularly:

  • Reno project – This one is pretty simple—this refers to a home that will need a renovation before it is sold on the market. 
  • Wholesaler – A wholesaler is a person who buys homes as-is and will sell them to another flipper. They don’t waste time renovating or selling a home to someone who will actually live in it. 
  • Bene – Bene is short for beneficiary, and that is typically a bank or lender that has ownership of a foreclosed property. 
  • Distressed property – A distressed property is one that is late on payments, and is in danger of foreclosure. 
  • NOD – NOD stands for notice of default, and is the point where a house is due to be foreclosed on. You can often get a list of these properties in advance, but it’ll cost you. 
  • Dollhouse and Haircut – Dollhouse and haircut just mean that homes are in pretty good shape, and need minimal renovation to be ready for the market.
  • LTV – LTV is just the Loan-to-Value ratio, meaning the difference in the loan and appraised value of the home. 
  • ARV – ARV stands for After Repair Value, and it’s just the value you of your home after renovations. This is where your profit comes in, so you need to have an idea of this number before you renovate.
  • Hard-money lender – Oh wait, that’s us! A hard-money lender is a private lender, meaning the money comes from private investors, and not from a bank. That means that you can get your money fast, and go on flipping or renovating your house much faster than a traditional lender. 

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When you’re in need of a hard loan that can get you the house or renovation project with the lowest interest rates in town, call Entrust Capital. Let us finance your real estate dreams today!

How Hard Money Loans Improve Communities and Help Build Wealth

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When you say the words ‘hard money’ to someone, there is a high probability that it might prompt the kind of glazing of the eyes common with financial speak. So many people are unnecessarily intimidated by concepts of real estate investment and buying, but it might be worth to let everybody know that hard money loans and investing in real estate could be for everybody and not just professional house flippers we see on television. Thousands of Americans have grown their wealth through hard money loans and finding opportunities in the thriving real estate market. 

 


Where does the Term Come From?

 

The first question you might have is, “Why on earth is it called “hard” money?” When one understands the concept of these types of loans, the name might make a lot more sense. The term refers to the reliability of the loan in the sense that it is not from a bank, but from a fund of investors who agree to use their money for these short-term loans. 

 

A hard money loan is secured by the real estate project itself. So, if you find a home that you want to purchase and are willing to renovate and then flip, these loans are designed to be short-term and to use that very piece of property as collateral. 

 

Where Does the Bad Reputation Come From?

 

Let’s face it. Hard money also carries some stigma and bad reputation from a few bad apples that took the concept and took advantage of it. These bad apples provided very risky loans to borrowers with the intention of foreclosing on the property. So, unfortunately, a lot of hard money lenders today carry that bad reputation that even people outside of the real estate investing world seem to have. 

 

What Role Does It Play In My Community?

 

You might be surprised that many homes in your neighborhood were purchased with hard money. If you live in a neighborhood where there are older homes that have some renovation happening, you can rest assured that many of those renovations were funded by hard money. These types of loans help the cash flow and help people with bad credit invest in and purchase their homes. Hard money is composed of a group of investors from a community, interested in improving that community by allowing people to renovate and remodel homes, thereby improving the neighborhood, the community, and the value of the homes. 

 

The Security of these Loans

 

Just like taking out any kind of loan—whether it is a student loan or other private loan— there is some responsibility involved. For aspiring real estate investors, there is a lot of resources out there that help them learn about how to maximize the opportunities provided by hard money. Here at Entrust Capital, we help aspiring investors navigate the complicated and sometimes daunting process of borrowing money for a house flip. 

 

Choose Lenders You Trust

 

Precisely because of this bad stigma, we understand that some people might be apprehensive to go with hard money lenders. There are, however, a lot of benefits to getting these loans, as opposed to regular bank loans. They are available faster, they have lower interest rates, and they are reliable. After all, for the group of investors funding your loan, they know that there is some security with the real estate, so they are not so concerned with your credit. If you’re looking for a quick short-term and reliable loan, call Entrust Capital Funding and we’ll give you more information.