With the looming expiration of moratoriums, it’s good to have a team lined up and ready when opportunities arise so you can make a solid real estate offer.
Renovate The Property
Make Tenant Improvements
If you own a commercial property, make the types of tenant improvements that will make it easier to rent to the types of tenants you are seeking. Some examples of tenant improvements include painting; installing lighting, flooring, and drop ceilings; and adding walled offices, a break room and kitchen, additional bathrooms, and conference rooms.
Most conventional lenders won’t provide loans for commercial properties that aren’t occupied. Ideally, rent out the space to make it more viable for a conventional loan. This might require you to make certain improvements after the space is occupied so you can get a rental agreement in place before refinancing.
Improve Your Credit
The minimum credit score requirement for a conventional loan is 620. If your score doesn’t meet the criteria, work on improving it so you can refinance. Some strategies you can use include:
- Get a free copy of your credit report to see where you need to improve.
- Build a history of on-time bill payments.
- Keep credit card balances at 30 percent or below your credit limit, ideally as low as 10 percent.
- Ask for a credit limit increase to get your balance percentage down.
- Avoiding applying for new credit because inquiries from new creditors can temporarily lower your credit score.
- Setup a prepaid credit card if you don’t qualify for a regular card
- Keep old credit cards open, even if you don’t use them.
- Consider debt consolidation.
- Monitor your credit score so you know how you’re doing.
- Avoid large purchases (vehicles, boats, timeshares, etc.) before applying that add debt to your report.
Consider working with a credit repair company to help you knock off items that have the largest impact on your credit. Getting guidance from a professional can help you prioritize your efforts to refinance out of a hard money loan so you can qualify for a traditional loan more quickly.
File Your Taxes
Conventional lenders base decisions on your tax returns, so if you need to get caught up on filing, now is the time. Gather the tax documents you have to see what’s missing. You might need to request missing documentation from an employer or the IRS to fill in the gaps. Work with a professional tax preparer to ensure accuracy and completeness. Be prepared to pay penalties and interest charges for any late payments or filings. If the cost of amending your taxes to correct your underreported income is minimal, that might be enough to get you above the debt-to-income hump, so it’s worth the effort if you’re trying to refinance out of a hard money loan.
Don’t forget to inquire all fees ahead of time before signing your loan docs including prepayment penalties. If you would like to learn more about hard money loans and how you can use them for flipping homes and a broad range of other real estate investments, leave us a message here give us a call.
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What Is a Trust-Deed Investment?
The Benefits of Trust Deed Investment
Trust Deed Investments with a Self-Directed IRA
Traditional retirement plans, however, do not allow the additions of alternative assets like trust deeds. The solution is to use a self-directed IRA or Solo 401k and other similar retirement accounts, which give account owners virtually unlimited investment choices. Unlike conventional retirement accounts that tend to limit investment options to stocks, self-directed ones can invest in nontraditional assets such as commercial and residential real estate, precious metals, trust deeds and much more. Here at Coastal Capital, we partner with The Entrust Group one of the largest and most trusted self-directed IRA management companies. If you need assistance in transferring funds from your current IRA we can help facilitate.
Open the Door to Modern Real Estate Investment
Looking for a way to get more bang for your investment in your retirement savings? A self-directed IRA (SDIRA) could be the answer to diversify your investments.
What is a Self-Directed IRA?
A Self-Directed IRA (SDIRA) is quite simply, an IRA. All IRAs abide by the same laws and possess the same capabilities. Unlike other IRAs held at banks, brokerage firms and other institutions, with a SDIRA, you’re not limited to stocks, bonds, or mutual funds. This means you can invest in virtually any asset including private funds, trustee notes and even crypto.
What are the benefits?
A Self-Directed IRA gives you the opportunity to build a more diversified and resilient portfolio. It allows you to take advantage of alternative investments such as real estate, precious metals, private equity, notes, and more. A custodian/administrator is required to do the record keeping for the assets in your account, but nothing moves in or out of it without your direction. You decide how much, when, and most of all, what to invest in, giving you the freedom to invest in what you know best.
Investing in Real Estate With a Self-Directed IRA
Real Estate is a popular investment among SDIRA holders because it is a tangible asset that people know and trust. With a SDIRA, you can invest in a wide range of real estate assets: residential or commercial properties, developed or undeveloped land, condos, hotels, mortgage notes, and more. Depending on what type of account you choose, earnings can continue to be either tax-free or tax-deferred.
How does investing a SDIRA in real estate work? Imagine you purchased a single-family property through your SDIRA. If you chose to sell it, your profits would go directly to your IRA. Alternatively, were you to rent out that same house, your income would go back into your IRA and any related expenses would be paid from your IRA. For more information about how to use your SDIRA to purchase a rental property, go here.
The level of control and flexibility associated with a SDIRA does come with its own set of responsibilities. For example, investments made with your SDIRA are owned by your SDIRA, not by you personally, making self-dealing prohibited. Click here for more information on SDIRA rules.
Getting Started With Investing In A Self-Directed IRA
The first step is to decide what type of account you want to open. Then, establish how you’ll fund it, and decide what your investment strategy will be. Speaking with a legal and/or tax advisor before you begin can help you to answer these questions.If a SDIRA sounds like it could be the answer to your retirement questions, get your copy of The Entrust Group’s Self-Directed IRAs Basics Guide today.
Many of our investors at Coastal Capital utilize this Self-Directed IRA Investments option with The Entrust Group to build safe, above average returns for their nest egg. To learn more about the fund please visit us here.
A hard money loan can provide quick relief
Real estate is interconnected with so many other industries, it’s not surprising that the real estate market is going through some ups and downs during COVID-19. Some landlords are finding themselves in tight spots when renters can’t keep up with their monthly payments. If you find yourself in such a situation, you might be able to negotiate with your mortgage lender, but many property owners are finding this to be a dead end after following a long rabbit hole. Fortunately, hard-money loans offer a viable alternative.
Especially in California landlords are facing challenges
Due to zealous restrictions, approximately 3 million California residents are unemployed, and about 1 million of those are renters. This naturally impacts their ability to pay their rent on time and in full. With about one in seven households struggling to pay their rent, many landlords are seeing the impact. Even though the unemployment rate is improving, it’s still in the double digits. Many tenants are still struggling to keep up.
For landlords with commercial tenants, it depends on the types of properties you own. For example, many bars, restaurants, and salons are suffering right now. They simply are not bring in the same revenue as before. However, if your properties are home to essential businesses that are thriving during this time, collecting rent payments might not be an issue.
Tenant protections in California
The recent tenant and landlord protection legislation prevents landlords from evicting tenants through Feb. 21, 2021. The law says that missed rent payments due to COVID-19 but how can you verify? Between Sept. 1, 2020, and Jan. 31, 2021, tenants must pay at least 25 percent of their rent to qualify for this protection. For most property owners, that’s not enough. It’s true that tenants aren’t completely off the hook—landlords can start recovering debt in March. But what are landlords to do about the months in between?
In addition any landlords are lowering rents for a period of time for existing tenants and offering discounts in order to entice new tenants to rent vacant spaces. Incentives include free rent for one month, free parking, and more. Such offers might get new tenants in the door or keep existing renters in the building. However these types of concessions put a dent in landlords’ wallets.
How a hard money loan can help during the COVID-19 pandemic
Hard money loans are based on your equity in the property, not on your personal financial history or credit score. This means that if you have enough equity, you can get a hard-money loan to cover the gap. Even if you can’t secure a traditional bank loan with enough equity you can get cash in a week.
These trust deeds are designed to provide short-term capital to help you cover the mortgage and related expenses until you’re able to generate more rental revenue. Most importantly hard money loans enable property owners to keep current on their mortgages, avoiding expensive late fees and expensive default interest charges. Often the costs with obtaining a small hard money loan far outweigh the costs of going into default on a property.
Coastal Capital Group is here for you
If you have tenants who aren’t able to keep up with their rent, Coastal Capital allows you to use your equity to secure cash. Hard money loans close fast—think days, not weeks—so you can keep up with your monthly payments even if your renters can’t. For more information and to learn more please Apply today.
Owner Financing doesn’t have to mean waiting years or decades to receive money.
Sellers have the choice to sell all or just part of their future payments for cash today.
It’s a tough time to sell a house.
Hoping to stand out from the crowd, sellers are advertising “Owner Will Finance!”
Accepting payments over time provides buyers an alternative to bank financing. Of course sellers don’t want to trade a house that won’t sell for a buyer that won’t pay.
When an investor has performed their research and is ready to purchase a private mortgage note they will ask the seller to deliver original documents (note, recorded mortgage, etc.) and sign the transfer package.