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Self-Directed IRA Investments Can Truly Diversify Your Portfolio

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?

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.

November 8, 2020 by Scott Griest 0 Comments

Advantages of Investing In Trust Deeds

Why Trust Deeds?

Learn why savvy investors love investing in Trust Deeds for the consistent returns. First off a Trust Deed, also known as a Deed of Trust, transfers legal title in a property to a trustee, which hold it a security for a debt. This is very similar to a mortgage, but the main difference is the number of parties involved. With a Trust Deed there are three: Trustee, Borrower and Lender. With a Mortgage just two parties are involved: Borrower and Lender. This is the single most popular question we get. For more detail please check out Wikipedia‘s page on Deed of Trust

Recording Security For Debt

Trust Deeds are recorded in the county where the property is located as evidence of the security for the loan, just like a mortgage is. Hence the closing process is nearly identical to that of a conventional mortgage. When the debt is fully paid the lender must promptly direct the trustee to transfer the proper back and release release the security for the debt. So investors in Trust Deeds have the same security in a piece of real estate that a bank does when making a loan.

Consistent Cash Flow Every Month

Each time a borrower makes a monthly interest payment that puts money in investors pockets. In addition the return on Trust Deeds will range from 8% to 14%, creating significant cash flow with low risk. Now, if you invest in just one or a few Trust Deeds and one stops paying this can significantly decease the monthly revenue. At Coastal Capital we pool investors monies together and invest in 60 or more Trust Deeds to diversify. If a one or a few borrowers stop paying then cash flow is only minimally effected. There is definitely safety in numbers when it comes to investing in trust deeds!

Faster Foreclosure With Trust Deeds

Foreclosure is often much faster and less expensive with Trust Deeds than Mortgages. When a borrowers fails to pay a quick foreclosure process often motivates the debtor to make their payments! No one likes to foreclose on a property but when its required a quick and inexpensive process is appreciative. For investors this means that their cash is not sitting idle in a long, drawn out process and is earning interest in a performing loan. In addition, investors have to outlay on a minimal amount of legal expenses to complete the foreclosure process.

Ready To Start Investing In Trust Deeds?

If you’re ready to start enjoying way above average returns on your investments that are all backed by real property pease reach out to us. We always enjoy educating our investors on our specific investing strategies. Or for more detail on Coastal Capital check out or Investor page.

November 1, 2020 by Scott Griest 0 Comments

Want A Safe Investment With Stable Returns?

Consider These Low Risk Options For Investing

Between FDIC-insured deposit accounts and a few conservative investments, you’ve got options.

When the markets turn volatile, safe investments providing stable returns get their moment in the sun, and for good reason. FDIC-insured deposit accounts and other low-risk investments help investors grow their wealth. At the same time erring towards caution to keep their savings secure. Remember, though: Low risk generally means low return. Which means most make sense when you’re investing for the short term.

If you’re investing for the long term (think more than a year) low-cost equity investments in some index funds and alternative investments such as Coastal Capital’s trust deed (mortgage) fund are often a better choice.

Lowest-risk ways to grow money

The investments below all come with insurance. Which makes their risks practically nonexistent. But their yields are also very low compared with the long-term returns you can get elsewhere. So while they offer stable returns, the returns are just a penny or less on the dollar currently.

  • Money Market Accounts – Currently pay 1% or less but come with FDIC insurance guaranteeing the first $250,000
  • Online High-Yield Savings Accounts – Currently pay 0.75% or less and are also insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Certificate of Deposits (CDs)/Treasure Notes, Bills & Bonds – Basically depositing money with a Federally insured account or with the government. These are locked up for a certain period of 6 months or more that pays less than 0.5% currently.

While all the above are insured they pay returns that do not even keep up with the pace of inflation. Which means when you need to spend funds you invested they will actually buy less goods than when you first invested!

Low Risk Ways To Grow Money

Traditionally, low risk investments are backed by hard assets that tend to slightly appreciated over time. Generally they are not subject to wild valuation fluctuations. The time tested asset that the wealthy prefer to invest in is good, old fashioned real estate. It provides the stable returns everyone is seeking. At Coastal Capital this is our preferred vehicle for creating wealth as well, thanks to its consistent returns that are produced month after month will virtually zero risk.

Don’t think that you have to buy rental properties and then deal with tenants and trying to collect rents. There are quite a few ways to invest in real estate directly and indirectly to enjoy above average returns. All without being large swings in value.

  • Buy & Hold Rental Property – Rental income provides two great benefits of monthly rents and depreciation for tax purposes. If purchased correctly one should enjoy returns of 10% or more. And then also get the added tax savings which can be significant according to Investopedia. The only issue is a large down payment is needed to start investing
  • Real Estate Investment Trusts – These are traded funds that pool investors monies and invest in all types of real estate. The fund charges a fee to manage everything, so it’s almost like buying a stock. Therefore the value of the fund can change quickly depending on the fund’s results. 10.5% annual return can be expected for low risk options. Great option for those with a few thousand dollars to invest
  • Trust Deed Investment Funds – Such as Coastal Capital, loan mortgages to property owners and then collect the rents and other profits and distribute to investors monthly or quarterly. To limit risk we suggest sticking with funds that have zero or low leverage and do not lend to borrowers at higher than a 75% loan-to-value ratio. In general returns will be between 12 to 15% annually. Generally need $25,000 or more to start investing.

The stock market has been generating amazing returns for the last few years, however that will not always be the case moving forward. If you’re seeking consistent & reliable returns check out one of the low risk suggestions above.

Coastal Capital delivers these consistent returns for over a decade at 14% or more historically. We welcome the opportunity to partner with you start growing your wealth! Give us a call at 310-280-7223 or click here to learn more.

September 21, 2020 by Scott Griest 0 Comments

Why A Hard Money Loan Can Be Worth The Cost

Part 2 Of Coastal Capital’s Blog Series: Introduction To Private Mortgages

Why are real estate borrowers willing to pay higher rates to borrow private money also known as a hard money loan? With hard money loan interest rates around 12% plus points added in, the borrower is paying a premium. It’s obvious why this is a great deal for the private mortgage investor/lender and the broker. Why are real estate investors be willing to pay these high rates when conventional mortgage money costs 6-8%? There reasons are many, but generally all tie to four advantages:

Speed of Closing the Transaction

Mortgage money from banking or institutional sources usually takes between 45 and 90 days to fund. Institutional lenders need to not only obtain appraisal of the value of the property. Then, require a detailed examination of the borrower’s credit history and current financial status. Finally, financial statements and tax returns for the property securing the loan are needed. And lastly all other properties, business interests owned by the borrower are examined. 

Coastal Capital and other hard money loan lenders can usually complete a transaction within 5 to 15 days. The property value itself is the main criteria used in determining loan eligibility. Less information on the borrower and the borrower’s other properties is required, resulting in a fast approval process. Coastal Capital is protected by lending at a much lower loan to value ratio, 65% is typical vs. 80% – 90% for an institutional lender. Further, private mortgage lenders can make a decision within 24 hours of receiving an application. Institutional mortgage money must receive the approval of a loan committee that may meet twice a month.

Real estate investors often need immediate financing to take advantage of an opportunity to purchase a property below market price. In many cases a motivated seller being forced to sell and the borrower has to act fast and a hard money loan is a good choice. Sometimes its possible for an investor with quick financing to purchase the property at 70-75% of market value. Especially when it’s a foreclosure opportunity. Conventional or institutional financing takes too long (according to Zillow the average is 30 to 45 days https://www.zillow.com/home-buying-guide/how-long-does-it-take-to-close-on-a-house/?106724136213dsa-588695699669459688491291 ).

Real estate investors wanting to take advantage of an opportunity either needs cash liquid or utilize the services of Coastal Capital. With so much profit potential, paying a premium is a small price to pay for completing the transaction. If the real estate investor keeps the property, he can start refinance with conventional money right after closing. If the investor in the above example seasons his property, (owning it for 6 months to 12 months), it often appraises much higher than the purchase price. Then the entire purchase amount can be financed with a conventional mortgage. The end result is the investor owns a cash flowing property with no net money out of his or her pocket.

Sometimes, real estate owners are in temporary financial trouble, and need a loan to avoid losing a foreclosure. At just such a time conventional lenders back away. Coastal Capital can provide refinancing, providing a lifeline to the property owner to avoid foreclosure. This gives time to regroup and reestablish credit then refinance at a later date with conventional financing. So when time is of the essence a hard money loan is often used for:

  • Closing on an opportunity when a quick close to purchase a property well below market value; then immediately refinance it through a bank
  • To quickly secure a property and remedy cash flow issues in the mid-term to secure a higher appraisal and cash out in six to 12 months
  • Save a property from foreclosure and expensive tax liens giving the borrower breathing room

Borrowers May Not Want or be Able to Provide Personal Financial Information

Unfortunately, many borrowers fail to keep good financial records. This is especially true for small business owners. They often manage the businesses financial success based upon the business’s checking accounts balance.  Often people are tardy on filing tax returns or accountants are behind in preparing financial statements.

Institutional lenders demand detailed accounting of the real estate investor’s personal and financial life. This is all important and required to the institutional lender. It’s making a loan based upon the credit of the borrower and the value of the property. Not being able to provide complete and detailed personal financial information causes major issues. Often it negates or at least severely delays getting an institutional mortgage. It has no effect on the borrower’s ability to obtain a private mortgage loan. 

Many borrowers simply do not want the hassle of filling out applications. Then providing financial documentation, producing profit and loss statements which can be painful. Finally going through credit checks, explaining minor credit issues, and providing tax returns. Many of our hard money loan borrowers buy multiple properties each year. Unless they plan to hold a property for the long term they either use bank pre-approved credit lines or private mortgage financing. This saves time and hassle and provides assurance to the seller that a transaction can be completed on time.

Sometimes life situations dictate the willingness of a borrower to provide details of their financial life. Some of our clients have perfect credit and could have easily secured a much lower cost via conventional financing. However they might be going through a divorce or involved in a lawsuit. Keeping their financial matters private is sometimes the upmost concern.  So when financial information or disclosures cause an issue many use a private mortgage. Examples include:

  • Borrower cannot produce proper financial documents or is behind in preparing statements and tax returns
  • Risk of improper financial documentation delays closing with bank so the borrower chooses private money to ensure closing
  • A borrower is unwilling to disclose financial documents due to a myriad of reasons

The Borrower and/or the Property Does Not Qualify for a Conventional Mortgage Loan

This can be anything from low credit scores, already having too many mortgages or the property does not produce a sufficient enough income. Further, the property itself may not support the type of loan the borrower wants. If major repairs or rehabilitation is necessary, institutional investors will not be interested (especially if it’s a small project) and the borrower has an extensive track record. In these cases, a private mortgage may be the only resource to the borrower. At Coastal Capital the borrower’s credit is not an issue.

Professional real estate investors, entrepreneurial individuals who buy, lease, manage, build and sell real estate full time, often reach a point in their career where conventional financing is hard to come by. Somewhere between ownership of four small residential units where qualification is based on personal credit, and ownership of large office buildings where qualification is based on the property’s cash flow, all real estate investors run into a financing problem. They have too many properties to qualify as a small investors but the property’s cash flow won’t qualify on its own strength.

Further, the professional investor will not have a steady income from a job or other verifiable income. It is at this point that the investor must make a decision; take on partners or pay the high interest and fees for private mortgage. Ask any successful entrepreneur and all will saw that borrowing is always less expensive than paying a partner equity (plus all the potential headaches that come along with managing a partnership.) To summarize the reasons why a borrower or a property can’t qualify for conventional financing and borrowers choose a hard money loan:

  • Borrower has credit issues or like many entrepreneurs and small business owners cannot provide verifiable income in the form of payroll
  • Successful real estate investors often acquire too many properties to quickly and banks are uncomfortable lending to one individual with over five mortgages in their name
  • Many investors gladly trade a higher interest rate from a private lender versus taking on a partner and giving up equity in a property
  • The property itself may need repairs or upgrades prior to qualifying for conventional mortgage financing

We specialize in private mortgages (hard money lending) over the past 12 years. Coastal Capital’s experience has seen countless iterations of the reasons above in lending situations.  We are constantly financing properties just like the borrowers and are comfortable with the scenario. In addition, Coastal Capital is a direct lender and NOT a syndicate. Syndicates issue an approval and then send out the loan to a network of investors hoping to raise the money for the deal.  Instead, we are a private fund, where investors pool their capital. Then invest in hundreds of mortgages to diversify across borrowers and properties.  We usually close a transaction in a week. So we can’t issue an approval without having the cash to fund the loan.

Coastal Capital built its stellar reputation since 2007 with borrowers and brokers by following through and closing on time.  You can count on Coastal to put a smile on your borrower’s face. Please visit us at CoastalCapital.com to learn more.

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