Hard Money Facts

How to Choose a Fix-and-Flip Lender During a Recession

Posted by Residential Capital Partners on Aug 26, 2020 4:39:24 PM

Panic is the enemy to your investment strategy. Choosing the right hard money lender might just be the antidote.

As any neuroscientist can tell you, humans make poor decisions when they panic – and property investors are no exception. Panic literally disengages our pre-frontal cortex – the area of our brains that brings logic and flexibility into decision-making. Under duress, our brains instead rely on the amygdala – the part of your brain that responds to instinct, emotion, and the impulse otherwise known as “fight or flight”. You know, the stuff any seasoned real estate investor will tell you to avoid when making an investment.

Any hard money lender worth their salt will tell you to avoid these very same impulses when a crisis hits while offering sage advice such as “your safest bet is to stay the course” or “maintain objectivity”. So why is it so many lenders haven’t taken their own advice, and either stopped giving out new loans or inflated their interest rates in response to Coronavirus?

Perhaps it’s not so easy for lenders to walk the talk without prior experience lending during a turbulent economy.

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Topics: Fix-and-Flip Financing Tips, Fix-and-Flip Lenders, House Flipping Market Insights

How To Save On House Flipping Renovations During Coronavirus

Posted by Residential Capital Partners on Jul 1, 2020 2:57:59 PM

Investing in real estate during “unprecedented times” is not for the faint of heart. Nevertheless, savvy, seasoned house flippers recognize that this change in the market presents a great opportunity to outbid and outperform the competition — if you keep moving and adhere to your budget.

Consider this your cheat sheet for saving a bit here and there while renovating during Coronavirus. Little differences in your business practices can make a big impact on your bottom line this year.

1. Don’t Stop Flipping or Renovating

The market goes up and the market goes down. It’s easy to remember when times are good, and harder to remember in the face of uncertainty, especially when your TV and social media channels skew to the negative.

But now is actually a great time to invest, provided you have an ample safety net. If you don’t already know, Residential Capital Partners formed during the 2008 housing crisis — when other lenders were closing their doors. There is no room for panic in house flipping. Invest when others doubt.

People are still buying houses. By this May, demand for housing surpassed pre-COVID-19 levels. Which means you should keep flipping with as much cash as you can muster so you can keep turning a profit. Never let a good crisis go to waste!

2. Choose the Right Property

Buy Properties in Great Locations

Coronavirus may have thrown real estate for a loop, but the golden rule still applies: location, location, location. As always, aim for homes of lesser value in neighborhoods that are seeing an increase in value.

Buy Properties That Need Minimal, High-Return Upgrades

S ome experienced house flippers pride themselves on snapping up houses that need a lot of elbow grease. Forget that strategy for now. Why? You’re on Corona-time. Which means paperwork and coordinating with contractors will take longer. Store hours are affected. Materials may be on backorder. The project will lag on too long for you to get a great return.

What will get you a better return is updating your kitchens and bathrooms. According to US News, low-end kitchen remodeling in the United States starts at just $4,000. The starting cost of a low-end bathroom makeover is $6,000. That’s pennies compared to large overhaul projects, like wood flooring, a second story or other additions to square footage.

Salvage what you can to keep the character of the home – and save yourself some cash. Opt to paint out-of-date cabinetry, instead of installing new cabinets. See if you can keep existing tile, and replace the toilet, sink, and hardware.  Our rule of thumb: low to moderate repairs wins every time!

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Topics: How to Fix & Flip, COVID-19

Meet Rodney Young, Our New Business Development Director. (He Might Look Familiar.)

Posted by Residential Capital Partners on Jun 4, 2020 1:45:17 PM

As a relationship-oriented private lender, Residential Capital Partners takes pride in who we hire. Our criteria are simple, yet stringent: personal experience in real estate investing and a proven track record of treating investors like partners — as opposed to a transaction. Which is why we’re especially excited to welcome Rodney Young, a former HomeVestors loan development manager — and very familiar face — to our team.

I built remarkable relationships at HomeVestors. Now, I’m humbled to work with the same investors at Residential Capital Partners.” Rodney Young


What Rodney Young Brings to Residential Capital Partners

Rodney started his career at HomeVestors in 2015 as a regional business development manager. His career at HomeVestors began during an explosive period of growth for the company. During his tenure at HomeVestors, the network of franchisees grew from 500 to over 1,100 franchisees. As a business development manager, Rodney established ongoing relationships with many HomeVestor franchisees. After a couple of years, Rodney began serving as a loan development manager for HomeVestors, as the company worked to secure financing sources for its franchisees. During this period, Rodney trained franchisees on the many facets of private lending and connected them with trustworthy private lenders. Residential Capital Partners was one of his preferred lenders.

Rodney says, “Residential Capital Partners understands the HomeVestor franchisee. They understand the system. They created their lending guidelines based on the HomeVestors model. And it works! When I was loan development manager, I had the opportunity to work with the nation’s leading private lenders, and Residential Capital Partners was always at the top of my list.”

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Topics: Fix-and-Flip Lenders

Thrive Through COVID-19 With a Relationship-Oriented Private Lender

Posted by Residential Capital Partners on May 20, 2020 11:47:01 AM

The coronavirus outbreak— and the subsequent turbulence of the stock market—has revealed stark differences between private lenders’ customer service models:

  1. There are hard money lenders that rely on Wall Street to buy loans they have placed on a warehouse line. They treat loans as transactions.
  2. And, there are lenders that have used their own balance sheet to fund loans. They treat loans as relationships.

Did your lender back out of your loan? Are you struggling to get them on the phone? Or get a straight answer to questions when you do? This is a sign your lender uses a transactional business model. This is also a sign that now is the time to find a hard money lender with a relationship business model.

“A lot of our competitors have said they’re relationship partners, and coronavirus was the end of that relationship.”


COVID-19 Reveals the Downfall of the Transactional Business Model

Private lenders with a transactional business model will tout both their customer service and the expedience of their capital, which they may deliver when Wall Street will buy up their loans. But what happens to customer service when the expedient capital goes the way of Wall Street’s fear? It evaporates and the very nature of a “relationship” evaporates with it.

In the words of Paul Jackson, Principal of Residential Capital Partners, “A lot of our competitors have said they’re relationship partners, and coronavirus was the end of that relationship. We want to be the lending partner of choice for our customers in good times and uncertain times.”

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Topics: Fix-and-Flip Financing Tips, Fix-and-Flip Lenders, House Flipping Market Insights, COVID-19

So Your Hard Money Lender Backed Out Because of COVID-19

Posted by Residential Capital Partners on Apr 24, 2020 10:46:47 AM

Coronavirus has spread across the globe in rapid time, disrupting nearly every industry in its wake. House flipping is no exception. Real estate investors are now forced to navigate new challenges to secure funding. Banks are preoccupied and most hard money or private lenders are either sidelined, denying loans or raising interest rates and cash reserve requirements. The clock is ticking—what do you do?

Take a deep breath. You’ve landed in the right place.

Long before COVID-19 came onto the scene, Residential Capital Partners made the decision to run our business with refreshingly straightforward terms: No money down. 100% funding up to 70% ARV. 10% interest. 3 points rolled into the loan. 9-month term.

We’ve always prided ourselves on our transparency and now, more than ever, investors like you need a lender that can deliver on their promises, so you can keep making progress towards your goals.

So, true to our word, here’s a transparent look at what’s happening in the real estate flipping industry, and what you can expect from us:

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Topics: Fix-and-Flip Lenders, House Flipping Market Insights, COVID-19

Rehab to the Rescue: Flipping An 1800s Townhome in Philadelphia

Posted by Residential Capital Partners on Mar 24, 2020 3:47:54 PM

Scott Gurten and his partner Nick Ferroni have funded five house flips through Residential Capital Partners and counting. Two were house flipping success stories that caught the attention of Philadelphia Magazine.

Their house flip on South 45th street was news-worthy due to Scott and Nick’s masterful renovation. Like many homes in the Northeast, part of the townhome’s charm was its history. Scott and Nick wanted to preserve the home’s character while modernizing key features.

1846 Latona St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19146 | Bright MLS images via BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors

In Scott’s words, “We finance our flips through Residential Capital Partners because they offer 100% financing to keep my up-front costs low. This creates opportunity and flexibility with my cash during the investment period, because I don’t have to put large down payments down.”

With more cash in their pocket, Nick and Scott were able to make updates to the front of the home while preserving the original 1800s woodwork on the façade.

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Topics: House Flipping Market Insights

How to Market Rental Properties

Posted by Residential Capital Partners on Mar 11, 2020 11:39:52 AM

Now that you’ve used fix and flip financing to renovate your most recent rental property, it’s time to put it on the market.

The average renter tours nearly three properties over 2.5 months before making a decision, according to Zillow’s 2019 Consumer Housing Trends Report. Don’t let an empty rental property cost you even more money on your investment property loan.

Having a plan to find reliable tenants is as important as securing funding for your investment property. Use these five marketing tactics to catch the attention of high-quality renters, so you can start getting a return on your investment immediately after rehabbing your rental property.

1. Take Professional-Grade Photos. 

This is non-negotiable. Why? A listing without photos is too easy to ignore. Plus, listings with high-quality images get 94% more views, according to QuickSprout. Also, intriguing photos could increase the rental price of your fix and flip between 1-7%, according to a Redfin study examining the impact high-quality photos had on house prices.

If you don’t have the time or budget to work with a professional photographer, consider a DIY approach. Smartphone cameras have come a long way — but you need to know how to use it.

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Topics: How to Fix & Flip, Rental Property Investment

3 Ways to Spot Trustworthy Fix and Flip Lenders

Posted by Residential Capital Partners on Feb 26, 2020 12:55:12 PM

Finding a trustworthy fix and flip lender can be the start of a beautiful, mutually beneficial business relationship.

But a misleading lender can lose you time and money. Lenders don’t like to turn away business. So, if your deal isn’t a solid, unwavering “yes,” you may hear, “I’ll see what I can do” or “we’re still working on this.” Sometimes, this templated response comes long after the initially promised deadline. Why? Often, the lender is working behind the scenes, trying to make a deal happen for you — even if it’s in the form of an exception.

Bottom line: Don’t leave your investment property loan pending on empty words. Look for a lender who will give you a quick answer and an honest assessment of your deal.

Before you sign — or pay — anything, look for these three qualities in rehab lenders.

#1. They’re Available.

Questions can arise quickly in this business, and you need answers ASAP. Getting in touch with your lender should be easy. A good lender will give you multiple points of contact, and they’ll answer your questions in a timely manner.

#2. The Terms of the Loan Are Clear.

Having clear, easy-to-understand loan terms is simply good business. A trustworthy lender will outline any fees and loan terms before you get to the closing table. Murky fix and flip loan terms can lead to unrealistic expectations of a deal. A reliable lender will willingly help you understand what you’re signing

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Topics: Fix-and-Flip Financing Tips

Investing in Rental Property for Beginners

Posted by Residential Capital Partners on Feb 18, 2020 5:23:49 PM

For many real estate investors, rental properties deliver a dream come true: passive income. Done right, your rental property will produce mailbox money. Your tenants pay rent, you provide maintenance here and there and your property appreciates while you enjoy the financial security of a cash-flowing asset. Even more, you can have pride in knowing you put your money to work for you.

But, to do it right, you’re going to need to do your homework and watch out for common flipping mistakes so you don’t fall victim to a bad rental property investment. Here are the 4 most important things to consider when investing in rental properties:

1. Invest in Neighborhoods You Understand

Warren Buffet famously proclaimed, “I only invest in things I understand.” The same rule applies to the single-family rehab and rental business: invest in places you know and understand. You’ll be familiar with details others might overlook, such as the rumored expansion of a large corporation nearby, or the addition of an upscale grocery store around the corner. How walkable is the area? What is the school district like? Is there a college nearby?

For help on your journey from rehab to rental, download this free investment rental property neighborhood checklist


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Topics: Fix-and-Flip Financing Tips, Rental Property Investment

6 Reasons to Finance a House Flip in Winter

Posted by Residential Capital Partners on Feb 3, 2020 5:13:43 PM

Conventional wisdom says that late spring and early summer is the best time to sell a home or an investment property, but real estate investors and hard money lenders alike know that winter poses its own special opportunities, and that the colder months can be an ideal time to make your move.

Aside from the fact that hard money loans or property investment loans are also available in winter, there are other reasons why the winter months could be prime time to finance a house flip.

1. Less Competition From Home Buyers

For most people, winter is a time for family and holidays. Their cash is likely to go to presents and travel. Any major moves, such as the purchase of a new home, are often put on hold.

Because of this, you can approach sellers in the winter months knowing that the market is slower than usual. In the US, the annualized price of the average home can fluctuate 5-7%, depending on the time of year. In active markets like Dallas, the fluctuations have been recorded as high as 12%. And, almost without exception, the point at which prices hit their lowest level occurs during winter months.

2. The Timing From “Fix to Flip” Is Perfect.

Statistically, the best time to sell a house is in May. Houses sold during the first half of May typically sell 18.5 days faster than other months and go for 5.9% more money. On a $200,000 house, that could be a cool $11,200 bump in profits.

If you purchase a property in December, you can shoot for a completion date of May to bring your renovated property to market. It’s as simple as that: Buy during the slow season, and sell during the peak season. That’s a simple yet very effective way to maximize your profits.

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Topics: Fix-and-Flip Financing Tips

How to Find & Keep Good Contractors for House Flipping

Posted by Residential Capital Partners on Jul 18, 2019 10:22:35 AM


The Golden Rules to Hiring a Contractor for Your House Flipping Business

Your contractor can have a profound impact on almost every aspect of your real estate flip: Deadlines. Quality of work. Budget. Return on investment. And whether or not the overall experience is energizing or draining.

Whether you’re funding a flip or using a hard money lender, it’s important to keep your flip on schedule and on budget. Time is money. Not all contractors understand or care about that. Follow these steps and you’ll be able to find good contractors and build lasting relationships with the ones who come through for you.


1. Gather Names

Any sizeable job should be bid out to a few contractors. Until you build a pool of trusted “go-to” contractors, you’ll have to use other sources for leads. Your best prospects include:

  • Get referrals from friends who’ve had major work done
  • Ask around at the contractor desk of your local Home Depot or Lowes
  • Consult a specialize resource like Angie’s List
  • Search online through Google, Craigslist, Service Magic, Yelp and other sites
  • Drive the neighborhood and look for jobsites with contractor trucks onsite

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Topics: How to Fix & Flip