Joint Venture Construction Program

Lender Investors seek vehicles that provide good returns with low to moderate risk and a low level of work/supervision.  That’s a pretty generic statement that means different things to different people, but some examples include T-Bills, CDs, 1st TDs, Muni Bonds, Junk Bonds, and 2nd TD’s.  The market sets those yields and in 2014 they range from 1% to 12%.

Real Estate Investors/Entrepreneurs seek vehicles that provide high returns with moderate to high risk and a moderate to high level of work/supervision. Some examples here include free and clear residential rentals on the lower risk/return side of the scale up to highly leveraged construction or development investments on the high risk/high workload/high return end of the scale.

What if a Lender Investor could get a much better yield/(risk&work) ratio and the Real Estate Investor/Entrepreneur could earn a good yield at much lower risk?
A dream deal for the Lender Investor would be:

  • A work free yield in excess of 12%
  • More safety than a 1st TD
  • Protection from litigation
  • Protection from Borrower non performance
  • A downside that still provided capital protection, cash flow, and a return that would be in the 4-6% range
  • The tradeoff for the above is slightly higher LTV

A dream deal for the Real Estate Investor/Entrepreneur would be:

  • One stop shopping for Capital
  • No Fees, No Points, No interest
  • No loan guarantees
  • Capital investment of only 10%
  • A downside that still protects his/her invested Capital
  • The tradeoff for the above is slightly lower yield

PHF has devised such a system. After many years of development and construction lending, we have found a way to provide these benefits to both Lender Investors and Real Estate Entrepreneurs. The laws of physics haven’t changed, and there is no free lunch, but by putting both parties on the same side of the table, and by prudent selection of Borrowers and deals PHF can now deliver the above.


Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Equality, Education & Real Estate

A recent article in the San Diego Daily Transcript by economist Alan Nevin, discusses the rising inequality in our nation. Alan says “….The inequality is being exacerbated by the marriage of college-educated people to other college educated people. The incomes of the educated rise rather rapidly as they move up the job scale and together, they provide the disposable income that creates the Beemer economy. They can afford the nice cars, nice housing, travel, upscale clothing and can raise their children in the manner that will inevitably lead to those children’s high level education.

At the other end of the scale, we have the folks who most often made it out of high school, but whose learning capacity is dulled by making the mistake of being born to the wrong parents and by the mediocre education they have received. If these young adults cannot meld their education with today’s increasing technology driven jobs, they are destined to be at the bottom of the economy indefinitely. And when they marry, they inevitably marry at the same socio-economic level, thereby ensuring a lifetime of struggle.

According to a recent Harvard/Berkeley report, 70% of people born into the bottom quintile of income distribution never make it into the middle class. And less than 10% make it into the top quintile. The study notes that social mobility has been low for at least thirty or forty years.

Therefore, the spread between the educated and undereducated continues to widen.

Unfortunately, the jobs that once provided the undereducated with decent incomes have long disappeared. Those jobs were very often in manufacturing and assembly. Typically, those jobs were in union-dominated industries. The union pressure for high wages and benefits eventually caused the “good” jobs to move off-shore or move to right-to-work states where the education system, and particularly, the junior colleges, cater to the needs of the technology driven employers. Clearly, the U.S. automobile industry now has a southern accent…..”

Other studies indicate that Millennials, typically 1st time buyers, are showing less interest in buying houses and cars. Many prefer to live and work in urban areas and can actually get by without a car. Add to that the psychological impact of the great recession, maybe a huge student loan to pay off, and the freedom of location spawned by technology, you can envision legions of well-educated urban gypsies.  Many can work from any location with good cell and internet coverage.

So what is a real estate investor or lender to do?   Given that urban gypsies won’t be living in tents, they still need lodging, and those on the other end of the scale need housing as well. Urban apartments, condo’s and upper scale furnished rentals all look like a good bet. At the lower end of the scale, individual homes are slated to become long term rentals, and it appears that there is a need for larger apartment (as in square feet per unit) communities designed to house families for the long term.

This is all good for the Beemer’s in the short run, but it is not good for our society in the long run to have the middle class eliminated and it certainly appears that is what’s happening.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Declining Yields

Americans don’t spend a lot of time watching traditional network television anymore, but when we do occasionally turn on the news or check the weather, the proportion of advertisements for pharmaceuticals certainly is striking. There are ads for drugs for high cholesterol and arthritis pain relief, but very few drug ads aimed at young parents or the health needs of the middle years. The vast majority of pharma advertising focuses on remedies for older Americans.

One reason is because Medicare-eligible Americans are pretty much the only ones left watching traditional network TV. Nielsen studies show that the people who watch the most traditional television are either between the ages of 2 and 11, or over 65. The over-65s watch almost twice as much TV as those between the ages of 18 and 34. Younger viewers make more use of time shifted viewing and are likely to skip over advertisements altogether. Networks aim to allocate their advertising budgets as efficiently as possible, and it is clear that the pharma companies are betting that the most likely demographic to be watching has a need for pattern baldness and other ailments.

As television viewing habits have changed over the years, so too has hard money lending. Two-thirds of the hard money brokers in business in 2007 went out of business thanks to the Great Recession. Pacific Horizon Financial spent the time from 2008 to 2012 taking back most of the assets we had outstanding loans on, and then completing unfinished projects or repositioning assets or just waiting for a better market on our portfolio. In essence, we became a cross between a developer, a receiver, and an owner and did not refocus on lending until late 2011.

Fast forward just a few short years from 2008 and the market is flooded with new hard money mortgage companies. There are now more hard money brokers in business than at any time in the last 30 years. They come in all shapes and sizes. We now have Crowd Funding, Hedge Funds, Distress Funds, Family Offices, and various forms of institutional backers for Mortgage Bankers and Brokers. Additionally, the proliferation of the internet and email marketing has them all competing on price. Our little secret is out.

As a result, yields have plummeted, especially for California trust deeds.  In Southern California, where the competition for trust deed loans is the most intense, a mere 6% net yield to the investor has become commonplace. The competition for first trust deed loans in the Central Valley and in the Greater Sacramento Area is almost as intense as in Southern California. You can get 7.0% – maybe – but not much more.  It’s the law of supply and demand. There is far more investor money chasing trust deed investments right now than at any time in history.

It helps to put it in perspective:  10-12% 1st TD’s are now as rare as hen’s teeth, but even 6% is about 4 times the prevailing CD rates.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

CD’s vs. Inflation

Federally insured Certificate of Deposits (CD) have traditionally been a comforting option for conservative investors.  As long as the FDIC is solvent and your savings are not in excess of the insured limit, it is a worry free form of investing.  A CD is reasonably liquid and they are safe.

Just like any investment option, it is not a good idea to have all your eggs in one basket.   Stocks have been on a tear for the past few years, but that was after they got hammered in 2008 and 2009.  

The problem comes when retirees have allocated all their savings to CD’s and modeled their future on a 5% return and the “safe” market of T-Bills or CD’s does not meet their targeted yield. 

When you look at the graph above, it is easy to see why older investors have an affinity for CD’s.  They have grown up in a period where their parents were adequately served by responsible saving and conservative investing. 

When you factor in inflation, the story looks like this:

Beginning in the mid 60’s, CD’s marched down to negative inflation adjusted yields and spiked sharply positive (when Reagan became president) in the early 80’s and have drifted down ever since. 

No one knows which way rates are headed in the future; many think we will have massive inflation and many think we will deflate.  What we do know is that we are living longer and typically spending more.  We also know that not all investments are good all the time.  The financial planner’s mantra of asset allocation and diversification is based on decades of experience and is very hard to quibble with. 

CD’s have a place in your portfolio as do stocks, bonds and alternative investments such as Trust Deeds, but none of them should be the only egg in your basket. 


Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

2014 Prognosis

After recently attending a conference featuring Stan Humphries, the Chief Economist of Zillow; San Diego’s well known real estate consultant Gary London; and State of California Controller John Chiang, I came away with a feeling of calm that has not been very prevalent since 2005. All of these notable speakers were in unison as to the current state of economic affairs as well as the prognosis for the next year.

In their separate ways, they predict continued economic growth, a leveling of the real estate market, and a gradual increase in interest rates towards year end or maybe 2015. Nothing especially surprising, but a comforting consensus nevertheless.

In most realtors’ minds, I think it is fair to say that Zillow, when it comes to specific home values, has been more of an inaccurate annoyance rather than an indicator of value. What shined through during Zillow’s presentation however was the depth of their data and how closely their home value curve follows the Case Schiller curve on a macro scale.

In addition to the familiar housing value graph, Zillow is producing affordability indexes that appear to be very useful in projecting the future buying power of the average home buyer on both a local and national scale. That information is now free to anyone with internet access and the desire to use it.

When calculating this index, Zillow factors in:

  • Prevailing mortgage rates
  • Median Household income
  • Median home values

    Since the prevailing mortgage rate is the variable most likely to change, and from a risk perspective, an upward change creates the most risk for a lender, it is very helpful to see how much “cushion” we have. Zillow has prepared calculations that show what percentage of a median household income is necessary to buy the median home. The “Historic” column shows the average percentage of income that was required to purchase the median home during the 1985 – 2000 time period for the specific local. The “Current” column shows what it is now, and the other columns show what percentage of income would be necessary to purchase the median home if the prevailing mortgage rates were the rate that heads that column.

The table shows that the west coast of California is a tad more (relatively) expensive right now than the period from 1985 – 2000, whereas Detroit is much more (relatively) affordable than the period from 1985 – 2000 and will still be more affordable even if mortgage rates go to 7%.    If I were buying 100 homes, I might consider a trip to Detroit, but if I am buying or investing in 1 home, and then I would stay in California, but realize that prudence is in order because an increase in mortgage rates will put a damper on prices. 

Zillow is projecting that San Diego home prices will increase by about 7% in 2014. That’s a lot less than the last two years, but very encouraging for housing and the economy in general.   It seems to fly in the face of the table above, but inertia is a formidable force and the projections for mortgage rates are that they will be stable for at least the majority of 2014.

Projections are not always right of course, and they certainly do not anticipate a “Black Swan” event, but it appears that a bet on equal to improved real estate values in 2014 for San Diego is reasonable.   

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Why Trust Deeds are a Very Attractive Investment for 2014

Ever since the Hedge Fund industry has been snapping up thousands of distressed single family homes across the country, many savvy investors have decided to jump on the proverbial band wagon and follow suit. PHF has been providing some of those independent investors with purchase money for these “fixer/flippers” in the San Diego region for years.

It’s a great business.  Distressed homes are renovated thus providing sorely needed jobs and improving neighborhoods.  When neighborhoods are improved, all values go up, so investors in these distressed single family homes (whether lenders or renovators) not only are making excellent returns on their capital or efforts, but they are bailing out the neighborhood and this is occurring across the entire country.

As 2013 nears its close, the San Diego market has a shortage of inventory which has led to increased prices and lower margins in the renovation business.  This in turn leads to fewer opportunities and lower yields for Trust Deed Investors.  The latest quarterly data shows a huge jump in the number of homes that are no longer under water.  This is a good thing on the macro level, but it warrants caution and stringent underwriting when it comes to placing your hard earned dollars on the line – it’s just not as easy as it was a year or two ago.

As one reflects on the upcoming year and the standard options available, you must decide if the economy will stay steady next year or fall off another cliff.

If you’re betting on cliff diving, then:

·         CD’s or T-Bills are a good choice for ultimate safety, but the yield will not keep up with inflation.  They certainly beat a negative return though.
·         Real Estate in general will suffer.
·         A stock market index fund would not be a good choice.  The market is high and buoyed by the Feds cheap money and the Fed is threatening easing off on the money supply.  This will drive up rates and drive the market down.  Individual stocks are a separate matter; there is always a compelling reason to buy certain stocks that may thrive in a down market.
·         Bonds are not a logical choice.  Since interest rates are very low, whether you believe the sky is falling or the economy will rocket up, odds are that rates go up and a vanilla bond play would is treacherous.

·    A very well secured 1st TD on a property you could stand to own for what you invested is a very good choice.  The TD will weather all but the most ferocious fall, and even then, patience should bring back the value and even provide a bonus return.

If you believe the economy will be at least steady, then:

·         CD’s or T-Bills will under perform
·         Real Estate returns will depend on the “buy”, the type, and, as always, the operator.
o   Single Family homes could be good. New single family construction could be excellent.  Industrial could be excellent as the economy improves.
o   Retail is very foggy since the impact of the internet (Amazon etc.) continues to explode.
o   Office is foggy as well.  Class A buildings seem to be doing very well in San Diego, everything else depends on a variety of factors and thus an expert investor
o   Apartments continue to be the darling, but prices are high and cap rates low.

·         1st Trust Deeds will be a great choice since collateral values will not decrease.  These will perform as advertised and provide yields ranging from 6-12%.
·         2nd TD’s always require diligent underwriting and are not for novices in any market, but certain instances arise that can warrant the additional substantial risk for the increased yield.

As you can see from the above, the beauty of a Trust Deed – a 1st Trust Deed – is that it should perform admirably in whichever market 2014 brings.  It is never going to match getting in early on a Netflix, Apple, or Amazon, but it’s strength is that it just chugs along relentlessly through thick and thin with a yield that is extremely competitive in the long run.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

What does SD’s all cash housing market mean?

By Lily Leung

August 31, 2013

Nearly 30 percent of San Diego County homes sold in July were purchased with cash, much higher than the historical average of 16 percent. What does the continuing high level of all-cash buyers tell about the state of San Diego’s housing market?Our U-T Housing Huddle panel, a group of real estate insiders, chimed in:

Murtaza Baxamusa, directs planning and development for the Family Housing Corporation, of the San Diego Building Trades in Mission Valley:It is indeed unfortunate for first-time home-buyers that speculative buyers consist of almost a third of home purchases in San Diego. This is because the latter drive up prices, often come from foreign sources, and outcompete bids with traditional financing. Some may argue that the presence of cash buyers signals strong market demand. But speculative buyers have blown bubbles in the past, and this time may be no different. If housing costs spiral unsustainably faster than family incomes and local employment growth, homes become poker chips for international gamblers, than dwelling units for San Diego families.

• Michael Lea, real estate professor at the Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate at San Diego State University: The high percentage of all cash transactions for San Diego County homes reflects the influence of investors in the market. Wall Street firms have created large funds to purchase homes – either to flip or to rent. Initially these funds focused on distressed houses but as that portion of the market shrank they turned their sights to non-distressed and higher priced homes. This reflects the volume of funds raised and the need to deploy the money. San Diego is an attractive investor market with significant appreciation potential given the depth of the downturn and lack of new supply.

• Linda Lee, president of the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors: Thirty percent is common in many markets across the country. A recent National Association of REALTORS® study shows there has been a tremendous increase in cash buyers since the housing downturn. The study found more than 60 percent of international buyers pay cash for properties. Downsizing baby boomers often have enough equity left from their sale to pay for their next house or condominium with cash. We’re also seeing a larger percentage of cash buyers in the market because of tighter lending guidelines. Some clients have bought properties with cash and they finance after closing, so the buying process is less stressful.

• Marco Sessa, chairman of the Building Industry Association of San Diego County and senior vice president of Sudberry Properties : There are several drivers for all-cash buyers. 1) The US dollar is cheap to foreign investors; 2) Investors are more likely to pay cash to maximize returns; 3) Move down buyers/empty nesters generally desire to lower their debt and they have significant equity from the larger home they are leaving; and 4) Other buyers who view debt negatively and are frustrated with low returns on other investments. As home values continue to rise and macro-economic conditions improve in the US, it is likely that the first two drivers will decrease and the number of all-cash buyers will return to more historical levels.

Robert Vallera, senior vice president of Voit Real Estate Services in San Diego: This attests to the health of our rental market. Many of these buyers are investors who are responding to the demand for rental housing. Unlike a decaying Detroit or overbuilt Miami, San Diego has enough economic vitality to create effective rental demand for our housing stock. An even larger factor is today’s Fed-suppressed interest rates. Cash savings generate almost no interest income and bonds are vulnerable to large capital losses when interest rates revert to historical norms. Rental housing investments with carefully controlled debt or no debt should provide a superior return to bonds with less interest rate or inflation risk.

Kurt Wannebo, real estate broker and CEO of San Diego Real Estate and Investments: First, it’s important to understand where most of this money is coming from. It’s both foreign and institutional, but in either case they are all mostly investors. My knowledge of these cash buyers is that they are all bullish on certain geographic areas such as Southern California. They are switching to buy-and-hold models, where in any case they will win. If interest rates rise, they will see rental income rise. If not, they anticipate valueappreciation on their investments. These are longer term strategies that investors are starting to feel, are a safer place to place money into.

My Take:

Ron Bedell, CEO/President of Pacific Horizon Financial:

Dissecting the panels reasons gives us the following responses:

·      International Speculators, Gamblers or Investors:     5 of 6

·      Wall Street, Domestic, or Rental Investors                 3 of 6

·      Downsizing Homeowners                                            2 of 6

·      Tighter lending standards                                             1 of 6

·      Poor returns on other Investments                               2 of 6

·      Exchange rate of the dollar                                          1 of 6

The primary finger points to Investors and I agree, but I don’t think foreign investors are the primary driver.  Wall Street has had an impact, but my guess is that our local folks have been the primary participants.

Since the historical average is 16% for cash buyers vs. the current 30%, that means that we now have twice as many cash transactions as the norm.  Since most of the fixer homes are bought with cash; that makes sense.  (PHF uses a TD for its fixer purchasers, but not all do.  Many allow a purchase without a title policy and on the court house steps etc. and place the lien after the purchase.)  These same houses are then quickly sold to end users and most of them use mortgages.

Our dollar has risen over the last year vs. most other currencies and has discouraged many Canadian’s from buying this year vs last year.  The exchange rate is worse and the prices have risen.             

Downsizing homeowners should be the same percentage in this market as the historical norm, so that is not a factor for an increasing percentage.

Banks are certainly tougher, but normally you either have cash or you don’t, so again not a factor.

Poor returns elsewhere is a possible reason, but a bond buyer is usually not a real estate investor.  Moreover, low interest rates and leverage is a killer combo for real estate.

So my conclusion is that our home town boys have been making an impact on the all-cash purchases and that is good news, but fairly irrelevant going forward.  The metric lenders need to keep in mind is what is that house worth next year?  My guess is that it will be at least steady, so it’s a good time to lend.          

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Case Schiller

Last month we discussed bubble talk in the housing market and noted that the Case Schiller index for San Diego showed that prices are 30% below their 2006 peak and that mortgage rates (at 4%) were 40% below the 6.7% rate in June of 2006. Let’s do the math and see what that translates to.

In 2006, 456 Main Street, San Diego (hypothetical property) cost $650,000 and putting 20% down ($130,000) to a $520,000 mortgage at 6.7% yielded a monthly mortgage cost of $3,337 per month. The retail buyer sees that home costing $130,000 (down) and $3,337 per month. Today, according to Case Schiller, 456 Main Street, San Diego costs $455,000, $91,000 down, and $1,732 per month. Mathematically, we could say that now the same house costs only 52% (1,732/3,337) per month of what it did in 2006 and takes only 70% (91/130) in terms of down payment.

Good data, good math, but not apples to apples. In 2006, the psychology was very different. Anyone could and did buy homes and they didn’t put 20% down. Many put virtually nothing down and they didn’t pay 6.7% on mortgages either. They took teaser loans and liar loans. The teaser loans were something like 2% for a year or so, and that made qualifying easy – even if they told the truth. Liar loans were those that were called “stated income” loans. Basically, hordes of unscrupulous mortgage brokers told their borrowers what they needed to “state” their income was in order to qualify for the loan they needed to purchase the home they wanted. The point is that the Case Schiller data does not include the variations of the financial markets between then and now. 2006 values were not sustainable and were caused by stupid practices and policies.

Case Schiller has long been held as a very good index for comparison purposes. The reason it has been regarded so is that it compares 456 Main Street to 456 Main Street all across the country. If 456 Main Street sold for $650,000 in 2006 and then it sold for $455,000 in 2013, Case Schiller computes that change.

The press is all over Case Schiller and headlines run rampant when new data comes out:

Los Angeles Times   July 30, 2013

“Home Prices up Sharply in U.S. Cities in May, Case-Schiller Index Says”

UT San Diego – Lily Leung -July 30, 2013

“Home Prices up 17% from Year Ago”

But are they really? Remember that Case Schiller records same house sales. In a stable market, this is a good way to measure, but we have not had a stable market for quite a few years. Case Schiller is picking up every flipper sold as data.

Example: 456 Main Street sold in 2006 for $650,000 on a liar loan with a variable teaser rate of 2%. The teaser rate ran out in 2008 so the payment went up. The Liar couldn’t make the new payment and the world was in chaos so the Liar was able to not make payments for 2 years before the bank finally foreclosed. The bank sold it in late 2010 for $300,000 because it was beat to crap and one of our rehabbers then spent $60,000 in renovation and $20,000 in financing and another $25,000 in transaction fees and sold it in early 2011 for $450,000. Case Schiller would have recorded a 54% drop from 2006 to 2010 and then a 50% increase from 2010 to 2011. Another way to look at it is that the home was in good shape when sold in 2006 and it was also in similar condition when sold in 2011.

The takeaway here is that sensational press reports of huge price increases are skewed by the fixer flipper market. Despite the headlines, we are still 31% below the peak and we still have better financing.

I am not suggesting that we go back to the peak. I am suggesting that the Case Schiller index is currently overstating the real estate market. It will take a fair amount of time to get to 2006 levels and that time will depend on jobs and government policies going forward, but because today’s buyers are not liars and teaser loans don’t yet exist, there is very little reason to believe that the market will drop or is in bubble territory. Buyer today are putting money down, have credit, and are able to pay their mortgages as long as they have a job. Additionally, we do not have nearly the supply of housing online as we did in 2006. My prognosis is that we have a stable to improving market for at least another year.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off


These days, it’s hard to make statements about the economy without being specific as to the location. There is talk of another housing bubble, talk of all the Hedge Fund buying, etc. etc.

What we do know in San Diego is that, according to the Case Schiller index (unadjusted seasonally or for inflation), San Diego houses are 30% below their peak in 2006 and the 30 year fixed rate loan is now at 4% vs. 6.7% in June 2006. That distills to: houses

are 30% below their high, price wise, and are 40% below monthly cost, mortgage wise, from where they were at the high. Apartment rents are not appreciably higher, and I do not have data on housing rents, but it “feels” like houses are more expensive than in 2006 and I have seen data that shows that currently a rental house costs as much as 20% more than that same house if owned.

Construction of residential properties is certainly on the upswing and material costs have shown some startling increases. Labor cost increases will soon follow, but the flip side to that is that employment is better.

Mortgages have been very difficult to obtain since 2008 due to stringent underwriting. These new buyers have great credit and it follows that they don’t want to lose it. The Hedge Funds are not worried about credit since they pay cash, but they are worried about their track record, so they won’t be dumping assets willy nilly. Most of the foreclosures have worked their way through, and the rising prices are slowly and quietly bailing out the underwater owners and their lenders. In short, there is very little to suggest “bubble” in my mind as long as San Diego is not suffering from net out-migration.

Certainly, the easy money has been made. Buying distressed real estate in San Diego from 2009 to 2011 was a great play for those that had the ability and the fortitude to do it. It is harder in 2013. Entry level “flipping” is over. Renovations need to be bigger and better. Development of new housing is always hard, but appears to be very profitable now because there is very little new housing and the resale market is good enough to produce some move up buyers. As usual, one must adjust with the market.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Which Investment Yield is Better? 8% or 12%?

It’s not that simple and it depends on your investment style as well as your source of funds.

We just offered a great little $455,000 loan at a stunning 52% LTV and the response was minimal. That’s our fault for not explaining the benefits of this loan and for offering so many 12% loans and 20% Equity positions. Just because we haven’t lost a nickel on any loan we made in the last 5 years, doesn’t mean we are offering TBills at 12 or 20% – all loans have some element of risk.

Our 10%, 11% & 12% flipper loans are great business. Great yield, provide jobs, make money. Super. But they take a lot of work, are short term, and produce hidden costs. If you do a 5 month loan at 12% and then get your money back out in one month and then do the same thing again, you have had 2 deals in one year, but 2 months of down time. Your annual rate of return is 10% not 12% because of the down time. You also have two files and two things to put in your tax return. You spent (I hope) at least two hours examining each loan. If you use IRA funds to do these loans, then you probably have a transaction fee to the custodian. If you like doing those things then it may be an advantage to you (I think it’s fun, but not everyone does). Moreover, if something went wrong with the deal, PHF will do all the work as a service to you, but you may have to advance funds to correct for cost overruns. This requires you to have back up funds to protect yourself and perhaps to take action that you did not contemplate.

Now consider the characteristics of the longer term income property loan:

  • Once you decide it is a good loan, you are invested for the term.
  • I have been in this business for 30 years and for 30 years I have heard “… I don’t want my money out for that long, rates may rise, etc”. Well for 30 years, private money rates haven’t changed much and for 30 years nobody wants their money back as long as they are getting payments.
  • You have much less down time which increases yield
  • You have much less work
  • You have fewer costs if you are using pension funds
  • You have more sources of repayment
  • You have the borrower who has other assets
  • You have the tenants who pay the rent
  • You have a guarantor on this particular loan – one of the sons
  • You have a family that has owned this asset for 12 years and the sons are contractors who will inherit this asset and they are improving it.
  • You have the value of the property itself – just like a fixer – but in this case the asset is worth $870,000 and the loan is only $455,000
Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off