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How to finance your real estate investments in a credit crunch

The stock market is tumbling and most of the mortgage lenders are going out of business due to the credit crisis. In such a situation many people are having problems in investing in the real estate. Getting traditional mortgage from banks and lenders is becoming tougher because they now require 800%2B credit scores, personal guarantees, and collateral as a guarantee up to 40% of the purchase price. Most of the lenders are not willing to lend money in the market.

In such a situation, what should a real estate investor do? Private real estate money is the answer. Private real estate money can be used to purchase real estate investments. This kind of money is borrowed from the private individuals instead of borrowing money from the banks or other commercial lenders. Private lenders can be any ordinary person such as a doctor, lawyer, accountant, business owner, and possible retired person. Most of these private lenders are looking for better returns on investments than they can typically get from a bank CDs, money markets or even bond investments. Over the past couple years these type investments have yielded a paltry 3% to 6% pretax rates. Private money lenders can earn up to 9% to 15% on their money from the borrowers. That’s the reason the private lenders are interested in investing in real estate investments to get good returns on their money.

Before the private lenders invest their money, they would like to know a few things about the property. These include:

1. What is the purchase price?
2. How much is the property worth once fixed up and rehabilitated?
3. What will the rehabilitation cost be?
4. How much do you want to borrow?
5. What is your exit strategy i.e. do plan to flip to a first time buyer or hold to rent?
6. When will you pay off the private investor

You may want to have a short little presentation book or business plan laid out in a professional looking format to present to a private lender that addresses these issues. This booklet will show you have a well thought out plan and help to establish credibility.

In the new era of real estate investing, you should find out the new and different ways to financing your real estate investments and private real estate money is the key to your investing future.