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By Gabby Darroch
If you’ve been with me for a while, you know you are not required to repay your policy loans. And if you’ve ever wondered, “If I don’t have to repay my loans, why should I?” let’s set the record straight.
In the initial stages of using your policy it’s important to note that we don’t recommend repaying your loan payments back into your actual policy. Instead, we encourage you to put those payments in a totally separate checking account. This is simply because why pay back money you’re just going to use again and again for things like paying off debt, financing a car, or buying a house. And a checking account is a bit easier to access than the money in your policy.
There may come a time in your life where most of your immediate financial needs are met (ie. debts are paid off). It is at this point that we encourage you to put all money stored in that separate checking account back into your policy to repay your outstanding loan balance. And here’s why:
So yes, you don’t have to repay your loans. But it benefits you most to do so, if done at the right time in your life. Just remember, you do always want to pay the interest on that loan back to the insurance company. That is required.
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How does a retired or active military personnel member qualify for a VA loan based upon their military experience?
* An earlier discharge date for a service-connected disability may still qualify you.
** Officers who separated from service after 10/16/81 may be eligible.
For more details, please visit The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ website to learn about VA mortgage loan eligibility benefits:
Once an active or retired military person meets the minimum qualifying guidelines, he or she will be given a Certificate of Eligibility that’s issued by the Department of Veteran Affairs. The VA mortgage loan applicant will then send a copy of the VA Certificate of Eligibility (VA Form 26-1880) to their mortgage broker or banker. For VA loan applicants who do not have a copy, they may complete a form entitled Request for a Certificate of Eligibility (Fillable) that’s linked here:
Near the end of World War II, the VA home loan program was created in 1944 as part of the original Servicemen’s Readjustment Act that’s also referred to as the GI Bill of Rights. The VA loan benefits were signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. A portion of each funded VA mortgage loan was guaranteed by the federal government in the event that the VA borrower later defaulted on the loan and lost the home in foreclosure. This way, each bank that funded the 100% loan for qualifying VA borrowers had much less financial risk.
Specifically, there were two types of government-backed or insured mortgage loans that stimulated the housing market and helped the U.S. economy prosper and rise up out of the previous negative Great Depression (1929 – 1939) years – VA and FHA (Federal Housing Administration) loans. These more flexible residential mortgage loans were part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal plan and the National Housing Act of 1934 that were designed to create more jobs and boost home values and the economy once again.
Since 1934, FHA has insured over 34 million home mortgages nationwide. As per the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), FHA has active insurance on over 8 million single-family mortgages. In total for both residential and commercial real estate properties, FHA’s insurance portfolio exceeds $1.3 trillion.
To learn more about the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), please visit HUD’s website:
The main difference between FHA and VA is that the government insures a portion of the FHA loan while guaranteeing a portion of a funded VA loan. The vast majority of home loans funded nationwide over the past 10 years, directly or indirectly, were either government-backed (VA) or insured (FHA) and/or purchased in the secondary markets by other government-sponsored or federal entities named Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or Ginnie Mae.
FHA loans allow borrowers to qualify with 3.5% down on average (96.5% LTV) with lower FICO credit score options near 580 and easier overall underwriting allowances. FHA also allows seller credits and gifts from family members toward down payments that can effectively make a purchase loan become near 100% LTV also. However, borrowers will have to pay an additional monthly insurance premium along with their mortgage payment that can reach a few hundred dollars per month, depending upon the borrower’s FICO credit score, loan amount, debt-to-income (DTI) ratios, and LTV (loan-to-value). There are more flexible FHA Streamline refinance programs available as well that are similar to the VA Streamline.
For qualified VA borrowers, there is perhaps no better mortgage loan option available while FHA loans might be the second best option for high LTV loans. This is especially true as 30-year fixed mortgage rates continue to hover at or near all-time record lows while making many mortgage payments more affordable than rent even when the home is financed up to 100% of the purchase price.
To date, VA and FHA have guaranteed or insured over 58 million mortgages for homeowners. Home sellers should welcome any VA or FHA buyer prospect who has a pre-approval letter from a mortgage lender. This is because the lender is prepared to provide up to 96.5% LTV for FHA or up to 100% LTV for a VA loan. Amazingly, both FHA and VA loans can close in a few weeks or less due to expedited online application processing options.
Rick Tobin has a diversified background in both the real estate and securities fields for the past 30+ years. He has held seven (7) different real estate and securities brokerage licenses to date, and is a graduate of the University of Southern California. Rick has an extensive background in the financing of residential and commercial properties around the U.S with debt, equity, and mezzanine money. His funding sources have included banks, life insurance companies, REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts), equity funds, and foreign money sources. You can visit Rick Tobin at RealLoans.com for more details.
The house flipping market seems to be moving faster than ever. Opportunities are plentiful. Though success in getting started or dominating your market is still all about having the funding on tap. Don’t let those deals get away like a herd of gazelles. Let Wildcat Lending put a spring in your step and fund more deals, faster than the competition.
According to the latest statistics from ATTOM Data, the US home flipping rate has reached a new high in 2019.
The total dollar volume of homes flipped using financing hit a new 12 year high in Q1 2019, at $6.4B. Over 49k homes were flipped in the first three months of the year, for an average gross profit of $60,000 each. Flipping has been growing by double digits in many markets, with several Texas cities growing 41% to 55% year over year. House flippers have been making over 100% returns in at least five markets.
In order to stand out on the landscape and win more contracts, to get started or to scale to crush your new goals, it’s still all about the capital. The deals are there, the buyers are there, new technology is making the operational side easier than ever. It’s just about having the money to buy and rehab, and to fund them faster and more efficiently than everyone else.
This is where Wildcat Lending comes in.
Wildcat Lending is on a mission to make hard money and rehab loans extremely efficient, simple and effective for investors. They offer lighting fast funding, aggressive terms, and could help fund your next deal.
They can finance your flips, wholesale deals and even rentals.
We tracked down Wildcat’s Chief Lending Officer Kevin Shipman to find out the latest on this lender.
Kevin says the lender’s recent expansion from Texas to Tennessee has been a huge hit, with new deals being funded there every week.
Kevin and his team’s outlook for the market remains very bullish, especially for properties at $300k and below. They see plenty of buyers for deals, and great performance on the loans they’ve been making.
What you might not know about Wildcat is that in addition to financing up to 90% of your house flipping projects, they do rental property loans, and they’ll finance 1-4 unit properties, including condos.
While many of their investors are experienced, Kevin says, “we love working with newbies.” It’s always exciting to help someone new get into the game and off the ground. So, if you’ve had trouble meeting the experience requirements at other lenders, consider trying these guys out.
Improving the lending experience and helping investors is something Kevin has been passionate about since school. He always liked numbers and was good at math. After getting his finance degree he started working at Wells Fargo and quickly moved up to management before striking out at the Senior Vice President of a community bank. Then being driven to create even more efficiency and better service for investors, he joined Wildcat.
When we say Wildcat is fast, we mean really fast, and it is one of the advantages that is helping them scoop up more market share. Kevin says they can close deals in as little as 24 to 48 hours. In fact, when another lender recently turned down a house flipper’s loan in the middle of a deal, Kevin’s team stepped in and got the file from start to closing in a ridiculously fast four and a half hours.
You’ll find lots of convenient features at WildcatLending.com, including:
● Online applications
● The ability to text a loan officer
● Rehab worksheets
● Draw request forms
● Online payoff requests
They’ve also teamed up with investor friendly title company Strike Title. A title insurance provider who gets investor needs, assignments, double closes, and a sense of urgency.
● Up to 90% Loan to Cost(LTC) or 70% of ARV the lessor of the two
● 6 month term with 90 day extension option
● Lender ordered ARV appraisal
● $50k+ loan amounts
● 1-4 unit homes
● Up to 80% LTV for purchases
● Up to 75% Cash out Loans
● 24-36 month terms
● Rates as low as 8.99%
These loans are ideal for those taking on new income properties which may need some improvement and releasing before investors can season them for more attractive loan term financing. As well as for those who just don’t want to deal with the hassles of out of touch banks.
● Wildcat currently charges just 2-3 points for hard money loans
● Funding for brand new and experienced property investors
● Same day loan approvals
● No income verification
● Modest credit scores accepted
● Everyone you speak to is a decision maker and able to make a common sense loan decisions
There is a relentless amount of real estate investment opportunities for income property investors, wholesalers and house flippers. The profit potential is incredible. If funding has been holding you back from your goals, get a hold of Wildcat and see what they can do for you.
Head over to WildcatLending.com where you can submit deals online and use their rehab budget worksheet to nail those numbers, or just pick up the phone and run your deal by Kevin now at 817.832.3451.
Kevin M. Shipman | Wildcat Lending, LLC. Chief Lending Officer
By Christina Suter, FIBI Pasadena
I recently spoke with my industry colleague and good friend Bruce Norris about what it took for him to break through from who he was as a young man to the guru he is today. Bruce is an active investor, hard money lender, and real estate educator with over 30 years of experience. He is the founder of The Norris Group and has been involved in more than 2,000 real estate transactions as a buyer, seller, builder, and money partner. Bruce has dedicated himself to understanding the economic field in Southern California, and it shows in his work.
Bruce was married at 17, fired five times in a row, and eventually got the hang of getting a job. After reading How To Win Friends and Influence People, Bruce said he learned about avoiding the acute angle, which is finding a way to find an argument in everything. The book taught him to diffuse it and to enjoy the skill of learning to diffuse it.
Bruce then got a job in sales, where he sold electrical supplies for six years. One day he was invited to join a man to watch his attempt to buy a house wholesale. After the house was purchased, Bruce realized his life experiences could translate into the real estate buying business. In his electrical business, Bruce sold supplies to people who already had suppliers. In real estate, he convinced people to sell their house to him because he had cash and people could close in a few days.
One of the skills Bruce has mastered is the power to close a deal. When he negotiates with a seller, he lets them know that based on his experience, things work or they don’t, so his offer leaves with him. Bruce tells sellers if they call him back the next day, he will let them know that he’s no longer interested because he wants the power to close and know he’s telling them the truth.
Bruce has earned a reputation in the industry based on his integrity. He will often spend the first 15 minutes speaking with an owner just suggesting things for them that have nothing to do with him making a profit. Bruce will ask about their situation and make recommendations that don’t always lead to him, as a cash buyer, closing the deal.
Someone once referred a couple to go talk to him. He visited the couple for two hours. During that meeting, the husband made it clear to Bruce that he desperately wanted to move to another state, Tennessee, where he had a job waiting for him and his wife. The husband wanted such a full price without commission that he basically got in his own way, Bruce remembered.
There was an underlying desperateness to the man’s situation, so Bruce told him he could sell his house to him that night if he was willing to take less for his house. Bruce closed on their house.
Ten years later, that couple’s 21-year-old son visited his office and informed Bruce that he had been causing trouble in their house, due to his gang involvement. He told Bruce that had if he not bought their house, they wouldn’t have been able to move — and that kid would have ended up dead. He asked Bruce to teach him what he knew and how he was able to purchase his childhood home. That kid went on to open an office on Magnolia and Riverside and bought houses.
The first foreclosure Bruce ever door-knocked was an elderly woman who had $13,000 of debt on a $64,000 house. Because he didn’t want to make the woman homeless, Bruce was able to get the lender to arrange a loan for her — largely thanks to the equity she had in the house. Therefore, she was able to keep her house.
Bruce said he wants both sides of that when he’s a buyer. He wants to be able to look across the table and if he can help the seller make the decision he’d make if he were in their situation, he also wants to be kind enough to let them know when they’re making a mistake.
I asked Bruce how he switched from real estate as a job to having freedom and creating financial stability.
“It really wasn’t a priority to me, so I kept very little inventory for rentals for the first 15 year plus years; I just flipped,” he said.
Bruce added that Jack Fullerton was influential in saying, “That’s great, but what happens if you get hurt or sick? How are you going to have income coming in?”
Bruce said he took that question to heart. While on vacation in Maui, he listened to Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Thus, he learned Kiyosaki’s four ways to make income quadrant.
Bruce said he was always working for someone else or self-employed (the left side of the quadrant) — but on the right side of the quadrant, he was attracted to the two that involved running a business that didn’t need him and collecting checks from investments.
From that vacation on, Bruce changed the way he made income. He said he’s not self-employed because when he goes on vacation, his business can run without him. Thus, he runs a company. Bruce’s loan business, education business, and rentals all started to run without him, and he said he’s probably the least needed person at The Norris Group.
According to Bruce, it took him until late 2005 for his rental income to allow him to feel financially free. He had to think long term and at age 33, a $30,000 profit from a flip was more appealing to him than a cash flow of $200. Bruce said it took him a while to want to be methodical with the rental income and to actually fulfill that vision.
Bruce and The Norris Group can be reached at www.thenorrisgroup.com
As the founder and lead consultant of Ground Level Consulting, Christina L. Suter brings two decades of real-world experience as a serial small business owner and real estate investor. She developed her extensive financial and operational skills firsthand as she faced and overcame each difficulty that appeared along the way. As a result, she started up, managed and sold several businesses successfully, while developing an extensive real estate portfolio.
In 2002, Christina made the decision to leverage her experience into helping other small business owners and property owners through a consulting practice that works the way an entrepreneur works, dealing with the pressing problems of a business on the ground level and in real time. Since then, she has supported numerous companies throughout southern California and the western United States move beyond surviving to thriving.
Christina’s solid background and education–including a Bachelors in Business, an Associates in Teaching and a Masters in Psychology–strongly influence her work with your company as a Ground Level client. Not only does she have a keen insight into what will make or break the success of your business, but she can teach you the skills you need going forward. And she does this in a warm, supportive, non-judgmental way that is always highly respectful of your personal values.
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