Do’s and Don’t For Finding Your Real Estate Investment Financing

By A. I. Lendberg, Edited by Douglas Katz – 07/17/2023

When it comes to securing funding for real estate investments, many investors fall into common pitfalls that can waste time, attract scammers, and lead to unfavorable outcomes. In this article, we will shed light on some negative behaviors displayed by real estate investors during their search for funding, and discuss the potential consequences they may face. By understanding these pitfalls, investors can make more informed decisions and avoid unnecessary setbacks.

Don’t Waste Time by Over-Shopping

One common mistake made by real estate investors is the tendency to spend excessive time shopping for funding without achieving any better terms. While it is important to compare options, going overboard with the search process can be counterproductive. Investors may find themselves caught up in a never-ending cycle of negotiations, losing valuable time that could be better spent on property research or deal analysis. Moreover, over-shopping can create a negative perception among potential lenders, making investors appear indecisive or lacking a clear strategy.  You can best set yourself up for success by finding a good, dependable reputable lender or a few and build relationships that allow you to trust that you are getting good terms.

Avoid Scambaiting Behaviors

In the pursuit of funding, some investors unknowingly attract scammers due to their inexperience or desperation. Scammers prey on vulnerable individuals who may reveal their lack of knowledge or display desperation to secure financing quickly. Investors who showcase limited understanding of real estate financing or exhibit a desperate demeanor become easy targets for fraudulent lenders. It is crucial for investors to approach the funding process with confidence, knowledge, and caution.

Along with this, a common mistake made by real estate investors is leading with questions that heavily focus on interest rates and leverage. While these aspects are important, unscrupulous lenders often use bait and switch techniques to entice investors with seemingly attractive terms, only to later change the terms during the lending process. By placing excessive emphasis on rates and leverage, investors may inadvertently invite predatory lenders who take advantage of their eagerness. It is essential for investors to consider a lender’s overall reputation and integrity rather than solely fixating on specific terms.

Make Sure to Research the Background and Experience of Lenders

In their haste to secure funding, some real estate investors fail to thoroughly research the lenders they engage with. Neglecting this crucial step can lead to serious consequences, including dealing with untrustworthy individuals or institutions. Investors should take the time to investigate the lender’s background, reputation, and track record. This research can be done through online platforms, reviews, and referrals from trusted sources. By conducting due diligence, investors can ensure they are partnering with reputable lenders who align with their financial goals.

With the internet, investors now have unbelievable tools at their disposal to find out about their lender.  Social media is the logical place to start and your lender’s information should both support their vocation as well as their trustworthiness.  For example, if they are in a investment group on a social platform and their personal profile is blank or different from they way they are portraying themselves,  be cautious or move on.  If they do not have matching profiles across platforms, just move on.  I actually recommend that prospective investors find lenders in affinity groups like alumni, veterans, women in business and chambers of commerce.  This highly decreases the chance of not getting scammed.

Review Their Process, Professionalism, and Platform

Another pitfall is the failure to assess how a lender sells and delivers initial terms, as well as the level of professionalism and the platform they operate on. The way a lender presents information, communicates, and handles the lending process can significantly impact the investor’s experience and the success of the transaction. Neglecting to evaluate these factors may result in a frustrating and inefficient financing process. Investors should prioritize working with lenders who demonstrate transparency, efficiency, and professionalism from the initial contact through the entire funding journey.

Spending Your Time and Resources Wisely

Avoiding the pitfalls associated with real estate funding is crucial for investors looking to maximize their chances of success.  The stakes are very high because of the loose and lacking protections and regulations that investors will face when securing their funds.  Sadly many actually lower their chances of success with behaviors that work against their goal of finding a good, dependable lender.

By being mindful of their shopping habits, conducting thorough research, and evaluating lenders based on professionalism and reputation, investors can minimize wasted time, avoid scammers, and make more informed decisions. Remember, a well-informed investor is more likely to secure favorable terms and build strong, reliable relationships with lenders in the real estate industry.

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Disclaimer: This article was created with the assistance of multiple ChatGPT AI language models and has been edited and refined by Douglas Katz. The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as professional or expert advice. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of ChatGPT or OpenAI. Readers are advised to do their own research and consult with relevant experts before making any decisions based on the information provided in this article.