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Junk Fees (and duplicate fees) To Watch Out For

Welcome to part two of our series! Today we’re going to dive into junk fees – hard money fees that aren’t necessary to funding your loan but that you’ll often come across. We’ll explain which junk fees are essentially duplicates and which fees go to whom. Last week we talked about a few common hard money fees you can expect … Read more

Common Hard Money Fees

Common Hard Money Fees

Want to know which hard money fees are common, and which aren’t so common? You’ve come to the right place. We’re going to look at the hard money fees you can expect to see when you take out a loan, as well as some that might surprise you. If you use hard money loans or are thinking about using a … Read more

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Home Flipping Resources

Thinking about getting started in the home flipping business but need a little more info? We get that. When deciding upon a new business endeavor you should always go in with a decent understanding of what you’re getting yourself into. If you’re like us, you probably do most of your research online these days. And why wouldn’t you? There’s so … Read more

What's New Austin Texas

What’s new Austin Texas?

Oh, Austin — it seems like there’s always something new happening in the Capital city, and that’s probably because there is! Not only is Austin home to some kind of festival or event just about every week (ACL and Formula 1 just ended, the Austin Film Festival and Texas Book Festival are right around the corner, and before we know … Read more

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What is builder’s insurance?

Wondering what builder’s insurance is and why you need it? Look no further! So, you’ve applied for a hard money loan for your fix-and-flip or new build and been approved. You’re ready to get started on your project, but you know you need insurance coverage. But what kind of insurance do you need and what does it need to cover? … Read more

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Another Hard Money Loan In Action!

Fall is finally here, but that doesn’t mean our hard money loans are slowing down. The weather may be cooling down (kind of) but our funded deals have been as hot as can be! If you’re a flipper or builder and you’re wondering if a hard money loan is right for you, we can help! We fund all over the … Read more

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Ask A Hard Money Lender Part 2

Welcome to the final part of our series on “Ask a Hard Money Lender”! If you missed part 1, click here to check it out. In this article, we’ll talk about five more important questions you should ask a hard money lender before you decide whether they’re right for your flipper or new construction business. We’ll also share our own … Read more

Hard Money Pt 1

Ask A Hard Money Lender – Part 1

New to the world of hard money and not really sure what questions you should ask of a prospective lender? Hard money differs in many ways from traditional funding, so it’s important to get as much information as possible before choosing which lender is right for you. It can be time-consuming to do research and hard to know which questions … Read more

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Metro Stats Explained

If you’ve ever wondered what the phrase metro stats really means, look no further! We’re going to take a quick look at what metro stats mean, as well as the average statistics in each major Texas metro area. We’ll look at the population, average age, average household income, poverty percentage, how many employees each metro has, as well as the average … Read more

Meet the Loan Ranger Capital Team!

Howdy from the Loan Ranger Capital team! It’s been a busy (and hot!) summer here at Loan Ranger Capital. We’ve moved offices, we’ve taken on a new team member, and we’re funding more projects every day! We’re now located on East 6th Street — a little closer to the action. Not to mention we’re closer to a few great coffee shops … Read more

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Benefits of a Quick Loan Process

Wondering if a quick loan process will beneficial for your real estate venture? You’ve probably heard the refrain “time is money” a dozen times. Never has that saying been more applicable than it is in the real estate business. Here are the top 3 benefits to a quick loan process: Benefit 1: Property Discount In real estate, the quicker you … Read more

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Protect Yourself Against Wire Fraud

Technology has given us many great things. But technology, like any other progressive advances, is not without its flaws. There will always be someone who tries to find weak spots and take advantage of others. One of the best technological advances when it comes to money is the ability to seamlessly and immediately send it between parties. Whether it’s paying … Read more

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Mechanic’s Lien Explained!

Wondering what a mechanic’s lien is and what it means to you as a new home builder or house flipper? Then you’ve come to the right place! We’ll explain what a mechanic’s lien is and how it has the potential to affect your new project. First off, let’s explain what a lien is. Simply put, it’s a claim to a … Read more

Flipper mistakes to avoid

Flipper Mistakes To Avoid

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve heard of the term “flipper”. There’s a lot of excitement around the idea of being a home flipper these days. In fact, you’ve likely heard people talk about buying a fixer-upper house, with the intent of selling it for profit once the rehab is complete. Maybe you’ve even shared in that dream! … Read more

Title Basics

Title Insurance Basics Explained

So, you understand what a hard money loan is, and you’ve got your basic lending terms down. You understand the difference between points and rates and why each of them is important. You’re this far into the loan process, but something new has come up. Title insurance. But what does that even mean? What does it do for you and … Read more

Understanding Points and Rates

Understanding Points and Rates

When it comes to taking out a loan, it’s important to know just want you’re getting, for how long, and how much it’s going to cost you. To understand how much your loan is going to cost you over time, you need to understand points and rates; what they are and how much money they’ll each cost you. Both are … Read more

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Lending Terms Explained

Here’s a quick rundown of the most common lending terms you’ll come across if you’re new to the world of private lending. We’re here to make the lending process go as smoothly as possible. If you’re you’re thinking about working with us, or if you already do work with us, you may run into several of these terms so we … Read more

The Value of a Good Hard Money Lender

How do you value your hard money lender? Hard money lenders range from large corporate firms down to small one-man shops, and everything in between. How then, do you know when you’ve found a truly great hard money partner? The main difference is having someone on your team that is looking for you to succeed.      Let’s be frank, anyone … Read more

Austin’s Density Debate: Up or Out?

     The debate in Austin these days revolves around density: should we go up or out? Naturally, there are debates on both sides, with pros and cons associated with each. Some folks would like to live close to downtown or where they work, while others don’t mind commuting for additional space. We will dive into each side in more … Read more

Housing Demand and Rising Interest Rates

The latest topic of conversation coming out of the talking heads on TV revolves around inflation and possible rising interest rates from the Fed. Should those of us involved in hard money lending be concerned? We argue no, as the supply of homes available remains low and demand to buy high.      Normally, with rates rising, people grow concerned about … Read more

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Thanksgiving at Loan Ranger Capital

At Loan Ranger Capital we’ve had a successful 2017. While we’ve been very fortunate, we realize that not everyone shares the same circumstances. Two days before Thanksgiving, we decided to hand out premade Thanksgiving dinners to our immediate community using profits from the management company. When all was said and done, our team handed out 50 Thanksgiving dinners. Which conservatively … Read more

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Austin’s Case for the Amazon HQ2

A recent Moody’s article has ranked Austin #1 for the second Amazon headquarters the company announced a few months ago. The article discusses Austin’s well-known hub of tech companies. Companies such as Dell are headquartered here already. Also, other companies such as Samsung, Apple, and IBM have the largest presence of their own companies outside of their headquarters. High numbers … Read more

Technology Marches On

We live in an era of ever increasing technological advances. Almost daily there seems to be a new report about the next big device that will come in and shake up how we live our daily lives. While we do see sizable leaps that change how we live (Apple’s iPhone for instance), most of the technology we experience every day … Read more

Urban Development in Austin

One of the big stories circulating around Austin these days (I feel like they’re constantly changing!) is the urban development plan currently under construction in City Hall. Named CodeNEXT, it seeks to completely rewrite the way Austin is zoned to account for the massive population growth we have already experienced, and are expecting to see in the future. While City … Read more

Central Texas Development

It’s no secret Central Texas is attracting large numbers of new residents, both people and companies. But what does the movement of people and capital here mean for us in Central Texas? In short, good news! The first step in Central Texas’ (specifically Austin) plan to grow its population was to create a business-friendly environment. This was accomplished with tax … Read more

Title Insurance Risks

A large portion of our days at Loan Ranger Capital are spent with our borrowers, title companies, and the interactions that all parties to a real estate deal experience. Whenever Loan Ranger sets out to fund a possible deal, we always speak with folks at the title company our borrowers choose to work with. One of the first things we … Read more

Top 10 Bandit Sign Mistakes

For many real estate investors finding the right deals to invest in can be the biggest challenge, that’s right even more so than finding the financing. A successful tactic used by many are “bandit signs.” These are those signs you see on the side of the road stating “I buy homes!” or “Sell your house today!” Some have so much … Read more

Are Texas Rehabs Profitable?

When rehabbing a fix and flip project there are many factors to consider before you take the plunge into purchasing the property. After all you’ll have to consider things such as: turnover in the area, expected value added per upgrade, and how many days your project will sit on market (just to name a few). Fortunately for Texas residents, the … Read more

Tips for Your Next Fix and Flip

Experienced investors all know that you must choose your projects very carefully in order to make a substantial profit. If you are relatively new to real estate, it can greatly benefit you to learn from the successes and failures of those who have already done it. Making a profit in residential real estate is multifaceted. It’s part determination, part luck, … Read more

How Successful Flippers Think

Throughout our time lending in Texas, we’ve come across a number of flippers who have a deep comprehension of what it takes to fix and flip Texas properties successfully. While our borrowers have diverse backgrounds: ranging from landlords, to flippers, to ground up construction, we’ve gathered information from them so that newcomers to the trade can benefit from the knowledge. … Read more

Interest Rates

Since our last newsletter we’ve received some very significant news as our Federal Reserve Chair, Janet Yellen, has stated that interest rates will likely rise in the coming months. Of course we’ve heard this before… but this is consistent with her message that rates would increase “sometime in 2015”, albeit this would be at the central bank’s last policy meeting … Read more

Recently Funded Loan

This beautiful new build was funded by Loan Ranger Capital. This property is in the West Lake Hills area of Austin, Texas. The previous lender had cut off the borrower, so Loan Ranger Capital came in to ensure the borrower could finish the project and make money. The specific terms of the loan are as follows: Loan Amount – $650,000 … Read more

3 Things Good Flippers Do

If you follow or are involved in real estate investing, you’re almost certainty familiar with the term “flipper”. Due to reality TV shows, the people who do this as a profession have gotten their share of the spotlight. Flipping usually means that a home was bought and sold within a short period of time (usually less than a year). To … Read more

Valuing Real Estate Deals

So you want to start investing in real estate or even flipping homes and found a property that you’re interested in purchasing. Before you get too excited, you need to establish its value to avoid potentially making a bad investment. Taking the seller’s word or just looking at the county tax records to determine the value could lead to you … Read more

How to Find Profitable Deals

Can you still find good deals on MLS anymore? The answer is of course yes, but you have to know how to find them! A recent article (click here) does a great job at quickly explaining this. Three key components are: speed, making the right offer, and volume. Speed is a huge factor in closing deals and by being the … Read more

Why Use Leverage in Real Estate?

In real estate, leverage is an extremely common tool used among seasoned investors. While it is true that there is a population of investors who use cash, either because they don’t think it will help or they’re afraid of debt, leverage is one of the best tools you can utilize. Everyone knows there are costs associated with debt, but few … Read more

7 Questions All Real Estate Investors Need To Ask When Picking A Hard Money Lender

Finding a good lending partner can be a difficult task but is crucial to successful investing. Here are a few questions you may want to ask a prospective lender: #1: What are your loan terms? There are many factors important to investors when selecting a lender but three of the most important are: interest rate, points, and fees. We’ll spend … Read more

5 Common Fix & Flip Mistakes

Fixing and flipping can be a wildly successful endeavor or a very frustrating one depending on how the project is handled. While there are many benefits for most investors, others may miss out on these perks because of certain errors that cost them their time, money, and energy. Here are some examples of the key things that real estate investors … Read more