What is private money lending, and how does it work in real estate investing?

Private money lending is a form of real estate financing where investors lend money to real estate developers or other investors who need capital for their projects. As a private money lender, you can invest in real estate without owning the property yourself. Instead, you earn interest on the loan, which is secured by the property. Funds may come from lazy assets like savings / CDs or even from retirement accounts that can be self-directed.

How can I invest passively in real estate through private money lending?

You can invest passively in real estate through private money lending by finding investment opportunities through online platforms, REITs, or by working with reputable, experienced real estate investors. Once you’ve identified an investment that meets your goals and risk tolerance, you can provide the funding and earn passive income through interest payments.

What are some of the benefits of investing in real estate passively through private money lending?

A predictable and steady stream of passive income, a secured investment with collateral, and potential tax benefits. Lending on real estate is far less susceptible to major fluctuations like the stock market can have. In addition to all of that, private money lending typically requires less active involvement than traditional real estate investing.

What risks are associated with private money lending and passive real estate investing?

Risks include the potential for default by the borrower, fluctuations in the real estate market, and the risk of losing your investment if the property value decreases or the borrower is unable to pay back the loan. However, the lender is secured by the property and worst case scenario, can take the property back and sell it to get their money back.

I’m not experienced in real estate. How do I evaluate investment opportunities as a private money lender?

As a private money lender, you should evaluate potential investment opportunities by considering factors such as the borrower’s creditworthiness, the property’s location and condition, the projected return on investment, and the loan terms and collateral. Ultimately, the borrower should have all of the data about the property and the market to help you make an educated decision and be willing to answer your questions as well as provide references and a personal financial statement.