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How to Boost Your Low Credit Score

It’s one thing when your low credit score is due to a lifetime of bad habits. It’s another thing entirely when a few events knock your score down. Giving a boost to a low credit score is relatively simple – anyone can do it, if they’re willing.

If your credit is just “dinged up,” there are three quick solutions to improve it.

1. Get Your Credit Balances Down

We often see investors and contractors put all renovation costs of a job on their credit cards – especially for BRRRR projects. They use more and more of their credit, which drags their score lower and lower.

This is a tempting yet dangerous pattern as a BRRRR investor. You put your money into the property from your credit card, which you expect to get back with your refinance. But if your credit score is too low, the refinance might not go as planned. With bad credit, you won’t be able to get the refinancing loan as easily or for as much money as you expected. This will make it harder to pay off the card balances you built up during the rehab.

A tip to get around this problem is to go private. If you can get a private loan that won’t show up on your credit, you can use that money to pay down your balances.

A better score will give you better rates for your long-term, credit-based financing. A lower credit score could make your loan rate a point or two higher, which could snowball into you paying an extra $50,000 to $70,000 over the life of the loan.

2. Get Authorized to Boost a Low Score

Another quick fix for a low credit score is using someone else’s good credit to help your bad credit. Find a family member or friend who has good, long established credit, and ask them to add you as an authorized user. Their good credit will show up on your report and boost your low score.

3. Pay Your Bills on Time

If you can’t keep up with your bills, that may be a sign to get rid of some of your credit cards. Some of our clients have over 20 credit cards open! Consolidate your accounts as much as possible.

But when you stop using an account, don’t close it. As long as it has a good history, an open, unused credit account will continually add a little boost to your credit.


Lenders look at credit to see how you paid people in the past as a clue to how you’ll pay them in the future. It could take you up to six months to bump up your score in the long-term. But if you don’t start now, it’ll keep getting harder to raise it. The best time to start fixing your credit is now.

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Investing with Bad Credit: How Can You Raise Your Score Fast?

Real estate investing with bad credit is tough. Here’s how you can raise your score.

Loans fuel your real estate investment business. The easier, faster, and cheaper you can get money, the more successful you’ll be. How can you guarantee you’ll get money from lenders easily, fast, and cheap? Having a great credit score is the best place to start. 

But if your credit score isn’t what it should be, how can you succeed?

Why is Your Credit Bad?

First of all, why is your credit bad? Knowing the answer to this question is the key to your investing success.

Who Won’t Succeed in Investing with Bad Credit

Habitual bad credit is a problem. If you’re the type of person who:

  • Doesn’t pay bills because you “don’t want to”
  • Refuses to believe that improving your credit score is important
  • Can’t or won’t keep track of personal finances

…then real estate investment probably isn’t for you.

The money side of investing is huge. If you’re unable to pay attention to the numbers, pay your debts, and prepare your money, you won’t succeed in real estate. And if you aren’t willing to improve your bad credit, it will be nearly impossible to get money to buy properties to begin with.

Who Can Succeed Investing with Bad Credit

However, many people have the potential for a great credit score. But maybe your credit was impacted by a major life event:

  • A divorce
  • Medical bills
  • Lack of credit education

Any number of life events can turn a responsible, willing individual’s credit bad – including never being taught the importance of credit.

Whatever your situation is, now is the time to focus on your credit score. You can come back from any dip in credit if you’re willing to put in the time and effort.

And if you want to invest in real estate, credit is vital. Your credit will either propel you to success, or drag your career down. Let’s get it fixed.

How to Raise Your Credit Score

Improving your credit score is relatively simple – anyone can do it, if they’re willing. All it takes is getting educated, then spending 30 to 90 minutes per week.

It could take you up to six months to bump up your score in the long-term. But if you don’t start now, it’ll keep getting harder to raise it. The best time to start fixing your credit is now.

Lenders look at credit to see how you paid people in the past as a clue to how you’ll pay them in the future.

If your credit is just “dinged up,” there are three quick solutions to improve it.

1. Get Your Credit Balances Down

We often see investors and contractors put all renovation costs of a job on their credit cards – especially for BRRRR projects. They use more and more of their credit, which drags their score lower and lower.

This is a tempting yet dangerous pattern as a BRRRR investor. You put your money into the property from your credit card, which you expect to get back with your refinance. But if your credit score is too low, the refinance might not go as planned. With bad credit, you won’t be able to get the refinancing loan as easily or for as much money as you expected. This will make it harder to pay off the card balances you built up during the rehab.

A tip to get around this problem is to go private. If you can get a private loan that won’t show up on your credit, you can use that money to pay down your balances. 

A better score will give you better rates for your long-term, credit-based financing. A lower credit score could make your loan rate a point or two higher, which could snowball into you paying an extra $50,000 to $70,000 over the life of the loan.

2. Get Authorized 

Another quick fix for a low credit score is using someone else’s good credit to help your bad credit. Find a family member or friend who has good, long established credit, and ask them to add you as an authorized user. Their good credit will show up on your report and boost your score.

3. Pay Your Bills on Time

If you can’t keep up with your bills, that may be a sign to get rid of some of your credit cards. Some of our clients have over 20 credit cards open! Consolidate your accounts as much as possible.

But when you stop using an account, don’t close it. As long as it has a good history, an open, unused credit account will continually add a little boost to your credit.

Turn Bad Credit to Good Today

To get into investing with bad credit, the best step is to focus on raising your score.

It can be overwhelming, but just dive in. Ask for help – from trusted family, friends, or Hard Money Mike.

Or, if you have major credit issues dragging you down for the long-term, you may need to reach out for advice from a professional. Spending a couple hundred dollars now will pay for itself later in your great real estate investments made with a high credit score.

To start working on your credit score today, download this free credit score checklist

Watch our videos on credit here.

Let’s fix your credit score fast! Happy Investing.

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Be Recession-Ready: How to Raise Your Credit Score

Credit score tips to prepare your real estate investment career for a recession.

The upcoming economy will be an opportunity to create generational wealth.

In the years after the 2008 crash, Hard Money Mike helped people create a great real estate portfolio. A portfolio that has taken them through the past decade and onto the next generation. 

We know the opportunity is always there in a recession. But we also know that if you’re not money-ready… you’ll probably miss your chance. 

Your credit score is more important now than it has been for a long time. With inflation hitting and a possible recession on the way, lenders are tightening up with loans. Your credit decides whether your real estate investment career will be easy or hard. 

So what do you need to know about investing with your credit score? How can you turn a time of struggle into a time of opportunity?

What is a Good Credit Score?

Credit scores range from the 400s to 800s. But for the purposes of the lending world, that range shrinks to the mid-600s to upper-800s. 

Over the past 6 months, with inflation and interest rates rising, big institution lenders have tightened their grip on loans. Not just anyone can get a loan – you’ve got to have a good score. 

But what is a good credit score for real estate lenders?

Before this recent shift in the economy, the lowest score considered by a lender was 640. Now, most lenders won’t look at anyone under 680. And that 680 minimum could soon turn into 720.

Institutions raise credit score minimum requirements to cut investors from the loan pool. This means many of your competitors will be unable to find the same kind of money they could 6 months ago.

You don’t need to be one of the investors squeezed out of the lending space. But you’ll need to understand exactly where your credit is, how to improve it, and what good credit score range lenders are looking for.

Make sure you’re credit-ready for these upcoming opportunities.

How to Increase Your Credit Score

To take advantage of this next market, you’ll need to keep money coming in. Banks and hard money lenders will be stricter with loans. You’ll need a good credit score to not be squeezed out of opportunities with lack of funding.

There are a few simple things you can do to raise your credit score.

Pay Your Bills on Time

This is the absolute most important action to increase your credit score. Payment history makes up at least 40% of your score. Lenders who don’t require a minimum credit score will still look at whether or not you pay your debts back.

Focus on this habit if you haven’t. Missing payments is the biggest red flag to lenders. No one – from banks to small hard money companies to OPM lenders – will want to give money to someone who has a history of not paying back. 

Reduce Your Credit Card Balances

If you’re using a credit card to fund fixes on your projects, make sure to pay it off completely after every flip. Pay off as much as possible as you go. Keeping a lower balance on your cards will:

  • Improve your credit score.
  • Ensure you won’t run into late payment.
  • Keep your balance from getting out of control.

It’s smart to have credit cards paid down before applying for a bank loan. To do this fast, you can get money in ways that won’t show up on your credit report. You could use a personal loan or OPM, a 401k loan, or a HELOC.

Get Authorized on Someone’s Good Credit

If you’re struggling with your score, find someone with good credit who will authorize you on their account.

This person will likely be a little older. They’ll have a great credit score, and their accounts will be established. Older people will naturally have an advantage you don’t – the length of their accounts.

Simply getting authorized on another person’s good credit will bump your credit score up.

Know How to Increase Your Credit Score

It’s important to give your credit score all the boosts you can before trying for a loan. Right now, the difference between a 680 credit score and a 679 is the difference between getting a loan and not getting a loan. The difference between a 720 and a 719 is getting a 9.5% rate rather than 11%. 

Real Estate Investing with a Low Credit Score

Investing in real estate when you have a low score is definitely more difficult, but it’s not impossible. 

If you’re researching how to invest with a bad credit score, raising your score should be your number one priority. These options aren’t replacements for a good score. But you also shouldn’t have to pause all investments until your credit is good.

So, what are your lending options with a low score?

You’re essentially out of the market for both banks and national hard money lenders.

You’re down to two options.

1) Using Small, Local Hard Money Lenders When You Have Bad Credit

Individuals or small hard money companies (like Hard Money Mike) don’t depend so much on credit. Instead, they focus on the quality of the deals. 

Corporate hard money lenders can afford to turn off their lending and turn it back on. Small lenders rely on loans to make a living, so they’ll always be willing to offer you money if you have a good deal.  

If you know how to put a deal together, if you understand all the numbers, if you can prove a deal is good – small hard money lenders will want to work with you, regardless of your credit score.

Small hard money lenders probably won’t require a certain credit score… But they will check your credit. Particularly your payment history. If you have habitual late payments, even a smaller lender won’t want to lend to you. 

However, a small hard money lender will be more likely to understand that life happens. Sometimes certain life events negatively impact your credit. National lenders won’t ask for the story behind the number; they’ll just see that your credit score doesn’t fit their criteria. Small lenders will work with you. 

2) Using Real OPM for Money When Your Credit Score is Low

As lenders are tightening up, investors aren’t the only ones who will feel the squeeze of the economy. There are regular people out there – with money – who will also be affected by inflation, interest rates, and the market.

These people are typically 50 or older and looking for ways to live off the retirement money they’ve accumulated. Banks are still only paying around 1% rates, but someone could get a rate of 5 or 6% by loaning money to you. 

Inflation matched with stagnant bank rates make your potential OPM lenders lose money. Lending to you is a way for their money to keep its value.

OPM lenders will also care less about whether you have a 620 credit score or an 800 score. They’ll just care that you’ll secure their money and do deals the right way.

Don’t let the economy fool you into thinking there aren’t any big pools of money out there. You just need to know how to find them, navigate them, and keep them.

There’s No Replacement for Good Credit

Again, these are some of your options if you have low credit, but they are not a replacement for high credit. This is your business. Take your credit seriously.

Higher credit scores open up other options. Having other options make hard money loans and OPM work even better for you.

Your business will be easier, faster, and smoother when you have a credit score that doesn’t work against you.

BRRRR and Fix-and-flips During a Recession

You’ll soon be able to make money like no other time in the last 12 years. Deals will be easier to find than ever.

In the last decade, loans have been easy to come by. But home prices have been going up, so it’s been hard to find good properties. What will happen next is money will get tighter, but deals will get better and better as rates go up and property values go down.

So what can you do in the upcoming fix-and-flip and BRRRR market? Especially when your credit score is low?

Fix-and-flip Loans with Bad Credit

If you have bad credit while doing fix-and-flips, local hard money lenders will become your best friends.

Reach out to your real estate community, go to biggerpockets.com, and find those small lenders in your community. 

You’ll need to keep plenty of lenders in your back pocket. Local hard money companies will be swamped by other investors with low credit scores. To have a good chance at getting money when you need it, you’ll want to know five or six good lenders.

BRRRR Properties and Long-term Rentals with Bad Credit

There’s always two loans with BRRRR – the acquisition, and later, the refinance. Some smaller hard money lenders can help with that first loan, but longer term, you’ll have to start looking at other options. If you run into trouble with the refinance, it can be hard to pay the hard money loan back. OPM could become vital for getting money for these properties.

Another route is to find something like a subject to, rather than a traditional BRRRR. There will be people who need to get rid of a property because they’re behind on payments. You can jump in and take over the property and the payments without assuming the loan. You don’t necessarily need a good credit score – you just need to be able to make the monthly payments and rent the property.

Overall, be aware that your pool of options will be much smaller with a bad credit score. Your price point will be lower, your range of options is smaller, and your ability to close on deals is slower.

Private Lending Options for Investors with Bad Credit: OPM

OPM is other people’s money. Real people that you know – friends, neighbors, family, people in local real estate groups. OPM can help with down payments, construction, monthly payments – it fills the gaps of your project. And if you really find the right people, the entire cost of a property could get funded with a $500,000 check.

OPM lenders won’t care about the same qualifications as institutional lenders. Your credit score is less important than whether you secure their money and pay them back as agreed. Good credit or bad, OPM will be one of the best tools for you as an investor in this next market.

Usually these are people closer to retirement. They want to get off the roller coaster of the stock market and get more reliable, consistent returns.

Someone with $300,000 in a bank account at 1% makes $3,000 a year on that money. If you can give them 5%, they make $15,000 instead. OPM will be mutually beneficial in this upcoming economy – you just need to know where to find OPM lenders and how to make it work.

With OPM, you can do more deals, better deals, faster deals, and deals other people can’t afford. We want to help you take advantage of this opportunity. 

Hard Money Mike has funded over $1 billion of loans with Real OPM. During the crash in 2008, we couldn’t get money from banks, so we went the OPM route and have stayed that way ever since. We know how to do it right, and we know that it works.

Where to Go From Here

Few real estate investors will be prepared to take advantage of the impending recession.

You can be the one to take this opportunity, get the information, and be ready with your credit score. We have the experience to help you get ahead.

Download our free Credit Score Checklist here and free OPM checklist here.

Watch videos on credit tips here.

Reach out to us with any questions at HardMoneyMike.com.

Happy Investing.

Credit Score Basics: How Lenders Use FICO Scores

3 Simple Ways to Boost Your Credit Score Fast

Leveraging your real estate investments just got easier with these 3 quick ways to raise your credit score.

Maybe you’ve already noticed it.

Larger lenders are getting into the fix-and-flip hard money space. And many of these companies require credit scores as their underwriting criteria.

In this landscape, your score decides the speed and effectiveness of your journey to fix-and-flip financial freedom.

Your  score will determine your rates, leverage, and overall income from your real investments.

Good or bad, your score impacts every step of your financial process.

So how can you raise your score in a short amount of time?

How Can I Raise My Credit Score?

First of all, it’s helpful to know exactly what a credit score is, which you can read here and here. And how it impacts your real estate investments, which you can read here.

1. Add More Credit to Your Line

Ask your credit card company to raise your credit limit. For example, if you increase your limit from $1,000 to $3,000, owing $1,000 jumps from maxing out your line to only using 33% of it.

Other options that have the same effect are:
Open up new lines of credit, but don’t use them often
When you get a new card, don’t close your old one, just stop using it

Having more available credit will automatically make your accounts owed look better, and raise your score.

2. Get Authorized on Someone’s Good Credit Account

A good credit account:
Is always paid on time
Has existed for awhile
Has a low balance

Ask a parent, friend, or other trusted person if they’ll add you as an authorized user to their credit card account.

This won’t help you immediately open up credit lines with lenders, but it will raise your score.

3. Go Private

This means borrowing money from someone or somewhere to temporarily pay off your credit cards so you can apply for more credit.

Your credit score changes almost daily.

Let’s say you have three credit cards. They’ll each have different reporting schedules. If you borrow private money, you can time payments so your score is increased long enough to open new credit lines.

You can keep the debt paid for 60 days or so while you apply for loans.

Putting in the time and effort for a high credit score more than pays for itself in the leverage it gives you in real estate investments.

Three quick ways bump up your score are to:
Add more credit to your line.
Get authorized on someone else’s good credit account.
Go private – get money from somewhere else to pay off your debts long enough to apply for more credit.

For more tips on building good credit and maximizing real estate investment leverage, check out these helpful videos on our Youtube Channel.

Or you can download our Credit Score Checklist by following this link.

Need Help with Your Credit?  Contact us today for our list of preferred credit boosting companies.

Happy investing.

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The Must-Know Basics About Your Credit Score

What a credit score is and why you should care (if you care about your investments).

There’s a magical triple-digit number that seems to decide your fate in this world.

It can determine what car you drive, where you live, and how much money you can have at your disposal.

And in some cases, it can make or break your success as a real estate investor.

It’s your credit score.

But it’s not as magical as it seems. There’s a logic to your score, and you have the power to change it.

So let’s break it down.

What is a Credit Score?

A credit score is a way for lenders to determine your “creditworthiness.” In other words, your “you-can-trust-me-to-pay-back-your-money”-ness.

Because you know whether someone can trust you with their money. But financial institutions don’t know you like you do.

Lenders need a way to decide if you’re safe to lend to. So your score tells them the story of your financial habits.

How Is My Credit Score Calculated?

There are a couple different types of credit scores, but the numbers we’ll use here reflect FICO scores (the most widely used credit score for most lenders).

Credit scores range between 0 and 850. More than 740 is great, and a score of less than 700 begins to limit your options.

This number is calculated by looking at five main pieces of information:

  • Credit mix
  • New Credit
  • Credit History
  • Payment history
  • Amounts owed

Credit Mix

Close to 10% of your score is based on the mix of credit you already have.

Do you have seven credit cards?

Or zero?

Do you have a car payment, a mortgage, student loans, personal loans?

Typically, the more diverse your lines of credit are, the better it is for your score.

New Credit

Around 10% is based on “new credit,” or how often you get credit inquiries or open a new line of credit.

New credit can temporarily lower your score. So for example, if you buy a new car, you’ll probably have trouble securing a loan for a property right away.

Length of Credit History

About 15% of your score is calculated based on how long you’ve had your lines of credit.

If you opened your first line of credit less than 5 years ago, you’ll have a lower score than someone whose credit is 40 years old.

Amounts Owed

These last two categories are the most important. They make up two-thirds of your credit score.

About 30% of your score is determined by something called amounts owed. Amounts owed is about your debt. More specifically, it’s about how much of your available credit you’re using.

For example, let’s say your credit card has a max of $1,000. You buy a new set of tires and brakes, so now you owe $1,000 on your card. You’re using 100% of your $1,000 limit – you’re maxed out.

The story creditors see when they look at you is that you’re not managing your credit well. They’ll assume you won’t manage other loans well either, so you get a lower score.

But let’s look at another situation.

Say you got a different credit card with a max of $5,000. That same borrowed $1,000 has a way different effect on your credit score. You’re only using 20% of your credit line, and you’re leaving 80% at your disposal. Creditors like that story. So you get a higher score.

Payment History

The biggest amount of your score, up to 35%, is based on your payment history.

Payment history is exactly what it sounds like:

  • How are you paying your bills?
  • Do you always pay on time?
  • Have you had any bankruptcies?

Financial institutions can see this information, and it’s the top factor they consider. At the end of the day, lenders want to know: Will you pay them back? On time?

Need More Information?

Your score is incredibly important to keep on your radar. Especially when you’re investing in real estate.

It’s not a made up number that has no effect on your life. But it’s also not as difficult to understand as it may seem at first.

For more tips on building good credit and maximizing real estate investment leverage, check out these helpful videos on our Youtube Channel.

You can also download our Credit Score Checklist at this link.

Happy investing.

Make money with your credit

Making money with your credit score.

So, what’s the big deal about credit scores?

Well, think of it like a baseball game.

You can hit it out of the park and claim victory…or strike out and lose.

When you win the credit score game, you win countless opportunities.

These include affordable rates, more loan options, and, in the end, hundreds of thousands of dollars. In this video, we discuss 3 EASY ways to boost your credit score…and your cash flow!

How to Make Money with Your Credit Score Need a tool to generate positive cash flow? Download our FREE Loan Optimizer!

Learn more about how credit can fuel your investments on our YouTube Playlist.

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The impact of your credit score

How Your Credit Score Impacts Your Real Estate Investments

If you want to maximize leverage in your investments, you need to know this key information about your credit score.

There’s nothing more disappointing than this…

You’ve searched everywhere, but can’t seem to find a decent loan.

Money keeps getting sucked away with high interest rates and down payments.

Even when you find good properties, you never seem to come out on top.

…But your real estate investment was supposed to help you start living your dreams.

What’s going wrong on the money side of your investments?

Your Credit Score Matters

Your credit score could be the number one thing holding you back.

A credit score impacts cash flow from real estate investments. It determines interest rates, out-of-pocket costs, and what kinds of loans you can get.

With a low credit score, you’ll have:

  • Higher interest rates
  • Higher down payments
  • Fewer loan options available

What Is a Credit Score?

A credit score is a number between 0 and 850 that tells financial institutions whether or not it’s wise to lend to you.

Your score is determined by several pieces of information about your finances.

But the two most important are payment history and accounts owed.

It comes down to:

  1. Do you pay your credit cards and loans back on time?
  2. And do you use less credit than is available to you?

What Should My Credit Score Be?

With a score of 800, you’re almost guaranteed to hear “yes” from any lender.

At 740 and higher, you’ll still have access to the best loans with the best rates.

Between 670-739 is still a good position, and you can get decent rates.

And a score below 670 will be detrimental to your real estate investing experience.

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But if you’ve just realized you have a low credit score, don’t lose hope.

How Can My Credit Score Maximize My Leverage?

The higher your credit score, the higher your leverage. Lenders look for people with high credit scores. Having a better score will open up doors for you to find:

  • Better loans
  • More quickly than you would with a lower score
  • From a wider variety of financial institutions

Interest Rates

A good credit score will get you loans with better interest rates.

A significant amount of money can leak out of your deal from bad interest rates brought on by your credit score.

To put it in perspective: If you end up paying $500 per month on interest, that becomes $18,000 after three years. That’s $18,000 that could have been your profit that goes directly to the lender instead. With a better credit score, you can find a loan that keeps more of your money in your pocket.

Down Payment

Let’s say you found a great property for sale for $300,000. With good credit, you may only be asked to put 10% down – or potentially even 0%! With a lower credit score, though, you’ll likely be asked for a 20-25% down payment.

For the same $300,000 deal, good credit can mean the difference between paying $30,000 out-of-pocket or $70,000!

What To Do Next

Your credit score determines whether you take the easy road or the hard road with your real estate investing experience.

If you don’t already have a credit score of 800, focus on raising your credit score before anything else. Doing this will earn you:

  • Lower interest rates
  • Lower down payments
  • More loan options
  • A more successful investment!

It’s hard enough to find properties, find contractors, find tenants, find sellers… make it easier on yourself to find lenders.

We want to help you succeed in your investments.

For more help with understanding and improving your credit score as a real estate investor, check out these helpful videos on our YouTube Channel.

You can also download our Credit Score Checklist at this link.

Happy investing.

The Cost of Credit: How Much Is Your Score Costing You?

The Cost of Credit: How Much Is Your Score Costing You?

The Cost of Credit: How Much Is Your Score Costing You?

Do you know the cost of credit and how much your score is costing you?

Well, it could be adding 10+ years of extra payments to your life.

Yep, you heard that right. Ten or more years worth of payments! That could be as much as $500,000 you don’t need to pay, and all because you don’t have an ideal credit score.

That’s why today we’re going to dive into the impact your credit score has on your real estate deals…and your wallet.

If you don’t fit into a standard loan’s very strict (and small) box, then it can cost you dearly.

So, why does this happen?

Because there are many kinds of loans, but the ones with the best rates and terms are Conventional (aka, “standard”). If you can’t qualify for these affordable loans, then your costs jump considerably when you move to Non-QM (aka, “non-standard) loans.

Right now, in this market, the difference between a standard and a non-standard loan is 2 to 3 points.

That’s thousands of dollars. 

In the video above, we compare two investors who have different loans with different rates. Even though they both paid the same amount for a property, the outcome of what they pay might surprise you…especially when they start buying multiple properties.

Investor 1 pays a lower rate than Investor 2.

So, let’s breakdown their payments based on a loan amount of $200,000…

Every month, Investor 1 pays $954.83 for their property. Meanwhile, Investor 2 pays $1,264.14. That’s about $310 more than Investor 1 per month.

Now, let’s take that another step further:

Both investors eventually purchase 5 properties to add to their real estate portfolio. The difference in their total payments is about $1,500 per month (yikes).

If we take that number and look at what happens every year, Investor 2 will pay about $18,500 more than Investor 1. All because their credit score was too low to get a loan with affordable rates.

And here’s where you can see the biggest impact: Over the life of the loan (about 30 years), Investor 2 will pay over half a million dollars more than Investor 1.

Now you can see why your credit score matters.

How can you make sure you pay cheaper rates and qualify for standard loans? Well, check out some of our helpful tips on Youtube. Plus, our team is always here to help.

Happy investing!

Low Credit Score: A Quick, Easy Solution

Low Credit Score: A Quick, Easy Solution

Low Credit Score: A Quick, Easy Solution

Do you have a low credit score? If you do, then it’s likely making a big dent on your cash flow. Because a low score means paying higher rates. And higher rates mean less money in your pocket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Hard Money Mike, one of the main questions we hear from real estate investors is, “What credit score do I need to get a loan?” And when they hear the answer, many of those investors are unhappy about it.

Because they have a low score…too low for a traditional loan, at least. And traditional loans have some of the lowest interest rates available.

But, why is your credit score so low?

Well, there’s some common issues you probably already know about (ex: unpaid bills, late payments, etc.). But did you know one of the biggest issues is high credit card balances?

 

Yes, even if you pay some of your credit card off each month, as long as you maintain a high balance, then it’s going to ding your credit score.

For example, if you have a maximum credit line of $8,000, and you maintain a $6,000 balance, then creditors think you’re a high risk. Therefore, they penalize you by taking points off your credit score.

To make matters even more frustrating, many real estate investors have to use their credit cards to pay for renovations on a value-add property. Otherwise, their project might stall.

What can you do?

Well, technically, the best solution is to get a loan to pay off your credit cards.

But, if your score is too low, you won’t be able to get a loan.

AHHH!

Yeah, it can be a real conundrum. And we’ve seen it impact our clients countless times. So, here’s our suggestion:

Take your loan private.

Don’t go to a bank or another traditional lender. They will just reject your application. Instead, find someone (like Hard Money Mike) who can help you repair your credit score by setting up a private loan. That way you can:

  • Pay off your credit cards
  • Raise your score
  • Get an affordable loan AND rate

After you pay off your credit cards with a private loan, you can resume normal business. Just remember to keep your credit card balances as low as possible. In other words, don’t use more than 20-30% of your credit line. If you exceed that threshold, then quickly pay off what you can to drop it back down and protect your credit score.

Because a good credit score will lead to the best loan products. And the best loan products will produce the highest cash flow possible.

Happy investing!

Credit Score Basics: How Lenders Use FICO Scores

How Lenders Use Your FICO Score

How Lenders Use Your FICO Score

Do you know how lenders use your FICO score? Because it’s vital to whether or not you get approved for a loan.

If you understand credit score basics, then you’ll have a much better chance of hearing a “yes” rather than a “no” from a lender. You’ll also gain a much deeper understanding of how your score impacts your monthly payments.

You see, when you have a decent credit score (700+), then you can expect to see more loan approvals. Especially from traditional lenders, like banks.

Plus, a good credit score will lead to good rates. And that means cheaper bills.

For real estate investors, a good credit score can make all the difference between positive and negative cash flow. And over time, that kind of business model can run you…well, out of business.

If you’d like a quick overview of how credit scores work and how lenders use them, then check out this explanatory video from FICO.

In this video, you’ll get a simple and fast explanation of how credit scores work. Again, this is vital if you want to succeed with your real estate deals. And your overall financial health. Your wallet will thank you for taking such good care of your credit score.

If you want more credit score tips, check out our Youtube channel! As we’ve stated throughout this article, we highly encourage you to understand the importance of your score so when it’s time to get a loan for your next value-add property (fix and flip or rental), you’ll have lots of options. And access to great rates.

Need some extra input on your credit score and how you can raise it? Our team is always here to offer advice and guidance.

As always, happy investing!