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My Credit Score...What's That About?

Money Chat: My Credit Score…What’s That About?

Money Chat: My Credit Score…What’s That About?

When you need a loan, do you ever think, “My credit score…What’s that about?”

Well, during our next Money Chat, Mike Bonn is going to answer all of your questions. He’s also going to share insider tips on how to raise your score so you can get the best loan possible.

My Credit Score...What's That About?

Want to join Mike’s Money Chat? Then register for FREE here.

Mike will answer common questions like:

  • Is this based on my credit?
  • Will you pull my credit?
  • How can I boost my credit score? 
  • What score do I need to get the best rates?

By the end of the Money Chat, you should have a much better grasp of how your credit score impacts your loan options…and, more importantly, your cash flow and profits.

When: Thursday, September 30th, 11 AM MST

Where: Virtual nationwide.

Register for free at https://my.demio.com/ref/lw8s3Krd8n4vKXqo

Can’t make it? No problem. We run free Money Chats every week to make sure you have an opportunity to listen, learn, and ask all of your questions.

Mike and the rest of the Hard Money Mike/Cash Flow Mortgage Company team looks forward to seeing you on Thursday.

If you have any questions about our weekly Money Chats, then our team is here to answer them any time.

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!

How To Make $250,000 with a Good Credit Score

How To Make $250,000 with a Good Credit Score

How To Make $250,000 with a Good Credit Score

Did you know you can make $250,000 with a good credit score?

Yep, that’s right.

But, how?

Well, let’s pretend your credit score is fishing bait. If you have good bait, then you can catch something big and juicy. But if you have bad bait, then you’ll walk away from the pond with nothing but a sunburn and bug bites.


So, what creates a good credit score? Well, it depends on what you have in your tackle box.

A well-equipped tackle box includes:

  • Monthly bills that get paid on time
  • Credit cards with 30% (or lower) credit usage
  • And a diverse credit mix. That means you have multiple types of payments, like a house, a car, insurance, credit cards, etc.

When you have good bait in your tackle box (aka, a good credit score), then you can live the life you want. That means owning a house, a reliable car, a fat retirement account, and many–MANY–other things. The world is your oyster when you have good credit.

Because the higher your score, the lower your rates. And the lower your rates, the bigger your bank account.

In fact, if you have a 760 or higher score, then you can reel in an extra $250,000 by the time you retire.

But if you have a score under 650, then you’re going to have a tough time catching anything in life’s pond. Because lenders don’t like subpar credit scores. When they see your low score, they’ll reject your application or charge you expensive rates.

But don’t worry!

If you want to fish with the good stuff, then you just need to focus on raising your credit score. And it’s not all that hard to do so. It just takes a few quick, easy steps to boost your number. For example:

  • Pay your bills on time
  • Keep your credit usage under 30%
  • Get a loan to help you pay off your credit cards

Check out some of our other videos for credit score boosting tips.

Everyone deserves to own a shiny, well-equipped tackle box (er, credit score). If need advice or want to chat about yours, our team is here to help.

Happy investing!

The Truth About Hard Money: 3 Steps to Make Hard Money Cheaper

The Truth About Hard Money: 3 Steps to Make Hard Money Cheaper

The Truth About Hard Money: 3 Steps to Make Hard Money Cheaper

Have you ever wondered you can make hard money cheaper? Or have you always assumed there’s no such thing as “cheap” hard money?

Well, it’s time to explore the truth about this investor-friendly lending option. Because one of the biggest misconceptions about hard money is it’s took expensive.

Spoiler alert…This assumption is false!

Here’s the truth. Getting a hard money loan doesn’t mean automatically paying 12% interest or higher. Actually, if you take these 3 steps, you can pay a lot less for it.

Experience is everything

That’s right. If you can prove you have real estate experience, a lender will feel a lot more confident giving you money. And when a lender feels confident about a client, they will offer lower rates.

How can you present your experience to a hard money lender? Well, the best method is to create a real estate portfolio. This portfolio should include things like:

  • Before and after pictures
  • Budgets
  • Profits earned

Put SOME money down

If you’re willing to put money down at closing, then a lender will see you’re serious about your deal and lower the cost of your loan. Because it helps lower their risk.

How much of a down payment should you make, you ask? The ideal amount would be 10% or more, but even 5% would ease the cost of your loan.

Manage your credit score

We know you’ve heard it once, but it bears repeating. Your credit score matters, especially when it comes to qualifying for a competitive loan. Because the higher your score, the lower your interest rates.

But, let’s say your credit score is lower than 670. Well, don’t get flustered, because you can quickly raise it if you follow some of our credit boosting tips, including these 3:

  • Keep your credit card in your wallet and, instead, focus on paying it down (or off). This method is simple, but effective. Just remember when you whittle your credit card balance down to $0, keep your card. Do NOT close your account. Closing an account that’s in good standing is anti-productive in keeping your score healthy.
  • Keep your card balance low. By that we mean only use 30% of your total maximum credit line. So if you have a  $1,000 maximum, don’t let your balance rise above $300. Pay it down every week or month to keep it under the 30% range. The credit bureau likes to see that.
  • Pay your bills and pay them on time. Again, simple, but effective. If you make your payments on time for the next 12 months, your score WILL go up.

Look, hard money can be pricy, but you can make it cheaper by following these 3 easy steps. In fact, we promise if you adhere to these steps, you will greatly reduce the cost of your next hard money loan.

Want more truths about hard money? Then stay tuned for our next video where we discuss the myth of getting trapped in a hard money loan.

Ready to chat about your hard money and other lending options? Our team is always here to help.

What is hard money? Learn more on our YouTube channel!

Happy investing!