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How to Flip for Profit in 2022

At the beginning of 2022, flipped homes would sell in a matter of hours, rather than weeks or months. The fix-and-flip experience will be a little different in the remainder of 2022. How can you flip for profit this year?

What Properties Will Flip for Profit?

Your best bet for income in real estate flipping will be sticking to medium price point properties.

Some areas – for example, City center of Denver — are still doing great in higher price ranges. People are still selling $1 – 2 million dollar properties with no issues. But in smaller communities, there are fewer people who can afford $600,000 – $900,000 properties.

With rising interest rates, people who were looking in those higher price ranges now need to look a little lower. Medium property prices are also always competing with rent.

Even though interest rates have gone up 5 – 6%, a $150,000 – $250,000 house will still be in a competitive market with rent. As long as they can afford it, people will always steer toward buying a home rather than renting.

Rent prices aren’t going anywhere but up. We may see changes in the renting sphere as congress discusses hedge funds and other big investors driving rent prices up. But for you now, rising rents could push more people to consider home ownership in the low-to-mid price range.

Flipping Expectations for 2022

When you look at your market, know that 3-bedroom, 2-bath, and garage homes will always be reliable as a seller. People will always be searching for those types of properties for their families.

You’ll find buyers in this range, but be sure to adjust your expectations. In the last market, buyers would make offers within hours or days. The reality of this upcoming market is it might take one or two months to find a buyer. Be patient, take your time, look at your area, and keep an eye out for upcoming foreclosures and other opportunities.

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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.

How To Buy a Fix and Flip: The First Key Steps

How To Buy a Fix and Flip: The First Key Steps

How To Buy a Fix and Flip: The First Key Steps

Do you know how to buy a fix and flip? Because if you’re new to investing in real estate, there’s a chance you’re not sure where to begin this process.

You might think, “Well, I’ll just get a loan.” But do you know what “getting a loan” really means?

That’s why today we’re going to take a look at the different real estate lenders you can rely on—and which ones you might have to rely on until you boost your credit score, build a real estate portfolio, or complete one of the other qualifications that some lenders require.

To begin, there are 5 popular real estate lenders. Each one has various pros and cons, so let’s start with the most simple and basic lenders.

Friend or Family Member

The upside to asking a friend or family member for a loan is, well, you’re asking a friend or family member for a loan. You know them, and you probably know them very well…well enough to ask them for money.  The only qualification you really need is a decent relationship.

The downside is, well, you know them. They’re your friend, your dad, your sister, or someone else you have deep roots with. That makes the entire loan process way more personal, which means there’s a lot of potential for drama—both now and in the future.

Business Partner

Instead of going through a family member or friend, you can get a business partner. A business partner can lend you the money to buy a value-add property with very few if any qualifications. The big pro here is they take on most—if not all—of the financial risks. It’s their money, not yours.

On the flip side, it’s their money, not yours. That means some business partners get greedy. Rather than splitting profits fairly, they demand the lion’s share. To them, it might not matter if you were the one who did all the actual work. They took the risk, so they should get a bigger reward at the end of the day.

Hard Money

If you have some basic qualifications, you can skip the first two lenders we’ve talked about and get a loan through a hard money lender. Hard money loans (aka, Fix and Flip loans) are great when you need to close a real estate deal FAST. We’re talking days instead of weeks or months.

Unfortunately, hard money can be expensive. Rates tend to be higher than other lenders. But every hard money lender varies, so it’s absolutely worth shopping around. Plus, hard money loans aren’t intended to be long term, so the high cost can actually save you a lot of pain AND money in the long run.

What is hard money? Check out our truth revealing series on YouTube!


Banks are the most traditional lender out there. In fact, most real estate investors look to this type of lender before they consider any other. And, why not? Banks usually have the lowest rates available.

Unfortunately, banks also have the strictest requirements, and if you don’t meet those requirements, you’ll get rejected. Worse, the application process is a lot more in-depth, which means closing can take A LOT longer. Which means that perfect investment property you wanted gets snatched up by someone using a faster lender.


Aka, “Other People’s Money.” This is exactly how it sounds. You use other people’s money to buy a property. This is different than asking a family member, friend, or business partner for financial help because there are more boundaries. With OPM, a lender charges interest. That’s it. There aren’t points or profits involved. It’s simple and easy.

The only downside of OPM is finding those who are willing to lend their money to you. But that’s where gaining experience and knowledge in real estate investing helps. The more you know, the more you can prove you’re worth the investment.

So, there you have it. Those are the 5 ways to buy a fix and flip property. Each one has its pros and cons, but each one is a viable option. It just depends on YOU and your financial situation.

Bad credit? No credit? You might have to start with a family member, friend, or business partner

Great credit? Solid income? Extensive real estate portfolio? You probably can jump straight to hard money or a bank loan. Or, better yet, OPM.

Each investor has a different path.

Ready to find out what your path is? Great! Our team is here to help. We’re excited to set you on a path that helps you make the kind of money you need…to live the life you want.

Happy investing!

How to Fund Your Fix and Flips in 3 Easy Steps

How to Fund Your Fix and Flips in 3 Easy Steps


How to Fund Your Fix and Flips in 3 Easy Steps

Do you know how to fund your fix and flips?

Let’s say you come across a fixer upper and you’d like to buy it. Well, the best way to quickly purchase a value-add property before another real estate investor can is with a fix and flip loan (aka, a hard money loan).

But what do you need to do to ensure you get the best fix and flip loan?

Today, we take a look at the first 3 steps of the process. Because if you want to make the biggest profit you can on a deal, then you need to make sure you’re working with the best lender.

For you!


Different Lenders, Different Outcomes

Just like properties, real estate lenders come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some lenders require extensive real estate portfolios, excellent credit scores, and a hefty down payment. These are typically the larger national companies.

On the flip side, some lenders are willing to work with newer investors who have little to no money to lower the risk. And some charge higher rates and less points, while others sneak in hidden junk fees.

It all depends on what works best for you. If you want flexibility, then you should prepare yourself to pay more for your loan.

One of the smartest and easiest ways to find the best lender is to shop around in your area. That’s right. You’ll need to pick up the phone and make some calls. But, trust us. Those calls will be worth it because you’ll end up saving yourself a lot of time, stress, and MONEY!

What Do You Bring to the Table?

If you make things easy for lenders, then you’ll have many of them competing for your business. How can you do that? Well, here are some basic, but valuable tips:

  • Maintain a high credit score
  • Complete projects on time
  • Pay lenders on time
  • Create a real estate portfolio that presents completed projects and team members (contractor, insurance agent, title company, etc.)

What Are You Looking For?

Are you okay working with a lender who requires a down payment? Or do you need to find someone who’s okay with little to no money at closing? How about experience? Low rates? Fast closings?

Understanding what you need is vital to a successful real estate deal. So, create a must-have list before you shop around. That way you’re prepared and can find the best fix and flip lender for you and your bank account.

If you complete these 3 easy steps, we can promise your hunt for the perfect lender will get your the results your hope for.

Ready to chat about your next fix and flip deal? Our team is here and ready to help you find the right loan for you!

Happy investing!

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