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Some of the Worst Real Estate Investments, and why Private Mortgage Investing Beats them All

Forbes magazine recently ran an article which listed the worst real estate investments one could ever make. To no surprise, investing in private mortgages did not appear on the list. So what did? Anything that doesn't bring in a return These are the types of investments that rely on property values going up - second homes, properties that are going...

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First Mortgages Becoming more Popular than Seconds in Private Mortgage Investing

For a long time when it came to investing in private mortgages, second mortgages were usually the preferred option for investors. Second mortgages are riskier to the investor, and therefore can typically have much higher interest rates attached to them. Still, the fact that a high percentage of equity was put up as collateral  made even the small risk to...

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Is it True that No One Investment Should Take Up More than 5% of Your Portfolio?

In investing, there are a few golden rules and idioms that the experts and analysts live by. One of those is that no one investment should ever take up more than 5 per cent of your entire investment portfolio. But how practical is this advice? And is it something that investors should follow at all costs? For most types of...

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Initial Investment Required, and Expected Returns, with Private Mortgage Investing

When looking at any type of investment, there are two things you're going to ask first: how much of an initial investment is required, and what will the returns on that investment be? Just like with any other investment vehicle, the more you invest the bigger your returns will be. However, there are a few generalities and guidelines you can...

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Why Choosing an Out-Performing Market is Important, and how to do It

Choosing the right housing market is of the utmost importance when you're investing in any kind of real estate. But unlike other types such as income property ownership, selecting your market is even more important when you're investing in private mortgages. And in fact, it's even more important than choosing based on home prices in the area - something that...

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Why do Borrowers Want Private Mortgages?

Often we get so caught up in talking about the maximum returns you can get through private mortgage lending, and the ease and security of this type of investment, that we get forget to touch on one very important factor - why people want private mortgages in the first place. This is extremely relevant to investors, because it spells bad...

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How Long of a Haul is Investing in Private Mortgages?

Investors want big returns on their investments, sure. But if they could be picky (and typically,  they can) they also want fairly large returns in a timely manner. This in fact is the very reason that some investors hesitate to put their money in private mortgages, because they don't want to be waiting around the typical 15-25 years to see...

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Should You be Concerned if Your Financial Advisor Doesn’t Offer Investing in Mortgages?

Investors aren't known for taking the advice of their financial advisors lightly. They are after all, experts and professionals in the thick of the industry, and there's a lot of weight attached to their words for a very good reason. Unfortunately for investors, this thinking is a double-edged sword. While it's certainly a smart way to use your money, especially...

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Want to Invest in a Mortgage RRSP? Here are some Requirements You Need to Know!

Using your RRSP as a vehicle to hold a mortgage can be a great investment, and is one of the most stable ways to see big returns on that mortgage. It works very much like a mortgage would with a traditional lender, with the exception that instead of payments being made to that lender, they are paid to you and...

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Protect Your Investment by Knowing this Simple LTV Formula

There's one huge concern that any private investor of mortgages, or any type of investment for that matter, has: losing money on your investment. And while it's true that mortgages are one of the soundest and most secure investments you can make, don't make the mistake of investors past thinking there's no possible way you could lose money. Of course,...

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