Of course, when you invest in a project, there is a chance that the project will fail and you will lose money. This goes for any project, but some will come with more or less risk than others. Often, those with more risk come with greater rewards. While making more money can be appealing, there is more of a chance you’ll lose it all.
There is a risk-reward aspect to every investment, but for those that get involved in private hard money in California, there is a little more risk involved than just whether the project fails.
Just getting a business to succeed on its own is challenging enough, but having to deal with how outside influences can affect the success of your venture can be maddening. For example, let’s say you invest in a company that claims it is going to revolutionize the hybrid car industry. You throw everything you have into it because everyone will want a hybrid car when they become more affordable.
But then OPEC decides to release millions of barrels of oil and the cost of gasoline plummets. While it may be nice for the environment, people are more concerned with cheaper travel—and your investment is dead in the water.
With private hard money in California or anywhere else, the risk is similar but more involved. Not only do you have to deal with factors that are related to your venture, but you have to deal with those related to the equity people use to secure their loans.
Let’s say they use a few rental properties (houses) as collateral to secure a loan to be used to acquire an apartment building. But then the housing market crashes. You would think apartments would do fine since people still need a place to live, but what if its location is poor and it isn’t filling up fast enough?
Without rental income coming in, the borrower has trouble making payments. They default, and the lender takes possession, but since the loan for the apartment building was secured with a few houses. With the crash, the value of those homes has dropped significantly—and whoever invested in the loan for the apartment building is screwed.
Market crashes have wreaked havoc among lenders in the past and very well could in the future if all parties involved are not careful. So how can investors protect against it? Well—it’s kind of hard to. They just have to be aware of the state of the market as much as possible and pull out before the crash gets bad (if they can).
About the author: Dennis has been working in the real estate industry in some capacity for the last 40 years. He purchased his first property when he was just 18 years old. He quickly learned about the amazing investment opportunities provided by trust deed investing and hard money loans. His desire to help others make money in real estate investing led him to specialize in alternative funding for real estate investors who may have trouble getting a traditional bank loan. Dennis is passionate about alternative funding sources and sharing his knowledge with others to help make their dreams come true.
Dennis has been married to his wonderful wife for 42 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters 5 amazing grandchildren. Dennis has been an Arizona resident for the past 40 years.