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Should You Use Only Your Own Money in Foreclosure Investing?

New investors are frequently reluctant to apply for a loan. They do not want to risk losing lender's money and having the lender to become upset with their failures. As a result, they can make some bad financial decisions, like cashing out all available equity in their own house, cashing out their valuable retirement accounts, or using their existing businesses as loan collaterals. This approach unnecessarily risks their personal assets and can even compromise the potential tax saving (for example, if their retirement accounts are cashed out).

Additionally, by using all of their own cash, they gain no leverage at all. Wealth is made through leverage. The small amount of fund they have access to, restricts the type of property they can afford to invest, thus restricting the maximum amount of profit they can earn.

As an effective investor, you should try to utilize as much of OPM (other people's money) as possible. Although, by dealing with your hard money lender, you need to pay more to secure the hard money loan; and perhaps you can convince the lender to fund the entire investment efforts (purchase price, renovation and repair costs, and holding costs), by assuming the lender is agree to accept the property future value as the loan collateral. Another way to get a sizable chunk of the funding you need is to convince the lender to put up the fund in one of the following methods:

Other way to protect your important assets is to make your own limited liability corporation (LLC) for selling and buying foreclosures. By operating as a limited liability corporation, you protect yourself against a lawsuit that homeowner, contractor, or other parties can file against you for whatever reasons. Consult the attorney to discuss the drawbacks and benefits of LLCs and to help establish your limited liability corporation for you, should you finally decide that it is an acceptable idea.