TruPodcast

TruPodcast-Chasing Happiness

TruPodcast Episode 1

We are excited to be re-launching TruPodcast. The TruPodcast is going to cover three life topics:

  1. Chasing Happiness
  2. Business-Real Estate included of course
  3. Failure- How it is not a four-letter word, and how we can grow from our failures

In this episode, our guest is Alex Burton the President of the Evansville City Council. We discussed what drives his happiness, and how it took numerous times to be elected to City Council (Persistence), and his passion for Evansville! Hope you enjoy and please subscribe!


Affordable Housing Project Aims to Revitalize Jacobsville Neighborhood on 44 News

Our affordable housing collaboration officially launched in Evansville, Indiana with Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and Evansville Promise Zone. We are thrilled to have such amazing coverage by 44News on how we are making an impact on families quality of life by owning a TruHome.

The Promise Zone and a company called TruVest are partnering to not only create affordable housing in Evansville but also create homeownership opportunities for the people living there.

Instead of knocking down homes, and building new ones, TruVest is renovating blighted homes in the Jacobsville neighborhood. At the same time, those who need affordable housing will have the opportunity to actually own homes instead of renting them.

This partnership will help provide first-time homeowners with the tools they need to keep their credit up, continue to pay mortgage payments and all the other things that go into owning a home.

TruVest co-founder Peter Bordes says, “We’re going to find a balance between what we renovate, and then what we do helping the land bank taking those empty lots, and then developing new homes on them, but always with the idea that we’re not looking to gentrify neighborhoods, and we’re not looking to make the prices go up. We want to be able to keep them in line with the integrity of the neighborhoods.”

Mackenzee Pagett and her two children will be moving into this first house within the next few weeks. She tells 44News Evansville she’s very excited being a first-time homeowner.


Evansville Promise Zone Partnership Announcement

If you are available please join us on Monday, February 11th at 1:30 pm CST to announce our new affordable housing partnership. The Promise Zone has formed a partnership with TruVest to rehab 25 homes in the Promise Zone in 2019. They are working with local realtors, the Evansville Land Bank and the Promise Zone to locate houses suitable for rehab. People with credit scores of 600 or more will be eligible for mortgages through Old National Bank (other qualifications may apply). If a person does not qualify for a conventional mortgage, TruVest will provide financing based on each individual situation. The press announcement will be at 723 East Oregon Street. Hope to see you there…


How to Build a Mountain of Wealth Outside of the Stock Market-Part 2

Another week has come and gone and the Markets finished on a downward slide. I am sure some of you are experiencing some heartburn with your investments. Are you being proactive with moving your investments in and out of the Market, or are they tied up in your 401(k)? The one thing that I wanted to make sure for myself that I had full control of my investments as they are my retirement nest egg. In my last post I provided an overview of real estate note investing niche and the two types of investments that are available to you and me. In this post I want to discuss the ins and outs of performing notes.

A performing note A.K.A. is a mortgage that you or I can get from our local bank. Once your mortgage is funded by your lender or broker it either is serviced by that entity or it could be sold to another financial institution. Mortgages are sold in what is called the primary market. The major players in this market are banks, credit unions, and mortgage brokers. Now you are asking yourself where to do I come into play? You come into play in the secondary market. Before, I go into too much depth on the secondary market I want to give you an overview of Mortgage Backed Securities(MBS). Mortgage Backed Securities were created by President Lyndon Johnson when the Charter Act was passed in 1968. The original concept of MBS was to allow banks to sell off mortgages that would in turn allow them to free up funds to lend to other homeowners. The simplest MBS is called the pass-through participation certificate. This MBS pays the holder principal and interest payments that have been collected on the mortgage. This MBS is the most common you and I will invest in the secondary market. The creation of MBS also allowed non-bank institutions to enter into the mortgage business, and lenders were able to get their cash back in the secondary market instead of waiting for 15 to 30 years for the mortgage to mature. This brings us to the 2000s when the industry decided to become creative in offering complex MBS to entice new homeowners. We all know how this finished! I am not willing to rehash history, but if you want to read more about MBS here is a great website.

With all that out of the way lets talk about how you and I can invest in the secondary market. There are numerous ways to invest in the secondary market, but I am going to cover the three options I have experience with. First, purchasing directly from banks, lenders, hedge funds, and mortgage brokers. This choice is for a person that is looking to be a full-time investor, and he/she will have to build relationships with these financial institutions. Specifically as I have done in my career many times one has to "Dial for Dollars" to Asset Managers. These individuals control multi million dollar portfolios for their respected banks, and their job is to make sure these loans are sold and off the books before the end of the banks' fiscal year. The 2nd option is to purchase directly from private sellers. This option too has some full-time aspects as in you have to market your business to potential sellers in the form of phone calls, website presence, email marketing, and direct mail campaigns. A private seller is typically an individual/couple that has sold their home to a buyer on Contract/Owner Financing, which is another form of a MBS. Another nuance of contracts/owner financing transactions is that you need to ensure the loan was originated per Federal and State Laws. The biggest challenge I have experienced with these MBS is the contract violates State usury laws. When that is discovered the contract has to be re-written like a new loan. All terms stay the same except the interest rate on the loan is lowered and the home buyer will sign the new loan documents. The 3rd option is to be a private lender. Simply put you are the bank and you are lending funds to investors with an ROI expectation. This option by far is the easiest way to start investing in MBS.

There are endless investment vehicles that one can choose from, but there are not many investments that have a greater impact on society as a whole like MBS. When you invest in a contract/owner financing transaction you are providing financing to home buyers that otherwise would not be able to obtain a mortgage due to some credit challenges. In turn, you earn a healthy ROI and your investment is backed by real estate. I will leave you here for this post, and in my next post I will talk about non-performing notes (MBS), and how they too can be a great investment vehicle for your portfolio.

About the Author:

Ryan is an Executive Level Manager with over 20 years of progressive management experience in all aspects of; finance, compliance, divisional & product management, operations, advanced technology development, and real estate related investment opportunities. TruVest, infuses cutting-edge technology to identify non-performing assets that will generate multiple streams of revenue. Utilizing proven models and processes, TruVest consistently turns non-performing assets into performing, resulting in consistent solid returns.


September carries greatest single-month-default surge in a ten-year period

Home loan defaults rose in September, producing the most extensive single-month-default increase in many years.

Defaults accelerated to 13.2% in September, the most substantial month-to-month increase since November 2008. This increased the nationwide default rate to 3.97%.

Generally, the month of September experiences an increase in defaults. Of the most recent 19 Septembers, 16 experienced increases, which brought the average default rate to 5.2%. This is the biggest jump in defaults for any single month.

UNCOVER MORE REAL ESTATE TRENDS

The 2nd variable that generated an increase in defaults was the fact that the calendar month finished on a Sunday, which generally causes a tremendous burden on defaults.

Moreover, Hurricane Florence, which swept the Eastern United States in September, impacted defaults to an increase of 38% month-over-month in the States it affected. Currently, more than 6,000 homeowners are delinquent as a result of being affected by the hurricane.

Foreclosures dropped 15.1% from August to virtually an 18-year low. This was actually down 11.5% from September 2017. The month's double-digit decrease brought foreclosed properties to 40,000 for the month.


Creating Value Means What.....

Earlier this week I spoke with a good friend about how he handles his LinkedIn account and online experiences. He told me that the majority of his connections were just looking to quickly sell him goods and services, without even taking any time to build a proper business relationship with him. What he told me really hit home, as I then realized that I was also having the very same experience with many of my own LinkedIn connections.

This approach is just not acceptable to me. I personally believe that for any mutual business relationship to be successful and of VALUE, a bond of trust should first be established..In doing so, any and all questions could be discussed as we learned about each other’s business processes and services. I am currently growing my business organically, and wish to provide you and other select LinkedIn connections VALUE. Is there something mutually beneficial that we can work on together? Does this interest you in any way? Please let me know how you feel about this idea.

 

https://truvest.co/5-reasons-real-estate-great-investment/

 


What a Week!

This past week was full of so many emotions! We commenced beta testing for our due diligence platform, and also purchased 2 assets in Indiana. The launch of the platform by far has been the toughest challenge I have faced in my career. I am very thankful for my family, colleagues, and friends that have supported me on this journey. Now the next chapter of this journey starts this week with implementing feedback from the beta testers, creating the new website for TruExchange, and throughout the week I will be sharing our progress on our recent acquisitions. Let's all be part of bringing Wall Street to YOUR Street! Have a great week and I look forward to speaking with you soon!

 

https://truvest.co/10745-2/

 


I Couldn't Believe It!!!


I Couldn’t Believe It!

I did not know what to do!

I have never built a platform

But John and Mike have really stepped up and have gotten knee deep with me (Not their real names by the way)

Design plan

Domain and Company name created and secured

Artificial Intelligence requirements

API Calls and Automation established for Day One

Next week will be a full week of development and testing.  I am looking forward to testing the AI portion of the platform. (This will allow you to upload files to the platform 24 hours a day!)

There is one HUGE big ask on this project……..ME!

I know I am going to struggle right out of the gates with the platform design and functionality, and wanting it to be perfect!

Great thing is that John and Mike have already had a VERY long discussion with me on expectations and results.  Let’s see how this goes when I start testing!

Goals for the week:

  1. Be patient
  2. Know this is not a sprint…Great platforms take time to create
  3. Platform will launch with imperfections…Be GOOD with that

Just have FUN!!!

What tips/tricks can you share with me?  I can use all the help I can get!


You Said What???

You Said What???

NO!

That is the answer I got from numerous developers I have spoken to about creating the platform

Speaking to 15 plus developers = Not all conversations are equal

They either said they do not have the expertise or did not want to get into a long-term project

The answers that surprised me the most were:

“I just work to pay my bills”

“The development time would cut into his gaming”

I do not understand the mentality of not wanting to take on work

From all the challenging conversations, I have had this week there is a silver lining

I have found two developers that are really passionate about developing new platforms, especially in an underserved market as note investing

Next week I will be spending more time with both of them to discuss the development plan and strategy

Thank you to everyone that has reached out to me with their referrals!

Time to start saving time and spending more quality time with the family!