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Private Equity, Private Lending, and Becoming a Passive Real Estate Investor with Heather Dreves

Private money is a world that is foreign to most who aren’t investing in funds as accredited investors and folks just investigating how to begin investing in real estate.

In this episode, we’re decoding the world of private money and private lending with our guest Heather Dreves, the Director of Funding at Secured Investment Corp, one of the fastest growing companies in the private money marketplace in the US, focusing on residential real estate investments.

In this episode, we’ll explore the benefits of private lending and how it can be a viable option for investors looking to diversify their portfolios. We’ll also discuss the advantages of investing in real estate passively, as well as the different types of private money lending strategies.

We learn about diversification, real estate-backed funds, and who should be considering adding to their portfolios with these passive investments.

Private lending is an alternative to traditional bank financing, where investors provide funding to individuals or businesses in exchange for a return on their investment.

Private money refers to the capital investors use to fund these loans. We’ll also dive into passive real estate investing, which involves investing in real estate without actively managing the properties.

This episode is an excellent deep-dive into this world, and Heather presents everything so matter-of-fact and with deep knowledge of the space. 

Things we discussed in this episode:

– How did Heather end up working in the private money?

– Talking to our children early in their lives about real estate investing.

– Who should be considering investing money in the private lending world?

– Why Real Estate Funds Are One of the The Best Alternative Investments

– What is the profile of an accredited investor

– Who are the typical borrower clients on the other side of the equation?

– A Beginners Guide to First Lien Position Notes and How To Invest in Them

– The challenges that newer investors are facing now, and how that changes how private funds underwrite opportunities

– How Secured Investment Corp balances their funds with acquisitions and buy-and-hold cash flowing properties

– The responsibilities of the legal team with so many layers to Secured Investment Corp’s business

– Predictions in how foreclosure activity will change this year in reference to the past few years post-COVID and in 2008-2009 during the last economic downturn

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