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How to Buy Investment Property in Irving TX in 2024

How to Buy Investment Property in Irving TX in 2024

Are you considering the prospect of investing in real estate in Irving, Texas? It's a decision that warrants careful consideration, and Irving's dynamic real estate landscape offers a compelling case for potential investors.  Fueled by steady population growth, both from domestic and international migration, the city presents a robust demand for housing. Irving's appeal goes […]

How to Buy Investment Property in Arlington TX in 2024

How to Buy Investment Property in Arlington TX in 2024

Contemplating the purchase of an investment property in Arlington, Texas? It's a thought worth exploring. With the city's steady population growth, fueled by both domestic and international migration, the demand for housing remains robust. Arlington's appeal extends beyond its growing numbers, with affordability, abundant job opportunities, and cultural diversity making it an attractive destination for […]

How to Buy Investment Property in Beaumont TX in 2024

How to Buy Investment Property in Beaumont TX in 2024

Considering Beaumont, Texas for Real Estate Investment? Here are some things you need to know. If you're contemplating real estate investment opportunities in Texas, Beaumont emerges as a city with unique characteristics, growth potential, and promising economic prospects. Nestled in southeast Texas, Beaumont's charm, combined with its strategic location and affordability, presents an intriguing landscape […]

How to Buy Investment Property in El Paso TX in 2024

How to Buy Investment Property in El Paso TX in 2024

If you're contemplating real estate investment opportunities in the Lone Star State, El Paso stands out as a city with a unique charm, a growing population, and promising economic prospects. With strategic location, affordability, and a diverse market, El Paso presents an intriguing landscape for investors seeking both stability and potential returns. El Paso, situated […]

How to Buy Investment Property in Plano TX in 2024

How to Buy Investment Property in Plano TX in 2024

Considering Plano, Texas for Real Estate Investment? Here's what you need to know. If you're exploring real estate investment opportunities in Texas, don't overlook the flourishing city of Plano. With a population on the rise and a robust economy, Plano offers an enticing landscape for investors seeking long-term growth and stability. Plano, situated just north […]

How to Buy Investment Property in Waco TX in 2024

How to Buy Investment Property in Waco TX in 2024

If you're considering investing in real estate, Waco, Texas, might just be the perfect destination. With a burgeoning population and a thriving local economy, Waco offers a unique blend of affordability and growth potential. In this guide on how to buy Waco investment property in 2024, we'll explore key market trends, highlight promising neighborhoods, and […]

How to Buy Investment Property in Austin TX in 2024

How to Buy Investment Property in Austin TX in 2024

Interested in an investment property in Austin Texas? You’re not the only one. Still ranked as the number 1 city to live in Texas by US News and World Report, Austin also ranks 13th on the list of fastest-growing places in the US according to a MoneyGeek report, and 6th for number of jobseekers.  Now […]

A Guide to Real Estate Comps: What is it and How to Find Them?

A Guide to Real Estate Comps: What is it and How to Find Them?

When it comes to real estate investment, there are so many considerations and factors to help you decide the amount you could offer for buying a property, or how to accurately price a property you are trying to sell. Many of these moving parts are highly dependent on several factors and one of the ways […]

How to Buy Houston Real Estate Investment Property in 2024

How to Buy Houston Real Estate Investment Property in 2024

Thinking of buying an investment property in Houston? It’s not a bad thought. With the city’s population growing steadily, fueled by both domestic and international migration, housing demand remains strong. In its latest report by the Urban Land Institute, Houston ranked 11th among 80 markets for best overall real estate prospects in 2024.  The city’s […]

Where to Buy Investment Properties in Texas in 2024

Where to Buy Investment Properties in Texas in 2024

Despite challenges in the real estate market in 2023, Texas continues to be one of the strong places in the United States to invest in real estate. As 2024 unfolds, the Texas real estate market maintains promising opportunities for investors seeking stability and growth. Among other resilient real estate markets across the United States, Texas […]

Maximizing Cash Flow: Tips for Managing Rental properties

Maximizing Cash Flow: Tips for Managing Rental properties

Renting out your real estate investment property can be a profitable endeavor, but it is not without its share of challenges. Whether you plan to rent out your property for long-term or short-term tenants, there's a lot at at stake for landlords. It doesn't matter if you're a seasoned investor or a first-time landlord; you'll […]

What is a Better Investment: Single-Family or Multi-Family Unit?

What is a Better Investment: Single-Family or Multi-Family Unit?

In making decisions to invest in real estate, you may face a choice between single-family property versus a multi-family home. Which one is a better investment—single family unit or a multi-family unit? What are the differences between the two and what are the pros and cons?  In this article, we will go through a comparison […]

Ground-Up Financing: What is it and how does it work?

Ground-Up Financing: What is it and how does it work?

When faced with an opportunity to develop a vacant piece of land or to renovate a run-down property that requires massive rehabilitation, real estate investors have the option to secure a Ground-up Financing from private lenders like Longleaf Lending. A ground-up construction loan is a streamlined funding solution for those who are looking to build […]

Case Study: Spring, Texas Flip Project

Case Study: Spring, Texas Flip Project

Located 27 miles northwest of Houston, the city of Spring, Texas is just one of the competitive housing markets in the state. As of August 2023, Redfin rates Spring as a "very competitive" market. Homes in the area are receiving 3 offers on average and stay in the market for an average of 17 days.  […]

Case Study: Houston, Texas Flip Project

Case Study: Houston, Texas Flip Project

One Houston, Texas investor recently purchased and rehabbed a 3-bedroom property using a Fix & Flip loan from Longleaf Lending. The rehabbed property stayed in the market for 9 days before being sold for $525,000. Loans from Hard Money Lenders like Longleaf Lending can help real estate investors quickly snap up offers as they come […]

How to Conduct Due Diligence in Buying Real Estate Investment Property

How to Conduct Due Diligence in Buying Real Estate Investment Property

Purchasing an investment property requires a lot of steps which can be an arduous process for real estate investors–experienced or new alike. One of the crucial steps is conducting due diligence.  What is due diligence in real estate? Due diligence involves researching, investigating, and verifying the details of the property and its potential as an […]

How to Find Rental Properties for Investment: A Quick Guide

How to Find Rental Properties for Investment: A Quick Guide

One of the various ways you can build wealth through real estate is to invest in rental properties. Whether for short-term or long-term rental, rental property investments can be a lucrative venture that could provide a steady stream of passive income that leads to long-term wealth accumulation.  But finding the right rental property to invest […]

Hard Money vs. Private Money Lender: What's the Difference?

Hard Money vs. Private Money Lender: What's the Difference?

There are various options for real estate investors looking for financing and two of these are using hard money and private money loans. In lieu of traditional lenders which may be cumbersome and time-consuming for agile investors that are always on the lookout for great deals in the market, hard money lenders and private money […]

Case Study: Texas City Fix and Flip

Case Study: Texas City Fix and Flip

With 2023 getting mixed forecasts from different real estate experts and sources, actual results for keen-eyed and fast-acting real estate investors continue to be highly favorable.  One of Longleaf Lending's clients recently purchased and rehabbed a 1,544-sq.ft. single-family, 3-bedroom property in Texas City, Texas.  The rehabbed property stayed in the market for 22 days before […]

How to Qualify for a Hard Money Loan with Longleaf Lending

How to Qualify for a Hard Money Loan with Longleaf Lending

Planning to pursue a real estate investment project but in need of funding? A hard money loan might be just what you need to close the deal fast. At Longleaf Lending, we offer hard money loans for fix and flip, rental, and ground-up new construction. But first– what is a hard money loan?  Hard money […]

Real Estate Investment: 20 Must-Know Terms for Beginners

Real Estate Investment: 20 Must-Know Terms for Beginners

New to real estate investment or need to brush up on commonly used terms? In this article, we will quickly go through some of the words that frequently appear in conversations and transactions related to real estate investment. 1. Acquisition cost The total price, including all fees (mortgage, closing costs, inspection fees, etc.) required to […]

Case Study: Katy, Tx Fix and Flip

Case Study: Katy, Tx Fix and Flip

While the Houston area housing market did not particularly start great with January marking the 10th month of declining sales, some Houston real estate investors continue to get successful fix and flip projects, starting 2023 with a resounding bang.  One of our Longleaf Lending clients recently purchased a 7,150 sq.ft, 3-bedroom single-family home in Katy, […]

Katy, Texas Fix and Flip Case Study

Katy, Texas Fix and Flip Case Study

2023 started out great for a Texas real estate investor and Longleaf client who recently sold his fix and flip project after 10 days on the market. Using a short-term residential hard money loan from Longleaf Lending, the 1,600-sq.ft. property in Katy, Texas was purchased for $165,000, rehabbed for $45,000 and sold for $265,000. The real […]

How to Find Off-Market Properties in Texas

How to Find Off-Market Properties in Texas

For the savvy real estate investor, finding off-market listings can be a great way to maximize the profits in their investment. In this article, we will go through the different ways you can find off-market properties in Texas.  But first, let us define an off-market property.  What is an off-market property? An off-market property is […]

How to Buy San Antonio Investment Property in 2023

How to Buy San Antonio Investment Property in 2023

Considering a San Antonio investment property? If so, you’re in good company. While Austin investment properties have been stealing the spotlight, it isn’t the only Texan city that’s experiencing massive growth. The Alamo City flew under the radar with home prices continuing to rise with median home prices now at $280K. Despite this growth, in […]

How to Buy Fort Worth Investment Property in 2023

How to Buy Fort Worth Investment Property in 2023

Fort Worth investment properties are looking more attractive than ever. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Fort Worth’s population ballooned by 24% from 2010 to 2020, making it the fastest-growing large city in the United States (of the 50 largest cities). Despite this extreme growth, the National Association of Realtors still ranks Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) […]

How to Buy Dallas Investment Property in 2023

How to Buy Dallas Investment Property in 2023

The Texas real estate market remains strong, and Dallas investment property is looking better than ever. In fact, Dallas-Fort Worth is expected to be one of the nation’s hottest real estate markets in 2023 for investment and development. In the annual Emerging Trends in Real Estate report sponsored by the Urban Land Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers, […]

How to Refinance a Hard Money Loan

How to Refinance a Hard Money Loan

Hard money loans can be a real estate investor’s best friend. Unlike traditional loans, they’re fast, flexible, and free of hoops to jump through. Without them, building wealth through real estate would be much more challenging. But there’s a time and a place for everything. And eventually, a hard money loan must be replaced with […]

How to Finance a Short-Term Rental Property

How to Finance a Short-Term Rental Property

Short-term rental properties are a great way to build wealth with real estate. A short-term rental with regular bookings can outperform a long-term rental property. It gives you a convenient place to vacation. And if it’s located near a popular destination, you can expect decent appreciation. For many, it’s a real estate investing dream. The […]

5 Strategies for an Uncertain Real Estate Market

5 Strategies for an Uncertain Real Estate Market

It appears as though the decades-long bull run for the housing market has met its end. As interest rates rise and fears of a recession grow, we are beginning to see some cracks in the housing market. If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines waiting for a buying opportunity, this might be good news for […]

How to Buy Foreclosed Property in Texas

How to Buy Foreclosed Property in Texas

When looking for a property to purchase for investment or to flip, you can consider the Texas foreclosure market. But remember that the experience would vary greatly depending on the stage of the foreclosure process. In this article, we will go through what you need to know to buy a foreclosed property in Texas.  What […]

7 Key House Flipping Tips for Real Estate Investors

7 Key House Flipping Tips for Real Estate Investors

Will your flip turn into a flop? House flipping, like any other real estate venture, can be rewarding but has its own share of risks. Whether or not you have been in the business for a while or are just starting out, check out our 7 important tips to keep in mind before embarking on […]

Rehabbing and Investor Lending in Texas: Interview with Pete Underwood

Rehabbing and Investor Lending in Texas: Interview with Pete Underwood

Curious to learn insider advice and valuable insights on rehabbing properties, private lending, and the outlook of real estate investment in Texas? Watch this video of a podcast interview with Longleaf Lending's Managing Partner and co-founder, Pete Underwood. Pete has over 14 years of experience in real estate investment and over the past four years, […]

Spring, Texas Fix & Flip Case Study

Spring, Texas Fix & Flip Case Study

Using a short-term residential hard money loan from Longleaf Lending, a Texas real estate investor recently made a $60,000 profit on a Fix and Flip deal in Spring, Texas. The 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 2,270 sq.ft. property was originally purchased for $185,000 and sold for $333,000. The loan from Longleaf Lending financed the acquisition and 100% of the rehab […]

Podcast episode with Longleaf Co-founder Matt Weidert

Podcast episode with Longleaf Co-founder Matt Weidert

Let's sit down with Longleaf Lending co-founder Matt Weidert in this episode of Closing Cocktails Podcast.  Listen to Matt as he talks about hard money, private money, investments, and what he sees happening in the market lately.  Matt also gives you a few tips if you are looking to use a hard money or private […]

In the News: Longleaf Lending Deal in Baytown, Texas

In the News: Longleaf Lending Deal in Baytown, Texas

A Fix & Flip deal funded by Longleaf Lending in Baytown, Texas, recently hit the local news.  One of our real estate investors harnessed the potential of a distressed property that is sitting on a 3.4-acre land. Using financing provided by Longleaf, the investor remodeled it into a stunning colonial home that was recently listed […]

Flipping Houses in Houston, Texas: Case Study

Flipping Houses in Houston, Texas: Case Study

A Longleaf Lending customer and experienced real estate investor made $110,000+ on a 4 month Houston-area single-family fix and flip. The investor used a short-term residential hard money loan from Longleaf Lending to finance the acquisition and 100% of the rehab budget. We closed the property in less than a week. Houston, TX Why was the flip […]

How to Manage a Rental Property: The Do’s and Don’ts

How to Manage a Rental Property: The Do’s and Don’ts

It’s no secret that rental properties are one of the best ways to build wealth with real estate.  They’re accessible. They’re scalable. And they’re relatively passive. That said, there is some work involved. And if you have no clue how to manage a rental property, things can go south quickly.  Before diving headfirst into an […]

What Do Private Money Lenders Look For?

What Do Private Money Lenders Look For?

When it comes to real estate investing, sometimes traditional lending won’t cut it. It’s slow. It’s based on creditworthiness. And it can come with restrictions that aren’t investor-friendly.  In many cases, financing your project through a private money lender makes more sense.  In this guide, we’ll look at: The benefits of using a private money […]

Building Wealth with Real Estate: A Beginner’s Guide

Building Wealth with Real Estate: A Beginner’s Guide

Real estate investing can be intimidating as a beginner. With so many investment options, it’s tough to know where to start. Which are beginner-friendly? Which offers the best returns? And which are worth the risk?  The answer is:  It depends. There are advantages and disadvantages to every investment. And the best option for you might […]

Investor Creates $750,000 in Equity with Longleaf Lending Portfolio Loan

Investor Creates $750,000 in Equity with Longleaf Lending Portfolio Loan

This BRRRR portfolio loan consisted of 17 single-family properties and 24 doors located in San Antonio, Texas. With the help of Longleaf Lending, the borrower negotiated the acquisition for $1,700,000 during April 2020.  The seller had previously entered into a contract for $1,850,000, but that buyer couldn't find financing. The buyer entered into a 6 […]

10 Housing Market Trends Real Estate Investors Must Know

10 Housing Market Trends Real Estate Investors Must Know

With so much uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, it’s vital for real estate investors to keep up with the latest housing market trends.  So far, 2021 has been a complete seller’s market. Demand is through the roof. Property values are ballooning. And historically low mortgage rates are driving buyers into a frenzy. But in real estate, […]

Rental Loans: The Best Way to Finance a Rental Property

Rental Loans: The Best Way to Finance a Rental Property

In recent years, the rental loan has become a better way to finance an investment property for real estate investors. These loans look similar to conventional mortgages, but they can be closed much faster and require less process. What is a rental loan and what type of lenders offer it? A rental loan is long-term […]

Case Study - Houston Flip

Case Study - Houston Flip

Learn about a recent fix & flip in Houston featuring a highly successful rehab and 300% cash return for the investor.

What is the BRRRR Method?

What is the BRRRR Method?

The BRRRR Method is a popular acronym for simply investing in residential rental properties. It stands for Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance, Repeat.