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The BRRRR Method Returns Strong in 2024

What is hot today in real estate investing? The answer is BRRRR! It stands for buy, rehab, rent, refinance, and repeat. This BRRRR method returns strong in 2024, and is the perfect way to build your portfolio of rentals. By using it correctly, you can put little to no money in and win the real estate investing game.

How do you get started?

First and foremost, the success of BRRRR is dependent on buying properties that are under market value. These properties are often ones that the owner didn’t want to clean or fix up prior to selling. Once you bring the property up to market value, you will create wealth by creating equity. Unlike other  methods that take your money, BRRRR takes a little more work in order to be successful. There are a lot of great deals out there. It’s just a matter of finding them. Those who look at more properties will find better deals, as opposed to others who only look at one property a week. 


Homes in the area are $500K.

You buy a property under market value at $300K. 

By putting in $100K, you can then see what the real value is for the property.

The property is now worth market value.

Financing is the biggest roadblock.

How can you build your portfolio quickly and easily while using little to none of your own money? The answer is by finding the right loan. The right loan is one that allows you to buy an undermarket property, will cover the purchase, and cover the rehab. Since the success of BRRRR is reliant on buying properties that are under market, it is imperative that you have the right loan. To get on the fast track to success you need to use a  bridge loan, hard money loan, or a private loan when considering BRRRR.


Traditional loans:

Buy a rental property for $300K.

Traditional Lender requires 20% down, which totals $60K

Your $60K is gone.

This would be for only one property.


Buy a rental property for $300K

Closing costs are $6K.

If you were to  buy 10 properties it would total of $60K

After refinance the property would have $54K in equity.

If you bought 10 properties and refinanced them all, the equity would be $540K 

This is money that you have just created by using little to none of your own money. 

Creating equity by putting in sweat equity

Real estate investors who use the BRRRR strategy create both equity and a margin by putting in sweat equity. What is sweat equity? It is the time you spend finding the property and the time you spend fixing it up. In doing so, you’ve created the equity that can be used when you go to refinance without needing any money out of pocket.  Those who put in the effort will be successful in a matter of years.


Buy a property for $200K

Put in $30K 

When it’s all fixed up, it will be $300K

You have now built equity by taking something that needs work and putting work into it. Just to clarify, equity is the difference between the appraisal and what you owe.This is the amount that you can contribute to the refinance.

It’s all about the numbers!

Both hard money lenders and private lenders look at properties to determine what the after repair value will be. In order to be successful using the BRRRR method, the ARV should be between 75% to 80%. Traditional lenders on the other hand will look at loan to value when looking at a property. It is important that real estate investors know what the loan side looks like for a property before jumping into a deal. Remember, the lower the ARV, the lower the loan, and the less you owe. By working with investor friendly loans, knowing your pieces, and knowing your numbers, you will be successful.

One method, 2 loans.

Just to clarify, BRRRR is not a type of loan. Instead, it is a strategy that uses 2 different loans. One loan is to purchase and fix up the property. The second loan is a long term loan that you can put the property into after it is fixed up. Many lenders are able to cover 100% of the purchase as well as 100% of the refinance depending on the property. One thing to keep in mind is that some lenders have restrictions as to when you can refinance the property. It is important that you understand the system so that you know what’s coming!

BRRRR timeline:

30-45 days – get in and rehab

30-60 days – rent out the property

60-90 days – refinance into a long term loan

While there might be some carry costs, the rent is going to cover it.

Create life changing money today!

You can create life changing money today by using the BRRRR method. By making sure that you find under market value properties and can qualify for a long term loan, you can create a great life! While many real estate investors expect to find the perfect property in a matter of months, the reality is that it could take a few years. Take the time to learn the process and be patient. Once you go through one or two of them, it will become easy! Would you like to learn more about building $500K in only 3 years? Contact us today!

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Buying on-market properties is a money-suck for real estate investors. Here’s why to use the BRRRR strategy instead.

There are a lot of ways to mess up the BRRRR method.

But when you understand it right, this real estate strategy creates cash flow and net worth almost out of thin air.

We want to put the power of BRRRR in your hands. This is the start of a series walking through the BRRRR process step-by-step.

Let’s begin with the fundamental idea behind BRRRR – the thing that gives this method its money-making magic. How does the BRRRR strategy create cash flow out of seemingly nothing?

BRRRR Property vs Buying Retail

This is the basic concept behind real estate investing. There are two types of real estate properties:

  • Retail – When we think of a house as “on the market,” it’s a retail property. These houses are sold at market price, a cost determined by current market conditions. In real estate, this includes supply, demand, location, interest rates, and a number of other factors.
  • Undermarket – Properties that might be considered “off-market” are sold at an under-market price. There’s something preventing the house from being sold at market value as-is. The home could be outdated, damaged, foreclosed, or suffering from some other condition.

To break down exactly why and how BRRRR works, we need to look at the difference between buying retail and buying under-market as an investor.

Buying Retail with the BRRRR Strategy Doesn’t Work

The problem with buying retail as an investor is the house comes with no equity.

Let’s say you buy a property worth $400,000 (listed for that amount). With a conventional loan, the lender will cover up to 80% of the cost of the house. So you’ll need to put down 20%.

When you purchase the house and make the down payment, you’re transferring wealth, not creating it. You’re taking the money from your financial account and transferring it to the physical property.

So, you’ve moved $80,000 into the house, got a loan for $320,000, and created no additional wealth from the transaction.

There are three main disadvantages to retail properties:

  • The property may create cash flow or wealth in the future as a rental property, but there is no wealth created from the purchase.
  • You’ll require money up-front (in this case, $80,000 plus closing costs).
  • You can only repeat BRRRR retail properties as long as you have the money to fund them.

Buying Under-Market for BRRRR

True BRRRR properties, however, solve all three of those problems retail properties have. A BRRRR property:

  • Creates equity & cash flow immediately (and over time).
  • Can be done with zero money down.
  • Is a repeatable process.

BRRRR is all about buying under-market properties – the houses that are unwanted and unloved. In this market going into 2023, a lot of these types of homes will pop up, resulting in some great deals.

BRRRR Purchase

There are certainly some nuances to BRRRR, but let’s look at the bare basics. Let’s take the same example used for the retail property.

You, again, buy a property with a value of $400,000. However, since it’s valued under-market, you can purchase it for only $250,000.

The catch is that the house isn’t necessarily worth the $400k as-is. The potential is there, but you’ll have to update and rehab it. Between those fix-up costs and the closing costs, you’ll have to put $50,000 more into the property.

So the total cost of the property ends up being $300,000, or just 75% of the value of the home.

Cost of the BRRRR Strategy

That 75% number is not only realistic but recommended for BRRRR properties. In down markets, it’s not entirely uncommon to see houses at 65% or below.

In this example, our all-in price (purchase + closing + rehab) is $300k, and the property is worth $400k.

Right away, we’ve created $100,000 in net worth.

Retail vs BRRRR: The Numbers

Now that we’ve explained the initial numbers, let’s do a side-by-side comparison to see why BRRRR is powerful enough to create generational wealth.

  • Value: We’re comparing two homes with the same value – same neighborhood, same block, same size. Let’s say the value is $400k.
  • Loan: For the BRRRR, our total costs would add up to $300k. Our leverage 100% covers this amount. For the retail home, we could get an 80% LTV, so our remaining loan is $320k. On retail, we have less cash flow because we owe more money.
  • Cash Transfer: With BRRRR, you’re moving $0 of your own money. This is why properties with the BRRRR strategy are so popular for investors. With the retail property in our example, you need to transfer $80k of your money as a down payment. 

There are two problems with the cash transfer requirement in retail properties. 1) You need the cash to get into it. And, 2) The last “R” in BRRRR is repeat, so you’d have to have $80k again for your next property and your next. On under-market BRRRR properties, the zero out-of-pocket costs free you up to repeat the process over and over.

  • Payments: BRRRR payments will be lower than retail payments by about $25-$50/month, simply because the loan amount is lower.
  • WEALTH: The BRRRR strategy property immediately creates $100k. The retail property adds $0. It only has the loan + the $80k that was yours to begin with.

BRRRR Strategy Explained: Why These Properties 10x Your Net Worth

How BRRRR Creates Wealth

The wealth in BRRRR comes from the difference between the value of the property and what you owe on it. This usually ends up being 25% of the value of the home.

If you multiply this process by 5-10 properties? You’ve suddenly got half a million to a million dollars in net worth.

Using the BRRRR strategy like this isn’t just wishful thinking. In 2010, we helped multiple families buy 10 properties in one year using this method. Many of their properties tripled and quadrupled in value over the last 10+ years.

The 2023 market is shaping up to look a lot like 2010. The time to buy is coming soon.

Using the BRRRR Strategy

Thinking about testing the BRRRR strategy for yourself?

We’ll be walking through the entire BRRRR process over the next few weeks. BRRRR is a simple way to generate wealth – but only if you really understand how the process works!

Send us an email at Info@TheCashFlowCompany.com if you have any questions. Check out our YouTube channel for more free information on BRRRR and other real estate investing strategies.


Here’s how you can tell whether a DSCR loan is cheaper than a bridge loan for a flip on the market.

When a flipped house isn’t selling, many investors resort to converting the house into a rental while they wait out the market. You can use a bridge loan or DSCR loan to do this.

But how do you tell which loan you should use? What are the qualities of each one? Is the DSCR loan cheaper than a bridge loan? Here’s what you need to know.

Using a DSCR Loan to Turn a Flip Into a Rental

A DSCR loan is the perfect longer-term option if you need to switch your fix-and-flip property to a rental. 

First of all, a DSCR loan is based only on:

  • Your credit score (640-680 minimum).
  • The LTV (maximum of 80%).
  • Whether the property’s rent covers monthly expenses (including mortgage, insurance, taxes, and HOA fees).

There’s a variety of DSCR loans available – interest-only, 40-year amortization, regular 30-year, etc. Whatever loan you get, there’s an important detail to consider for all DSCR loans…

The DSCR Prepayment Penalty

The downside of a DSCR loan is the prepayment penalty.

Each loan has a term set for this penalty. If you pay off the loan before that term ends, you’re charged an exit fee. However, the fee amount does decrease each year.

As an example, one common structure for DSCR loans is a 5-year prepay penalty with a 5% fee. If you pay 4 years early, the fee goes down to 4%, 3 years, 3%, etc.

Additionally, there’s always a point where a DSCR loan, despite the prepay fee, becomes cheaper than a bridge loan.

Is a DSCR Loan Cheaper Than a Bridge Loan?

We’ve covered that the DSCR loan comes with the prepayment fee. Sounds pricey. But we also have to consider that the bridge loan will have a much higher interest rate.

Difference in Cost

If you intend to keep a property for more than 2 years, then a DSCR loan will always end up costing less, despite the fee.

But if you only want the property for 1 year or less, then the bridge loan will always be cheaper.

The gray area is the 1-2 year range. It varies with each loan, but there’s a tipping point somewhere in that timeframe where the bridge loan (with interest) becomes more expensive than a DSCR loan (with prepay fee).

Difference in Time

An underrated aspect of a DSCR loan is its built-in peace of mind. We have our educated guesses about how the market will go, but at the end of the day – things don’t always go as planned.

With a DSCR loan, if you end up needing to keep the property for 3, or even 30 years, you already have a product in place.

After one year with a bridge loan, you commit to either getting rid of the property or putting another loan (like a DSCR) in place.

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How to Buy a Rental Property: 5 Ways To Fund Your Real Estate Deal

Do you want to know how to buy a rental property? Then check out these 5 ways to fund your real estate deal.

If you’re interested in generating positive cash flow with a rental property, then it’s important you know how to actually BUY a rental property. Like, where does the money come from? Because most real estate investors don’t have hundreds of thousands of dollars sitting around.

Most will need a real estate loan.

So, let’s take a quick look at the various types of real estate lenders you can rely on to fund your rental properties. Just like fix and flips and other value-add properties, you have 5 different options, and each of these options have various pros and cons.

Hard Money.

Hard money is a great option when you need to close a deal fast. We’re talking days instead of weeks or months. Plus, most hard money lenders offer 100% financing.

The downside is hard money can be expensive. Rates tend to be higher than other lenders. But this type of loan is intended to be short-term. If used correctly, you only pay these high rates for 6 months or less.

Non-Traditional Loans

Another option to buy a rental property is using a non-traditional loan. These are excellent for those who don’t have—or don’t want to use their tax returns. Unfortunately, they also come with high rates, so they’re more expensive than some of your other real estate funding options.


Banks are useful for those who can make the cut. They offer lower rates and allow you to keep your real estate loan in your LLC or business name.

But banks also have the strictest requirements, and if you don’t meet those requirements, you’ll get rejected. Worse, they require 3-5 year terms, so you can’t get in and out of them as fast as hard money and other loan options.

Traditional Loans

Traditional loans are one of your cheaper options because they offer the best rates. But be careful, because these types of loans have stricter requirements. And, unlike banks, you can’t put the loan in your LLC or business name. You have to keep it in your personal name.

OPM (Other People’s Money)

Compared to all the other real estate lenders, OPM offers the lowest cost and highest flexibility. You only pay interest, so there are no points or other random fees. Better yet, you and your lender can set the terms together.

The only downside to OPM is finding those who are willing to lend their money to you. But that’s where gaining experience and knowledge in real estate investing helps. The more you know, the more you can prove you’re worth the investment.

So, there you go. If you’re interested in buying a rental property, one of these 5 options can help you actually BUY it. Which one is the best? Well, there’s no right answer to that, because every real estate investor has a different path. What works for you might not work for someone else.

Ready to find out what YOUR path is? Great! Our team is here to help. We’re excited to set you on a path that helps you make the kind of money you need…to live the life you want.

Happy investing!


We might be based in Colorado, but that doesn’t mean that as our client you have to miss out on deals in other states! In fact, Hard Money Mike lends on properties in several states, like with this Texas fix-and-flip!

Texas fix-and-flip deal

We love seeing our clients crush their investment goals, even from afar! Take, for instance, this Texas fix-and-flip property purchased by one of our clients. We were able to fund this deal in a week.

Yes, you read that right.

Investors and wholesalers alike will find the short-term loan process at Hard Money Mike quick and easy. We pride ourselves on making it easier to get the cash flow you need for quick property purchases. Who wants to wait around when they’re trying to close a deal and add to their investment portfolio?

In other words, we want to help you make more money even faster!

Hard Money Mike is a lender based in Colorado, lending money on all types of commercial based properties: fix and flip, land, whole tailing, and builder bridge loans.

Have your eyes set on an investment property on the single-family or commercial building side? The Cash Flow Company funds investor loans on properties in both of these categories. Long story short: whatever deal you’re trying to fund, chances are, we can help you get it done!

Give us a call:

Hard Money Mike  303-539-3000

*All non-commercial and construction loans offered by TNS Loans NMLS #1719349


Mortgage industry is showing signs of recovery.

The Mortgage Market is Showing Signs of Being on the Mend.

What We Know:

The mortgage market is finally showing signs that it is starting to recover and heal. As states begin to lift travel and business closure restrictions and reopen for commerce, lenders appear to be relaxing some of their restrictions in-kind.  Last week, we welcomed back a few lenders offering loans outside the standard conventional box.

This week, we see even more positive progress, such as lenders expanding the LTVs up to 70% on their investor cash flow loans (based on credit score and lease.)

We are noticing the lending requirements are a little more restrictive than before Covid-19, but at least additional options are making a comeback. Hopefully, this upward trend will continue over the following weeks.

What You Can Expect:

A return to business-as-usual won’t happen overnight, of course. The lower credit scores and higher LTVs will more than likely take some additional time to return to their pre-COVID closure state. Lenders will want more data on the unemployment and rental payment front before expanding.

Real estate investors may have to be more patient for normalcy to return to their lending markets.

Rates in the standard-conforming market are coming down.  For investors, 30-year rates are in the mid 3’s for purchases and no cash-out refinances.  Cash-out refinances are still a big challenge for investors, and will more than likely continue to be so for the next few months.

Expect to find the expanded requirements (up to 6 months reserves for each property) to be in place with underwriters through the end of the year.

*All non-commercial and construction loans offered by TNS Loans NMLS #1719349


Non-Conventional Mortgage Loans Are Making a Comeback…

Non-conventional loans are closing again

Non-conventional mortgage loans are getting funded again.

What We Know:

Finally, we’re seeing an influx of non-conventional mortgage loans being funded. Hopefully, this positive change is bringing some relief to both investors and their buyers who don’t fit neatly into the conventional mortgage lending box.
Mortgage loans in this lending bucket typically do not require tax returns but rely on bank statements or leases for income.
Even though some are back, requirements for securing these loans have increased and are a little harder to obtain.  The majority of the lenders have a starting point of a max 65% LTV and a credit score of 700+.  The good news is the rates have not skyrocketed. There are now lenders lending who had previously been turning away would-be investors.
Light at the end of the lending tunnel

There’s a light at the end of the lending tunnel again.


The Takeaway:

We are on the road to lending opening back up. The economic restrictions and resulting uncertainty appear to be lessening. Apparently, to the point where lenders are feeling confident enough to begin closing riskier deals again.
Make no mistake, it will be a slow process. But there appears to be a light at the end of the COVID lending tunnel. Stay tuned as we provide continuing outlook updates over the course of the coming weeks.
In the meantime, if you’d like to review your financing options for investment properties, feel free to reach out! We’re always happy to run your numbers with you.
*All non-commercial and construction loans offered by TNS Loans NMLS #1719349

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You don’t have to be a bench warmer in the real estate investment world. Transform yourself into a power player! 


It’s easy to think that with the COVID-19 shutdowns, stay-at-home orders, and lasting economic uncertainty that now is an okay time to sit idle and just see what happens in the real estate investment world.


And that would be your first mistake.


By many standards, there’s never been a better time to go all-in for your real estate investment business. Mortgage rates are low, making previously out-of-reach properties insanely affordable. Showings are still under a good deal of restrictions and safety precautions. But this just means the buyer pool is limited to the extremely serious. Great news for fix-and-flip investors looking to turn a quick profit!


It’s true, the banks have been saying no, but that doesn’t mean the game is over. We’re here to tell you that there are other ways to play besides begging the banks to fund your deals.


Put your future in your hands: Make the switch to OPM (Other People’s Money) funding and stop waiting on the bank.  When the deals start popping up (and they will,) you’ll be able to buy the properties you want when you want, and for what you want to pay. 

Instead of sitting on the bench, you can be actively working to build that dream life, even in times of uncertainty.


Questions on how to go about making this transition? Luckily for you, we’re hosting an Intro to OPM Webinar where we’ll be covering all the critical details of how to make this crucial switch for your investment business!


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Remote Closings And You: How COVID-19 Has Redefined the Real Estate Closing Process


What We Know:

The financial side of real estate has been stalled on many fronts these past few months due to the economic lockdown.


Offices are closing, and would-be buyers are losing their jobs. Appraisers aren’t allowed into properties, title companies are limiting closings. There are also complications of safely converting everyone’s office jobs to work-from-home positions.  This influx of rapid-fire changes puts a strain on the mortgage process and adds stress to closing on properties.


But, things are improving. We are beginning to see some positive changes thanks to the introduction of remote and online closings.  


What Is Changing:

For starters, buyers and sellers are no longer required to physically drive across town at a prescribed hour that works for everyone and suit up with masks and gloves for a closing.

Closing from Home

Systems are now in place for closings to happen 100% from the comfort of home or office ( or really, anywhere you need to be.)  Remote closings are real and they’re happening, along with simple remote notarizations. These simple adaptations eliminate so many hurdles to the closing process and help speed things along, especially in these unique times.


Fidelity, one of the largest title companies in the industry, is all-in with the remote advancements and allowing clients to choose how they close.


What the Future Holds:

We could be heading for a time when remote appraisals are standard and virtual showings become the norm.  It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. We’re inching closer to that reality by the day.

Remote Closings

Just imagine the mortgage process taking place in a week or two, and not months!


Of course, this is good news for investors selling SFR properties and/or refinancing.  Landlords owning commercial properties may see values drop. After all, more people are working from home without having to physically come into an office.


On the rate front, we’re seeing very stable numbers. However, we’re still staring at a wall when it comes to refinancing.


As states open up and lift restrictions, let’s hope people run out and get back to work and start spending like we are all used to.



New-home construction sees its largest monthly decline since March 1984, as COVID closures take a toll.


According to March’s economic report by MarketWatch, new-build housing starts and permits have fallen to their slowest pace since last July.

Builders started construction on new homes in the U.S. at a pace of 1.22 million in March, representing a 22% decrease from a revised 1.56 million in February. However, even with this decrease, the figures were still 1.4% higher than a year ago.

It’s the largest decline we’ve seen since March 1984.

Permitting activity, however, had a little less dramatic of a slowdown. Privately-owned housing unit permits were authorized at a seasonally-adjusted rate of 1.35 million. That was 6.8% below the revised pace of 1.45 million set in February, but still 5% above last year’s rate.

This news isn’t all doom and gloom, however.
Yes, housing starts are down and inventory is very low, but these conditions create some interesting market conditions.  With the lockdown and the rise in unemployment, one would start to think we may have a housing crash on our hands (and it’s still possible if closures and stay-at-home orders continue much longer.)
For now, with mortgage rates so low (buyers still mainly purchase on payments they can afford) and inventory shrinking, it is keeping home prices high. There’s not enough inventory to meet buyer demand, and therefore, prices remain stable.
What this means for the future will all come down to how long our economy is closed.