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Secured vs Unsecured Peer to Peer Lending

What is peer to peer lending, and what is the difference between secured and unsecured? Peer to peer lending is asking anyone that you know, or even people you don’t know, for money. While family and friends can be part of this, that is not what we are talking about. Instead we are referring to people in your community or those in the real estate community. These individuals want to make money, however, they don’t want to own properties. Roughly 98% of peer to peer money comes from these groups of people, not family and friends. So what is the difference between secured and unsecured peer to peer lending? Let’s take a closer look.

The struggles with budgets.

There are a lot of people right now who are struggling with their budgets. This is because everything has gone up, from taxes and insurance to the cost of gas. Everything is putting a strain on budgets. This is where peer to peer lending can help people to escape their financial struggles. Peer lenders, who have money in their IRA, are looking for better returns. At the same time real estate investors and business owners are looking for better lending options. By working with real people again, both the borrower and lender can benefit from peer to peer lending.

Peer to peer lending can replace traditional loans.

As investors, we want to replace some or all of the funding that we normally receive from traditional lenders. These traditional lenders include banks, hard money lenders, and private lenders. By replacing all of that with a peer to peer bucket of money, you can create a faster, easier, and cheaper lending option. There is no need to be fearful! Peer to peer has been around since before banks were even established. The only thing you need to keep in mind is to take the time to secure everything properly. This will give both you, the borrower, and the lender, the reassurance that the deal is secured with real estate vs unsecured.

Creating better returns.

Those who use peer to peer lending will in turn get better returns than they would in other situations. For example, banks will normally give someone 5% and then lend out 9%. This creates a 3% to 5% profit for the bank. When you borrow directly from me, you will get cheaper money, and I will also get a better return because it is secured. A secured return is one that is secured by a piece of real estate. By taking the bank out of the middle, it makes it faster, easier, and cheaper money. Thus creating a win win situation for both the borrower and the lender.

Keep it simple and be prepared.

When we are talking about peer to peer lending we are not talking about begging people for money. We are also not saying that you need to go out and convince people. Going through the process correctly provides more opportunities for future lending. Once you have one peer to peer lender, you can easily jump to more by showcasing how you treat your peer lender, showing that you pay on time, and paid it back. Those who treat it like a bank loan or a real business will be able to expand their peer to peer bucket of money at a much faster pace. For those who struggle with communication, you can create a quick presentation or video to explain everything with links. Don’t make things complicated! 

What do you need to do to be prepared?

Peer to peer lending requires less paperwork than a traditional loan. You also don’t have to worry about being denied because of your bank statements or credit scores. With the way things have changed and shifted over the years, the lending pools are shrinking as well. By taking the time to get everything secured, you will create a win win situation. Let’s take a closer look at what you need.

  1. We are going to secure this with a piece of real estate by using a deed of trust or mortgage.
  2. Everything is recorded by title. 
  3. Wire money directly to title for the closing.
  4. We are going to make it so secured that it will make them feel reassured.
  5. You are going to build a nice case to show them the property.
    1. Rental – Maybe it’s already fixed up and already rented. Then you can show that money is coming in.
    2. Flip- Here’s the flip and if it’s new, here’s what I’m going to do to the property. If you are experienced, then you can show what you have done in the past.
  6. When the property is refinanced or paid off, then the title company is going to pay the peer lender back directly.

Find people who are engaged or looking 

Peer to peer lenders are everywhere! Many are in their retirement age or in a retirement zone and just need more money to live. With the rapidly increasing cost of living over the past few years, many people are looking for something that will provide a better and more secure return. 

  • Self Directed IRA

This is a group of people who have their 401K or IRA in a self directed plan. A self directed plan is one they can use to invest in anything. Those with this type of plan are used to working with private places such as a business preliminary stock or deeds. 

  • Equity Trust and Direction IRA

They have meetups and groups that you can attend so that you can get connected with others in the community. An added benefit is that they have people who can take care of the paperwork for you while you decide where to invest.

Peer to peer helps the community.

By using peer to peer lending as opposed to traditional lending, you’re putting money back into the community. By living here, working here, and investing here, you can see the benefits of your hard work. From fixing up properties to renting properties, we are going to improve the community around us. People who are lending will feel that they are helping the community, plus they can see where their money is. 

Now is the time

2024 predictions are indicating that rates will decrease dramatically. Now is the time to use peer to peer lending for your real estate needs. It is important that investors set up their peer to peer bucket of money as soon as possible. Don’t waste time waiting for loan approvals from banks. Instead, think outside the box, find your peer to peer community, and take the time to get everything secured vs unsecured. Peer to peer lending creates the flexibility you need to make investing easier and more profitable for both the borrower as well as the lender.  

Here at The Cash Flow Company we can help you navigate peer to peer lending. We have created systems to help navigate the process for both the borrower, as well as the lender. Contact us today to find out more.

Watch our most recent video to discover more about How to Escape Financial Struggles with Peer to Peer Lending.


How can you use estimated rent to get a clear understanding of DSCR loan requirements?

When getting into the DSCR game, it’s important to run some numbers on the front end to evaluate potential deals. 

How do you know if your property is going to meet DSCR requirements? What’s the minimum loan you’ll need, and what’s the maximum you can shop for the purchase price?

Today we’re going to look at these calculations, walking through how you can get pretty good estimates for these numbers using the DSCR ratio and the average rent rate in your local area.

What is a DSCR Ratio?

The DSCR ratio is simply the break-even point for that property. Essentially, if the DSCR ratio equals 1, then the total cost of the project is canceled out by the incoming rent.

These costs are decently easy to estimate by talking to other investors in your area. You can often find HOA or tax information online which will help you figure these numbers.

Understanding the DSCR ratio is the foundation for successful investing. 

By building your investment strategy off of this ratio, you know that, at the very least, you’ll break even by sticking to a DSCR ratio = 1. 

Once you’re sure you can break even, you can even set your rents slightly higher (or try to keep costs lower) to have a higher ratio of 1.25 (where you’ll have 25% higher income than outgoing cash). This typically comes in a later step which you can read about in a previous article

Calculating Maximum Loan Amount Using the DSCR Ratio

1. Figure Out Local Rents

Using resources like Zillow or rent.com, you can look around to find standard rents for your area. This is the first step in getting future estimates (such as loan total, purchase price, etc.). 

Don’t start spending money before calculating whether or not you’ll actually be able to pay those costs back.

Let’s say standard rent in the area is around $2,500. This means that, in order to break even, we need to keep all of our monthly expenses below that $2,500. 

  • Rents = $2,500
  • Expenses $2,500

2. Monthly Expenses

For this example property, there are three monthly expenses. Taxes, insurance, and HOA fees. Other properties might have additional insurance or fees, so make sure you look at the neighborhood.

Here’s what we’re looking at for this example:

  • Taxes: $1,200/year ($100/mo)
  • Insurance: $2,400/year ($200/mo)
  • HOA: $200/month
  • Total Monthly Expenses: $500

Obviously at this point in the process, these numbers are only estimates. However, if you do research to have informed estimates, you can save a lot of money and headache down the road.

3. The Leftover = Maximum Mortgage Payments

If our estimated rent is $2,500/month and we subtract our $500 of monthly expenses out of that number, we’re left with $2,000/month. 

  • $2,500 (income: rent) – $500 (expenses) = $2,000 (leftover)

Now we’re ready to talk about the mortgage.

The leftover $2,000 is the maximum you could pay each month towards a mortgage. 

If we want to qualify for a DSCR and keep our ratio at 1, this gives us our upper limit.

Translating Expected Expenses Into Your DSCR Loan

So, how do we take this $2,000/month number and translate it into DSCR loan requirements?

How much could you afford in a loan?

The easiest way is to use our updated DSCR calculator. It’s free to download and easy to use!

By inputting the current estimates, you should be able to get a pretty good idea of what sort of DSCR loans you’ll qualify for.

Our current estimate would likely qualify for an 8% interest rate on a 30 year mortgage.

With those numbers, we can now really start planning.

The Maximum Loan Amount

As we mentioned above, we recently updated our DSCR calculator to include a worksheet that helps you figure out your maximum loan. Even if you’ve downloaded the calculator before, you can redownload to get the updated version.

You can also use sites like calculator.net, input the numbers, and see what you’re working with.

Once we use our DSCR calculator, we discover that the maximum loan we can get and still keep our DSCR ratio at 1 is around $272,500.

Putting It All Together: Purchase Price

If our maximum loan is $272,500, this helps us know what to look for in a property. The goal of real estate investing is to leverage other people’s money to ultimately turn a profit for yourself. 

So if we use that loan amount and we estimate a potential down payment of 20% or 25%, what sort of purchase price can we look at?

Our DSCR calculator has a worksheet that will also walk you through these calculations, but you can see in the graph above that we can look for properties in the $350,00 bracket. 

Once again, looking at DSCR loan requirements, we know we need to have a plan to break even to qualify.

Work Backwards Before You Work Forwards

You’d be surprised how many people call us because they bit off a deal they couldn’t chew. It takes time to research the rents and expenses, but it’s worth it to protect your investments.

By working backwards from the estimated rents and fees, we were able to determine both our loan and the maximum purchase price. 

This method is ultimately built on the foundation of maintaining a DSCR ratio of 1 or better to ensure that we’re never losing money in our investments.

If you need help with this or if you want us to run through some numbers, we’re happy to help. Just email us at Info@TheCashFlowCompany.com.

You can also visit our YouTube channel for more tips and tricks for creating wealth through real estate investing.