More often than not, we wear many hats in our lifetime, but only a few can say that they have worn the hats of an Olympian, coach, entrepreneur, and investor, but one person who can is Bob Berland. In the 1984 Olympic Games, Bob brought home a silver medal, which remains the highest finish of an American in Judo history. He brought home another bronze medal in 2004 Olympic Games, as the team coach. Today, he is the 3rd generation president of his family’s printing business, but he is also a note investor, a less common investment vehicle. Backed with 10 years of note buying experience, he willingly shares his thoughts and approach to note investing and how others can get started with this passive investment vehicle.
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Bob is the 3rd generation President of Berland Communications
Began training in Judo at the age of 9
Silver medalist during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California
Coached the team during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece
Has been investing in first position liens notes for 10 years
Focuses on single families and small multifamily properties in nonjudicial states
What is Note Investing? – Investor plays the role of the bank and holds the mortgage
First position liens vs Second Position liens
First position liens, an investor has the first right to the property; Second position liens, a bank or another entity holds the first right of the property
Notes: Performing Notes, payment is constant; Non-performing Notes, payment is ceased or is falling behind which may lead to foreclosure
Current Strategy: Buying first position performing notes – safest approach and ROI is more certain and faster
Notes are readily available, however, it is usually offered at par, not at a discount
Assessing borrowers: Owner-occupied property, protection lies on the value of the property, more so than the ability of the borrower to pay; Fix and Flip, a credit check is necessary
Tip for Beginners: Dig into the note world, look for opportunities, and be cautious.
Opportunities for New Note Investors: Seller Carry Back, Partial Notes, Note Funds, Note brokers Small First Position Lien Notes
Easiest entry is through a note fund
Market: Non-judicial states – fast and easy foreclosure process
Bull’s Eye Round:
Win on Note Investing: Do your due diligence.
Tracking Market Changes: Look at the property of the value. Market changes are not as relevant.
Daily Habit: Work out every single morning.
The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee
“The first step is to take action. You have to jump in.”
“Compounding is the holy grail.”
“You make money on the buy.”
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