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September 2016 Archives

Evaluating online lenders before investing

Online lenders have popped up in order to fill in the gaps in traditional lending enterprises. Opportunities that were once only available to a select group of investors are now becoming more accessible. Being able to carefully evaluate the strengths and differences between these lenders can help Maryland investors and others make prudent decisions.

Benefits and drawbacks of food trucks as investments

A food truck might be a good first-time commercial real estate investment for people in Maryland who have experience in the industry, but potential investors who are not interested in participating in the day-to-day aspects of running the business might want to look elsewhere. Running them can be time-consuming and may require an understanding of the food and restaurant business.

Hard money commercial real estate loans

Home buyers in Maryland and around the country often have little trouble finding a mortgage lender, but obtaining financing can be extremely difficult for commercial real estate investors and developers. Homeowners tend to stay in their properties for many years, and their mortgages are generally based on their credit history and earning potential. The ownership of commercial properties is often far more fleeting, and hard money lenders frequently make their decisions knowing that the property in question may be sold within a matter of months.

Top 9 "dos" when starting a business

Search the internet for startup business "do's and don'ts" and you may find more than two million results. Much of the advice from other entrepreneurs or business gurus is valuable, although some may be specific to a particular business or trade. When it comes to starting a business, there are some common steps to take to ensure your legal structure is sound. Here are some top "dos" to keep in mind if you are considering whether to start a business.

Stock indices change real estate designation

On Sept. 1, 2016, two major stock indices set aside a separate class for real estate. Investors in Maryland and other states may be interested to discover that the new class includes all non-mortgage real estate investment trusts, real estate operating companies and other real estate products that were formerly grouped within the financial sector. Although experts say that the transition has generated understandable concern among some, the new eleventh sector was initially predicted to offer improvements for real estate investors.