Labrador Lending: Our Story

Ultimately, a business boils down to people and systems, and after purchasing our first note, I was focused on building out the company’s systems. In the beginning, it feels like there is so much to be done: marketing, deal sourcing, learning, networking, reading, blogging, building a website, etc.

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From JV to Varsity—Good Deeds Note Investing Podcast

Recently, I had the honor of being interviewed on a popular podcast, the Good Deeds Note Investing Podcast. Chris Seveney and Gail Anthony Greenberg were kind enough to allow me to provide a glimpse into some of the growth that both Labrador Lending, LLC and I (personally) have experienced since early 2018.

Hopefully you’ll enjoy listening to the stories and gain a nugget or two of material that can help you on your journey, whatever that may look like. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you think I can help.

Jamie

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Investing in Land Contracts

In this article, we will cover:

  • the basics of a land contract,

  • the characteristics that make a land contract unique when compared to other purchase agreements,

  • the benefits and risks for both the borrower and the investor, and

  • an example showing how an investor can profit by investing in land contracts.

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Investing is Like Tubing down a River

Last weekend, my wife, our two kids, and I went camping in West Virginia with some friends. We stayed at Big Bend Campground, situated in the Smoke Hole Canyon on the South Branch of the Potomac River. To say the area is beautiful would not do it justice. For those who appreciate mountains, canyons, rivers, cliffs, and nature in general, I highly recommend checking it out.

While there, our primary activity for fun was tubing down this section of the Potomac. While on a tube, floating down the river, I was struck by just how similar tubing is to investing, and note investing in particular. Below are five similarities.

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A Lesson from the U.S. Military

My time in the military was rewarding in many ways. I developed relationships and learned numerous life lessons that help define who I am today.

The U.S. military is far from perfect, but it does many things well. One thing it does well is planning. Having a clearly defined plan is essential, especially when lives are on the line. As far as how to plan, one key takeaway for me was the concept of “backwards planning.”

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Notes vs. Real Estate–Which One Wins?

Most people are generally familiar with the concept of investing in real estate. Many of us have rented housing or we have been landlords either accidentally or intentionally. Note investing, on the other hand, can seem a bit more nebulous. When comparing these two strategies, you may wonder which investment approach is better.

As such, I will articulate a few key differences between the two and declare a “winner” for each category. For simplicity’s sake, we will frame our discussion around renting or lending as it relates to single-family residences.

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An Intro to Note Investing

When I tell people I invest in notes, some of them look at me like I have three heads. I kinda wonder if they are thinking something like, “Cool, man. I mean, where would Beethoven have been without notes?” Or maybe, “Oh yeah, I’ve heard the meeting-minutes industry is poised to explode!” Or, “Do college students pay you to go to class and take notes for them?” (“Or do their parents?” Too soon?)

The truth is, while this investing niche is not well known across the general population, its basic premises are not really all that complicated. As such, I thought it might be worthwhile to provide a high-level overview about mortgage-note investing.

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Making Things Better

One of the things I love about real-estate investing is the opportunity to improve a property, thereby adding value to the surrounding area and providing quality housing to good people.

Here are galleries of before-and-after pictures showing three renovations we have completed in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Enjoy!

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