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Private lending is the key to real estate investing success
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By: Alan Cowgill Email Article
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Most people don't realize it, but obtaining money for real estate deals has nothing to do with saving money for a down payment, going to a bank, filling out an application, and waiting to be approved.

In fact, if you're going about things this way, as I did for many years, you're wasting time and losing money.

For me, discovering how to use private lenders in my real estate business has been truly life altering. The amount of money I make and the kind of work I do each day is incredible to me. And not only is it possible, it's really very simple. If I can do it, anyone can.

For seventeen years I languished in a full-time corporate position. I wasn't happy and I was barely making ends meet. I was thousands of dollars in debt and it was only getting worse. It wasn't the life I wanted. I felt that my life was just ticking away. When I sat down and really faced things, I knew in the end I could actually retire poor.

Something had to be done.

Real estate investing came to me in the form of an infomercial at 2 a.m. on a Tuesday. The course piqued my interest, but the cost was $159. Money was so tight, I didn't have $159, but I did have a credit card and the company offered a 30-day money back guarantee. I held that credit card in my hand and considered the future I wanted. Then I picked up the phone and ordered the course. It was the first step toward a brand new life and eventual wealth beyond what I could have imagined.

But that was only the beginning. After a few years I took a second step that propelled my business and my life to a whole new level. In 2001, when I quit my corporate job and took the plunge full-time into the world of real estate, I was immediately faced with a very big problem. It turns out that this problem was the best thing that could have happened to me. You see, without full-time employment, traditional lenders weren't exactly eager to loan me funds. And without consistently available money to fuel my real estate transactions, I had no business at all. I tried everything:

- Banks - Line of credit - Hard money lenders - Partners - Credit cards

If only I had known that all of these methods, even if they had been eager to give me a loan, were complete wastes of my time!

Finally, about five years ago I learned a lesson I'll never forget. I came across a foreclosure on a $150,000 property that was going for only $70,000. I'd hit the jackpot! It was almost too good to be true. Of course I jumped at the chance to get in on this incredible deal. But I didn't have the available funds. It's every real estate dealer's nightmare. I scrambled to the bank, to my partner. I tried to extend lines of credit. But all of this took time, and time is exactly what you don't have with a lucrative short sale like this.

As you can guess, I didn't get the sale. By the time I had secured funds, the property was sold to someone who had the cash ready and could close within days. In this one deal I lost a potential $60,000. I swore then and there that this would never happen to me again. And it never did, because then I discovered private lending.

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E. Alan Cowgill is the owner of Colby Properties, LLC. and President of Integrity Home Buyers, Inc. Since 1995, Alan has bought and sold hundreds of single family and small multi-family investment properties. His home study system, 'Private Lending Made Easy', shows others how to find private lenders for their very own real estate business.

His website is

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