There are good solid real estate investments all around you, and there are ways you can hedge your bets to protect your investment. Private or hard money lenders are often just people who have saved up a good chunk of money. They lend that money to real estate investors just like mortgage companies. They normally only lend about 65 percent of what the property is ultimately worth. The real estate investor has to either find really good deals or has to bring money to the table, often both.
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