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Trust Deeds: The Investment You May Be Missing

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As an investor, having many different investment opportunities at your fingertips is both a blessing and a curse. It means more opportunities to make money but can make choosing which one to pursue tedious and difficult. With the stock market so often erratic and unpredictable, now more than ever people are looking for other ways to intelligently invest their money and diversify their investment portfolio. Real estate is one of those investment vehicles that investors are turning to for those high returns. You may be thinking to yourself that real estate is not a realistic investment for you. Rental properties and fix-and-flips are time intensive and require a hefty amount of available cash, and many real estate “crowdfunders” have high minimums and financial requirements you have to meet to invest with them. If this is you, then you may want to consider investing in Trust Deeds. Investing in Trust Deeds with a company like Ignite Funding can help you break down those barriers to real estate investing, and help you earn the returns you deserve.

What is Trust Deed Investing?

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Investing in Trust Deeds essentially means you are loaning your money against real collateral. The collateral is real estate, in this case, which serves to protect the lender’s investment. This leads us to one of the most important considerations in Trust Deed investing: the true value of the collateral. It’s very important that Trust Deed investors consider the size of the loan they are making in relationship to the real estate collateralizing the loan. This is one reason why Ignite Funding uses a detailed underwriting process to help justify the value of the property, evaluate each piece of collateral at hand and ensure the borrower is accountable for what they are borrowing.

Who is Ignite Funding?

Founded in 1995, Ignite Funding has evolved with the changing real estate landscape. Our original business model began as a traditional home mortgage lender providing lending to home buyers. The demand for lending from homebuilders and developers reshaped our business in 2011. Since that time, Ignite Funding has funded over half a billion dollars in loans with investor capital.

Ignite Funding is well respected throughout the western United States as a reliable resource for lending. When banks are not lending, Ignite Funding is. We pride ourselves in working with a handful of borrowers with a proven track record. We follow a strict underwriting process when evaluating our loans before they are presented to our investors on a matrix that includes, but is not limited to; location, market conditions, various valuation methodologies, borrower track record and financial condition, and exit strategy. These projects can include the acquisition of land, development, construction of residential and commercial properties, and the refinancing of the aforementioned.

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At Ignite Funding, we work as a team to ensure you experience the same level of professionalism throughout the entire process. We do not believe in outsourcing. The loan underwriting and origination, capital fundraising, loan servicing, investor relations, tax reporting and statements, foreclosure process (if required), property management and sale of property are all conducted by us. You will never be passed on to someone else.

Do I Qualify to Be an Investor?

You do not have to be an accredited investor to invest with Ignite Funding. Ignite Funding is licensed with the Mortgage Lending Division of Nevada, which requires investors to meet the following suitability requirements; the investor’s household net worth is more than $250,000, excluding their primary residence; and/or their household net annual income was more than $70,000 for the previous two years with the expectation they will continue to earn that income.

How Are the Projects Funded?

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Companies like ours (Ignite Funding) use a type of “crowdfunding” method to aggregate capital from multiple smaller investors and pool the investor’s capital to directly fund real estate projects. This allows Ignite Funding to implement a minimum of $10,000 to invest on a single loan. The loans are also short term, ranging from 6 to 18 months in duration. During that time, you are earning a monthly fixed income of 10% to 12% annualized interest.

What’s the Risk?

Depending on which company you invest with and the structure of the investment, the risk you take on as an investor can be crucial to your capital investment. For example, if the borrower defaults on the loan, the servicer could pass the loss directly to you as an investor. At Ignite Funding, that is NOT the case. Ignite Funding will work on the behalf of the investor with the borrower to resolve any default issues that may occur. In some cases, a foreclosure may be the best option in order to help mitigate the loss of capital to investors. To learn more about how Ignite Funding handles default situations, click here.

I’m Ready to Invest, How Do I Become an Investor?

The first step to make real estate investing a reality is by contacting one of our Investment Representatives. Our expert staff will fill you in on our investment options, the type of projects our borrowers need financing for, on our rigorous underwriting standards, and how we mitigate risk. Our Investment Representatives can be contacted via phone, email or in person at our office.

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The next step is to fill out an application online to create your free account. Without an account to facilitate transactions and paperwork, you cannot make any investments. After your account application is submitted, our Loan Processing Department will ensure all required paperwork is completed. Lastly, you will be provided with the information necessary to make a confident decision about which one of our many available investment projects best suits you.

Now that you have decided which project to invest in, you’re probably thinking, “When will I start to see a return on my investment and how often will I receive payments?” You start accruing interest on your investment the day the loan is funded. Interest payments are paid in the arrears and disbursed directly to you on the 15th of each month. Once the loan is paid off, your capital is returned to you. It’s common to see an annual double digit return on your investment.

For investors who want control over their own real estate portfolio, Trust Deeds are a great option. Investors can browse and pick individual opportunities based on location (including across state lines), project type, risk and return profiles. They can manage and track investments through an online client portal on the Ignite Funding website, automate incoming or monthly income and access investment financial records.

For more information about Trust Deed investments or if you wish to schedule a FREE consultation with an Investment Representative, please click here.


Ignite Funding, LLC | 2140 E. Pebble Road, Suite 160, Las Vegas, NV 89123 | P 702.739.9053 | T 877.739.9094 | F 702.922.6700 | NVMBL #311 | AZ CMB-0932150 | Money invested through a mortgage broker is not guaranteed to earn any interest and is not insured. Prior to investing, investors must be provided applicable disclosure documents.

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Trust Deeds vs Mortgages: What’s the Big Difference?

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If you are planning to invest in turnkey real estate development collateralized by real property, one of the top items on your due diligence check list should be to determine which mortgage theory the state follows per the location of the subject property. This understanding can be detrimental to your recovery strategy if your borrower is unable to uphold their end of the deal and defaults on the loan. Each state adheres to either title theory or lien theory, though there are a few states that follow both. In title theory states, Deeds of Trust are the binding agreements utilized between lenders and borrowers, and Mortgages are the agreements utilized in lien theory states. Both documents serve the same purpose in a real estate deal between a lender and borrower, but how they affect the relationship between the parties involved and the subject property is what makes the big difference.

What are some similarities between Trust Deeds and Mortgages?

Mortgages and Trust Deeds both secure repayment of the loan by placing a lien on the property, and are considered, by law, evidence of the debt as they are generally recorded in the county where the property is located. If the borrower defaults on the loan and the lien is in first position, the lien gives the lender the right to take the property back through foreclosure and sell it. In other words, both Mortgage and Trust Deed documents are used as leverage to ensure the borrower pays back the loan in full. The ability to sell the property gives real estate investors and lenders the potential to recoup the original principle lent on the loan. Depending on the value of the property, there is the potential for the recovery of back due interest, late fees, and even capital gain.

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What are the main differences between Trust Deeds and Mortgages?

Number of Parties

A Mortgage involves two parties: a borrower (the Mortgagor) and a lender or investor (the Mortgagee). A Trust Deed involves three parties: a borrower (the Trustor), a lender or investor (the Beneficiary), and the title company or escrow company (the Trustee). The Trustees main functions are to hold the title to the lien for the benefit of the Beneficiary and to initiate and complete the foreclosure process for the Beneficiary in the case of default by the Trustor.

Property Title & Foreclosure Processes

The main difference between Trust Deed and Mortgages is who holds the title to the property encumbered by the loan for the duration of the loan term. In a Mortgage State, the borrower holds the title of the property. Therefore, if the borrower defaults on the loan, the lender must go through the courts to take back the property through foreclosure. This is known as judicial foreclosure and this process involves the lender filing a lawsuit against the borrower. This can be a costly and time-consuming process for both parties involved.

In a Trust Deed State, court can be bypassed because the Trustee holds the title to the property. You would follow the non-judicial foreclosure process, which almost always results in faster execution and resolution for all parties involved, especially for the lender. The speed of foreclosure can be detrimental to minimizing carrying costs and getting the property on the market quickly to sell in what may be a more promising market than one met at a later date.

What are First Trust Deeds?

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A First Trust Deed is as it implies, is recorded first before any other financial liens on the subject property, whether they be secondary mortgages, trust deeds or even mechanics liens placed by subcontractors. This means the First Trust Deed holds a priority or “senior” position, making all other liens encumbered by the loan subordinate or “junior” to the senior loan. Obtaining first position is important because in a foreclosure scenario, all outstanding subordinate liens are eliminated. This makes it so the lender does not have to worry about reconciling those other debts on top of their own.

Why invest in First Trust Deeds?

Hard money lenders like Ignite Funding, tend to operate more in Trust Deed states. First Trust Deed investments offer an attractive yield with relatively low risk to Ignite Funding investors due to their senior lien position on the property and the foreclosure process that is more conducive to the investors who are the Beneficiaries on the loan. This allows investors to earn double digit annualized returns paid as a monthly fixed income with REAL property as their collateral.

If you are interested in becoming a Trust Deed investor or want to learn more, you can schedule a FREE consultation with an Investment Representative, please click here.


Ignite Funding, LLC | 2140 E. Pebble Road, Suite 160, Las Vegas, NV 89123 | P 702.739.9053 | T 877.739.9094 | F 702.922.6700 | NVMBL #311 | AZ CMB-0932150 | Money invested through a mortgage broker is not guaranteed to earn any interest and is not insured. Prior to investing, investors must be provided applicable disclosure documents.