I’ve invested over $50,000 of my “alternative” money into
I called this property “90210” as it was located in a prime spot in Beverly Hills. The loan photo on the Peerstreet listing was quite drab:
Here’s what it looked like on the MLS page when they listed it for over $10 million:
Initial investment details.
- Property: Single-family residential property in California.
- Target Net Investor Rate/Term: 8.25% APR for 31 months.
- Appraised at $8.75M = 60% LTV.
- Cash-out/Bridge loan secured by the property in first position.
- Loan originator retained 13% “skin in the game”.
- June 2018. Loan originated. Original maturity date was January 2020.
- June 2019. Payments are now late.
- August to September 2019. Payments are still late. Demand letters are sent.
- October 2019 to January 2020. Intermittent payments are made, but still behind and late.
- February 2020. Peerstreet approves a loan extension to April 2020.
- April 2020. Late again.
- May 2020. Loan brought current!
- July 2020. Guess whose late again?
- August 2020. Another extension is approved, but does it really matter?
- September 2020 to January 2021. Still… late.
- February 2021. Loan is suddenly paid off in full.
Final numbers. As the loan was paid off in full, I earned the full promised 8.25% annualized return but for 31 months instead of the original 18 months. I guess that worked out to my benefit, given the current low interest rate environment. My overall annualized return across my entire Peerstreet portfolio is currently 6.9%. These numbers are net of all PeerStreet fees.
My commentary. This loan is an example where for nearly three years, I stared at the same loan that with a late/default status every time I logged into Peerstreet. It spent more time late than current, yet one day it suddenly became paid off in full and actually improved my overall return numbers. The originator appears to be juggling many different loans, but the property remained valuable enough that they really had to eventually pay off this loan despite having to pay me 8.25% interest while I waited.
It was good to see (and rare these days) to see the originator keep an interest in the loan, as that is usually taken as a sign of confidence. I wish I could only invest in loans with such “skin in the game”, but the reality is that Peerstreet inventory is currently in such great demand that nearly all of their notes sell out instantly to automated investors.
Again, the lesson is to diversify, ignore the late status, and invest money with which you can be patient. Let Peerstreet do the due diligence and manage the late payments and possibly the foreclosure process.
Bottom line. At the moment, out of the $50,000+ I’ve now invested into 66 loans at
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