1. Understanding “Curb Appeal”

    By partnering with a non-recourse lender, you can use your IRA to start investing in real estate. This is a great way to make passive income if you plan on renting out your new properties or selling them later. But investing in property isn’t simply a way to print money. Not every investment into a home, apartment complex, or agricultural lot will yield a high return on your investment. Indeed, …Read More

  2. First Western Federal Savings Bank is a Sponsor at the 4th Annual Self-Directed IRA Summit

    The 4th annual Self-Directed IRA Summit was held on June 8 in Chicago and First Western Federal Savings Bank was honored to be a sponsor of the event. Our very own Roger St. Pierre, Senior Vice President at the bank, was able to speak about non-recourse lending and self-directed accounts. The summit focused on helping new investors seeking to master the foundational concepts of the loan, as well a…Read More

  3. 11 Features to Look For in an Investment Property

    Even though investing in a rental property can be a method of earning some passive income, anyone looking to invest in real estate has to dive deep into the responsibilities (both upfront and long-term) investment strategies, the real estate market, and the long-term potential for growth, or even the potential for a decline in the value of the property. When investing is simply approached from the…Read More

  4. The Benefits of Property Investment

    Whether you are investing in the stock market or investing in a friend’s business, there are tons of investment opportunities out there, all of which show potential in growing your financial portfolio. Why should you leverage your self-directed IRA to invest in rental property? Why should you apply for a non-recourse loan to make this happen? Our non-recourse loan lenders at First Western Federa…Read More

  5. Prepare Your Summer Vacation Rental

    It seems like it was not that long ago that our non-recourse loan lenders were talking about prepping your vacation rental property for winter, but here we are, already thinking about summer! They weren’t lying when they said “time flies.” Summer is a big season for most vacation rental owners. You want to be sure that your rental is fully ready to withstand the heavy traffic of the season. …Read More

  6. Why Your Rental Property Shouldn’t Allow Pets

    Welcome back to our blog series on the pros and cons of allowing pets in your rental property. By allowing renters to have pets, you’ll likely have more renters to choose from, and could potentially see some financial benefits as well (check out our previous post for more details). But as is the case with everything in life, there’s always a catch. Our non-recourse loan lenders are going to ex…Read More

  7. Dealing With Renter Turnover

    Welcome back to our blog series on renter turnover! This can be an unfortunate downside of owning a rental property, but our non-recourse loan lenders have tips to make it easier. Learn more in our blog, and apply for a non-recourse loan with First Western Federal Savings Bank to turn your investment goals into a reality. Whether looking to refinance your current IRA loan, wanting to invest in a v…Read More

  8. The Downside of High Renter Turnover

    For as many perks as there are to owning a rental property, one of the biggest downsides is experiencing turnover. Not everyone who looks into owning rental property takes into account the hassle that tenant turnover can bring. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to deal with turnover, and even ways that you can try to prevent it from occurring in the first place. The non-recourse loan …Read More

  9. Tips For First-Time Rental Property Owners

    It’s a decision that you’ve pondered over for months, maybe even years. You’re excited by the thought of passive income and investing in real estate. You’re finally ready to become a rental property owner, and buy your first rental property! This is quite an exciting time, but as is true with any new endeavor in life, there’s a steep learning curve. Our non-recourse loan lenders have com…Read More