I network with a lot of other private money brokers in the Bay Area. We see each other at various seminars and lender conferences. I like to compare notes and talk about our growing industry. Most of us agree that much of the public remains unaware of trust deed investing, even though a lot of us are advertising in the newspapers. One of the most common reactions from prospective investor-clients is that the returns we advertise sound “too good to be true”. In fact, many of my colleagues have lowered the rates they advertise because too many people equate double-digit returns with high risk! The fact is that savvy investors have been enjoying double-digit returns on their savings for years through trust deed investing. There’s no magic to it, and it’s easy to become familiar with the fundamentals. Like everything nowadays, the information is out there on the internet, and many websites offer articles teaching the ABC’s of trust deed investing. Is it risky? If done properly, the risks are highly manageable. It’s certainly not as “risky”, in my opinion, as investing in the stock market. Trust deed-secured notes offer high monthly income on your savings. You can use your trust or self-directed IRA to invest for tax-free or tax-deferred growth. You choose the note that’s right for you. It’s not unusual for an investor to choose loans only in certain neighborhoods or on certain types of property. You have access to all the information we have on the applicant. Everything is transparent. My associate and I are currently preparing a series of seminars we will host throughout the Bay Area to talk about trust deed investing. Let me know if you’d like to be on our mailing list.