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Lend to Live

Want to invest in real estate without the hassle? Learn how to create passive income in real estate as a private money lender.

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Authors Alex and Beth approach this nuanced vocation with practical, clear, and complete guidance that seeks neither to overcomplicate nor oversimplify the variables involved.”
—The American Association of Private Lenders

Actively investing in real estate can sometimes seem impossible. Not everyone can spend all hours of the day dashing off to talk to motivated sellers, managing fix-and-flips, or screening tenants for rental properties. Instead, you can choose a different path by “being the bank” for other active real estate investors—a strategy that works with any lifestyle, builds toward financial goals, and gives you time back in your day. 

What used to be a trade secret for corporate lenders is now available to the average person, and Lend to Live makes the private lending path actionable and accessible for everyone. With more than two decades of experience in the mortgage lending space and real estate investing, Alex Breshears and Beth Johnson show you how to invest in real estate from anywhere in the world—all you need is an internet connection and a cell phone. 

  • Why private money lending has become a popular alternative investment strategy to create passive income
  • How to establish baseline lending criteria to match your investment goals and risk tolerance
  • Steps to take to secure your investments using the C.P.R. private lending method
  • How to build a private lending virtual team to provide end-to-end support
  • Key pieces of information to collect and the process of underwriting a loan opportunity
  • The risks and rewards of private lending as a passive real estate investment
  • Precautions and key considerations to help reduce your risk exposure
  • Tactics, tools, and tips to ensure your loan is safe from origination to final payoff
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Olivia L. (Edinburg, TX)
Enlightening Real Estate Lending Book!

I highly recommend this book for any real estate investor as it is very well written and shares great details on the process of real estate transactions. The book has so many great tips about the steps that need to occur for a private lending real estate deal and the team players involved. Lend to Live is a practical guide to learn the framework of how to be a private money lender. Thank you Alex and Beth for writing this book!

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Garrett T. (Phoenix, AZ)
Best private lending book out there

Beth funded one of the best deals of my career and happened to tell me she wrote a book on private lending after the transaction closed, immediately bought it and read it. She did everything in the book to a T, highly professional and very impressed. So thankful I crossed paths with her as she has changed mine and my families life with the deals she is funding. I learned so much and would give this book 10 stars if I could

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Dan D. (Bend, OR)
Great read for aspiring PM lenders + active investors alike

I picked up 'Lend to Live' after Cody Davis recommended it to me earlier this year. I was not disappointed with my time investment to learn what PM lenders look for & how I can set myself up for future successes when approaching lenders with potential deals.

Thank you Beth + Alex for taking the time & effort to write this wonderful book.

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Customer (Chicago, IL)
Phenomenal book from extremely knowledgeable authors.

Real estate investing can often times seem very esoteric, hard to understand and like you are drinking from a fire hose when you are first getting started. That is not the case with this book. It is packed full of practical and instructional knowledge on an otherwise daunting topic. I have known and worked with Alex for a past few years and she has done an excellent job culminating personal and professional experience into this book. You will not find a better one-stop-shop for your Private Lending needs and I am excited to put the lessons and concepts into practice in my business and life.

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C. (Springtown, TX)
FINALLY - A Book on Private Lending!

THIS is what you've been missing in the real estate industry. Everyone talks about no money down strategies, but they never talk about being the person who IS the private lender. It's a whole different learning curve and one that I'm loving, especially with this book! Alex and Beth really laid out the info with everything you need to become a bank. There are three whole chapters on underwriting which is super helpful for newbies.

About the Authors

Alex Breshears owns two private lending companies and is a real estate investor of twenty years. Alongside private money lending, she is also a short-term rental owner, limited partner in syndications, and fund manager. She is passionate about financial education and independence for women, and she started an educational group called Lend2Live: Private Lending Lessons that offers networking opportunities to a collection of investors. Alex is a member of the Education Committee for the American Association of Private Lenders and holds their Certified Fund Manager designation. She is a military spouse, a dog mom of four, horse owner, and was a chemistry professor for ten years with a special focus on pharmacology.

Beth Johnson is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Flynn Family Lending—a private lending business based in Washington—and she has transacted on more than $100 million in private loans. A self-described “private money matchmaker,” Beth prides herself in offering passive income opportunities to investors while providing innovative lending products to active real estate investors across the state. She began her own real estate investing career in 2004 with flipping houses and wholesaling before eventually delving into private lending. She has since grown her own portfolio of buy-and-hold multifamily properties and currently owns forty units. In her spare time, you can find Beth enjoying time with her blended family of five, running, traveling, and playing poker.