In his 37-year career, the Managing Director of LYNK Capital, Ben Lyons, has learned a lot about real estate and investing. As a financial advisor, investor, and business owner, he has experienced his share of highs and lows, starting with modest roots in a middle-class family in Baltimore, MD. It was a chance encounter at an early age with a local real estate agent that formed the foundation for a career in real estate.
By the age of 25, he owned 100 rental properties and had a million-dollar lending business.
The beginnings, as they say, were humble. Originally planning for a future in community college, he instead went to work for a real estate company at the age of 18 for free. Determined to learn all he could about the business, he convinced his boss to place an ad in the money-to-lend section of the newspaper – he would work all the leads and split the profits with his boss 50/50. In January 1985, he collected over $10,000 in mortgage broker fee revenue, receiving $5,000 after the split.
“In one month, I went from earning $600 a month to $5,000. I thought I was rich. It was extremely exciting and only increased my motivation to learn and grow.”
After that, he read everything he could get his hands on and took mentors to lunch or dinner to learn what they knew. By the age of 21, he became the youngest licensed mortgage broker in Maryland and that year purchased a four-bedroom, two-bath home with a pool. His friends moved in and paid rent – becoming his first investment property.
Since that time, he has owned or managed over 375 residential and commercial real estate projects – and his lending organizations have produced more than $6.5 billion in mortgages. (He was previously an initial investor and large shareholder of a commercial bank, a title company, and three mortgage banks.)
His interests in real estate and financial freedom have produced some interesting insights - after decades of talking to hundreds of investors (many of whom are financially wealthy), he noticed that while everyone’s path to wealth was different, they all shared four things in common:
- They created predictable and scalable monthly investable income to reinvest for growth.
- They acquired assets, including stocks and real estate, for long-term growth.
- They learned how to leverage people, money, and knowledge to accelerate their success.
- They learned how to utilize time effectively.
It is on these principles that Ben believes anyone can find their path to financial freedom. He has recently authored his second book – this one in partnership with Ortus Academy, a financial literacy training company - to share his personal journey and financial formula for success. The book, titled From Worry to Wealth, is available for purchase and download.
“One of my favorite things is sharing my financial journey with others. There are several factors to determine financial success: our attitude about money and our education, which is not necessarily a college degree. Wealth is available to everyone. By understanding the components of wealth creation and applying them to your unique circumstances, you can build your own future, starting today.”
You can get a free download of the first three chapters of Ben’s book From Worry to Wealth by clicking below:
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LYNK Capital is a fast-growing hard money lender offering hard money fix and flip loans, rehab and renovation loans, construction loans, and rental property loans to real estate investors. LYNK Capital is a direct private lender that offers lending solutions to real estate investors, contractors, builders, and developers.
Hard Money Fix and Flip Loans
LYNK Capital is your fix and flip lender. We offer hard money fix and flip loans for real estate investors. Fund your rehab or renovation project quickly with competitive interest rates and origination fees. Faster than bank financing with more flexible loan terms. Purchase and refinance options available.
Hard Money Construction Loans
Hard money new construction loans for builders and developers. Fund your new construction project quickly with competitive interest rates and origination fees. Faster than bank financing with more flexible loan terms. Purchase and refinance options available.
Single-family rental loans for real estate investors. Borrow up to 80% of your property value. Finance your investment property quickly and easily. Rental property loans can be used to purchase your property or to refinance your existing portfolio. Cash out loans are permitted.
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LYNK Capital makes hard money fix and flip and construction loans in: Alabama, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
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