Multifamily Investing Podcast  with Multifamily Attorney Charles Dobens 

#206: The Pros and Cons of Buying Distressed Debt and Making Hard Money Loans with DJ Scholl

podcast Mar 29, 2023

From building a portfolio of $18 million in seller carry-back loans to originating $50 million in hard money loans, DJ Scholl has seen it all. So whether you're a seasoned real estate investor or just starting out, you won't want to miss this episode.

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The Pros and Cons of Buying Distressed Debt and Making Hard Money Loans with DJ Scholl 

DJ Scholl got his real estate sales license in Massachusetts when he was just 18 years old and sold his way through school. After a career change for about a decade, he got back into real estate as a licensed general commercial appraiser in the state.

In 1989, he started buying seller carry-back loans and lending hard money, building a portfolio of $18 million in seller carry-back loans and originating $50 million in hard money loans in the 1990s, one loan at a time.

He had raised $6 million in capital from a couple of retired bankers and kept rolling over their money.

During the crash in 2008, he had to step in and take over a $5 million loan he had made on a 26-unit waterfront condo project, he completed the conversion and sold the units, which took a few years, but he didn't make any money on that one. During the crash years, he was busy doing commercial appraisals for the FDIC, RTC, and others.

He maintained an office with two employees until about eight years ago, and since then, he has been doing deals with existing repeat borrowers and a few other experienced real estate folks. Most of his deals are creative.

He recently got paid off on a deal where he had made loans four years ago on 750,000 square feet of mill buildings used to grow cannabis in Massachusetts. He looks to establish relationships with experienced real estate entrepreneurs.

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