Bobby Montagne

Bobby Montagne is a real estate entrepreneur with three decades of experience in commercial and residential property development, finance and sales. Having successfully overseen $15 billion in career transactions, he is among an elite class of real estate innovator that has consistently delivered high quality returns to partners and investors.

Recent Posts

Renovate vs. Rebuild - The 5 Major Differences You Need To Know

Posted by Bobby Montagne on Mar 16, 2018

Renovate or rebuild: This is the ultimate decision when considering a real estate investment. This choice will determine how profitable your investment will be in the long run, so here are 5 major differences you should be aware of before you decide.

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Topics: Home Renovation

Want That Beautiful New Kitchen In Your Next Fix & Flip?

Posted by Bobby Montagne on Mar 13, 2018

So you’re ready to move forward with your next fix and flip investment, and you’re especially excited about building a beautiful kitchen. But before you start construction, here are five things to keep in mind to maximize your returns while making sure you build something truly spectacular. 

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Topics: Fix And Flip

Should You Borrow Money From A Family Member Or A Hard Money Lender?

Posted by Bobby Montagne on Mar 8, 2018

No matter what the project, deciding whether to borrow from a family member or a hard money lender can be a difficult choice. 


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Topics: Hard Money Lending & Processes

6 Tips To Save Money On Your Next Fix & Flip In Raleigh

Posted by Bobby Montagne on Mar 6, 2018

Fixing and flipping properties is a great way to increase your personal wealth, especially if you’re planning to fix and flip in Raleigh. However, in order to do it right you’ve got to make sure you’re taking the appropriate steps to save money on your costs so that you can see a profit after all of the hard work has been done. Here, we present six ways that you can save money on your fix and flip projects in Raleigh while also ensuring that the end result of your work is excellent.

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Topics: Fix And Flip

Choose Your Own Adventure: Financing With Walnut Street Finance

Posted by Bobby Montagne on Mar 1, 2018

There are many factors that influence a borrower's decision to work with a hard money lender. 

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Topics: Real Estate, Real Estate Financing

How To Pick The Best Contractor in Hampton Roads

Posted by Bobby Montagne on Feb 27, 2018

Choosing a contractor to work with during your fix and flip can be difficult whether it’s your first flip or your 50th.

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Topics: Home Renovation, Fix And Flip, Home Design

Real Estate Acquisition Loans: What You Need To Know

Posted by Bobby Montagne on Feb 22, 2018

A real estate acquisition loan is, conveniently enough, exactly what it sounds like it would be - a loan used to acquire property. However, there’s one pretty large caveat that goes along with real estate acquisition loans, and that is that they can only be used to acquire property. That means that if, as a developer or fix and flipper, you were hoping to take out a loan to purchase property and begin construction or renovation, this is not the loan for you - unless you’ve got other funds ready and available to get the project moving.

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Topics: Acquisition Loans, Real Estate

Are The Risks Worth The Rewards With A Bridge Loan?

Posted by Bobby Montagne on Feb 20, 2018

With any real estate transaction there can be risks and rewards, including when you work with a lender to secure the financing on your deal. With bridge loans, there can be slightly more risk involved, since the main objective is to essentially have two loans out on two properties at once. However, for developers who know their market and are confident in their development plans, the rewards can outweigh the risks and provide a means for paving a smooth path to getting their next deal lined up and ready to go.

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Topics: Hard Money Lending & Processes, Real Estate, Bridge Loan

Need Help Financing Your Investment Property? Learn About Your Best Options

Posted by Bobby Montagne on Feb 15, 2018

In a perfect world, financing your investment property would be as simple as taking out your personal (or business) checkbook, writing a check, and handing it over - no heavy lifting or strings attached. Unfortunately, for most developers that isn’t usually the case - especially when they’re first getting started in the world of real estate investing and development. After all, the funds to make the purchase need to come from somewhere, and until you’ve got a few flips and sales under your belt that money simply might not be there yet. So, if you’re weighing your options about financing your investment property, let us walk you through some of the best ones. 

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Topics: Acquisition Loans, Hard Money Lending & Processes, Fix And Flip, Construction Loans, Real Estate Financing

Buying A Historic Home In North Carolina? Read This First.

Posted by Bobby Montagne on Feb 13, 2018

When purchasing a historic home in any market, it can sometimes be a bit more overwhelming and involved than purchasing a recent build. It goes without saying that historic homes have additional considerations - they may require updates to their utilities and infrastructure to make the house fully habitable, or to simply make them more comfortable to live in.  

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Topics: Real Estate, Home Renovation, Fix And Flip

What Does A Construction Loan Cover?

Posted by Bobby Montagne on Feb 8, 2018

As with most things to do with real estate, there’s a variety of terms and intricacies you need to know and understand. When you’re purchasing property with a loan it can all get a bit more complicated. This is especially true when you’re entering into the investing world as a prospective fix and flipper. For many first-timers, they assume that what they’ll need for their project is a construction loan - which on the face of it makes total sense. After all, they’ll be purchasing a property and then doing construction - why wouldn’t a construction loan be the appropriate method of funding and what is its purpose if not to fund construction? 

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Topics: Real Estate, Fix And Flip, Construction Loans

Is House Flipping In Southern Virginia Profitable And 3 Reasons Why

Posted by Bobby Montagne on Feb 6, 2018

One of the most frequently asked questions that we get is whether or not house flipping in Southern Virginia is profitable. This is an answer that can vary depending on a number of factors including the time of year or the political climate, but for the most part the answer is a very consistent yes. In order to evaluate the profitability of house flipping in Southern Virginia, we’ve taken a look at three benchmarks to make our decision.

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Topics: Real Estate, Fix And Flip

Our Loan Portfolio Is Growing With New Regions In 2018...And Why!

Posted by Bobby Montagne on Feb 1, 2018

2018 is already shaping up to be a hugely exciting year for Walnut Street Finance, not least of all because we’re expanding our portfolio into new regions! If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times, we take our due  diligence incredibly seriously when it comes to the types of deals we’re willing to finance and projects that we’ll consider backing. We pride ourselves on knowing our markets backwards and forwards and as a result we’ve financed the majority of our deals in the same geographic areas - however in 2018 we’re spreading our wings and branching out, adding new regions to our portfolio! This means that you - our current and prospective borrowers - can now get all of the benefits of working with Walnut Street Finance outside of the Metro D.C. area. 

So, where are we headed this year, and what’s prompted the decision?

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Topics: Real Estate

4 Major Differences Between Traditional Mortgages and Private Lending

Posted by Bobby Montagne on Jan 30, 2018

Finding the right financing option when purchasing a real estate property can often come with some hurdles. While traditional mortgages and private lending are similar in essence, they have different lending rules. Most people are familiar with a traditional mortgage, which means they’re also no stranger to the stringent rules attached to it. With private lending as an effective alternative for an investment project, it’s no surprise that it’s gaining traction.

This post will help you understand the 4 big differences in traditional mortgages and private lending.

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Topics: Hard Money Lending & Processes, Fix And Flip, Real Estate Financing

What Are The Requirements For A Construction Loan

Posted by Bobby Montagne on Jan 25, 2018

If you're looking to build or rehab real estate property and intend to refinance it to generate rental income or sell it for a profit, a construction loan might be the best option. Since most people can't afford to pay for the cost of a new commercial or residential project up front, the process of securing a construction loan typically begins with a lender: local credit unions or regional banks. Unlike a conventional loan, however, it’s more complicated to get the green light on your construction loan application because you’re essentially requesting to borrow money for a new build that doesn’t exist yet. 

This post outlines some of the requirements you need in order to qualify for a construction loan.

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Topics: Hard Money Lending & Processes, Real Estate, Construction Loans

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