Author Archives: Paul Christenson

Paul is the President and Founder of Actium Partners. Prior to founding Actium Partners in 2004, Paul practiced corporate law with the firms of Durham Jones & Pinegar in Salt Lake City and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City and Hong Kong. Paul’s practice focused on corporate legal work, including mergers and acquisitions, real estate and lending transactions, and creditor dispute resolution. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the University of Utah School of Business Alumni Association. Paul graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A. in accounting and received a J.D. from Georgetown University.

How to Mitigate Risk as a New Real Estate Investor

Real estate has historically been a solid long-term investment. It has its risks, but real estate generally provides a very good return on investment over long periods of time. The key to success is to mitigate risk while looking for opportunities to maximize returns. As hard money lenders in Salt Lake City, we have financed […]

Is Commercial Real Estate Investment a Good Idea?

Actium Partners shares how commercial real estate is preferred by some investors because it is associated with a lower long-term risk.

Actium is Still Lending Even as Rates Rise

With significant inflation looming over the economy, the Federal Reserve has indicated that another rate hike is on the way. We are not surprised. As early as the beginning of Q4 2021, we thought it highly likely that rates would start climbing. That is what the Fed does when inflation looks like it’s getting out […]

How Hard Money and Bridge Loans Can Have Such Short Terms

A hallmark of hard money lending is the relatively short lending term. During the final quarter of 2021, we made a number of loans with nine-month terms. One particular loan we made was for 60 days. This makes perfect sense to our team. It doesn’t always make sense to borrowers. We prefer short terms to […]

Important Things New Property Investors Should Think About

Property investing is unlike any other form of investing. It offers both unique opportunities and challenges you don’t find in securities markets or other types of investments. And because of that, there are things you have to consider with property that don’t come into play elsewhere. We see it all the time, especially when helping […]

Hard Money and the Loan-to-Value Ratio

Much of what makes hard money unique is also that which makes this type of lending so different from traditional bank lending. On the other hand, we hard money lenders do have a few things in common with banks and credit unions. Among them is the use of the loan-to-value (LTV) ratio in determining how […]

Lending in Support of Rebounding Tourism

Tourism is a big part of the economy here in Utah. As such, we think it is important to consider investments in the tourism sector when they make themselves available. Such is the case with a loan we recently made for a multi-unit rental complex. The complex makes its money on tourism. With eight units, […]

Why So Many of Our Clients Invest in Real Estate

It is safe to say that the majority of the hard money loans we make go to real estate investors. Our clients invest in all sorts of property, from multi-family rental units to commercial office buildings. They find real estate lucrative for a variety of reasons as well. As to our part, we are just […]

Why Those ‘Other’ Loans Don’t Work for Property Investors

Hard money and bridge loans are designed for a very specific clientele with somewhat unique goals. For instance, the majority of loans we make go to property investors looking to generate income from commercia real estate investments. A hard money loan is perfectly suited to helping them meet their goals, despite higher interest rates and […]

How Do Hard Money Loans and Mortgages Differ?

The pre-housing-crash hard money industry was known for making all sorts of loans that lenders would never make today. Our industry has changed quite a bit as a result of the aftermath of the crash, especially where the Dodd-Frank Act relates to property funding. Unfortunately, some people still conflate hard money loans with mortgages because […]