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.

A Summary of Hard Money Lending in 4 Points

The internet is a treasure trove of information about hard money lending. Some of it is true, some of it is not. Some of the information is produced by people who are genuine experts in the field. Other information, not so much. The long and short of it is that you cannot always believe what […]

5 Question We Hope You’ll Ask When Borrowing from Us

Here at Actium Partners, we are big proponents of borrowers getting the best possible funding solution to meet their needs. We understand that hard money is a competitive business. We also know that borrowers have to look out for their own best interests. Believe it or not, we truly appreciate those who do. Given the […]

Proven Ways to Reduce Risk in Real Estate Investing

Every form of investing has its risks. When you invest in commodities, you take the risk of the bottom falling out on futures. Investing in the stock market carries with it the risk that your chosen companies do not meet performance projections. In real estate, your risks run the gamut from falling property prices to […]

Using a Bridge Loan to Acquire Vacant Land for Development

The fact that private lenders enjoy greater flexibility allows them to consider loan types that banks wouldn’t even touch. A good example is a hard money loan used to acquire a piece of vacant land for development. Banks tend to steer clear of such loans because they consider vacant land too risky. On the other […]

First-Time Clients: How to Increase Your Chances of Approval

Every client we have ever worked with was a first-time client at some point. They all had to convince us that partnering with them was a good idea. If you are planning to apply for your first Actium Partners loan, you will have to do the same thing. Don’t stress over it. Just make a […]

How to Close on a Real Estate Loan in Seven Days or Less

Closing on a real estate loan in under ninety days is unheard of, right? Yes and no. If you are looking at a traditional mortgage from a traditional lender, ninety days would be a reasonable expectation. But there are other real estate loans that can close in seven days or less. These are the types […]

Are Hard Money and Private Lending the Same Thing?

Hard money lenders are private lenders in the sense that we are not publicly owned banks. However, in our industry, we differentiate between private lenders based on business models. It pays to know the difference if you are looking to fund a project by way of alternative financing. Actium Partners operates as a hard money […]

Is Hard Money Right for You – 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

Your typical bridge loan or hard money lender is willing to entertain any inquiry, within reason. At Actium Partners, there are those opportunities that interest us more than others. There are also opportunities we will never look at beyond the initial inquiry. We are not alone. Private lenders across the country are very discriminating about […]

Initial Information on a Hard Money Property Loan

Hard money lenders are private lenders offering a form of alternative financing when banks just won’t do. Here at Actium Partners, we are capable of funding a variety of needs. We specialize in real estate transactions among investors, real estate developers, and the like. Whenever we entertain a new project, there is some initial information […]

An Example of How Hard Money Can Help Real Estate Investors

Actium Partners is thrilled to be able to work with clients in Salt Lake City and throughout Utah. Our hard money and bridge loans have helped countless clients fund projects over the years. We have worked with developers, small business owners, and other organizations. One of our favorite types of clients to work with is […]