How to Evaluate the Risks and Benefits of an Arizona Bridge Loan

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How to Evaluate the Risks and Benefits of an Arizona Bridge Loan


An Arizona bridge loan is gaining in popularity as a short term loan
option. Like any loan, there are certain inherent risks and benefits. Knowing
how to analyze your loan will help you decide if it is a good option for you.

Arizona bridge loans are short term loans used when a borrower who has not sold his
current home wants to purchase a new home. These loans work to bridge the gap
when the borrower plans to use proceeds from the original home as the down payment
on his new home. The bridge loan is secured to the original home, the one
that’s on the market. The funds from that loan are used as the down payment for
the mortgage on the new home. 

There are no strict guidelines when it comes to an Arizona bridge loan so credit score
and debt to income ratio are not usually factors that will automatically
disqualify you. This is good news for borrowers with less than stellar credit
or who may have a high debt to income ratio once they purchase their new home.
Instead, bridge loans are based on a few different factors, including how
likely it is that you will sell your current home quickly, and whether or not
you can make both mortgage payments for a short time if it becomes necessary.
If you default on a bridge loan, the lender has recourse to get their money
back using the property you have on the market because it is the one that
secured the loan.

The Risks and Benefits of an Arizona Bridge Loan


There are several risks that are associated with bridge
loans. Like any loan, they are not entirely safe and can lead to some negative
consequences if you don’t fully evaluate their terms, conditions, and rates.
First and foremost, an 
Arizona bridge loan had fees associated with it. Generally there is an administration fee of
about $750, an appraisal feel (for your current home) of about $350. Once
notary fees, wire fees, origination fees, and any other lender fees are added
in, a bridge loan will end up costing the borrower about $2,000 to obtain. This
may seem like a lot, but if is the difference between buying your dream home or
losing out, many borrowers find that the fees are more than worth it.
Especially since it is much easier to come up with two grand for a bridge loan
than it is to find $20,000 for a down payment if your current home has not

Another risk to an Arizona bridge loan is high interest rates. Most short term loans are inherently
more risky for the lender. You will pay extra for that risk meaning you will
have a higher interest rate. Interest rates fluctuate based on the prime rate
and how much you need to borrow, but typically speaking the interest rate on
bridge loans is usually higher than a traditional home mortgage. You can avoid
paying high interest rates by selling your home quickly and paying back the
loan as soon as possible.

iStock_000009434134_Full.jpgAlong with the risks, there are also several benefits to an Arizona bridge loan. Many loans offer
terms that allow you to skip the first few months of payments. If you can sell
your home during this time, you can avoid paying any interest at all on the
loan. In addition, you can use extra proceeds from the loan to do remodel work
on your new home and put your own personal stamp on it.

Also, bridge loans allow you to put your current home on
the market quickly and without restrictions. Potential buyers will not need to
schedule showings because the home will be vacant. A vacant home is easier to
show and usually sells more quickly due to ease of access. You can also look
into staging your home to give you an extra advantage. And without your family
living there, it will be easier for new buyers to picture themselves living in
the home.

Bridge loans are also usually fairly easy to qualify for
and have flexible underwriting guidelines. This makes them an ideal loan for
someone who needs cash for their new home fast.


Call an Arizona
mortgage broker or private lender to get started on a bridge loan today.


Once you are settled in your new home, you will be happy
that you chose to use an 
Arizona bridge
to help you get cash fast and with little hassle.


Dennis Dahlberg Broker/RI/CEO/MLO

Level 4 Funding LLC
Arizona Tel:  (623) 582-4444 

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About the author: Dennis has been working in the real estate industry in some capacity for the last 40 years. He purchased his first property when he was just 18 years old. He quickly learned about the amazing investment opportunities provided by trust deed investing and hard money loans. His desire to help others make money in real estate investing led him to specialize in alternative funding for real estate investors who may have trouble getting a traditional bank loan. Dennis is passionate about alternative funding sources and sharing his knowledge with others to help make their dreams come true.
Dennis has been married to his wonderful wife for 38 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters 4 amazing grandchildren. Dennis has been an Arizona resident for the past 32 years.


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