In the process of running a business or flipping a house in sunny San Diego or Los Angeles (or another part of California), it is not unusual to need money quickly. Traditional avenues take too long, so it is not uncommon for people in those situations to seek out a California private hard money lender.
However, while they will often go to any length to figure out how to get approved for a private hard money loan, many folks do not think about how they are going to exit the loan. After all, it is borrowed money, and the terms are always relatively short (typically from a year to no more than five years).
Failure to consider what one’s exit strategy is going to be could lead to issues when the loan comes due.
Now that you have the money to get your business back on track or the final repairs made to the house you are trying to flip, not only do you need to get to work but you need to think about how you are going to pay the loan off. It is important to have a plan before you need it. Otherwise, the balance of your loan could come due, and you may not be ready to pay it.
The following are five strategies that could help you exit your California private hard money loan with ease when the time comes:
• Sell the property: If you can get the work done before the loan is due, selling the property is the easiest and probably the quickest way to pay off of the loan along with recouping the cost of fixing and flipping the property.
• Refinance with a conventional mortgage loan: If you are going to occupy the property yourself, this is an excellent option. You can take the loan from a short term one to a long term one, and lower the interest rate.
• Refinance with a subprime loan: If you are still having difficulty getting approved for a traditional loan, refinancing with a subprime loan is a good route to take. However, while it may be easier to get approved for one, terms are not always good, and interest rates are higher than traditional loans (but lower than hard money loans).
• Refinance with another hard money loan: If you can’t get a traditional loan or a subprime one, you may be able to refinance your hard money loan. If you’ve missed or been late with payments, it will be hard to get approved. You will likely be charged a fee for extending the loan, but at least you will not have to have the money now.
• Sell another investment: If you can’t get a loan or don’t want to and have another investment property, selling it is a good option.
It may seem silly, but it needs to be said. It is not unusual for an investor to be so focused on getting a project done that they didn’t think about how they were going to take care of their California private hard money loan. Most lenders will want to know it before approving you, but if they don’t ask, you should have one in mind already before you sign the loan papers.
Dennis Dahlberg Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC
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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 42 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters 5 amazing grandchildren. Dennis has been an Arizona resident for the past 40 years.