The process of going into business for yourself or flipping houses is not an easy one to make. There are many things to consider, and the process of getting approved for a loan can be the tricky part—especially if you need to apply for a California private hard money loan.
Maybe you are already getting a traditional mortgage loan, but you need a cash infusion to keep things going, or maybe you need a little more to finish a project off right. Whatever the reason, getting approved is vital to the project, so you worry about what the loaner is going to ask you.
However, while you do need to be prepared for those questions, you should also be prepared to ask the lender a few as well.
It is not unusual for a person to be so concerned about getting approved that they end up accepting a bad deal from a lender that is not as reputable as you might think. So before signing the papers for you California private hard money loan, consider asking the following questions:
• What is their experience like? The more experienced they are, the more understanding they will probably be. Terms will likely be friendlier as well since the lender will be aware of what it takes to succeed and will do what they can to help.
• What’s their real estate license ID? If they have one—and they should—you can search for them on the state website and find out if there have been any issues with them (i.e. disciplinary action).
• Are they a broker or a lender? If they are a broker, it will take longer to get your loan processed and approved. If they loan finance the loan themselves, the money will come sooner rather than later.
• References? Just like employers like to know how an applicant did at previous jobs, it doesn’t hurt to hear what experiences other borrowers have had.
• Fees? One of the most frustrating parts of the loan approval process can be finding out after the fact that there are fees you have to pay that drive up your cost. Ask about them ahead of time, so you can accurately compare rates and costs of different lenders.
There are other questions worth asking when applying for a California private hard money loan. You’ll want to know the interest rate and how many points they charge as well as the loan to value ratio.
Chances are you need the money sooner rather than later since you are applying for a private hard money loan, so make sure you ask how long it will take to get approved. You should also ask how long of a term you can get and if there is a prepayment penalty.
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.