Can You Work with Hard money lenders in Arizona as a First-Time Investor?

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iStock_000067965589_XXXLarge v1One of the biggest questions first-time investors ask is whether they can get approval from hard money lenders in Arizona or not. The truth is, you can get funding, but you’ll have to demonstrate knowledge.

Real estate investors turn to hard money lenders in Arizona for a myriad of reasons. Sometimes their projects simply won’t qualify for a traditional loan at the onset, while other times having cash ready to go helps ensure they can grab the property before someone else does. First-time investors face additional challenges, as banks usually need to see a track record for success before they’ll put their money on the line as well.

Ergo, most seasoned investors work with hard money lenders in Arizona on a regular basis and keep this option in their toolkits for various situations and property types. As a newcomer, you’ll want to become established with professionals you can trust as well, so that you can turn to them as needed and streamline the process for subsequent projects. Getting that first approval can seem daunting, though.

On the bright side, alternative funding options aren’t set up like banks, which means that you don’t necessarily have to have a portfolio of successful projects in order to get approved. With HMLs, the biggest concern is the value of the property, meaning if you can grab real estate for less than it’s worth, the odds of getting approval are relatively high. You’ll often hear the term “loan to value” or “LTV,” which refers to the amount of your loan in relation to the value of the property. For example, if the property is worth $100,000 and you’re requesting a $70,000 loan, your loan to value is 70%. Sometimes, HMLs will go as high as 90% LTV.

If You Have Some Experience, You Can Get Funding More Easily

Naturally, the LTV is only one part of the equation. If you have some kind of experience which relates to the project you’re undertaking and have a strategy to overcome difficulties along the way, that will impact your ability to get funding too. Many first-time investors have backgrounds in the mortgage industry, real estate, appraisals, home repair, or similar, so it’s easier for them to understand the value of a project, what must be done to increase value, and what the property will likely sell for upon completion. This type of experience really shines when an investor is pitching his or her idea and can often help overcome a lack of formal investment experience.

Don’t let lack of funding stand in the way of your success.

Ultimately, the best way to know if hard money lenders in Arizona will work with you is to talk with a broker before applying. A great broker will walk you through the process, let you know what HMLs are looking for, and make suggestions specific to your situation that will improve the chances of getting an approval on the first go. If you’re still denied, ask lots of questions to find out why and learn what you can do to improve the odds next time around. First-time investors absolutely can get funding; having a solid strategy and finding the right HML for your needs are the vehicles that will get you there.

Dennis Dahlber Broker Ri CEO Level 4 Funding LLC Dennis Dahlberg
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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 43 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters 5 amazing grandchildren. Dennis has been an Arizona resident for the past 40 years.

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