You’ve done the unthinkable and narrowed down your potential options for commercial hard money lenders. But, do you know just what to ask your future lender to make sure they are the right lender for you?
This may not be your first time looking for commercial hard money lenders and it may not even be your first time using these particular kinds of lenders. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t hone your hard money skills. In other words, you could very well be missing out on great commercial financing simply because you haven’t asked the right questions or even asked the top questions. With that being said, let’s go over what to say to these commercial hard money lenders once you get your foot in the door.
Of course, you always what to figure out what the process is for hard money loans and what your potential interest rate will be as well as what loan-to-value your potential lenders are looking for. But, these three specific things you really need to know before even meeting face-to-face with your potentials. Nevertheless, if these things are not on your list of questions they should definitely be in the top 5.
Other useful things to inquire about when dealing with hard money lenders include finding out what the actual term or timeframe for the loans, the costs for additional loan related matters (title policy, appraisal, insurance and so on), if a draw request is applicable i.e. can you receive money pay for repairs, if putting any money down is require, how much of impact your credit have and if you have the option to deferred interest after the term of the loan. Ultimately, these particular questions allow you and your lender to be on the same page regarding your commercial loan.
How to Evaluate Your Hard Money Lender?
Once you’ve gotten to the bottom of all the terms and requirements of your loan, it is important to evaluate your actual lender. Yes, some of the above-mentioned questions will give you a good sense of who you are about to do business with. But, you should also make sure that your lender is the right lender. This means finding out about your potential lender’s funds availability, getting good references from other borrowers as well as confirming that your lender is licensed, bonded and insured. These few steps will make sure that your lender is not only the right lender for you but also the best lender for your investment.
Lastly, consistency matters i.e. you want a hard money lender that you can truly count on. Consequently, your potential hard money lender, in no shape or form, should be afraid to answer your questions or be unclear on any of the details regarding your loan. Remember, at the end of the day, you need a lender that will be there when you need them and not just financially. So, take your time in reviewing their responses. Moreover, take note your potential lender’s overall openness and/or willingness to help you succeed with your future investment.
Dennis Dahlberg Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC
Arizona Tel: (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel: (512) 516-1177 www.level4funding.com
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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.