Hard money loans are simply short term loans which are secured by real estate. The loans are often referred to as non-conventional as they are provided by private lenders rather than traditional lenders or banks. Unlike the more traditional loans offered by banks, there are much less stringent requirements to qualify for these private loans. This is one of the main reasons that many borrowers elect to use a private lender and hard money.
As a rule, private hard money is seen as a faster and less difficult solution for many real estate investors. With less documentation required for the application, not only is this a less stressful process for the borrower but it is also faster for the lender. For these types of loans, the lender is primarily interested in the value of the property which is going to be used as the collateral on the loan and not the borrower’s financial health. So rather than spending days or weeks verifying credit history and credit reports, the lender is only seeking the current market value of that one property. If the loan amount is less than 70% of the property value then the lender is most likely ready to draw up the agreement and fund the loan.
There are four main ways that hard money loans can be used to a great benefit for borrowers. The first is in the case of flippers. This is an investor who is buying a house that needs work and will be completing a renovation with the intent of selling the property for a profit and in a very short time. A private loan is much faster and easier for this process. Builders will also use this type of loan to purchase a lot to build on. Once the structure is complete, they sell it and pay off the private lender with the profit from the sale. Investors also favor a private loan when they are in need of funding very quickly. Opportunities can be very time sensitive and making the initial purchase using a private loan is much faster. Then the investor has the option of securing a traditional loan to lower their interest costs once they have ownership of the property.
The last type of situation which can require a private loan of this nature is a person who has bad credit. There are occasions when a person has saved enough for the down payment on a property but is still unable to secure a traditional loan for the purchase. Their credit is too bad or they have no credit history. In this case, they can use the private lender to secure the property and then refinance later when they are able to qualify for a traditional loan. All of these situations are clearly good options to take advantage of an opportunity that would otherwise be lost.
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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.