How to Evaluate Hard Money Lenders

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Selecting hard money lenders is very much like finding any other service provider to work with. The success of your loan and business relationship relies on your due diligence.

It can be very easy to get nervous when you are looking for a lender of any type. After all, you are going to ask this person or institution for money and that just makes most people uncomfortable and nervous. But the key to a successful search for conventional lenders or hard money lenders is remembering that you are their customer and that they are in business to offer you a service. Even if you are seeking a private lender because you have been rejected by a traditional bank, do not rush to accept the first loan offer that you get.

Start your search in the same manner that most of the world uses to find anything, the Internet. Does the lender have a legitimate website? Some websites are simply portals which are gathering information and then sending it off to potential lenders. This is not what you are looking for. A legitimate private lender will have a professional site which will provide you with contact information, general information about the lender, information about the type and size of the loans that they offer and their criteria for lending.

Once you have compiled a list of hard money lenders that you would like to speak to, take an additional step and check them out further. Search to see if they have any litigation pending against them or if there are issues pending with any investors which they might have. In some cases you can also learn what other borrowers have said by doing a google search of each lender. There are numerous sites where consumers report poor service or poor business practices by just about any service provider that you can think of.

As long as you have not uncovered any red flags, then contact each lender to set up an appointment to speak in person or a call if they are not local. At this time it is a good idea to have prepared a list of questions to ask each lender. These answers will allow you to compare each lender on the same criteria. You might ask what type of loans they most often fund or what dollar amount is their average loan. You will also want to inquire about their time frame for funding the request and their criteria for approval of the loan request.

Once you have gathered all of your information, you will want to calculate the total cost of each loan offer. Be sure to consider loan origination or processing fees and any other fees such as an early repayment penalty. This total cost should be your main criteria for selecting any hard money lenders. If you have two lenders who’s offers are the same then you can use more personal characteristics in your decision making process such as who you think will be the easiest to work with or who is located closer for more easy access. But be mindful of cost and the fact that you are going to be the customer.

Dennis Dahlberg
Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC  Private Hard Money Lender
Arizona Tel:  (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel:      (512) 516-1177
Dennis@level4funding.com NMLS 1057378 | AZMB 0923961 | MLO 1057378
22601 N 19th Ave Suite 112 | Phoenix | AZ | 85027
111 Congress Ave |Austin | Texas | 78701
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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.

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