Hard money loans are non-traditional loans, meaning that they are funded not by banks or lending institutions but by private sources. These sources can be a private individual or a group of people who are working together to fund loans. In most cases, the loans are short term and are used to purchase investment properties. The other key feature for these loans is the qualification process.
In the case of a conventional loan, a borrower must complete a loan application and submit it to the traditional lender. This document can be very in depth and tedious to complete. And then the lender begins the process of verifying the information to determine if the borrower is a good risk. The lender considers the borrowers credit score, credit history and overall financial well-being to decide if they will grant the request for funds. In short, the approval is based on the borrower’s current finances. But for hard money loans, the lender is basing the approval on a totally different criteria. The lender is only interested in the current market value of the collateral being offered for the loan. Collateral is something of value which is pledged as a form of security on the repayment of a loan. In this case the collateral is most often the property being purchased. If the borrower fails to make the payments on the loan then the lender is able to sell the collateral to recover their money. The lender is not even really interested in the borrower’s credit or financial position, only the collaterals value.
Understanding this single point is critical to making money using hard money loans. What this means is that you do not need to have great credit or a strong credit history to be able to fund an investment property. You only need to have found a property which has a value greater than the amount that you need to borrow. This single fact opens up investment real estate to an entire segment of the population who might not qualify for a traditional loan due to past credit issues.
Knowing that private lenders are willing to extend loans to borrowers without perfect credit means that anyone can invest in real estate and benefit from this potentially huge profitability. Fix and flip purchases have become very popular in the past 5 years. Buying a property which needs work is a great way to buy cheap, invest sweat equity and then sell for a large profit. Using hard money allows anyone who is willing to invest the time and work needed to improve the property to make a profit on this short term investment.
Not everyone has great credit or can qualify for a second traditional mortgage for an investment property. But using a private lender is a great way to get a short term loan to begin your path to financial freedom as a real estate investor.
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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.