What is Hard Money?

Top Situations where a hard money loan is best
April 26, 2018
Which type of Hard money loan is right for you?
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Are you having trouble securing a loan? You may want to consider a hard money lender. Hard money loans are often provided by individuals or a group of investors that use property or other assets as collateral.

If you need the loan quickly, and you have been turned down by traditional loan companies, a hard money loan may be a good choice. These loans are mostly based on collateral and not with your ability to pay or credit rating. If you default on the loan, then they take the asset and sell it to recoup the principal and interest of the loan. These lenders are not, however, in the business of selling defaulted property. They are in the business of making money by providing loans and, to that end, want you to succeed in your endeavor.

These loans are short-term in nature, one to five years, with a balloon payment at the end. Many, however, will offer extended terms if needed. There are many advantages to a hard money loan. Here are just a few: Speed–Since hard money lenders are more concerned with collateral then your financial condition, you will not be required to hand-over the mounds of paper work that traditional lenders are bound by. Flexibility– Traditional lenders are very strict with their repayment terms while a hard money lender may be able to adjust the loan to fit your situation. Approval–The hard money lender is more concerned about the value of the collateral. Because of this, an investment property may give you a higher loan than a rehab.

Loan-to-Value Ratio

If you have been turned down by other lenders because of negative information on your credit report, don’t give up. These types of lenders can often find a way to work with you despite your credit challenges. Some offer loan-to-value ratios in the range of 75 percent. At Level 4 Funding, we offer LVRs as high as 90 percent.

Hard money loans make sense if you are fix-and-flip investor and will sell the property in a year.

A hard money loan can be perfect for this investment strategy because of it’s short-terms and quick-to-funding model. You will want to have your numbers perfected in order to make sure that you can sustain yourself and your project through the rehab. Don’t forget the cost of essentials such as utilities, taxes, and time to sale. Some lenders will evaluate the loan based on the after-repair value. This, however, adds risk to the lender and for that reason will carry a higher interest rate. In most cases, hard money loan can be funded within one week compared to 35 to 45 days for a conventional loan. The application can get approved in a day as compared to collecting retirement before you hear from a traditional lender.

Before you proceed, you will need the advice of good loan company that can guide you through the loan process. Contact Level 4 Funding to secure the guidance you need to help you succeed with the project you have in mine, and the many more to come.

Dennis Dahlberg
Level 4 Funding LLC  Private Hard Money Lender
Arizona Tel:  (623) 582-4444
Dennis@level4funding.com NMLS 1057378 | AZMB 0923961 | MLO 1057378
22601 N 19th Ave Suite 112 | Phoenix | AZ | 85027
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