What is a hard money loan?
A hard money loan is a loan in which the borrower gets funds based on the value of a property as opposed to the traditional lending criteria that banks look for such as credit scores, tax returns, and income statements.
Hard lenders can choose who they want to loan to and the terms they want. There are no specific underwriting guidelines that they need to go by like banks must follow.
Most hard money lenders are looking for a safe and secure investment with a high return.
What is a private lender?
Private lenders are private investors and commercial hard money lenders and not institutions. There are no firm guidelines that hard money lenders must stick to.
What is a bridge loan?
Residential hard-money loans are bridge loans which are used for real estate acquisitions, refinancing, foreclosures and investors who need to close quickly. Lead Funding can fund loans in 2-3 business days.
How does Lead Funding make it’s money?
Hard money offers higher interest rates and lower loan to value ratios. Hard money interest rates can start at 15%, 18% or higher.
There may be prepayment penalties even if you only need a hard money loan for just a few weeks so make sure that you read everything and comprehend the terms otherwise you could find yourself trapped in a high interest loan for 6 months or longer.
Be advised that if the property does not sell before the expiration of the finance term, you will have to pay another round of origination fees to extend your financing.
How do you work with a hard money lender?
Most hard money loans are secured by a property with 30% -50% equity, so the investor is well protected. Much more protected than any investment with no collateral. aka: stocks and even bonds nowaday.
Because these loans are based on the property’s equity, Lead Funding will examine the property to determine if the property value justifies the loan to you.
What is the biggest advantage of using Lead Funding?
If you are having problems finding traditional financing in time to rehab your investment property, a hard money loan may be your solution. The interest rates are higher, but you have the ability to act quickly and rehab your investment property so you can flip and get your profit. When you are obtaining a hard money loan, use caution and know what you are getting into. Check references. As in any business, there are unethical lenders out there so just be thorough and check the lender out.