Important Considerations when Choosing a Hard Money Lender

Hard money lenders are many real estate investors choice for funding, yet many just getting into the field know little to nothing about this lending option. Let’s take a look at what this type of lender can bring to the table.

Hard money lenders are not held by the same regulations that banks and credit unions must operate under. Because of this, they can offer loans to individuals and businesses with less than stellar credit. Many are private individuals who specialize in several types of real estate investment strategies from multifamily to office to the fix-and-flip model. These types of loans are asset based, meaning that the lender will look at your collateral as the prominent element of the loan. These types of loans are good for investors just getting in to the real estate investment model.

Another positive to those that operate under less regulation is that they are much quicker to funding. This becomes important when an investor is looking to get into a property, do some quick renovations, raise the property value, and get it on the market or obtain a loan from a traditional lender that is based on the property’s new value. If you end up developing a long-term relation with a hard money lender, you will find that you can often receive the funds you need for that next investment property in as little as a few days, compared to a month or more from other types of lenders.

Be sure to check the small print. Are you working with a hard money lender that offers a no-penalty clause for early payments? A pre-payment penalty states if you pay your loan back in full before the actual due date, a penalty will be assessed. The fee is percentage-based or the amount in interest that you would have paid for a set number of months. This can lead to tens of thousands of dollars. If you have an existing loan with a pre-payment penalty, be sure to assess fees before paying off the loan in full to determine if this is the right strategy for you.

Know Your Exit Strategy

While your property may be acting as collateral, hard money lenders do not want to be in a position of laying claim and having to foreclose on a property due to unpaid debt. For this reason, they will want to know your exit strategy. An exit strategy is how you plan on paying off the debt. Most of these loans are short-term, anywhere from 3 months to five years, making this component an important consideration for both the lender and the borrower. A few options are to refinance with a commercial mortgage, renovate and sell, or pay the debt off with business capital.

Know your exit strategy before considering a hard money lender. Going in with strong collateral and a good exit strategy are keys when considering going after a hard money loan.

At Level 4 Funding, we work with hundreds of private hard money lenders. Our rates start as low as 7.99 percent with terms that run anywhere from 3 months to 5 years. Call us to see if we are the right brokers for your next real estate investment deal.

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
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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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