Getting Started with Real Estate Investing

You watch television, listen to your neighbors chat, and read about it— fixing and flipping properties. And from everything you see and hear it looks and sounds glamorous and like the fastest track to wealth.

Glamorous? Probably not. It takes a lot of sweat and tears to become successful in the real estate investment game. Fast track to wealth? It’s definitely a track to wealth, but how fast you get there is up to the time you have to give and how quickly you learn. The first thing as an investor you have to do is find a distressed property that you can fix up and sell for a profit. The second thing you have to do is find financing.

So, you search hard and find a perfect investment property. You have never done this before and you need a loan—so, where do you go? Duh, the bank of course. Unfortunately, after meeting with the loan officer you learn that banks frown upon lending to investment properties. It is just too large of a risk. Enter Arizona Hard Money Lender.

Arizona Hard Money Lenders are the knights in shining armor for investors.

Arizona Hard Money Lenders are not banks. They are firms or individuals that have borrowed money from other investors. They lend this money to real estate investors on short-term loans. Arizona Hard Money Lenders, unlike banks, will loan on any property—no matter how distressed it is. They are in this business with you. Arizona Hard Money Lenders can look at a shack and see a cozy fairytale cabin. They are able to see what banks can not.

Banks will require a large down payment—Arizona Hard Money Lenders lend on an LTV (loan to value) or an ARV (after repair value). The LTV ratio is calculated by dividing the amount borrowed by the appraised value of the property as a percentage. If you find a property that appraises at $200,000 and make a $20,000 down payment, you will be approved for $180,000 resulting in an LTV of 90%. An ARV estimates the future value of a distressed property after it has been repaired. If you find that same property that appraises at $200,000, but after repairs it is assessed to sell at $300,000. The Arizona Hard Money Lender approves 75% ARV—that means the loan amount would be $225,000. That leaves you with $25,000 to put towards repairs.

Each Arizona Hard Money Lender will have different terms and handle each deal differently. They are not banks that treat their customers as a number, they realize you are human. Investors have a one-on-one relationship with their lenders. Because they are private money lenders they have flexibility. What that means is they can work with you. When things come up, call them— talk with them and find a solution together.

Arizona Hard Money Lenders have gotten a bad reputation as sharks that charge outrageous interest rates and hunt down borrowers after one late payment.

In reality that couldn’t be further from the truth. Investors and Arizona Hard Money Lenders form unique relationships. No one wants the investor to succeed more than the lender because that equates repeat business for the lender and security for the borrower.

Dennis Dahlber Broker Ri CEO Level 4 Funding LLCDennis Dahlberg
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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 43 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters 5 amazing grandchildren. Dennis has been an Arizona resident for the past 40 years.

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