How to Get the Most Benefit from Hard Money Loans

Understanding how hard money loans function is critical to using them successfully. By understanding just a few facts, these private loans can be the key to your financial success.

Most borrowers know very little about the process and characteristics of hard money loans. They understand that the money is provided by a private lender or a group of private lenders and not a traditional bank or lending institution. And they are also aware that the money carries a higher interest rate than traditional loans. But with that very limited bit of information, most borrowers turn away from this very viable and potentially profitable source of funding.

It is very true that hard money loans can carry interest rates in the double digits which is considered to be high. But what most borrowers are not considering is that these types of loans are much more accessible than traditional loans. Long processing time frames, stringent qualification standards and predetermined terms are all facts of life when seeking traditional funding. But a non-traditional loan can offer a much less difficult process for most borrowers.

A private lender is not going to require but a fraction of the documentation that a traditional lender demands during the loan application process. Banks want to see credit history, bank statements, other loan documents, income statements and even documents defining your business and the relationship of the owners of the business. But a private lender is not focusing on that information to determine the risk of your request. So there is much less paperwork involved and therefore much less time wasted during the application and approval process. Borrowers can often have funds in hand in a week or two when working with a private lender.

What Determines a Good Risk?

A private lender is also not going to focus on the borrower’s financial stability when considering a loan request. This opens the door of opportunity for borrowers who have low credit scores or have a high debt to income ratio. What a private lender is going to base the loan approval or rejection on is the value of the collateral for the loan. In most cases the collateral is the property being purchased with the loan funds. The lender needs to be assured that the collateral will always have a greater value than the outstanding loan balance. In the event that the borrower defaults the lender must be able to take possession of the collateral and sell it to recover their investment. For this reason, most hard money loans cannot exceed 70% of the value of the collateral.

Making Private Loans Make You Money

Clearly, private loans can be obtained in a very short time as compared to traditional loans. And these loans can also be obtained with less than perfect credit. If you are willing to pay a little higher interest rate, then a privately funded loan is an option for a borrower who has been denied due to a low credit score or who needs funding quickly to secure a great deal. There is always the option to refinance later at a lower interest rate from a traditional lender. But private lenders can be the answer when time is critical to closing a deal and not missing out on a great money making opportunity.

Dennis Dahlberg
Level 4 Funding LLC  Private Hard Money Lender
Arizona Tel:  (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel:      (512) 516-1177 NMLS 1057378 | AZMB 0923961 | MLO 1057378
22601 N 19th Ave Suite 112 | Phoenix | AZ | 85027
111 Congress Ave |Austin | Texas | 78701

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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