Indeed, tight lending these days creates opportunities for hard-money lenders like Jesus Cortez, a Phoeniz lawyer who has funded 19 mortgages for up to $112,000. The mortgages carry interest rates of 14%. For lenders, the profit potential is much greater than with traditional lending, an unofficial industry spokesman. If you lend on a piece of real estate, you can brag about it, drive by it, smell it, take pictures of it.
That’s why private money lenders Arizona is such a popular tool these days – even people who have lost it all in the recent real estate bubble bursting can stand proud and say, “My credit is terrible, but my ethics are not!”
Typically, individual hard-money lenders are matched with borrowers through loan brokers who make a commission on each deal. As with traditional mortgage brokers, they charge points and fees, which can be several thousand dollars per transaction. Some loans are set up with low monthly payments and a balloon payment due at the end of the loan term — a feature they share with some of the mortgages that contributed to the financial bust.
But even if the economy does recover, it’s not likely that Arizona hard money will go away over night. Some of the benefits that will always be there include fast funding within 24 hours, loan values up to 80%, investors or flippers are treated fairly and accepted and interest only payments are encouraged. Markets always crash and recover – trends like this tend to stay on track, even when times are good.
Hard money loans can be a great way to finance a specific or fun real estate investment but the loan application process can be quite different from traditional bank loans. Many potential hard money lenders Arizona aren’t prepared to apply for a loan. Don’t be one of the unprepared borrowers and you can do that by following these easy, simple steps.
Find the right project. Arizona hard money is collateralized with the property in question so finding the right one is very important. A property valued in the right range may not be in a suitable neighborhood. Remember, rule number one is avoid the ghetto – even if you flip a mansion, no one wants to live next to a crackhouse. Hard money lenders want to know that the property and the location are a safe investment.
Also, always have an exit strategy. Hard money loans are typically short term and usually are 1-2 years in length. The lender always wants to know that the borrower has a solid plan for either selling or refinancing the property long before the term is up. Knowing how you plan to repay the loan is a key factor in a hard money lender’s decision. If you are doing this all wily nily, you’re going to look bad in the eyes of everyone and no one wants that.
Finally, have the proper documents ready. Hard money loans are primarily secured within the property but also knowing about the borrower is very important. You may be asked about credit, income and assets. Like a boy scout, be prepared.
Dennis Dahlberg Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC
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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.