Tactics to secure a larger hard money loan: help your lender look past the LTV

You may already know that a hard money loan is a loan which is backed by a “hard” asset. The amount of financing you receive is usually a set percentage of the value of that asset, or LTV. Learn some strategies to help your lender look past the LTV in order to qualify for the most financing possible.

Giving loans at the lowest possible LTV is the primary way asset-based lenders protect themselves. A higher LTV means a borrower has less at stake in the event of default, and asset-based loans rarely exceed 75 percent in LTV. What if you need a larger loan which exceeds the standard 75 LTV benchmark? While LTV may be the most critical factor a lender will consider, there are other factors also taken into consideration, which can give you leverage to negotiate a larger loan.

Say you need a 760,000 dollar loan to finance the purchase of a million dollar property , in this case the LTV would be 76 percent. While the LTV on this loan is high, in this instance you would have 240,000 in equity invested which may be an amount significant enough to help your lender look past the LTV. You should also consider any other property you own, which could be used to back the loan ( a practice known as cross-collateralization).

If your home is worth 250,000 and you use it as collateral to secure the loan, in effect you have 490,000 of your own money backing the loan. These are just two specific instances were any reasonable lender could look past the LTV, but you should also take steps to demonstrate your strength as a borrower.

If you can, build your hard money lenders confidence in your strength as a borrower

Any reasonable lender will also consider your strength as a borrower and not just the LTV. Even though private lenders have a less traditional approach, the three C’s of credit, capacity, and collateral still apply. Credit refers to your history of paying your debts on time. A reasonable lender might look past the LTV if you have a solid credit history. Capacity simply refers to your ability to service your debt on a monthly basis, so if you have a good steady income, you may qualify for a larger loan. LTV may be the most important factor when it comes to asset-based loans, but it is just only one factor a lender might consider. Evaluate your financial situation and demonstrate your strength as a borrower.

If you can thoughtfully consider your situation, you can increase your eligibility for a larger hard money loan

First consider the dollar value in terms of equity you have invested, knowing this number you can demonstrate to a lender exactly how much you have at stake. Take into account any other collateral you might have to back the loan and build your lenders faith in your strength as a borrower. Using any one of these strategies might help your lender look past the LTV which could help you qualify for a larger loan.

Dennis Dahlberg
Level 4 Funding LLC  Private Hard Money Lender
Arizona Tel:  (623) 582-4444
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Dennis@level4funding.com NMLS 1057378 | AZMB 0923961 | MLO 1057378
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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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