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Construction Loans: The Benefits of Short to Permanent Financing

Construction loans are a confusing issue, a Frankenstein of sorts among real estate financing, as they usually come in the form of two loans in one. The first covers the cost of construction while the other loan is a long-term, conventional-type mortgage. You risk less when you have refinancing built as part of your loan package.

Let us call the ideal form of construction financing “short to perm.”

You have the option to get a loan that purely covers the cost of construction, but a short to perm loan with refinancing is better. Many articles on the internet cite vague, if not trivial benefits in the case of short to perm loans. Some of these benefits include you only need to pay closing costs once, which results in lower loan fees. Some talk up the fact that with refinancing built into your loan package your interest rate is locked in.

These are all nice benefits when it comes to short to perm loans. But it’s safe to say loan fees are a minor expense in the context of a construction project. Also if you think about it, how likely are interest rates going to go up drastically throughout a 6-month construction project? Barring an economic meltdown, it is unlikely that this is going to happen.

The real advantage of having refinancing built into your loan package is that it protects you from risk should your project face an unexpected disaster, after construction finishes.

Singular construction loans may cover the cost of construction, but what if things don’t go quite according to plan?

Say a developer gets a single short-term construction loan. He aims to construct a post-modern apartment building complete with a pool a gym, a sauna, and all sorts of other yuppie amenities. The initial monthly rent offered is pretty high as a result of all these features. After construction ends, potential tenants fret over the $2,000 initial rent, but this is the absolute lowest rent he can offer to break even and maintain all those shiny amenities.

Before his loan comes due his beautiful apartment complex lingers at roughly 15 percent occupancy, and bank after bank denies him the opportunity to refinance for this reason. The initial lender who financed his construction calls his loan, and he’ll have to pay the full balance himself, and we can only hope this didn’t ruin him.

Risk less in the case of construction loans by having refinancing worked out ahead of time

If our developer had refinancing worked into his initial loan, his project would still suffer as a result of low occupancy, and yes he’d still have a loan to pay. But by securing refinancing ahead of time, he would have time to maneuver and secure more tenants. Instead, he had to make a massive balloon payment to pay off his construction loan, without much in the way of additional money coming in.

In short, the main benefit of a short-term construction loan with refinancing built is that it assures you that you’ll be covered if things don’t work out according to plan.

                                                                                 Dennis Dahlber Broker Ri CEO Level 4 Funding LLC

Dennis Dahlberg

Broker/RI/CEO/MLO

Level 4 Funding LLC

Hard Money Lender

Hard Money Loans

Hard Money Loan

Arizona Tel:  (623) 582-4444

Texas Tel:      (512) 516-1177

Dennis@level4funding.com

Dennis Dahlberg Broker/RI/CEO

NMLS 1057378 | AZMB 0923961 | MLO 1057378

22601 N 19th Ave Suite 112 | Phoenix | AZ | 85027

111 Congress Ave | Austin | Texas | 78701

About:  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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Construction Loans: The Dangers of Going Off-Budget

Construction loans present a risk to both borrowers and lenders. As a borrower, you don’t have any assurance that your project will go according to plan and your lender has nothing to fall back on besides a hole in the ground and the sky above it if you default. For these reasons, construction financing is distributed piecemeal in the form of draws as construction proceeds.

The draw process has all sorts of exciting risk factors to building projects, the main one being that you have to have a plan and stick to it.

Because construction financing is given out in stages, you as a borrower need to do everything in your power not to divert from your initial budget. Any diversion on your part and you might not have enough money to finish your project. If you don’t stick to your budget, disaster might be around the corner, as the following purely hypothetical scenario will clearly illustrate.

What not to do when it comes to construction loans

Our borrower is in the middle of building his dream home: a glass box perched over a beach. He’s had a clear budget thus far, but he feels the initial 5 x 5, floor-to-ceiling windows won’t adequately capture the view, so he orders, new 20 x 5 windows which have to be shipped from Italy and cost $20,000 apiece. No matter; he ignores the pleas of his grumbling architect who now has to reframe that whole section of the house to accommodate the new windows. “There’s enough in the budget this month,” the borrower says, and he is right about that, to a point.

Construction proceeds over the next few months as only a bit of minor work is needed, but then, sure enough when it comes time to install the drywall, our poor builder can’t afford the cost of installation.

He asks his lender to increase his loan balance because he just needed to have those new windows, but it’s safe to say the lender rejects his request for more money. Work ceases on his glass villa. Until he can get another loan, the house will remain empty and unfinished. Worse yet, he’s still on the hook to pay the loan for his unfinished dream home.

The best way to risk less when it comes to construction loans is to stick to your budget.

The above story may seem far-fetched, but such situations are not uncommon. If you change your mind on a whim in the middle of construction, you can run out of money and your lender might not agree to give you more.

Do yourself a favor and have a plan and stick to it, unlike our hypothetical builder. Cost overruns are inevitable in any construction project. Most reasonable lenders are willing to work out some contingency if an unforeseen expense comes up, but few lenders are going to give you more money just because changed your mind on a whim. Staying as close to budget as possible is the best possible way to ensure you will have the funds needed to complete your construction project.


Dennis Dahlber Broker Ri CEO Level 4 Funding LLCDennis Dahlberg

Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC
Hard Money Lender
Hard Money Loans
Hard Money Loan
Arizona Tel: (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel: (512) 516-1177
Dennis@level4funding.com
Dennis Dahlberg Broker/RI/CEO

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 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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How to Read Search Results for Arizona Hard Money Lenders

When it comes to finding Arizona hard money lenders, maybe youre overwhelmed by your search results. Learn how to read between the lines of a lenders web page so you can find the help that’s right for you.

The first step in reading a lender is finding one first. Because it is the 21st century, Google “hard money…” and before you know it, you should have plenty of results. Make a list of potential lenders in your area, but before you read the lenders’ websites, read some customer feedback and cross lenders with negative or with little to no customer reviews off your list.

After narrowing down your list of potential Arizona hard money lenders, find lenders whose recent deals match your specific vision.

You’ve found several lenders who have decent customer feedback. Should you go ahead and apply? No, you’ve got a bit more reading to do to narrow your list further.

Check to see if your potential lenders have a list of recently funded deals. Do the properties match your vision? If you intend to flip a house, you should not approach a hard money provider who specializes in commercial properties. You want a lender who can offer insight when it comes to your specific project. Find lenders who specialize in funding your specific investment and then look out for some red flags.

When it comes to reading Arizona hard money lenders, don’t ignore these red flags

• Read initial terms offered. Beware of pie in the sky deals. If a lender’s initial terms are too good to be true, more than likely, they are. Avoid lenders whose conditions aren’t anything close to what you’ve found on other hard money websites.

• Read the lender’s basic qualifications. If all that’s needed to close your deal is your name and a handshake, be wary. Reputable hard money providers will at least glance at your basic financial situation. If a lender sets the bar so low that just about anyone can qualify, more than likely their only interest is in collecting your interest payments. Erase lenders off your list whose standards don’t match the standards of other lenders.

• Read the lender’s website, but don’t just look at the words. Is a potential lenders website well-designed, professional and appealing, or does it like it hasn’t been updated since 1997? Cross a line through lenders whose websites are poorly designed and don’t offer a lot of specific information.

• Read the lender’s physical location. If a quick Google search for “A2Z Hard money’s,” address reveals that their offices are located in a car wash in New Mexico, beware: you might end up laundering money for Walter White. Cross out lenders who don’t have a physical office.

After following these steps, you should have a list of lenders who:

1. Have decent customer reviews.

2. Specialize in the type of project you want to pursue.

3. Have reasonable loan terms and borrower standards.

4. Have a professional website and a physical office.

You can perform all this due diligence from the safety of your laptop. Learning to read your search results for “hard money,” will save you time and effort while protecting you from sheisters.

Dennis Dahlber Broker Ri CEO Level 4 Funding LLCDennis Dahlberg
Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC
Hard Money Lender
Hard Money Loans
Hard Money Loan
Arizona Tel: (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel: (512) 516-1177
Dennis@level4funding.com
Dennis Dahlberg Broker/RI/CEO

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 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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How Do Commercial Hard Money Lenders Make Money?



Understanding what hard money Loans are used for and how Commercial Hard Money Lenders determine the terms for the Loans is essential for all borrowers. This information helps you to understand why hard money carries a higher cost.


Commercial Hard Money Lenders are often referred to as nontraditional lenders. This term does not mean that they are operating outside of the law in any way. This entire term means is that these Loans are not from banks or mortgage companies, which are called traditional lenders. These are Loans from a person or small group of people who are in business to fund Loans. And because this is a for-profit business, there are fees and expenses that the borrower must pay.



Commercial Hard Money Lenders can determine their interest rate rather than having it set for them in the same way that banks and mortgage companies are regulated. In most cases, the lender will evaluate the loan application or request to determine how much risk is involved. They can then set the interest rate accordingly. It is not uncommon to see hard money interest rates as high as 10% to 20%. But borrowers are willing to pay the higher rate to get a loan that would never get funded by a traditional lender.

As with most Loans related to the purchase of property, the lender also charges the borrower points on the loan. Each point represents 1% of the loan value. Again, the lender is determining the points on the loan in accordance with the amount of risk he or she feels is involved in funding the loan. If the loan does not appear to be extraordinarily risky, then you could get a much better interest rate and pay fewer points on the loan. This is where your down payment can work in your favor. A very high down payment increases the instant equity in the property. It also greatly decreases the risk to the lender if you default on the loan.

Fees Charged By Commercial Hard Money Lenders

Hard money lenders can charge many different fees. Because they are not scrutinized like banks and mortgage companies, many of these fees can have unique names. But they are all designed to put a little bit of money back in the lender’s hand at the time the loan is funded. Some fees can include a funding fee, an appraisal fee, a processing fee, and an origination fee. If a lender is charging a considerable application fee, be cautious. In most cases, legitimate hard money lenders do not charge hefty application fees. This charge is the one best indication of a scam.

What You Get For the Money

While there are more substantial fees associated with hard money, you are getting a much higher level of service from a private lender. The payment schedule and other terms of the loan are all subject to negotiation with a private lender but not when working with a bank. In addition, private lenders are willing to lend to borrowers who have been turned down by banks and other lenders. If hard money is your only option, then it is worth paying more to get the loan that you need.

Dennis Dahlberg
Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC
Hard Money Lender
Hard Money Loans
Hard Money Loan
Arizona Tel: (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel: (512) 516-1177
Dennis
Dennis Dahlberg Broker/RI/CEO

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 43 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters 5 amazing grandchildren. Dennis has been an Arizona resident for the past 40 years.

© 2016 Level 4 Funding LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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How Do Commercial Hard Money Lenders Make Money?



Understanding what hard money Loans are used for and how Commercial Hard Money Lenders determine the terms for the Loans is essential for all borrowers. This information helps you to understand why hard money carries a higher cost.


Commercial Hard Money Lenders are often referred to as nontraditional lenders. This term does not mean that they are operating outside of the law in any way. This entire term means is that these Loans are not from banks or mortgage companies, which are called traditional lenders. These are Loans from a person or small group of people who are in business to fund Loans. And because this is a for-profit business, there are fees and expenses that the borrower must pay.



Commercial Hard Money Lenders can determine their interest rate rather than having it set for them in the same way that banks and mortgage companies are regulated. In most cases, the lender will evaluate the loan application or request to determine how much risk is involved. They can then set the interest rate accordingly. It is not uncommon to see hard money interest rates as high as 10% to 20%. But borrowers are willing to pay the higher rate to get a loan that would never get funded by a traditional lender.

As with most Loans related to the purchase of property, the lender also charges the borrower points on the loan. Each point represents 1% of the loan value. Again, the lender is determining the points on the loan in accordance with the amount of risk he or she feels is involved in funding the loan. If the loan does not appear to be extraordinarily risky, then you could get a much better interest rate and pay fewer points on the loan. This is where your down payment can work in your favor. A very high down payment increases the instant equity in the property. It also greatly decreases the risk to the lender if you default on the loan.

Fees Charged By Commercial Hard Money Lenders

Hard money lenders can charge many different fees. Because they are not scrutinized like banks and mortgage companies, many of these fees can have unique names. But they are all designed to put a little bit of money back in the lender’s hand at the time the loan is funded. Some fees can include a funding fee, an appraisal fee, a processing fee, and an origination fee. If a lender is charging a considerable application fee, be cautious. In most cases, legitimate hard money lenders do not charge hefty application fees. This charge is the one best indication of a scam.

What You Get For the Money

While there are more substantial fees associated with hard money, you are getting a much higher level of service from a private lender. The payment schedule and other terms of the loan are all subject to negotiation with a private lender but not when working with a bank. In addition, private lenders are willing to lend to borrowers who have been turned down by banks and other lenders. If hard money is your only option, then it is worth paying more to get the loan that you need.

Dennis Dahlberg
Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC
Hard Money Lender
Hard Money Loans
Hard Money Loan
Arizona Tel: (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel: (512) 516-1177
Dennis
Dennis Dahlberg Broker/RI/CEO

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 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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One Nifty Trick for Getting Rental Property Loans in Arizona



Taking that leap and buying your first rental property can see, daunting. Here’s how you can use rental property loans in Arizona to make it easier.

For first timers, making a rental property purchase is a major deal. It’s a lot of money, a huge risk and a ton of work. You need to make sure you do your due diligence in finding a property that’s in good shape, in a good neighborhood and represents a good deal. On top of all that, you’ve got to figure out a reasonable way to pay for it.

Many people decide to turn to the bank to get a loan on a NOO (non-owner occupied) property. This is one way to do it and it’s a solid way, especially if you have great credit, good income and no bankruptcies or foreclosures on your record. It’s also a good route if you can afford to wait; banks can take over a month to get you your money.

There are other options aside from the bank. Private investors will often offer Arizona rental property loans to people who want to get into the “game.” It’s a fair exchange — you get the upfront money for an investment property, plus monthly or short-term rent, the investor collects interest and fees. These private investors can be tracked down with great effort, or you can go to a broker who connects landlords with private investors.

Either way you go, there’s one trick you can use to dip your toes in the rental game without jumping in the deep end.

How to Minimize the Risk of Buying a Rental Property

Here’s one trick many people don’t think about — living in the rental property for 12 months. This offers a range of advantages:

● You can find and fix any problems you find on the property.

● You might be able to qualify for an Arizona owner occupied loan, which usually means better rates and terms.

● You won’t have to make two mortgage payments.

● You’ll be there to watch over the property as other people live there (especially true with a mother-in-law, basement apartment or guest house).

Get into the Landlord Game Now

Right now is a fantastic time to get into the rental property business. If a recession does come, having a place to live and a place to rent (as more people become renters), is an ideal situation. If you’ve decided to give it a try, done your due diligence and found some properties, give us a call at Level 4 Funding to see about a quote for a Arizona rental property loan.

Dennis Dahlberg
Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC
Hard Money Lender
Hard Money Loans
Hard Money Loan
Arizona Tel: (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel: (512) 516-1177
Dennis
Dennis Dahlberg Broker/RI/CEO

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 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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What It Costs To Work with Commercial Hard Money Lenders and Why



If you are not familiar with Commercial Hard Money Lenders, then you won’t understand why these Loans can be expensive. But there are many benefits that are worth paying the higher cost.

A lot of what you read on the Internet and in financial books and magazines will tell you that working with Commercial Hard Money Lenders are very expensive. And while there are costs involved in these Loans that are greater than the charges you pay for a traditional loan, you get a lot for your money. But most of these resources fail to explain the benefits of hard money and why it is a smart choice for many real estate investors.

The first piece of information that most borrowers ask about is the interest rate they will be paying. And while hard money Loans have a higher interest rate, sometimes as much as 20%, there are some very logical reasons for the increased rate. Commercial Hard Money Lender is private lenders who are free to select the interest rate that they charge their clients. But they do not simply choose a random rate for each loan. They have a process of accessing the amount of risk associated with the loan that is being requested and then charging what they believe is an applicable interest rate. So, the riskier the investment, the higher the interest rate, but when you consider the fact that a bank would not approve or fund a high-risk loan, then paying more for hard money seems like a simple choice. In reality, hard money might be your only choice.

Hard money Loans are usually a much shorter term than a traditional loan, which works perfectly for a real estate investor. Banks and mortgage companies write Loans for 15 or even 30 years. And if you pay the loan off early, you could be charged an early payoff penalty. But Commercial Hard Money Lender will work with you to customize the term of the loan and eliminate the penalty of paying off the loan early.

Down Payment Terms of Hard Money

When you take out a hard money loan, you will be required to make a substantial down payment. This money that you are investing in or putting down on the property creates instant equity. And that instant equity is suitable for both you and the lender. If you default, the lender is sure to recover his or her investment when the property is sold. The equity also works on your behalf. It provides you with the ability to make a more substantial profit when you finish the project and sell it. And even if the project runs into challenges, you have that equity to fall back on for additional financing.

Hard Money Is Worth the Higher Cost

Not every project is suitable for a traditional bank loan. And you might not want to be tied to a loan for an extended term. But when you are working with a hard money lender, you can customize the terms of the loan to meet your needs and the needs of the specific project. These Loans meet a need for many real estate investors who understand that the added benefits are well worth the added cost.

Dennis Dahlberg
Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC
Hard Money Lender
Hard Money Loans
Hard Money Loan
Arizona Tel: (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel: (512) 516-1177
Dennis
Dennis Dahlberg Broker/RI/CEO

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 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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Self-Employed? Asset-Based Loans Can Get You the Money You Need



If you’ve ever tried to apply for a bank loan as a self-employed independent contractor, you know how hard it can be. Asset-based loans are a great alternative.

It’s the dream of many people to own their own business and work for themselves. And you’ve done it — you get to work where your passion lies, make your own schedule, work from home and take time off when needed. You can also use a lot of nifty tax deductions.

However, these many perks come with a few downsides. One of them is applying for a loan. The banks want you to prove a steady income, low debt ratios and tax returns that look like everyone else’s. For a self-employed individual, that’s not easy. Income doesn’t always come at regular intervals and 1040s can show a bad year when you’ve actually had a good year. Factor in some of the debt you might take in over the course of a year (like an equipment purchase) and the banks will be left scratching their heads.

Luckily, you’ve got other options outside the banks and big financial institutions.

Asset-Based Loans for Alternative Funding

Asset-based loans, or hard money loans, as they’re sometimes called, can be an ideal option for self-employed people. These loans are funded with private money from investors, which gives them a range of benefits.

The biggest benefit is that they’re secured by an asset. This is typically a property but can be almost anything of real value. Because the lender has that extra layer of insurance, they’re not quite as concerned with having you prove your income, demonstrate low debt or show off a blemish-free financial record and a traditional tax return. In fact, these types of loans are relatively easy to qualify for.

Another advantage is that they’re quick. Whereas bank loans can take over a month to come through, private money loans can be approved in days and funded in a week or so. This is a major upside, especially if you’re trying to act quickly to secure a good deal in an investment property.

Ready to Get Approved for a Loan?

If you’re sick of the mountains of paperwork and hoops to jump through at the bank, you might consider an asset-based loan in Arizona. It doesn’t matter if you’re self-employed

Dennis Dahlberg
Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC
Hard Money Lender
Hard Money Loans
Hard Money Loan
Arizona Tel: (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel: (512) 516-1177
Dennis
Dennis Dahlberg Broker/RI/CEO

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 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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3 Advantages of Commercial Hard Money Lenders



Commercial Hard Money Lenders specialize in meeting the needs of real estate investors. The Loans are legal and legitimate, even though they are called nontraditional Loans.

Real estate investing can present many challenges. And one of the most significant is finding a loan with the terms and in the time frame that works for a real estate investment deal. The solution that many real estate investors, flippers, and property rehab specialists use is offered by Commercial Hard Money Lender. These Loans are asset-based and offer the flexibility that is needed for the fast-paced world of real estate investing. Knowing the benefits of these Loans will help you to use them to grow your real estate business and your personal wealth.

Speed is critical to the funding of an investment loan. As you already know, when you don’t act quickly to secure a great property, the deal is dead. Someone else will beat you to it and turn the profit that should have been yours. But when you work with hard money lenders, your loan request can be evaluated and funded in less than a week. That is just a fraction of the time that it might take a bank to even begin to look at your loan application.

If you have ever tried to jump through all of the hoops required by a bank to secure a loan, then you will appreciate the simplicity of qualifying for hard money. While traditional lenders look at your credit score, work history, payment history, and current debt to income ratio, a hard money lender is really only interested in the value of the property that you are purchasing. Hard money lending is also called asset-based lending because the loan is based on the value of the asset, the property, and not your credit. This means that you can fund a great deal even if you have personal credit challenges or no personal credit history.

Unique Projects Need Commercial Hard Money Lenders

Banks and traditional mortgage companies are in business to serve the masses. They are looking at all of the cookie-cutter borrower’s needs. They have a system that allows them to make their money on the volume of Loans that they can process and fund. And because they need volume, they are not willing to invest the time required to investigate and possibly fund an unusual loan request. This is the wheelhouse of hard money lenders. These lenders are looking for a smaller number of Loans that require some work on the front end, but that pay off great in the end.

Risk Can Be Good!

Commercial Hard Money Lenders are not worried about taking a higher risk if the reward is also going to be more significant. Unlike banks, they are willing to work with a borrower who is credit challenged, needs the money quickly, or is looking at a one-off project. So, when you find a great deal on a fixer-upper, a rehab property, or one that you just want to quickly flip, a hard money lender is going to be your best resource for the loan that you need.

Dennis Dahlberg
Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC
Hard Money Lender
Hard Money Loans
Hard Money Loan
Arizona Tel: (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel: (512) 516-1177
Dennis
Dennis Dahlberg Broker/RI/CEO

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 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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What is the Difference between Hard Money and Traditional Loans?

You are ready to buy a piece of property. There is only one problem; you need someone to lend you money. Depending on what you are buying and your intentions with the property after the sale will decide what type of financing you need.

There are several significant differences between hard money loans and traditional bank loans. Hard money loans are short-term, usually between 6 months and 2 years. A conventional mortgage is typically amortized over 25 to 30 years. Hard money loans carry a significantly higher interest rate than do traditional loans. Hard money loans are backed by “hard” assets (property) used as collateral, while banks use your credit to secure your loan. So, which one do you use? Hard money loans are meant for investors and traditional mortgages are intended for owner-occupied residences.

In order to be approved for a hard money loan, lenders require that estimates are provided by the contractors that will be fulfilling the renovations. Lenders will approve only those expenses that are directly related to increasing the value of the property.

After approval on a hard money loan, funds are distributed in predetermined amounts which are called “draws.” A “draw” is an amount of money that will cover a portion of the renovations. Typically, this is set on a schedule. When a borrower applies for a bank mortgage, the underwriting departments look at income to feel confident the monthly payments will be met, and an appraiser checks to make sure the monthly payment won’t exceed the value of the property. It takes anywhere from 30 to 90 days for the underwriting committee to approve the loan and close on it.

Hard Money Loans Work Differently

Unlike a traditional bank, a hard money lenders focus is on the deal (the property, its value and potential to make a profit.) They want to be sure the borrower budgeted appropriately for the rehabilitation. They will send an appraiser to the property to determine the after-repair-value. They will do their homework to be certain this property will turn a profit so the borrower can repay the loan on time. Hard money loans are generally funded in 5 – 14 days. That’s a much faster close than a traditional loan.



Hard money loans terms vary depending on the geographic area and the lender. Interest rates are anywhere from 8%-18% and loan origination fees are anywhere from 1 to 4 points (or percent). Loan terms between different lenders are usually pretty competitive. However, lenders are more flexible with investors doing repeat business with them.

All loans have pros and cons. Some benefits and disadvantages of hard money loans are:

Pros: Loans close quickly, which is important in the real estate market. It’s easier to get financed for a loan that uses property value as collateral, and approval isn’t contingent upon the borrower’s creditworthiness.

Cons: Borrowers will pay higher interest rates and have higher additional loan origination fees. Because the lender is using the property as collateral, if the project isn’t finished the borrower will walk away empty-handed. And, be prepared for unforeseen expenses.

Dennis Dahlberg
Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC
Hard Money Lender
Hard Money Loans
Hard Money Loan
Arizona Tel: (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel: (512) 516-1177
Dennis
Dennis Dahlberg Broker/RI/CEO

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 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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