Which Private Money Lender Is Best?

The definition of a private money lender is a non-institutional individual or company that loans money. This money is secured by a note and deed of property for the funding of a real estate transaction.

Private money lenders care more about the deal than they do about your credit. Unlike traditional banks, their money is secured by a hard asset (real estate). They are protected by the deed of trust—the mortgage—on your property. Private money lenders also like to see a good track record. A lender is more willing to work with a borrower that understands the game.

What does that mean for a newbie with no track record? That’s where hard money lenders come into play. A hard money lender is one type of private money lender in Arizona and is more willing to loan to a brand new investor. It benefits the new investor working with the hard money lender by doing deals and gaining experience. A hard money lender can help a new investor start their portfolio.


There are 3 types of private money lenders:

* Primary Circle— This circle is made up of friends and family, the people that are closest to you. When an investor starts out in real estate he will most likely go to his friends and family because he feels safe there; and, more than likely, if they have the money, they will invest. Unfortunately, there is a huge downside to investing within your primary circle. They may not have experience in real estate and won’t know the difference between a good and bad deal. Also, if you lose money in the deal it may easily strain a personal relationship. Make sure you are clear about the risks when proposing money lending to your primary circle—just as in any investment this is a risk.

* Secondary Circle— This circle is your professional associates and colleagues of your primary circle. You know when you are on Facebook and you see “People You May Know”? That is your secondary circle. The negative part of working within your secondary circle is there is a lesser chance they will say yes. For this circle you will need a presentation ready. They will want details on this investment—they don’t know you well enough to just trust you the way your primary circle does.

* Third Party Circle: These are people found through advertising, through networking and also, accredited investors—such as hard money lenders. This is the circle that a borrower has no personal ties. This circle will have the largest pool of possible lenders.

Types of properties that private money loans fund

Private money loans can fund a variety of properties in both residential and commercial properties, such as:

* Apartments

* Condos

* Single-family homes

* Commercial real estate

* multi-unit properties (duplexes)

How quickly you need funding, what your hard assets equate, and your network will determine which circle of private money investors will work best for you.

Trying to borrow money fast? If you can’t qualify with traditional lenders and have a need for speed, hard money loans offered by private investors just might be for you.

Lots of people turn to traditional lenders like banks and credit unions when they need money. However, it doesn’t take a genius to know that traditional lenders have some tough requirements to meet. Having a great credit score and debt to income ratio can make or break you when it comes to qualifying for loans, often leading people to seek out alternative options.

Alternative loan lenders are not bad. They are untraditional, private investors that can usually offer money faster than traditional lenders. Because they can cater to a wider audience, their needs and expectations are often different. For example, they have different loan approval requirements, as well as steeper fees and interest rates.

Are You Eligible for Private Hard Money?

Qualifying for hard money loans is possible, even if a bank denies you. This is because Texas Hard Money Lenders consider property potential before they consider borrower potential. If you are working to obtain a property with high potential, it is likely that a private investor will provide you with funds to support your property. Private Texas Hard Money Lenders consider the LTV—the loan to value ratio. Sometimes, they can offer 65 percent of the property’s worth to you in funds. Additionally, because they work a little differently than traditional money lenders, the relationship is usually more transparent with a little flexibility. Usually hard money loans are paid off in 12 months, but can be expanded as long as 60 months, or 5 years. In this way, Texas Hard Money Lenders may seem “individualized,” making the loan process suitable to each individual that has been denied by banks due to high, generalized standards.

Borrowing from Texas Hard Money Lenders Successfully

If you think this sounds too good to be true, it probably is. While Texas Hard Money Lenders offer lots of benefits, they also have some cons that should be considered thoroughly—before making any rash decisions out of excitement. For one, Texas Hard Money Lender maintain very high fees. This is a stipulation of their easy approval process, and acts almost as a reliability buffer for them as lenders. Knowing if you can handle high fees and a short repayment period is important. Even if there is flexibility within the repayment period, you still want to be realistic. Researching a reliable lender will also be important. While Texas Hard Money Lenders typically provide good, transparent relationships with their borrowers, it is not unheard of for lenders to pull out at the last minute, or hide fees within the loan agreement. If you are feeling unsure of your hard money lender, you can always invest in a real estate attorney who can help you evaluate and understand the terms of the loan agreement, so that you can feel confident you will be making the best decision for you. Hard money loans are a great option for people who need money fast—just make sure that your need for a loan doesn’t overlook stipulations that could cause you trouble in the long run if you aren’t being realistic about all of your needs.

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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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