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Evaluating your options when it comes to Arizona Investment Property Financing

male-frustrated-with-exclamation-pointsIf you are just dipping your toes in the water when it comes to investing in real estate, you may be overwhelmed by the multitude of Arizona Investment Property financing options available.

The first option you might consider if you want to invest in real-estate is a conventional investment mortgage. An investment mortgage, is the same thing as a regular mortgage expect that it is used to purchase investment properties.

While an investment mortgage offers the lowest rates, the underwriting process takes a long time. In the worst case scenario, the sale of the property you were considering might go through, as you wait on your conventional lender to review reams of financial documents. So, if a conventional investment mortgage is the only financing option you consider, you could miss out on the best deals.

While conventional financing offers the lowest interest rates, these lenders have exceptionally high standards which many new investors may not be able to meet. The main issue comes down to credit, to get the best conventional investment mortgage possible your credit score should be over 700, the minimum is 620. So if your credit score is lower than 620, there is little to no chance you can qualify for an Arizona investment mortgage.

So if you can’t qualify for a conventional Arizona Investment Property financing, can you still finance the purchase of an Arizona Investment Property?

Some investors draw equity from their primary residence to finance the purchase of their first Arizona Investment Property,  while others secure loans from crowdfunding websites. Some investors may have friends or family members with deep pockets, who are willing to help and who can finance their first purchase.

Home equity lines of credit, crowdfunding, and personal loans are all options you could consider if you can’t qualify for a conventional investment mortgage. However, of course there are drawbacks to consider.

With home equity loans, you put your primary residence at risk if you default. With crowdfunding there are not guarantees your loan will ever be fully funded and borrowing from close friends and family can put a severe strain on your relationships if you run into financial difficulties.

If you can, you should consider hard money which can be an excellent Arizona Investment Property financing option

This type of lender uses the value of the property you aim to purchase as a means to secure the loan. For this reason, hard money providers can look past your financial situation and your personal credit score, making hard money an option if you can’t qualify for a conventional investment mortgage.

Unlike home equity loans, with hard money, there is often no need to pledge your primary residence as collateral. Most hard money providers have the funds on hand to fully finance your loan. So with hard money, unlike crowdfunding, there is no need to wait around for your loan to be fully financed. Unlike personal loans, you don’t risk your relationships with hard money.

While hard money is more expensive than other types of financing, it gives you options.

After you purchase your Arizona Investment Property, you can always refinance to a less expensive conventional loan after your financial situation improves.

So if your just getting started in real-estate investment and you can’t qualify elsewhere consider hard money as a potential financing option.

Dennis Dahlberg Mortgage Broker[3][2][2][2][2][2][2]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 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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Rental Property Loans: Things to consider when it comes to Conforming Mortgages.

4page_img1When it comes to rental property loans, conforming mortgages are the lowest cost financing option available. Learn about the basic providers of this type of financing, what they will expect from you as a borrower and whether or not this is the right financing option for you.

A “conforming mortgage” is essentially the same thing as a standard home loan. The main difference is that you the borrower use the loan to purchase an Arizona Investment Property instead of a primary residence. Because you are using the loan proceeds to buy an Arizona Investment Property, lenders charge more for this type of loan and expect more from you as a borrower. Simply put, you are going to pay your primary mortgage first and foremost before paying the mortgage on your Arizona Investment Property.

This added risk makes this type of loan a bit more expensive than a standard home loan.

When it comes to conforming mortgage providers, lenders fall into three broad categories, online, businesses investment lenders and traditional banks.

Online providers offer convenience when compared with the other two types of lenders because you don’t have to go to a physical location to apply.  With online lenders, you can complete the entire lending process from the comfort of your home. Business investment lenders are ideal for borrowers who are a, businesses and b, looking for greater flexibility. The other two types of mortgage providers don’t usually lend for commercial or multifamily purchases. A traditional brick and mortar bank is best if you are looking for a provider with insight into your local market. In addition, one-on-one meetings with your lender in this situation, give you the opportunity to build a relationship, which you could leverage to secure a better deal.

In the case of Rental Property Loans, and specifically conforming mortgages, your eligibility will come down to a specific set criteria.

No matter which type of mortgage provider you choose there are basic standards borrowers should know before approaching any investment lender.

Basically, you can’t have a credit score lower than 620. Don’t have your debts take up more than 25 percent of your regular income, this is known as Debt to Income Ratio. If your debt to income ratio, it exceeds the 25 percent standard, expect your application to run into difficulties. If your score is lower than 620, or if you have a lot of outstanding debt you are better off considering alternative forms of financing.

When it comes to rental property loans, a standard conforming mortgage may not always the right help for you.

There are many situations where a “conforming mortgage,” might not meet your needs.

Conforming mortgages,  conform to the standards set by Fannie  Mae and Freddie Mac. Therefore there are specific situations where no matter how great your credit is, you will not qualify for a conforming mortgage.

The property you aim to purchase may be in deplorable condition. No conforming mortgage lender will be able to approve a loan on a property that falls short of FHA guidelines.If the property you want to invest in is in shambles you should look into a  rehab loan first.

Another situation is where you have 4 or more outstanding mortgages, the more mortgages you have the great scrutiny a lender will have give to your credit profile until you essentially need perfect credit to qualify. If this is your case, look into a blanket mortgage.

However, conforming mortgages are perhaps the most comfortable option for those just getting into the rental business. Before looking into a conforming mortgage, consider which type of lender can meet your needs, know the basic standards of qualification and whether or not a conforming mortgage is really best type of financing for your specific situation.

 Dennis Dahlberg Mortgage Broker[3][2][2][2][2][2]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 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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Secured Real-Estate Lines of Credit: Benefits and Drawbacks

iStock_000002302749_Large (1)Looking to expand your businesses real-estate investment portfolio? Secured real estate lines of credit offer many benefits.A secured line of credit turns you into a cash buyer, and a secured real estate line of credit, you can make a full offer right away without having to wait for financing to come through. A secured line of credit can give you an edge over the competition when it comes to purchasing the best investment properties, while offering you savings over a standard term loan.

To qualify for this type of credit line, you’ll want to be a seasoned real-estate investor, whose properties are titled to an LLC or other legal business entity. Qualifying for this type of loan depends on how much income your business earns on a consistent basis and the total value of the properties currently titled to your business.


Eligibility in the case of secured real-estate lines of credit, comes down to the value of business assets and the financial strength of your business.

To get more specific about the qualifications for a secured line of credit, the sum of the loan you receive generally cannot exceed 65 percent of the value of your business’s currently held assets. In addition, your company should have a healthy balance of debt and income.

Because this is a business loan, its the financial strength of your company which counts for your lender, making your personal credit score a non-factor, which can make qualifying easier.

Secured real-estate lines of credit generally imply higher interest payments, and as with any secured loan, there is some risk to your personal property. However, if you can qualify, you could save a lot of money.

Business loans of any sort carry higher interest rates, but when compared to an unsecured line of credit, a secured line of credit generally offers lower rates, typically of 4-8 percent.However because a this line of credit is secured, your lender can confiscate whatever property you pledge should you default.

Nevertheless, applying for a secured credit line carries lower fees and little to no up-front costs. Application fees are virtually unheard of and there little in the way of underwriting costs.

But beyond the savings this type of loan offers you concerning fees, its primary benefit to you is what you could save in terms of interest. With a line of credit you only pay down and pay interest on what you spend, when compared to a conventional term loan this can result in massive savings.

In addition, secured lines of credit offer flexibility, once the loan closes you can spend the money in any way you see fit, with no restrictions on the type of property you can purchase. Compare this to a conventional loan where your lender will have to scrutinize the property you are purchasing.

Once you qualify for a secured line, your lender then gives you a lump sum which you draw from to finance individual purchases or spend as you see fit. So if your business can qualify a secured line of credit can help you rapidly expand, diversify your real-estate investment portfolio and could result in significant savings in terms of interest payments.

 Dennis Dahlberg Mortgage Broker[3][2][2]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 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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Benefits of Unsecured Real-Estate Lines of Credit

619408978Unsecured real-estate lines of credit can offer many benefits to those who can qualify. With an unsecured line you don’t risk your personal assets, and you save money over a standard loan. Above all with this type of loan you can close deals without having to wait on a lender, which can give you an edge over your competition.

Some refer to this type of loan as an acquisition line of credit. It allows you to acquire new investment properties without requiring you to pledge your personal or businesses property as collateral. Lenders secure this type of loan based on their perception of your strength as a borrower.

So qualifying for this type of loan will depend on your financial profile, be it your credit score, or the income you earn from your current investment properties. So if you can qualify for an unsecured line, it could be an excellent financing solution.

The main benefit of unsecured real-estate lines of credit is you can leverage your financial situation and strength as a borrower without putting your personal property at risk.

The main advantage of an unsecured line vs. a secured or equity line of credit is that your personal property is not used to secure the debt. Simply put, in the case of an unsecured line of credit, your lender cant repossesses your house should you default. Note that because this type of loan is unsecured, you need to be an exceptionally strong borrower to qualify.

However there are  fewer hassles with unsecured lines of credit, and the overall process can be a lot smoother.  Unsecured lines often come with little in the way of up-front fees, a sparse amount of documentation is needed, and no appraisal is necessary. 

With credit lines, you only spend what you need to and you pay back only what you spend. This aspect of credit lines is a significant advantage over a term loans, where you make interest payments on the full loan amount you borrow and pay back the entire loan amount.

After you qualify for an unsecured line of credit and your loan closes, you receive a lump sum which can then draw from whenever you need. You can make multiple offers on multiple properties using the same line of credit or use the funds to cover any other expenses.

Unsecured real-estate lines of credit offer you flexibility, you don’t have to go to a lender every time you want to acquire a new property

Above all, you can spend the proceeds of your credit line at your leisure, and on any property you wish to purchase. With this type of loan, you don’t need to apply for a new loan every time you want to make an offer on a property.  You don’t need to wait around for your lender to scrutinize the details of your purchase, and you can make a full offer right way.

So if you can qualify an unsecured line of credit could be a great financing solution, which can help you rapidly acquire new properties while at the same time protecting your businesses assets.


 Dennis Dahlberg Mortgage Broker[3][2]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 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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Arizona Hard Money Lenders: A Helping Hand for those in Financial Turmoil

Happy senior business man making his notes at workIf you are a real-estate investor and have recently experienced bankruptcy or some other financial difficulty, you likely won’t be able to qualify for conventional financing. In spite of your current credit challenges, Arizona Hard money lenders can help you acquire new properties and continue investing in real-estate. Just don’t consider hard money the best way to clear up personal debts or think of it as a long term solution.

If you’re a real-estate investor and your last deal didn’t quite pan out the way you planned, you might find your credit in ruins and yourself unable to secure new financing. Even so, you still have options which can enable you to continue investing in real-estate, I.e., Hard money.

If your not aware a hard money deal is secured by the “hard asset,” being purchased, which means that your current or past financial difficulties aren’t at the forefront of a hard money providers mind. If there is enough potential in your real-estate investment, this type of lender may be willing to overlook your financial difficulties, including bankruptcy.

Arizona Hard money lenders might be able to overlook your financial difficulties, even if you’ve undergone a recent bankruptcy you might still be eligible.

Hard money providers consider the value of your investment, instead of your financial situation. However, this type of lenders willingness to overlook your financial difficulties will vary and will depend on their appetite for risk.

Nevertheless, credit is basically a non-factor in the case of hard money, and you may qualify even if you’ve undergone a recent bankruptcy.

Note however that under Chapter 13, you will have to negotiate any hard money deal with your previous lenders; so under Chapter 13, it might be impossible to secure hard money financing.

But even if you can qualify for hard money, is this the right financial solution for you?

To avoid the pitfalls that come hard money carefully evaluate your situation. Arizona Hard money loans are best used for real estate investments and you should not consider them a long-term solution to your current financial issues.

Hard money is probably not an ideal solution for general day to day financial issues. In most cases, hard money is meant exclusively for investment in real estate. That is because it’s the value of real estate secures most Hard money deals.

So, unless you are willing to pledge your primary residence to secure this type of loan (probably not a good idea if you can’t pay your current debts), don’t consider hard money as the best solution for personal financial issues.

Hard money is also not a long-term financial solution. This type of lender charges more in interest because of the risk they take in overlooking your credit score.  Most hard money deals are for the short-term and are usually paid off by the resale of the property being financed. In the case of hard money, your aim should be to pay the loan off as quickly as possible. Note however with hard money there is usually the option to refinance to a less expensive loan after your financial situation improves.

Basically, Hard money gives you options. Hard money providers can look past a recent bankruptcy because credit is not their primary consideration. Nevertheless, hard money is not the way to overcome personal financial difficulties, as this type of loan should be used to invest in real-estate.

In the case of hard money, always have a plan in place to pay the loan off as quickly as possible, either through the sale of your Arizona Investment Property or refinancing.

Still, hard money enables real-estate investors in the midst financial turmoil to continue making deals and purchasing new properties.

Dennis Dahlberg Mortgage Broker[3]Dennis Dahlberg
Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC  Private Hard Money Lender
Arizona Tel:  (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel:      (512) 516-1177
Dennis@level4funding.com NMLS 1057378 | AZMB 0923961 | MLO 1057378
22601 N 19th Ave Suite 112 | Phoenix | AZ | 85027
111 Congress Ave |Austin | Texas | 78701
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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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Evaluating your options when it comes to Arizona Investment Property Financing

Brandon Abney Arizona Home Loan FHA SpecialistsEvaluating your options when it comes to Arizona Investment Property Financing real estate, you may be overwhelmed by the multitude of Arizona Investment Property financing options available.

The first option you might consider if you want to invest in real-estate is a conventional investment mortgage. An investment mortgage, is the same thing as a regular mortgage expect that it is used to purchase investment properties.

While an investment mortgage offers the lowest rates, the underwriting process takes a long time. In the worst case scenario, the sale of the property you were considering might go through, as you wait on your conventional lender to review reams of financial documents. So, if a conventional investment mortgage is the only financing option you consider, you could miss out on the best deals.

While conventional financing offers the lowest interest rates, these lenders have exceptionally high standards which many new investors may not be able to meet. The main issue comes down to credit, to get the best conventional investment mortgage possible your credit score should be over 700, the minimum is 620. So if your credit score is lower than 620, there is little to no chance you can qualify for an Arizona investment mortgage.

So if you can’t qualify for a conventional Arizona Investment Property financing, can you still finance the purchase of an Arizona Investment Property?

Some investors draw equity from their primary residence to finance the purchase of their first Arizona Investment Property,  while others secure loans from crowdfunding websites. Some investors may have friends or family members with deep pockets, who are willing to help and who can finance their first purchase.

Home equity lines of credit, crowdfunding, and personal loans are all options you could consider if you can’t qualify for a conventional investment mortgage. However, of course there are drawbacks to consider.

With home equity loans, you put your primary residence at risk if you default. With crowdfunding there are not guarantees your loan will ever be fully funded and borrowing from close friends and family can put a severe strain on your relationships if you run into financial difficulties.

If you can, you should consider hard money which can be an excellent Arizona Investment Property financing option

This type of lender uses the value of the property you aim to purchase as a means to secure the loan. For this reason, hard money providers can look past your financial situation and your personal credit score, making hard money an option if you can’t qualify for a conventional investment mortgage.

Unlike home equity loans, with hard money, there is often no need to pledge your primary residence as collateral. Most hard money providers have the funds on hand to fully finance your loan. So with hard money, unlike crowdfunding, there is no need to wait around for your loan to be fully financed. Unlike personal loans, you don’t risk your relationships with hard money.

While hard money is more expensive than other types of financing, it gives you options.

After you purchase your Arizona Investment Property, you can always refinance to a less expensive conventional loan after your financial situation improves.

So if your just getting started in real-estate investment and you can’t qualify elsewhere consider hard money as a potential financing option.

Happy senior business man making his notes at workDennis Dahlberg
Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC  Private Hard Money Lender
Arizona Tel:  (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel:      (512) 516-1177
Dennis@level4funding.com NMLS 1057378 | AZMB 0923961 | MLO 1057378
22601 N 19th Ave Suite 112 | Phoenix | AZ | 85027
111 Congress Ave |Austin | Texas | 78701
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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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Tactics to secure a larger hard money loan: estimate the ARV

A hard money loan (i.e.,an asset-based loan) is any loan secured by the value of an underlying asset. Most of these lenders will only give loans of up to 65 percent of an assets market value.

But what if you intend to renovate a distressed property which is significantly undervalued at the time purchase? To secure more in the way of financing you need to understand what your property worth is after you’ve repaired it (the after repair value, or ARV).

Asset-based lenders could offer more financing if you can demonstrate the potential of a project. However, to explain a project’s potential you need to understand property valuations. Relying solely on appraisals will limit your understanding and wont serve you in the long run as a real-estate investor. Professional assessments are also expensive and time-consuming.

Your best bet is to develop your sense of what a property is worth by comparing your estimates with that of a licensed appraiser. Educating yourself this way will develop your understanding of property valuations. An excellent way to start training yourself when it comes to property values is to use the comparable sales method.

You can begin to estimate the ARV yourself by utilizing the comparable sales method, which could help you qualify for a larger hard money loan.

The first step is to assess your subject property, look at its location, what is the neighborhood like and what impact does this have on the properties value? Figure out the lot size and determine the condition of the exterior. Find out essential details about the property, its size in square feet and its amenities (i.e., Number of bedrooms and bathrooms).

Find 5 to 10 properties similar to your subject through local listings. Only consider properties that have sold within the last 3-6 months, are in the same location and have a similar size and similar amenities. It is crucial that you don’t look at distressed properties. Remember you are trying to determine your properties potential after you have made renovations.

After you have enough comparable properties, consider the ones that are the most similar and find the properties with the highest and lowest selling price to estimate a range of value for your subject property. These numbers will give you a sense of what the property will sell for after you make your repairs. With this understanding, you can thoughtfully discuss the potential of your renovation project with a lender and qualify for the best loan.

You can secure a larger hard money loan if you can explain the potential of your project

Even the most informed estimate of a properties value is only an educated guess. If you rely solely on appraisals, you aren’t building your knowledge of property valuations. Using a simple comparable sales method is an easy way to increase your understanding of property valuations and the after repair value of your property. Having this understanding builds your lenders confidence in your project and increases your eligibility for a larger loan.

Dennis Dahlberg
Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC  Private Hard Money Lender
Arizona Tel:  (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel:      (512) 516-1177
Dennis@level4funding.com NMLS 1057378 | AZMB 0923961 | MLO 1057378
22601 N 19th Ave Suite 112 | Phoenix | AZ | 85027
111 Congress Ave |Austin | Texas | 78701
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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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Tips for Selecting Commercial Lenders

Selecting commercial lenders to work with is a critical step a successful real estate transaction. Thinking of potential lenders as business partners or service providers is the first step in a successful selection.

In many instances, borrowers tend to look at commercial lenders as a higher power who controls their destiny when they are seeking a loan. And though the lenders is a critical factor, they should never be viewed as anything but a business partner, ally or service provider. They have a product which you want and need, money, but it is just that, a product. And as with any business partner or supplier, you will want to do your research and find the best solution to fit your needs. In this case service, the ability to cultivate a long term relationship and financial details of the loan will all have an impact on your selection.

The money is the key to this relationship, so your first questions for a lender need to be regarding the terms which they offer. Loan to value (LTV) is the ratio used to compare the amount of the mortgage to the market price of the property. Lenders who offer a highest LTV should be favored over other lenders. The high LTV provides you with greater purchasing power and more options for your purchase. Interest rates are another key term to consider. This is basically how much commercial lenders want to make for the service which they are providing to you. The interest payments can be the majority of the monthly payment which can have a huge impact on your monthly cash flow. Be certain to find a good balance of loan to value and interest to meet both your need for buying power and monthly cash flow. The final fee to factor in is points that you will pay as a lump sum or throughout the loan.

Having a good working relationship with your lender is also crucial. You need to be able to speak openly and ask any questions that you might have. One important question to ask is about any additional fees. Some lenders will add fees such as documentation fees, legal fees or administrative fees. Be certain that you plainly ask about any “additional” fees and factor them into the total cost of the loan.

Time is Money

Timing can be everything when purchasing commercial property. Asking a lender to provide you with realistic timelines for funding will dictate how quickly you can complete any purchase. As a work around, you might want to see if the lenders offer pre-approval. If there is no option for pre-approval then having an accurate time frame for processing documentation and a guaranteed access to funding date is important. Better rates but a slow timeline can kill a great deal.

Look For a Long Term Finance Partner

Selecting the best commercial lenders to work with can be a process which requires a good deal of time and effort. But the work that you invest in creating a strong and lasting relationship will pay off each time you complete another loan with your lending partner. That long term relationship will provide you with a great long term return on your investment.

Dennis Dahlberg
Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC  Private Hard Money Lender
Arizona Tel:  (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel:      (512) 516-1177
Dennis@level4funding.com NMLS 1057378 | AZMB 0923961 | MLO 1057378
22601 N 19th Ave Suite 112 | Phoenix | AZ | 85027
111 Congress Ave |Austin | Texas | 78701
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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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Criteria for Selecting Commercial Lenders

Evaluating commercial lenders can be a difficult task. But preparing a list of criteria to use for selecting the best lender to meet your needs can be a great time saver.

As a business professional, both your time and your money hold a great deal of value. So it is important to find a lender who will meet all of your needs. Ideally, you will be able to evaluate enough commercial lenders to select a few to forge long term relationships with to ensure continued financial prosperity. The process will undoubtedly take some time but the long term benefit will be a good working relationship with a primary lender as well as other secondary reputable lenders.

Commercial lenders are all about money. You would not be seeking a commercial lender if you did not need money. But you should look at these relationships as you would any other vendor who is supplying a good or service to your business. You need to compare the merits or the service each lender is willing to provide to you. This means what type of fee structure are they offering, what is the interest rate and how quickly can they deliver on their product; your loan funding.

You will also want to evaluate the core qualities of the lenders existing clients. Do they cater to a certain industry or type of loan? Do they have a specific loan size that they tend to service? Are they familiar with your business and the type of loan that you are looking for? All of this information will help you to determine the level of responsiveness and the quality of the service that you will receive if you do business with the lender. Customer service might not jump out as an important factor when securing the loan but if you ever have an issue or want to restructure your loan, then customer service could be one of the most important features the lender offers. Think long term for customer service and product lines available. Meeting your long term needs with a single lender will save you a great deal of time in the long run.

Comfort and Compatibility

Think of your lender as a strategic partner. You will need to discuss confidential financial information as well as other proprietary information about your business. It is important that you are working with a lender with whom you have a certain comfort level. The more honest and up front you can be with your lender the more benefits they can provide to you.

Invest Time to Evaluate for Long Term Success

Creating a list of criteria to evaluate commercial lenders will require an investment of your time today. But the benefits will continue to reward you each time you complete a new loan from your lender or seek advice. Carefully consider the fees and interest rates associated with the different lenders, but also recognize the added value that customer service and fast response time can add to your relationship. Knowing that you have a lender who will meet all of your needs for the long term is worth the time involved in a careful selection process.

Dennis Dahlberg
Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC  Private Hard Money Lender
Arizona Tel:  (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel:      (512) 516-1177
Dennis@level4funding.com NMLS 1057378 | AZMB 0923961 | MLO 1057378
22601 N 19th Ave Suite 112 | Phoenix | AZ | 85027
111 Congress Ave |Austin | Texas | 78701
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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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Key Differences between Commercial Loans and Residential Loans

Knowing the differences between commercial loans and residential loans will help you to understand the lengthy process when applying for a commercial loan.

Most consumers think that the process to apply for a residential loan is fairly in-depth and thorough. But if they were ever to apply for a commercial loan they would begin to look more favorably on the residential loan application and approval process. Because of the larger sum of money involved and the greater risk and volatility in the commercial real estate market, commercial loans and the application process can be very intense.

When a consumer applies for a mortgage, the lenders first concern is their income and its stability as well as their debt load. Consumer’s debt should be no more than 45% of their income. But commercial lenders are more interested in the ability of the property to generate income to pay the loan. This is called a Debt Coverage Ratio and lenders prefer to see the ratio at 1:1.25 at the least. This means that the income to cover the loan payments is relatively secure.

A down payment on a home is somewhat negotiable and in some cases is very, very small. But due to the increased risk associated with commercial loans, these down payments are normally 20%. This gives the lender the added security of knowing that the property is valued at 20% more than the initial loan amount. Even in the event that the borrower defaults early in the loan, chances are good that the property is still valued at the full payoff on the loan.

Time Is Critical for Commercial Loans

A normal residential mortgage loan can range from 15 years to 30 and some even stretch as far as 40 years. But a commercial mortgage loan rarely exceeds 10 years. This is because lenders want to decrease the risk of the loan by getting their money back faster. In addition, consumers can pay a mortgage loan off early and save some of the interest that they would have paid over the term of the loan. This is not the case for a commercial mortgage. And in fact, there can be penalties which must be paid called prepayment penalties. In more cases the penalty decreases the further into the loan you progress. But the lender wants to be sure that they make their desired profit, or earning, on each commercial loan they write.

Not Really Even Similar

A consumer mortgage and a commercial property loan are only similar in the fact that it is a loan to purchase property. The dollar amount of most commercial loans is substantially larger than the average home loan. In addition, commercial real estate values are very volatile and can change drastically and very quickly. This is an added risk for the lender. Due to these increased risks, lenders are much more particular about the loan applications which they approve and the terms for which they will offer the loan. Having a good understanding of the lenders approval criteria can save a borrower a great deal of time in completing lengthy commercial loan applications if they don’t meet the lenders criteria.

Dennis Dahlberg
Broker/RI/CEO/MLO
Level 4 Funding LLC  Private Hard Money Lender
Arizona Tel:  (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel:      (512) 516-1177
Dennis@level4funding.com NMLS 1057378 | AZMB 0923961 | MLO 1057378
22601 N 19th Ave Suite 112 | Phoenix | AZ | 85027
111 Congress Ave |Austin | Texas | 78701
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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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