Hard Money Loans - Real Estate Funding Model

by David E. Williams

Need a layman's guide to the ins and outs of hard money loans? We'll give the details on hard money lenders and appropriate use of these loans for real estate investing. Continue reading for the negatives and positives of the use of hard money for investment purposes.

Hard money lenders are experienced investors and require a good return on their investment. This often causes hard money loans to become a last resort for people investing in real estate. The interest rates can be quite high, making hard money loans an expensive option for funding your real estate deals.

Hard money lenders are third party lenders and unlike the big institutional lenders charge interest rates above market rates. Hard money lenders typically require 5-10 percentage points higher interest rates than private money or conventional lenders. Plus, hard money lenders will typically charge you "points" on a loan which is pre-paid interest thereby making this a rather expensive funding alternative.

So why would you use hard money loans? Well, for one thing, hard money loans are typically for around 65-70% of the ARV (after repair value) of the property. This is an important point because it means you can get finance for any rehab costs that you have ahead of you and if your ARV is sufficiently greater than your costs you can get into a deal with little or no money down.

A hard money loan is extremely beneficial because you are not qualified based on your credit score or character, but hard money lenders qualify you based on the collateral in the loan. You might be able to get better rates elsewhere, but this offer offers flexibility to those whose credit history or loan serviceability, or even time schedule can't allow for service from a conventional lender.

Where should you look to find hard money lenders? The first place is in the "money to lend" pages of your local newspaper. The second place is at a meeting of your local real estate investing association. Local hard money lenders are often attending to solicit new business. Eventually, do not forget to check on the internet: just search for "hard money loans" or "hard money lenders."

There are several things to know when considering hard money lenders for your real estate transactions. First are some cons to hard money loans, the largest of which is that hard money will be leant to you at a much higher rate than prevalent from other lenders, typically 5-10% higher. They may also charge 'points' on the loan to ensure that they make a good return on it. There are pros to hard money lending as well, typically these types of loan are much easier to obtain and rely less on creditworthiness and more on the security of the loan, so hard money is much more flexible.

Published May 18th, 2007

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