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Spec Home Financing: Tactics to Increase Eligibility

p1_img2The continued recovery of the real-estate market may have you pondering the construction of a spec home. When it comes spec home financing learn some of the basics of how these deals are structured,  what a lender will expect from you and how you can increase your eligibility.

Spec home loans are used to construct homes before an actual buyer has been secured. You get a short-term loan to cover the cost of construction. After you finish construction, you either sell the house or refinance to pay the balance of the initial short-term loan. Naturally, when it comes to spec homes, there are a lot of risks involved.

First the lender has nothing to repossess if you default, expect a hole in the ground. Second you don’t even have a buyer in place. Your finished home might sit there for months on end, crumbling to dust and filling with cob-webs, all the while your loan goes unpaid and your lender is at a loss.

Considering all this risk what do you need to do to increase your eligibility?

Eligibility in the Case of Spec Home Financing Comes Down to how likely is it that the property will sell? How much equity does the borrower have in the deal?

In the first place, your lender will want to know the land you aim to purchase has access to roads and utilities. Obviously, your chance of qualifying will be made far more difficult if you intend to build a multiplex condo development in the middle of the woods.

A similar standard comes into play when it comes to your proposed project. A neoclassical surrealist home complete with faux-fur finishes is not going to qualify for financing. Your proposed home should appeal to the average buyer, which assures your lender that after construction is complete, someone will actually purchase your new home.

Also expect to make substantial down payment. The risk implied in these types of deals means few spec lenders are willing to offer more than 85% of projects projected value after completion, so you as a borrower should have the funds on hand to make up the difference.

Some lenders will also want to look into your savings in case your project runs into any unexpected difficulties. They may scrutinize your credit score, tax returns or other pertinent financial documents.

But above all, you need to prove your worth as a borrower when it comes to financing a spec home.

Try these tactics to increase your eligibility for Arizona spec home financing.

There’s obviously a lot of risk in these sorts of deals, and a lender will need a lot more assurance than just a credit score to approve your loan. Good credit or bad, there is no substitute for a compelling business plan. 

Have a very detailed plan with nearly every aspect of your project worked out ahead of time including blueprints, budgets, and precise timetables. Having a clear timeline of how your project will proceed is of vital importance. Your lender will want to know when your spec home will actually be finished, and when they can expect repayment.

Above all, you should be able to tell your lender the “story of your project.”  This story should not be make-believe and based purely on your own conjecture. Have a clear plan which should include projections of the profit that can be earned based on statistical evidence. Look at similar projects in the immediate area and know how much they sold for, this information can lend credence to your projected valuation.

In short, be sure that your proposed project is in line with the realities of the market. But above all have a clear plan. Use evidence to back up your projections. Employing these strategies will increase your eligibility for financing and help you get your spec home project off of the ground.

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
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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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Private vs. Hard money lenders: The Differences

page3-img2You may wish to finance your next investment property, but find yourself a bit confused about the differences between private and Phoenix hard money lenders. This article will attempt to clear up some of this confusion and some common misconceptions, so you can get a clear perspective and find the help thats right for you.

Some consider private money and hard money lenders essentially the same thing.  But there are a few fundamental differences you of which you should be aware. It all comes down to the criteria these lenders use to evaluate borrowers, and these considerations can impact the type of deal you can secure.

The main difference between these two types of lenders is how they evaluate individual borrowers. Private lenders might consider all three C’s of lending (credit, capacity, and collateral).  Hard money providers generally only consider the value of the collateral on offer.

Therefore, private lenders may put scrutiny on aspects of your financial history such as your credit score. A private lender may also want to get a sense of your capacity or your ability to repay your loan. They might look into your financial history to ensure your income is sufficient to carry your current debts, usually  this measurement is expressed as a debt to income ratio (DTI). If your credit score or DTI doesn’t meet the private lender’s criteria, you may not qualify.

In contrast, hard money providers mainly look at the value of the collateral on offer, i.e., the value or potential value of the property you aim to finance. However because collateral is the primary consideration in the case of hard money there are some misconceptions when it comes to this type of lending.

The main complaint about Phoenix hard money lenders is that they are less willing to work with borrowers

Because hard money providers mainly look at the collateral offered by the borrower, they assume a higher risk. Because of this assumed risk hard money is often more expensive than private money. 

However, some assume that hard money providers are less flexible than their private counterparts. Because this type of lender only looks at collateral, they might have less confidence in a borrowers ability to repay. Therefore, if a  borrower meets turbulent fiscal headwinds, many assume it’s in a hard money providers best interest to foreclose on the property and resell it at a profit.

But this is a flawed assumption; because any reputable lender wants their borrower to succeed.

Foreclosure is a hassle, and no one wants to deal with it. So don’t assume your hard money provider won’t work with you if you run into financial difficulties.

Arizona Private Money Lenders may offer a better deal, but fewer borrowers may be eligible.

Going the private money route can result in a better deal.  Because most private money providers look into your credit and your capacity to repay,  and therefore they have more confidence in you as a borrower.

This confidence on the part of the private lender could give you the leverage to negotiate a better deal.

While private money may potentially be cheaper,  it may also be less convenient. You may not qualify according to the standards of an individual lender. In addition, underwriting your loan could take a long time, and this application process could cause you to miss out on your investment opportunity.

But there are no hard and fast rules in the case of either private money or hard money, as every individual lender is different.

Just know that the primary difference is that private lenders may consider( may being the operative word here), all three C’s of lending before approving an application, while hard money providers only consider the collateral on offer.

Private lenders might be able to offer cheaper loans, but the application process might also be less convenient when compared with their hard money counterparts. It is a catch 22. Private money might be less expensive but also less convenient. Hard money might be more convenient but it also might be more expensive. 

However, don’t make assumptions, every private or hard money lender is different. Ask any lender you approach about how they evaluate individual borrowers to see what type of deal you might be able to negotiate.

Dennis DahlbeDennis Dahlber Broker Ri CEO Level 4 Funding LLCrg
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.© 2016 Level 4 Funding LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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Using Hard Money for House Flipping Loans

635975440There are many benefits to using hard money when you need house flipping loans. These nontraditional loans offer all of the flexibility and benefits that will make you profitable.

Traditional loans are designed to be used by home buyers who are going to carry the mortgage for 15, 20 or even 30 years. But house flipping loans should never reach even a year if you are running your business correctly. You want to buy quickly, make the repairs and renovations and then get the house resold for a profit as quickly as possible. And asset-based lending or Arizona Hard Money Loans as they are also called can be the perfect loan for flippers.

Arizona Hard Money Loans are very short-term loans. Many are for only a few months and because of their short-term, the rates are higher than a traditional loan. The rates range from a low of about 7% to as high as 15% or more if the lender is unsure of the deal. There are also additional fees that the borrower will pay such as closing costs and lender fees. But the biggest benefit of hard money is that the application process is very fast and simple. Many loans are fully processed in less than two weeks which is far less than the average 90 to 180 days for a traditional mortgage to process.

The process to qualify for Arizona Hard Money Loans is based more on the value of the property that you are buying than it is on your personal creditworthiness. While the lender might check your credit score and require a score of 550 or better, that is far below more traditional lenders standards. The value of the property is also what will determine the amount that the hard money lender is willing to offer you. The loan to value rate is how this is determined. Each lender has a specific percentage of a property’s value that he or she is willing to loan. In most cases that number is between 70% and 80% of the current value of the property.

Collateral on House Flipping Loans

The reason that the LTV is important is that the lender will require that you use the property as collateral for the loan. This protects the lender in the event that you default on the loan. Bu loaning only a percentage of the property value, the lender will always know that the collateral is worth more than the balance you owe on the loan. If you do default, the lender will take possession of the property and sell it to recover his or her investment in the loan.

Hard Money is a Wise Choice

As long as you make wise choices and are aware of the expenses of an Arizona house flipping loans, hard money is a good selection to fund your purchase. But only when you have a clear renovation plan and time frame for completion of the project. The short timeframe of the hard money loan and the higher interest rates leave little margin for error if you want to earn a good profit.

Dennis DahlbeDennis Dahlber Broker Ri CEO Level 4 Funding LLCrg
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.© 2016 Level 4 Funding LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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Types of Deals and Properties for Arizona Hard Money Loans

Brandon-Abney-Arizona-Home-Mortgage-FHA-Specialists-150x150Not every loan is perfect for every type of purchase. But there are many deals work very well within the parameters of Arizona Hard Money Loans.

One of the great features of Arizona Hard Money Loans is that they are funded by private lenders. This means that the borrower often has a great deal more freedom with regard to the type of property being purchased with the funds. The loan is being secured by the property so the lenders do want to be certain that the property value is greater than the loan. He or she will also be interested in the saleability of the property in the event of a default on the loan. But as long as there is a market for the property, most lenders are willing to fund a loan for any type of property. That is not to say that some lenders don’t specialize in a specific property type, but as a rule, any type of property including residential, commercial or industrial can be purchased with hard money.

Some of the features of Arizona Hard Money Loans make this a better loan for certain types of purchases. The short-term of Arizona Hard Money Loans makes them impractical for most home purchases but it also makes them ideal for many investment type purchases. Real estate investors who purchase properties to quickly fix up and resell, flippers, are very fond of hard money simply because it is easy to apply for and secure as well as being one of the fastest funding loans. In the world of real estate flipping, time is a critical element that makes it a perfect fit for hard money.

Hard Money Land Loans

Land can often be harder to purchase with a traditional loan. But a hard money lender is often happy to have the land as collateral on a loan. This allows the borrower to purchase the land and improve it with a building, utilities or other features to make the land more valuable prior to selling it. And with the loan for the land being hard money, there is less of a chance that the purchaser will be denied a construction loan for the addition of a structure.

Hard Money Loans with Bad Credit

Many borrowers find that with bad personal credit or no personal credit history, it is impossible to obtain a traditional loan to purchase real estate. But hard money lenders are basing their decision on the value of the property being purchased and not the creditworthiness of the borrower. So a bad credit score might mean that you pay a slightly higher interest rate, but in most cases, you will be able to get a hard money loan. Hard money can also be your only option if you have gotten into a very expensive project and you have overextended your credit or maxed out all of your other options. Again, the interest might be higher but you can get a hard money loan. Finally, for a busy flipper who might have multiple properties under contract at one time, the hard money lender will not decline your request based on the number of loans that you are carrying. The only really important factor is the value of the property. Knowing how to use these loans correctly can open many doors for someone who wants to enter the real estate industry as a flipper.

Dennis DahlbeDennis Dahlber Broker Ri CEO Level 4 Funding LLCrg
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.© 2016 Level 4 Funding LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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Triple Your Property Value With Arizona Investment Property Financing

825082878Investing in the right loaning opportunities when it comes to property can dramatically grow the value of your property. Learn how to exponentially create your earnings by choosing the correct lending opportunities to grow your assets and secure a bright financial future for your business or company.

If you are trying to increase the value of your business or company and grow your assets, Arizona Investment Property Financing may be the perfect solution for you and your company. Investing in your business or company through the acquisition of loans can give your business the added capital or funds needed in  order to go after new business ventures. In fact, Arizona Investment Property Financing can even added to your property value substantially.

What could you do with an investment property loan? If you are attempting to invest in real estate, this could be an excellent step in the right direction. These helpful tips can be a good way to get started and begin to triple the value of your assets or properties.

1. Make a down payment that is as large as you can afford. Qualifying for the best interest rates is only possible when you are able to put a substantial down payment on your potential investment properties. If you don’t currently have the funds to make a large down payment, you may want to wait to invest or opt to acquire a second mortgage. Speaking to an experience broker may help you find the best choice for your particular financial situation and budget.

2. Big banks may not be the right way to go. Choosing local businesses or a local lending opportunity may be a better choice than choosing a larger bank. Typically, a smaller bank will have more financing options and more flexibility in their requirements for financing. This means that when investing it may be best to stick to local lenders rather than seeking the help of larger banks or lenders.

3. Think outside of the box. Don’t be afraid to get creative. You may opt to borrow from a person rather than an organization such as a bank. Private lenders can be a good way to find a particular lending agreement that suits your budgets and your needs. Similarly to local banks or smaller banks, a private lender may have more flexibility and able to work with you to accommodate a specific budget or financial limitations.

How Do I Know Which Properties to Invest In?

Arizona Investment Property Financing may seem like an intimidating process for beginner investors or new entrepreneurs.  However, with careful planning and strategy, investing in property can be a successful tool for growing your assets and developing your business or company.

Finding the best investment opportunities is a gradual process but with time can be the perfect tool for you to achieve your business dreams and goals.

Whether you are new to the real estate world or are a more experienced investor, hopefully this guide gave you some insight on the world of investing and finding the best opportunities for you and your needs.

Dennis Dahlberg Mortgage Broker_thumb_thumb_thumb_thumb_thumbDennis 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 Make the Most Out of Your Arizona Business Loans

24684040Getting approved for a Arizona business loan can be an exciting opportunity for you and your business. Learn how to spend your loan wisely to grow your business and increase your profit.

Great news! You have just been approved for your business loan! If your business has finally been approved for a loan, it’s time to spend your new funds carefully to best help your business grow and increase earnings. When used properly, Arizona Business Loans can be a valuable tool to help expand your business. These helpful tips will help you make the most out of your loan so that your business can thrive.

  • Keep your loan separate from the rest of your funds. Keeping Arizona Business Loans separate from the rest of the expenses in your other accounts can help you make sure that you do not overspend your loan or waste your loan on unnecessary purchases. Having to gradually transfer your loan through your accounts will help you keep track of your spending habits over time.

  • Make the payments on your loan automatic. Paying off Arizona Business Loans over time can actually be a good way to increase your credit score as long as you are sure to make your payments on time, every time. Setting up automatic payments on your loan can prevent you from making the mistake of forgetting a payment.

  • Spend on worthwhile expenses. Don’t waste your loan on costs that won’t broaden the horizons of your business or help grow your company. Instead, spend on worthwhile investments that can lead to exciting opportunities for your business. This could mean spending more money or marketing ventures or increasing the inventory of a product.

Forgetting to pay off your business loan on time or making payments too late can damage your credit score. Keep track of your spending habits and budget accordingly so that you will always be able to pay off your loan. Just because you have the added funds of a business loan does not mean that you should forget about your budget or increase your spending habits dramatically.

Common Business Loan Mistakes to Avoid

When used carefully and smartly, Arizona Business Loans are a smart investment for any business or company. A loan can give business owners much more flexibility within their business to achieve certain goals or bring more assets to their company. For example, strategically spend your loan on items such as marketing to draw more traffic towards your business.

Make sure your business loan expenses are valid. Don’t spend on unnecessary expenses just because you can.

It’s a simple truth that in order to make money, a business has to spend money. A business loan can be an exciting new opportunity for business owners to grow their business and invest in their future. Paying off a business loan over time can even lead to a higher credit score which can broaden a business’s financial future and options. Use a loan the right way to give your business the tools it needs to grow and succeed.

Dennis-Dahlberg-Mortgage-Broker32222[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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Investors; Why Real Estate Lines Of Credit ?

iStock_000001084155XSmall“Scoring” a Real Estate Lines Of Credit can be a great way to use your current equity in your properties to build your investor portfolio. Find out how easy it can be to draw capital on what you already own.

Are you an pansy Real Estate Investor? Do you find that there are more deals slipping through your fingers than you can fund at any given time? Do you feel like you are on the verge of becoming one of the “bigger fish” but are just falling short due to lack of available cash? Obtaining a single or multiple Real Estate Lines Of Credit is one of the best ways to use your current equity to help fund new and exciting real estate ventures.

But how does one secure Real Estate Lines Of Credit? Well it is easier than you may think. Sometimes called “Acquisition Credit Lines”, Real Estate Lines Of Credit can be obtained at most financial institutions. Though all financial Institutions are different and have different rules and processes, a line of credit to and investor with current real estate equity can happen as quickly as 30 days. Once you are approved, your accounts are funded very quickly in most cases.

How does it work? Well once you have secured your Real Estate Lines Of Credit, it could be used much like a credit card. No need to wait around for funding and underwriters to close that deal. You can get your deals done fast, beating others to the punch, who have, in the past, perhaps got there before you. The playing field is evened because you now have the cash on hand.

Other benefits of having real estate credit lines include small or no upfront fees, no appraisals, no secondary collateral, and absolutely no restrictions on use! Absolutely none! One of the greatest assets of securing Real Estate Lines of Credit is that it gives the investor the ability to do any type of real estate deal! Commercial, house rentals, Multi units, flips; with this kind of credit line, the investor is now on a level playing field as the “Tycoon” and is not limited to one kind of real estate deal.

Having ready “cash On Hand” available for an investment in real estate is a huge asset in an overall investment strategy. It may be just one part of your overall strategy but in most cases, it will be one of the most important ones.

As mentioned earlier, financial institutions differ greatly, so you should consult with multiple lenders to see what they offer. It is also a pretty good idea to consult your attorney and independent financial advisor to assess your personal situation before you dive head first into Real Estate Credit Lines.

So don’t be left behind or limit yourself as an investor. Real Estate Lines Of Credit are both easy and quickly secured. But more importantly, they give the investor the flexibility to make many kinds of deals and the agility to do it quickly.

Dennis-Dahlberg-Mortgage-Broker32222Dennis 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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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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What to Expect With Hard Money Loans Arizona

Hard money loans Arizona offers real estate investors a great tool. But, that tool is only useful if the investor understand the process and knows what to expect.

Hard money loans Arizona represent a good opportunity for many real estate investors. But knowing what to expect from the process and how to prepare are critical to a successful request and having the loan funded. Knowing what the lender is looking for will let you present him or her with the desired information and be prepared to meet the requirements of getting the loan.

Hard money lenders are going to want to see that the borrower has some money in the bank as a safety net in case there are issues with the property or the future transaction. Being cash poor is going to make it difficult for you to pay insurance, invest in repairs to the property or even maintain the property. So it is always wise to create a nest egg before beginning your search for hard money loans Arizona.

As a first time hard money borrower, it is also important that you do your homework. Understanding the terms for hard money loans Arizona is very important. The interest rate is definitely going to be higher than a traditional loan and the terms are going to be much shorter. But that is the price of doing business in the hard money world. However, the advantage for you is that all of the terms on hard money loans Arizona are negotiable. You simply need to work with the lender to agree to terms that meet both your needs and his or her needs.

What to Ask For

The loan to value rate is simple the comparison of the amount that you are asking for and the current market value of the property. In most cases a hard money lender will never fund over 70% of the cost of the property. So you need to be aware of this “magic” number and limit your request accordingly. In addition, you will need to be able to demonstrate your ability to provide the remaining amount of the purchase price for the down payment on the property.

Have a Planed Exit Strategy

All that the lender is really interested in is recovering his or her investment and interest on the hard money loan. But the lender understands that for you to pay off such a large loan in a short period of time, then you will most likely need to resell the property for a profit. So the lender will want to know how you plan to accomplish that task. And because it is only on a very rare occasion that things go perfectly, it is best for the lender and for you, to have more than one exit plan. You might want to do a quick flip on a residential property. But if you can’t find a buyer then a reasonable backup plan it to rent the property and seek a traditional loan to pay off the hard money loan.

Knowing what to expect and being prepared will not only help you to secure a hard money loan but it will also help you to be successful in profiting from that loan.

How to Make Getting Hard Money Business Loans Quick and Easy

When it comes to getting approved to hard money business loans, it can be an arduous process. But Level 4 Funding offers simple “ABCs” to help you become eligible for loans and get approved fast!

When you decide you want to get hard money business loans for your company, there is a lot you can do to prepare before you ever even meet with a lender. For example, as with most anything, research can begin on the Internet. Do some digging about the types of loans available to business owners like yourself in your same industry and specific to you needs (for example, are you looking to purchase equipment or a building? – there are specific loans designed for each of those needs).

Once you’ve done some initial research about the types of loans out there, do your due diligence on lenders. While there online marketplaces that make getting a loan without ever leaving the comfort of your coach very doable, it’s also important to make sure you have the proper expertise and guidance — especially if you are first-time borrower. That comes from working with a professional lender.

Look for lenders that are local, have experience with loans in your specific industry and who can share their portfolio with you. Getting a good feel for your lender and moving forward on the same page makes the process of applying for hard money business loans much quicker and easier.

When you have made the decision on a lender, you can then decide if you need a short-term or long-term loan.

There are so many different ways to go about obtaining the loan as well as the kind of loan. Once you begin the application, you and your lender can work together on fine-tuning the right terms for your loans.

Once you submit your application, there are some evaluations that take place.

While with conventional banks and long-term loans, the process is much longer, requires a more complex application and proof of multiple forms of documentation, financials, credit reports and so on short-term loans with an alternative lender move much more quickly. The application process and fairly straightforward and the lender is mainly interested in collateral — and not much else. So if you want to move the process along, be prepare to prove what you can provide as collateral to secure the loan. It can even be the equipment or property that you intend to purchase with the loans. It’s a good idea to obtain legal advice when it comes to reviewing the term agreements. Be sure to take your time with all the documents that will require your John Hancock. These terms are binding with that signature. This is also a good time to review the entire contract with a fine-tooth comb to ensure that you haven’t missed any clauses about additional charges, fees or even pre-payment penalties. When you are ready to find a loan that’s right for you, call us at Level 4 Funding today.


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