Tips for Success When Using Hard Money Lenders

Borrowers can tend to be in a hurry when they are seeking hard money loans. Sadly that can lead to making a poor choice as a result of not checking out options for hard money lenders.

Finding the perfect property can be very exciting. The potential for making a great profit can make many new real estate investors rush through the process of selecting a lender. But using hard money lenders is no different than using a bank or a mortgage lender. And borrowers should always follow the same process when selecting their lender.

As with any business deal, you will want to complete some research on all potential lenders. This will tell you how long they have been in business, who they typically loan to and the types of loans that they normally offer. You might also be able to read customer reviews online or testimonials. All of this will let you know what other borrowers experiences have been with each of the hard money lenders that you are considering.

Talking to each lender will also give you a good feel for their level of interest in their clients. If the lender asks about your plans for the property, how you are financing the repair expenses and about comps in the area then he or she is interested in not only getting his or her money back but also in your success. Working with a lender who has a genuine interest in seeing you succeed will make the process much less stressful. Hard money lenders who are interested in creating long term relationships will express interest in each project. In addition, they will be more willing to work with you on creative or different terms than they normally offer.

What to Watch Out For

Bait and switch is a sure sign of an unethical lender. In these events, the lender offers great terms that the borrowers can’t refuse. Then as soon as the borrower verbally commits to the lender, the lender supplies a loan offer with drastically different terms. In most cases the interest rate is much higher and there are other hidden fees added to the final cost of the loan. A catch and release situation is where the lender charges several fees upfront that the borrower must pay before getting the actual loan offer. Once the borrower pays the fees then the lender ignores the borrower and never provides a loan offer. The lender gets to keep the fees and the borrower is faced to find a different lender. Both of these cases are certain signs of dishonest lenders.

Just Another Service Provider

When you are seeking any type of loan, don’t be intimidated by the lenders. Think of them as you would any other service provider and complete your due diligence to be sure that you are doing business with a reputable lender. An honest lender will not be offended by questions about their standard terms or loan practices.

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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