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Why some hard money lenders in Texas will turn you away

When Casey moved to Texas, he had dreams of making a name for himself in the real estate industry. He quickly realized it was not as easy as the shows on Bravo make it look. Hard money lenders in Texas are not the only ones that are on the chopping block when it comes to loaning money.

If you have been following Level 4 Funding for a while, you probably have read a few times that it is fairly easy to borrow a hard money loan. This is true, for the most part, when you are looking for a potential lender you are free to pick and choose who you want to borrow from. If a certain lender is offering an interest rate that is out of your range, then find another. If the lender you are talking to is not willing to lend you the money are seeking, you do not have to work with them.

For some borrowers, like Casey, the lender may turn you away if they feel the property is not going to return their money. There are usually certain standards that hard money lenders in Texas look for when they are considering lending someone money for a property.

Someone that is playing to win

The real estate business can be extremely unforgiving if you are not prepared and careful when you are looking at properties. Many lenders will not lend to you if you are not risking anything for the investment. Most lenders expect you to pay a large enough down payment on what you plan to purchase.

This is a sign of good faith that you are willing to stick your neck out for the property so you can recoup your money. In Casey’s situation, he was not willing to put a large enough amount that would suffice the risk that the lender was taking. He could have gotten another person to invest with him, but this was his first property. The down payment was the least of his problems.

When in doubt know, your way out

Most people that get into the business try to look for homes that will have a higher resale value during closing. When experienced investors are looking for a property they can flip for a profit, they make sure they have a plan to pay back the loan if all else fails. Hard money lenders in Texas look for borrowers that have an exit strategy if the property fails to make a positive return.

Casey did not think of this when he was planning on purchasing the derelict duplex in a fairly rough neighborhood. Since many people were moving out and Casey did not have enough money to buy the rest of the city block, it was unlikely the building would have a positive return.

Setting yourself up for success counts in real estate

Planning accordingly with allow you to seek out any lender you choose. For Casey being new to Texas and not knowing how things worked he ultimately failed. Take a page from Casey’s book and remember this: do not be like Casey. Take the extra hour to look up potential investors, and forget about being frugal when it comes to a down payment.

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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How to Know What to Expect When Applying for Commercial Real Estate Loans


If you are looking for a loan for your real estate property, then you need to know what to expect when applying for commercial real estate loans. There are many important components that you should be aware of during the application process.

Commercial real estate loans are not given to individuals, but to corporations, developers and other business entities. The funds can be used for a number of things for their business. It can be used for remodeling, adding more locations. If your business doesn’t have a strong credit history, then some lenders might be looking at the owner’s individual credit scores. To be sure of approval, it is best to have an excellent credit score, usually of around 700. So, make sure to keep that in mind before applying.

Be prepared to pay higher interest rates than those compared to residential loans. On top of higher interest rates will also be extra costs for the fees. These fees can include: legal fees, appraisal, loan application and survey fees. Keep these fees in mind when you ae shopping around for the best deals. You want to take these into consideration along with interest rates and other terms.

Also, be aware that you could face prepayment restrictions. Most of the commercial real estate loans come with certain regulations and terms. These will pop-up if you decide to pay off the whole amount of debt before the payment due date. This could result in having to pay penalty fees. This is actually a very common thing among lenders. It is usually calculated by multiplying the current outstanding balance by a certain penalty amount or interest guarantee. If the balance is paid off early, you may be responsible for paying a fee to the lender.

There are many different types of terms offered for commercial real estate loans.

The terms usually range from 5 years to 20 years, but the amortization period could end up being much longer than the actual term length of the loan. For example, a loan term could only be 7 years, but the amortization could be for 25 years. The length of the loan and amortization could affect the rate of the fees and the interest rate. But remember that most terms are negotiable. Just keep in mind that the longer period of the loan length, the higher interest rate.

Always take into consideration the factor of loan to value ratio.

The loan to value ratio measures the value of the loan compared to the value of the property that the loan is being used for. This is calculated by the lender and the category of the loan does play a role in this. If the loan to value ratio is high, then it is usually common for loans to be approved. Always talk about this with your lender before making any final decisions.

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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How to Avoid Phony Hard Money Lenders

Some phony hard money lenders have ruined it for a lot of lenders in the industry, as now many are looked at as money sharks. It is important to steer clear of the fake lenders and only deal with the real ones that you can trust.

There are many respectable hard money lenders out there and you can easily spot the fakes one if you pay attention to the red flags. Nothing can be a bigger sign than poor grammar and misspellings in the actual documents. This is one of the biggest signs that you are probably not dealing with a lender in the United States. It is always a smart move to work with a local lender. Also, be cautious of the number of types of loans they offer. You want to find a lender that specializes in hard money. It is usually a scam when a lender offers multiple types of loans like business loans, personal loans, home loans and car loans all in one place.

When it comes to a hard money loan, it usually requires some form of collateral to secure the loan. If you get an unsecured loan, that could be a sign of trouble. You never want to deal with those and also be wary of having to pay any large upfront payments. A large amount required at the beginning of the process is always a bad sign. Usually, only a small amount should be required as upfront payment.

A very low interest rate, ranging between 2 percent to 4 percent, along with no requirement of monthly payments, is also a sign that you should probably not deal with those hard money lenders. There is such a thing as too good to be true and these types of terms is usually what that means. Also, avoid lenders who do not have any websites or establish company emails. Scammers are known to use generic emails like Yahoo, Gmail or Hotmail. There should be no reason that you need to search hard for any proof of their reputation.

All reputable lenders will have a website that contains basic information about them.

It is always a good idea to do your research and homework on any company that you decide to work with when it comes to dealing with finances. The website should always include information about where their physical location is, contact information, information about recent loans they have closed on and reviews. Scammers will often not have a website at all, or try to include as little information as possible. If you are still unsure, you can always check on their licensing. It is not a requirement to be licenses with the Better Business Bureau, but it is always a good sign when they are.

Pay attention to all of the documents and offerings.

Reputable hard money lenders will always be upfront about the programs they offer. They usually provide a sheet listing their terms along with a commitment letter. If you are being pressured on the spot to make a decision right away, then you should probably look for another lender. You will usually be given enough time to do your own research to make the right decision.

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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The Difference between Bank Commercial Loans and Private Hard Money Lenders

3page_img1Hurricane Harvey is gearing up to be the second most costliest natural catastrophe to hit the United States. Investors and developers are already reaching out to commercial lending institutions in search of funding.

In addition to the immense devastation and human tragedy caused by Hurricane Harvey, its economic impact is expected to rank as the second most expensive natural disaster to occur in America. According to an article in the New York Times, Moody’s Analytics have estimated the damage to be in the $40 to $50 million ballpark. This is second only to Hurricane Katrina which killed almost 2,000 people and caused $130 billion in damage. Note: A recent article in USA Today raised the estimated cost of Hurricane Harvey to $190 billion. Commercial properties that have been flooded are estimated to cover approximately 455,000 square feet. Just as in 2005, rebuilding will accelerate once insurance checks are cut and federal aid is disbursed. And investors are already lining up to raise funds from commercial lending institutions for distressed properties.

Before Harvey hit, the building and construction segments were, as in other parts of Texas, booming in Houston. According to an article in Dallas News, “At midyear, more than 27,000 single-family homes were being built in the Houston area. And more than 23,000 apartments were under construction and scheduled to open this year.” Due to the increase in demand, construction firms and those they employed were already maxed out when Harvey hit. Now, in the wake of the devastation, other investors and contractors will be arriving to fill in the gaps. Just a few of the investment companies looking for commercial lending include Delshah Capital, Madison Realty Capital and Steven Witkoff, a New York developer.

The San Diego Union reported that more than 3,000 national and state guard troops were being deployed to assist with relief and recovery efforts. Water, food and shelter are the top priorities at this time. As the waters recede, there will undoubtedly be an influx of contractors, insurance adjusters and FEMA employees. Currently, there are more than 200 shelters housing more than 32,000 people who have been displaced due to the catastrophic nature of Harvey. Because of these two factors, multifamily units are expected to be in high demand.

Timing

At Level 4 Funding, our hearts and prayers go out to those affected by this national disaster. With an office in Dallas and clients in Houston, we are very close to those affected. We hope that investors and developers will show good taste and wait for the waters to recede and displaced residents to find housing before making their move. At the right time, these individuals and businesses will be a great asset to the recovery of this place in America that has shown its true colors of faith, humanity and neighbor helping neighbor in the midst of incredible challenges.

“Bad things do happen in the world, like war, natural disasters, disease. But out of those situations always arise stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”—Daryn Kagan.

When the time is right, we are here to help those looking for immediate funds and commercial lending with which to rebuild this incredible area of our country.

mark-gowlovech-150x150Dennis 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

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   

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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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How to get a Commercial Loan when you are Self-Employed

In today’s era of rules and regulations, it can be difficult for the self-employed to obtain a commercial loan. Fortunately, there are options available for those that are fortunate enough to work for themselves.

One of the main reasons self-employed borrowers have difficulty obtaining a commercial loan is because of their reported income on annual tax returns. This is one of the many perks of being self-employed—all those write-offs including lunch with clients and travel expenses associated with training and business prospects. Unfortunately, all those write-offs are also the reason that individuals find it difficult to get the commercial loans they need to get started or increase their real estate investment portfolio.

One of the requirements that commercial lending institutions utilize is the debt-to-income (DTI) ratio. This is the ratio of monthly payments or liabilities such as car, credit cards, insurance, mortgage, etc. to monthly income. The requirements generally range anywhere from 38 to 50 percent. Lenders further break it up into two categories: front and back-end. Your front-end relates to housing payments while the back-end is your total recurring debt payments. These numbers will be determined by your bills and your tax returns, making it difficult for those that have lessened their tax burden through numerous business deductions. In addition to your past two years of tax returns, you will require other documentation.

Most traditional commercial lenders will require the following from a self-employed business owner: A copy of your business license, most recent 2 months of bank and asset statements, year-to-date profit and loss statement, and current property’s insurance. If you are a corporation, you will also need the last two paystubs with year-to-date earnings. If you are not “paperwork” minded and diligent in keeping business records, providing the needed documentation that gets you approved can be nothing short of a nightmare. Fortunately, there are alternatives.

Acquiring a Loan through a Private Hard Money Lender

If you are looking to develop or expand your real estate portfolio, a hard money lender may be the funding you are looking for. Most private lenders in this category look to collateral as a means of securing the loan and pay less attention to credit scores and DTI. One option is obtaining a bridge loan—a short-term loan that investors use in order to purchase a property quickly and make the necessary renovations before reselling.

One of the loans we offer at Level 4 Funding is the bridge loan. This loan is generally used as a bridge from one asset to the next—allowing you to keep one property while purchasing the next.
At Level 4 Funding we specialize in commercial loans for the self-employed. We offer a fast and easy approval process using either 12 months of bank statements or the last two years tax returns. Your credit score can be as low as 620 and the DTI up to 50 percent. We also offer 5/1 ARM or 30 year fixed with rates starting at 4.99 percent APR with no prepayment penalty. Call us to discuss your many options.

mark-gowlovech-150x150Dennis 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

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   

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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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