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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

5 Things You Need to Know About an Arizona Bridge Loan

An Arizona bridge loan is a special type of short term loan that can help you buy a new home. It is important that you know your options and fully understand the terms of your loan to make an informed decision.

An Arizona bridge loan is a specialized short term loan that can be useful for real estate transactions. It is a short term loan that allows you to use the equity in your current home as a down payment on a new home before your current home sells. As the name implies, an Arizona bridge loan is designed to “bridge” the gap by giving you funds for a down payment. The loan is paid back with the proceeds from you home sale.

A bridge loan can be very beneficial in many ways because it allows you to buy a new home and put yours on the market without any restrictions. When you are living in a home while you are trying to sell it, scheduling showings can be a nightmare, especially if you have pets or kids. It is also difficult to keep your home show ready and leave at a moment’s notice. Many buyers will also have trouble picturing themselves in your home while your stuff is there. A bridge loan can allow you buy another home while yours is still on the market by fronting you the down payment.

An additional benefit of a bridge loan is that it is relatively easy to qualify for. There is not a lot of paperwork and since many borrowers will have a high debt to income ratio because they own two homes for a short period of time, debt and credit scores are not as important as they are in traditional loans.

Important Things to Consider when Thinking About an Arizona Bridge Loan

If an Arizona bridge loan sounds like it might be a good option for you, it is important to know all of the risks and benefits and know the ins and outs of your loan terms. Make sure you are in the driver’s seat and in control of your loan at all times. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

1.       An Arizona bridge loan may have a high interest rate. Since a bridge loan is a short term loan and is secured by the sale of your current home, the lender is taking a fairly significant risk in extending you the credit. The more risky the loan, the higher the interest rate. Although interest rates do fluctuate, you can expect to pay more than the prime rate and your rate could climb as high as the double digits.
2.       You can avoid paying interest. Although the loan itself has a high interest rate, shopping around for the right loan can help you avoid paying any interest at all. Many bridge loans allow you to skip the first few months of payments. If you can sell your home during this time period, you can pay the loan back before any interest accrues.
3.       There will be fees. An Arizona bridge loan has several fees associated with it. You will pay an administration fee of about $750 and an appraisal fee on your current home to ensure it is worth what you need to sell it for. In addition, you will pay wire fees, origination fees, and points which will be dependent on the amount of your loan. When all is said and done you will probably end up paying about $2,000 to secure your bridge loan. For most borrowers this is well worth it to get them into their new home sooner rather than later. Also, keep in mind that the fees will vary depending on your lender so shop around.
4.       A bridge loan can cause stress. If your current home does not sell quickly, you will end up paying the mortgage on it, the mortgage on your new home, and the payment on your bridge loan. Make sure to carefully evaluate your finances to ensure that you can make your payments for a short time if you need to. You can also help eliminate financial stress by pricing your current home to sell quickly.
5.       A bridge loan can save you money. If you wait to purchase your new home until your old home sells, you may end up needing a short term rental. This is literally throwing money down the drain. Getting the right Arizona bridge loan and selling your current home quickly can actually save you quite a bit of money.

If an Arizona bridge loan sounds like a good option for you, start looking at your options today!

An Arizona mortgage broker or private lender can help you get started on getting your bridge loan. Call our office today to schedule an appointment. You will be glad you did!

Dennis Dahlberg
Level 4 Funding LLC
Arizona Tel:  (623) 582-4444 

Texas Tel:     (512) 516-1177
NMLS 1057378 | AZMB 0923961 | MLO 1057378
23335 N 18th Drive Suite 120
Phoenix AZ 85027

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