Private Hard Money Lender in California, Texas and Arizona: 5 Tips to Successful Hard Money Loans

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5 Tips to Successful Hard Money Loans

Hard money loans are a great way to begin a successful career in real estate. Following a few tips will ensure your success.

Any borrowing experience can be stressful if you are not well prepared. But understanding the process and knowing about a few tips to follow can make your first experience with hard money loans simple and successful. Even without personal experience this information will give you a confidence that you are making good choices and will have success with your project.

Picking the right lender is a very important first step in the process. You will want to do some research to make sure that the lender has a good reputation and has experience working with borrowers. You will also want to be sure that you are comfortable working with the lender and within the standard terms that the lender offers. Equally important is selecting the right property. You need to be sure that the numbers work on any property that you are considering. Remember that this is a business deal and there should be no emotional attachment to the property. If the numbers won’t end with you making a profit then it is not the right deal for you.

Being Prepared Is Critical To Your Success

Even with the fast funding of hard money loans, you need to have been planning for your purchase for a considerable amount of time. The loan is likely to be limited to 75% of the cost of the property so you will need to have access to the remaining cash. This down payment is your “skin in the game” and also represents your equity in the property. Having the time to save the 25% down payment also relieves the added stress that will occur if you are using another unsecure resource to borrow additional money. You will also want to be sure that you have carefully prepared all of your paperwork. This can include research on the property and your business plan for buying, improving and selling the property. Some lenders will also want to see documentation showing your cash reserve for any repairs or operating costs and proof of the down payment funds. Having your financials ready can help to reduce the time that it takes you to be ready to seek a loan when you find the perfect property.

Manage Your Expectations

It is critical that you begin each real estate purchase and project with a realistic time line. It can be easy to get over excited on the first few projects and start to believe that the work can be completed more quickly than you first estimated. But in almost every case, you will find that the initial time estimate is shorter than the time required to complete the entire project. Be sure to build in a little extra time as a buffer. This will allow you to complete the project without the added worry of defaulting on the terms of your loan. Hard money loans are a great tool to begin real estate investing but you must be sure to make good decisions and maintain realistic expectations throughout the process.


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
111 Congress Ave |Austin | Texas | 78701
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