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Monday, April 23, 2018

Why you shouldn't just rely on appraisals when it comes to hard money

A traditional appraisal is usually the most crucial estimate of a properties value with a conventional mortgage. The situation can be more nuanced when it comes to hard money loans. There are additional factors that fall outside of the scope of an ordinary appraisal, and the amount of financing offered will depend on the valuation of your property. By having your an understanding of what a property might be worth you maximize your chances of qualifying for a more substantial loan.

The standard appraisal is a report given by a licensed professional and usually ranges between 5-70 pages in length. The report will detail information the appraiser used to justify their opinion about a properties market value. A more informal valuation is a broker price opinion, or BPO, which is much shorter than a detailed appraisal and is usually no more than 2-5 pages in length. The value of a BPO depends entirely on the individual broker. Another option is to commission a review of your initial appraisal by yet another appraiser to get a different perspective.

So why can't you solely rely on appraisals or other professional estimates? Appraising a property takes time and in some cases considerable resources. You also need to be aware of things that may fall outside the scope of a typical valuation if you want to qualify for a larger loan, especially when it comes to commercial properties.

When it comes to hard money loans, you benefit by going above and beyond the initial appraisal, especially when it comes to commercial real estate valuations

Having an understanding of what is property is worth is especially useful if you are dealing with commercial property.Know that anything that positively or negatively impacts a commercial properties ability to generate income will have a significant impact on its value.An ordinary appraiser might overlook the impact of a floor plan, the availability of parking or a properties accessibility in their estimate. The usual appraisal might also disregard the potential expense involved in bringing a property up to code or the cost of complying with environmental regulations.

It is vital to perform your own due diligence to see things an appraisal might have missed and to plan for any unforeseen expenses.With asset-based loans, the loan amount depends in most cases on the value of the underlying property. Having a thorough understanding of how your property is valued can help you qualify for a larger loan.

When it comes to hard money loans, always consider the future potential of your project to qualify for the largest loan

In all likelihood, an appraiser will underestimate a properties potential especially if you are renovating a distressed property. An appraiser will never attempt to estimate a properties value in the future, based on your renovations or pricing trends in the immediate area. Projecting the market value of a property is simply beyond the scope of an ordinary appraisal

It is up to you to perform own assessment when it comes to pricing trends in the immediate area, vacancy or occupancy rates, or any potential zoning changes in the future. Any of these factors could cause a property to rise or fall In value in the near future.

Entirely relying on an appraisal could blind you to a project's potential. Do your research and develop your understanding of specific things that could impact the value of your property in the future. You can thoughtfully discuss the potential of your project by performing your own due diligence, allowing you to qualify for the largest possible asset-based loan.


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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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Why you might consider a Hard Money Business Loan

If you are having trouble qualifying for traditional financing, a hard money business loan can be a great alternative to a conventional bank loan. With this loan you borrow against assets owned by your business, allowing you to qualify even if you have poor credit.

When it comes to businesses that apply for this type financing the value of their commercial property acts as collateral for the loan. The value of this underlying property is a more critical factor for this type of lender than a borrowers credit score. Those with low credit but with a lot in the way of collateral may find an asset-based loan a good financing strategy.

However, a Business owner will need to consider whether the expense of a loan matches their need for financing. Any type of alternative loan will almost always be more expensive than a traditional business loan.

Before applying for a hard money business loan, consider your need for financing and whether your need is proportional to any assets you might pledge as collateral.

With asset-based loans consider whether your need for financing matches the risk of losing any property you might pledge to back the loan. With this type of business loan there is the potential that the lender could seize your business or other personal property should you default.

However also consider the main advantages of asset-based loans. Because credit is a non-factor, they are easier to qualify for, less documentation is needed and these loans can close within a matter of days. These advantages may outweigh risks depending on your circumstances.

Why should you consider a hard money business loan over other types of alternative financing?

The interest charged on a typical asset based loan is usually 10-15 percent. The higher interest rate on this type of loan is due to the risk assumed by the lender by forgoing the usual credit checks. However, asset-based loans are still less expensive than other types of alternative financing.

You may have considered other alternative financing options which could be far more expensive than an asset-based loan. One example of alternative financing are merchant cash advances, which are loans backed by a percentage of your businesses future sales. Cash advances can consistently eat away at revenue stream, and APR can reach into the triple digits. Some methods of alternative financing may be less expensive, but could take much longer to close. For example, peer-to-peer platforms are one such type of alternative financing. While these loans may be less expensive than an asset based loan there is no guarantee that your loan will ever be fully funded. Asset based loans are less expensive than cash advances and are fully capitalized once your application is approved.

Always perform your due diligence to ensure any potential asset lender is trustworthy. Read online reviews of any potential lender to gauge the lender's honesty and the experience of their borrowers.

Asset based loans can be cheaper and can close faster than other types of alternative loans, making them a great option are you struggling to qualify for traditional financing or if your business needs cash quickly.


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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Friday, April 20, 2018

Tactics to secure a larger hard money loan: help your lender look past the LTV

You may already know that a hard money loan is a loan which is backed by a "hard" asset. The amount of financing you receive is usually a set percentage of the value of that asset, or LTV. Learn some strategies to help your lender look past the LTV in order to qualify for the most financing possible.

Giving loans at the lowest possible LTV is the primary way asset-based lenders protect themselves. A higher LTV means a borrower has less at stake in the event of default, and asset-based loans rarely exceed 75 percent in LTV. What if you need a larger loan which exceeds the standard 75 LTV benchmark? While LTV may be the most critical factor a lender will consider, there are other factors also taken into consideration, which can give you leverage to negotiate a larger loan.

Say you need a 760,000 dollar loan to finance the purchase of a million dollar property , in this case the LTV would be 76 percent. While the LTV on this loan is high, in this instance you would have 240,000 in equity invested which may be an amount significant enough to help your lender look past the LTV. You should also consider any other property you own, which could be used to back the loan ( a practice known as cross-collateralization).

If your home is worth 250,000 and you use it as collateral to secure the loan, in effect you have 490,000 of your own money backing the loan. These are just two specific instances were any reasonable lender could look past the LTV, but you should also take steps to demonstrate your strength as a borrower.

If you can, build your hard money lenders confidence in your strength as a borrower

Any reasonable lender will also consider your strength as a borrower and not just the LTV. Even though private lenders have a less traditional approach, the three C's of credit, capacity, and collateral still apply. Credit refers to your history of paying your debts on time. A reasonable lender might look past the LTV if you have a solid credit history. Capacity simply refers to your ability to service your debt on a monthly basis, so if you have a good steady income, you may qualify for a larger loan. LTV may be the most important factor when it comes to asset-based loans, but it is just only one factor a lender might consider. Evaluate your financial situation and demonstrate your strength as a borrower.

If you can thoughtfully consider your situation, you can increase your eligibility for a larger hard money loan

First consider the dollar value in terms of equity you have invested, knowing this number you can demonstrate to a lender exactly how much you have at stake. Take into account any other collateral you might have to back the loan and build your lenders faith in your strength as a borrower. Using any one of these strategies might help your lender look past the LTV which could help you qualify for a larger loan.


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.

Technorati Tags: commercial loans,commercial lending,commercial mortgage

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tactics to secure a larger hard money loan: estimate the ARV

A hard money loan (i.e.,an asset-based loan) is any loan secured by the value of an underlying asset. Most of these lenders will only give loans of up to 65 percent of an assets market value.

But what if you intend to renovate a distressed property which is significantly undervalued at the time purchase? To secure more in the way of financing you need to understand what your property worth is after you’ve repaired it (the after repair value, or ARV).

Asset-based lenders could offer more financing if you can demonstrate the potential of a project. However, to explain a project's potential you need to understand property valuations. Relying solely on appraisals will limit your understanding and wont serve you in the long run as a real-estate investor. Professional assessments are also expensive and time-consuming.

Your best bet is to develop your sense of what a property is worth by comparing your estimates with that of a licensed appraiser. Educating yourself this way will develop your understanding of property valuations. An excellent way to start training yourself when it comes to property values is to use the comparable sales method.

You can begin to estimate the ARV yourself by utilizing the comparable sales method, which could help you qualify for a larger hard money loan.

The first step is to assess your subject property, look at its location, what is the neighborhood like and what impact does this have on the properties value? Figure out the lot size and determine the condition of the exterior. Find out essential details about the property, its size in square feet and its amenities (i.e., Number of bedrooms and bathrooms).

Find 5 to 10 properties similar to your subject through local listings. Only consider properties that have sold within the last 3-6 months, are in the same location and have a similar size and similar amenities. It is crucial that you don't look at distressed properties. Remember you are trying to determine your properties potential after you have made renovations.

After you have enough comparable properties, consider the ones that are the most similar and find the properties with the highest and lowest selling price to estimate a range of value for your subject property. These numbers will give you a sense of what the property will sell for after you make your repairs. With this understanding, you can thoughtfully discuss the potential of your renovation project with a lender and qualify for the best loan.

You can secure a larger hard money loan if you can explain the potential of your project

Even the most informed estimate of a properties value is only an educated guess. If you rely solely on appraisals, you aren't building your knowledge of property valuations. Using a simple comparable sales method is an easy way to increase your understanding of property valuations and the after repair value of your property. Having this understanding builds your lenders confidence in your project and increases your eligibility for a larger loan.


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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Sunday, April 15, 2018

HOW TO GET A HARD MONEY LOAN APPROVAL

You have located the property that seems undervalued. Now, how do you get a hard money loan approval to make your first project a reality?

Hard money loans are loans that are generally available from investors as opposed to banks. They are often used to finance real estate transactions, though businesses and those looking for bridge loans also turn to these types of lenders. If your credit score is not strong enough for you to get a loan from a bank, then this is the option for you. These can be used as “bridge” loans between construction and long-term loans. Others turn to hard money loans that they use for rehabbing projects before turning to long-term lenders that want a completed project or a fully leased project.

Some of the questions you should consider are:

1) Does the company you are considering doing business with have a legitimate web site as compared to the web sites that are designed to just gather names and pass it along to a third party.

2) Are there any lawsuits? Any forclosed properties? Are they in good standing with investors?

3) When considering a lender, what is their area of focus? What kind of project have they financed previously?

4) Is there a physical presence for the company, do they have someone you can talk to?

Hard money loans are designed for one to five years. At this time, you will need to refinance the loan or pay it off. Some lenders have the option to extend the loans for a period of time. Interest rates are higher than loans through banks, generally 10% to 20%. Hard money loans fund quickly, usually in as little as one week. This is much shorter when compared to conventional loans which can take up to 30 to 60 days for an approval.

Collateral

The hard money loan is valued at the collateral value of the property not your credit score. Hard money loans are sometimes given to first time home buyers or to home owners that need a bridge loan so that they can buy the house of their dreams without having to wait for their first home to sell. Some hard money lenders fund 60%-70% of the after-repair-value(ARV). This leaves the remaining 30%-40% that you will need to fund. This generally refers to individual properties and not large commercial projects.

The lenders may ask for additional documents such as W-2s and bank statements. Protect yourself legally.

Most hard money lenders are not subject to government regulations. Have an attorney review all documents before you proceed and have an accountant review your projected cash flows. You should have all your documentation in a row such as the schedules and fees for the contractors and when and what they will be doing. Ultimately, you will need to repay the loan which usually occurs in 1 to 5 years. Have an exit strategy and know your lender. Many will consider extending a loan if you are having difficulty coming up with the final balloon payment. At Level 4 Funding, we’ve been in the business of hard money lending for decades and have a solid reputation behind us. Call us if you have any questions or concerns regarding this lending option.


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.

Technorati Tags: commercial loans,commercial lending,commercial mortgage

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Why Choose Hard Money Loans?

When borrowers think of private lenders, they often don’t understand the benefits of this lending option. But hard money loans can offer many benefits to the right borrower.

Hard money loans are a very different creature than the traditional bank loans that most people are familiar with. Unlike their stogy counterpart, the terms and conditions to qualify for a hard money loan are quite relaxed in many cases. The biggest factor in landing these types of loans is the value of the real property being used as collateral. Lenders use the loan to value ratio to determine the loan amount they are willing to offer. In most cases the highest a lender is willing to go on LTV is 50% to possibly 75% of the value of the collateral. This insures the lender that the collateral will always hold more value than the outstanding balance on the loan should the borrower default.

Knowing that your loan will only be around two thirds the value of your collateral might seem odd but there are many other factors which work in the borrowers favor to offset that one possible downside. Hard money loans are a viable solution for anyone who needs a loan but does not have the stellar credit that banks or mortgage lenders are going to require. Sure the interest rate is going to be higher than a bank would charge but higher interest is the price you pay to secure a loan with bad credit. It is also a good first step to take to rebuild your credit.

When Time Is Money

Hard money loans are also a very appealing option when time is critical for a business deal. Time really can be money in the business world. And if you have the chance to get in on a great deal but need to do it quickly, then a traditional bank might not be able to fund quickly enough to meet your needs. The solution is a non-traditional loan to land the deal and then the possibility of financing a traditional loan to pay off the first loan, leaving you with a lower interest rate for the long term.

The Package Deal

Traditional loans are typically a one size fits all deal and it is the borrower’s responsibility to find a way to make it work. But a non-traditional, or asset based loan is something that can be tailored to meet the individual needs of each borrower. Private lenders have much more flexibility because they are not forced to follow the state or federal laws which apply to banks and other commercial lenders. For this reason, borrowers are willing to pay a higher rate to enjoy the comfort of a customized loan that offers terms to meet their needs. In addition, there is far less paperwork and red tape to deal with when applying for a private loan. So your stress level and time invested in the process are both much lower. Just as when selecting your home, you pay more for custom features when getting a custom loan but the price can be worth it to enjoy the added benefits.


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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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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