Hard Money Rescues Turned Down Loans


Check out our most recent Hard Money video here:


Hard Money Rescues Turned Down Loans


If you feel like your loan application is drowning, soon to “die” by getting
turned down, then you need to watch this video of how I can rescue such a loan.

Real Estate loans can be hard to get for some with poorer credit, who are self
employed, had a recent foreclosure or bankruptcy. Or, you may just need a fast
loan and can’t find an “A” paper Lender who can fund fast.

This sounds like your loan request needs to be rescued, so call me, Forest – The
Guy in the White Hat! (707) 523-2099.

I can help with those drowning loans! For well over 25 years I have been
specializing in loans to Borrowers who have been “Turned Down Elsewhere” as well
as offering all other types of loans. For the last 4 or 5 years I have only
done Hard Money Loans. Recently, about 70% of the loans I have funded I had to
rescue from “A” paper lenders as they were declined for whatever reason.

There are really just 2 requirements for a Hard Money Loan: #1 You have to have
a pretty good down payment for a purchase or equity if a refinance and #2 The
ability to repay the loan.

Call me! Hope to be able to help you soon!




P.S. – We love referrals!


Loan approval is based on just 2 criteria:

1. Good Down Payment or Decent Equity

2. Ability to Repay


• Owner Occupied, Investor financing, Commercial and some Land Financing

• FAST private money purchase financing Sonoma County & Northern California.
• FICO is not a factor.
• Up to 80% loan to value, Case by case basis.
• Loan amounts from $75k – $1mil+
• Lower rates with Good Compensating Factors, Case by case basis.
• Fast refinancing.

CALL FOREST, The Guy In The White Hat at (707) 523-2099;

Or email him at forest@sunpacmortgage.com

See our website at: www.sunpacmortgage.com


CA BRE Broker – California Bureau of Real Estate Broker.   Corporate License # 01464899.

NMLS – Nationwide Mortgage Licensing (Registry) System.  Office NMLS # 360993

*APR based on loan amount of $130,000 is 9.469%.

Job Growth, Home Sales Will Continue Expanding in 2014 and Beyond


As Hard Money Broker and business owner this good article to share, mostly highlighting the last bullet points:


Looking ahead, the latest Burns report predicts:

§U.S. home prices will rise another 15 percent  from 2014 through 2017.

§Home prices will reach “normal affordability levels” in 2015 and then become unaffordable.

§Interest rates on 30-year, fixed-rate home loans will reach 4.5 percent in 2014, 5 percent in 2015, 5.5 percent in 2016, and 6 percent in 2017.


Read the rest here: http://blog.pacunion.com/job-growth-home-sales-expand-2014-beyond/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+pacunionblog+%28Pacific+Union+Blog%29

Hard Money Math – Simple Loan When Said Right



By Broker, Forest Tardibuono

Hard Money Math

The lending choices for Buyers in this market have been simplified.  There are “A” paper lenders for Buyers who have really great credit, verifiable income and verifiable cash to close the transaction.  Next are Hard Money lenders, who require a good down payment and an ability to repay the loan.

There is really nothing in between.  So it really compels real estate brokers and agents as well as Buyers to become familiar with what Hard Money is all about.

Hard Money is very simple mathematically.

Here is an example assuming a purchase price of $200,000.

The “good down payment” mentioned above would be a minimum of 30%.  There are occasions where 25% will work but for this example we will use 30% as a down payment.  On a $200,000 purchase price that would be $60,000.

That would leave you with a loan amount of $140,000.  For a Hard Money loan payment you need to multiply the interest rate offered for your profile as a Buyer, times the loan amount to get how much interest you will pay per year.  Then divide it by 12 months to get the monthly payment.  For this example, here is what it would look like with a *10.50% interest only loan for $140,000.  That’s $140,000 X 10.50% = $14,700.  Divide this by 12.  $14,700 ÷ 12 months = $1,225 per month.

Please note that the 10.50% rate mentioned above applies in my office and can be higher or lower depending on the down payment, loan size, property, property location, occupancy type, etc.

Hard Money is here to stay and is a vital tool for the busy realtor and for Buyers who have tried the “A” paper route and been turned down.  2/3 of the loans I do are for purchases. The Buyers are so grateful too, as they thought they had no chance for home ownership.

I invite you to call your local Hard Money Broker and really get the further scoop on what Hard Money is all about.   It is the only loan program I now offer.  After 25 years of doing this, I know of which I speak.



Forest Tardibuono- the Guy in the White Hat – is a CA DRE Broker with 25 years of experience in real estate and lending. His phone number is (707) 523-2099. See website @ www.sunpacmortgage.com.

Why RE Brokers Are Still Alive and Kicking


Getting back to the office after this morning’s great Santa Rosa Chapter of Realtors Marketing Meeting, I came across the below Pacific Union’s article from a few months ago called “Why Real Estate Brokers Are Alive and Kicking”, and it rings so true:


“So, why haven’t the Zillows and Redfins of the world killed off real estate brokers? Because they can’t replace what makes our professionals essential to the transaction: the market mastery, the in-the-trenches experience, the advice and recommendations that take decades to develop.


“They can’t match the combination of deep knowledge, insight, and instinct that allow our people to identify a client’s dream home –  and ultimately make that client’s dreams a reality.


“The Internet is great for research. But search algorithms, virtual tours, and robots just can’t replace professional expertise.”


Ever since I started our real estate and mortgage company with my wife 25+ years ago we have striven to be true professionals, honest expertise based on continuing education and regular market updates and networking so we were up-to-date on everything possible we could be.


All for the sake of our current and potential hard money and real estate customers!



Best, Forest

Owner/Hard Money Broker – The Guy in the White Hat



Original link to Pacific Union Bay Area Real Estate Blog, “Why Real Estate Brokers Are Alive and Kicking” March 19, 2013:




Forest Tardibuono- the Guy in the White Hat – is a CA DRE Broker with 25 years of experience in real estate and lending. His phone number is (707) 523-2099. See website @ www.sunpacmortgage.com.

Top 10 Reasons To Use Hard Money



By Broker, Forest Tardibuono


Having watched a lot of David Letterman Late Night shows, I realized just as he has his “Top 10 reasons”, there are Top 10 Reasons To Use Hard Money

Need I say more…

#10. You had a recent Bankruptcy.
#9. You are currently in a bankruptcy.
#8. You had a short sale not too long ago..
#7. You had a foreclosure yesterday.
#6. You have been in a bankruptcy for a year, had 2 foreclosures of rental properties in the last 12 months and you are currently short selling your home (true story!!).
#5. Your home loan was just declined by the bank that approved you a month earlier for something on your credit report that was there from the start.
#4. You have written 11 [unaccepted] offers and now have a new best friend in your Realtor.
#3. 3 words: “Fourteen” – “Day” – “Escrow”! (I just did one in 7 days. My record is 5, and I would like the challenge to do it quicker!!)
#2. You are the “perfect loan” for a bank. Perfect credit, perfect income, big down payment. But you want to buy a dumpy property and fix it up. Banks hate dumpy properties.
And the #1 Reason… As a Hard Money Lender for 25 years – I say YES when others say no!


Call me with your scenarios and let’s see how I can help you.



Forest Tardibuono- the Guy in the White Hat – is a CA DRE Broker with 25 years of experience in real estate and lending. His phone number is (707) 523-2099. See website @ www.sunpacmortgage.com.

Flipping properties in North Bay….when done smartly it’s good for everyone.


Flipping properties in North Bay….when done smartly it’s good for everyone.


Having done many loans in the past and currently for flippers, I am with Rick Laws and Patrick Barber on what they say (see below Pacific Union Bay Area Real Estate Blog of June 6 2013 “San Francisco, Santa Rosa Metro Areas Ranked Among Top 25 Spots for Home Flipping”).  The price ranges for flippers has increased and the luster being added back into neighborhoods is really good, I say.

houses and their reflection

Blog with full article: http://blog.pacunion.com/sf-santa-rosa-metro-areas-home-flipping/#disqus_thread


My wife, Lynn, as the “Flipper Chick” Realtor she is really familiar with the flip market right now.  She definitely is working extra hard to find the best properties for her client so he can fix them up well enough to pull in some profit.  Santa Rosa’s values are moving up so fast that it’s a constant gamble.


I always enjoy hearing what neighbors say about the run-down houses that get fixed up.  They only increase the value of their own house!  Below was a recent neighbor who emailed Lynn about her client’s/flipper’s good work:


“What a beautiful flip on Monte Verde.  I live a few doors down and it has been fun to see this property transformed in a short period of time.   What a GREAT job.  Please tell the owner the neighborhood appreciates the change. Enjoy this beautiful day.” Dorothy


If you have hard workers who take an honest passion in their job of fixing up a house, it will be good quality and they deserve any profit they make! Which is their living’s work.


Best, Forest



Forest Tardibuono is Co-Owner and CA DRE Broker known as “The Guy in the White Hat” of Sun Pacific Mortgage & Real Estate – Your Northern CA Hard Money Lender since 1988.  www.sunpacmortgage.comDRE license #01464899/NMLS #360993


Get California Hard Money Loans From This Posse


Below are recently funded loans through my office. I have been extremely busy with the many loans coming into our office, but don’t think this will put your loan on a back burner.  Oh no, we give fast and friendly service to every single person!

Please take a look at these loans, to see if you have similar scenarios that I could possibly be of service to you.  If you or someone you know has been turned down elsewhere for a real estate loan, don’t hesitate to contact me if there is any equity involved or some cash for the down payment.

No matter where you are in Northern California, when you think of Hard Money – big or small loans – think of The Guy in The White Hat at Sun Pacific Mortgage and Real Estate to fund that loan!




                               Funny and Informative Video: http://youtu.be/k5wcwytcWes



Owner Occupied Purchase Loan: Lincoln, CA – $130,000 for 85 months @ 8.0% interest only.  Purchase Price is $280,000.  Loan to value is 46.4%.  Home is a 2 bed/2 bath at 3,086 sq. ft. built in 1938 on almost 1/3 acre lot.  This home sold for $630,000 on 8/2/2006!


Investment Property Loan: Earle Street, Santa Rosa –$140,250 for 85 months @ 11.5% interest only.  Purchase Price is $187,000.  Loan to value is 75%.   The home is a 3 bed/1 bath at 1,037 sq. ft. on a 4,356 sq. ft. lot.  Buyer has 15 years in the same line of work and she can easily afford the home.


Commercial Loan: Foothill Blvd, Calistoga –$400,000 at 12% interest only for 60 months.  Appraised value as of 12/10/2012 is $930,000.  Loan to value is 43%. Borrower has owned the property since 1991 and her parents owned it before that.  2 of the 3 units on the property are rented for a total of $8,000 monthly.  She is currently under negotiations for a tenant for the 3rd unit.  The longest term tenant is an auto repair shop.


Owner Occupied Purchase Loan: Crockett, CA – $128,175 for 85 months @ 12.0% interest only.  Purchase Price is $170,900.  Property is 2 bed/1 bath at 1,309 sq. ft. The lot is 5,670 sq. ft.  The Buyers have FICO scores in the 680+ range, very little debt, the husband has been on the same job for over 7 years and has great verifiable income.



Our loan approval is based on just 2 criteria:

1. Good Down Payment

2. Ability to Repay

  • Owner Occupied and Investor financing
  • FAST private money purchase financing Sonoma County and contiguous Counties
  • FICO is not a factor
  • Up to 75% loan-to-value – Case by case basis
  • Lower rates with Good Compensating Factors– Case by case basis
  • Loan amounts from $40,000 – $2 million
  • Fast refinancing.






CALL FOREST – The Guy in the White Hat – at (707) 523-2099;

Or email him through the website at: www.sunpacmortgage.com


New Year – New Regulations Loan Structure in My Office



by Broker, Forest Tardibuono

New Year – New Regulations Loan Structure in My Office

I want this article to be nothing but positive, because that is my attitude going in to this new year in the face of new regulations.  A lot of new regulations.  Tons of new regulations.  More friggin’ regulations than you can shake a stick at.  But I digress.

I just read that the new laws regarding loan originator compensation are 541 pages!  Sorry, digressing again.

I only do Hard Money loans.  They break out into 2 rough categories – Owner Occupied Principal Residence and Investor loans.  Investor loans is the broader category because an investor is someone who is buying or refinancing something other than an owner occupied principal residence, be it land, commercial or mixed use property.

My strength is in loan amounts around $400,000 or less.  I do larger loans on what I deem a case by case basis.  I have gotten many, many loans over $400,000 done, but the real sweet spot with my investors is $400,000 and under.

Rates in my office for both owner occupied and investor loans vary according to the loan to value.  The higher the loan to value the higher the rate.  I will lend as high as 75% loan to value but more normally I lend to 70% loan to value.  So the higher rates in my office will be at those LTVs or loan to values.

Credit can affect the rate a Buyer or Borrower gets. If it’s really bad and fresh stuff – like a recent short Sale, foreclosure or bankruptcy, it can affect the rate.  Not always, but sometimes.

Income is now something the Feds have compelled us to look at for hard money, especially the owner occupied loans.  Debt ratios need to be under about 50% or there needs to be enough disposable income after paying all monthly debts.

That’s pretty much the structure in my office.  The complete line-up of available loan programs across the USA is a much shorter list than in years past.  There are A paper loans for borrowers who have good credit scores and good verifiable income.   And then there is Hard Money.  There used to be a lot of in-between programs like subprime loans, B and C paper, etc.  The in-betweens have virtually all gone away.

I can Pre-Approve someone in about 5 minutes and can write a Pre-Approved Letter right after doing the loan application. You can always call me and run your loan scenario by me.  I pick up the phone and I am really great with emails.

Forest Tardibuono- the Guy in the White Hat – is a CA DRE Broker with 25 years of experience in real estate and lending throughout Northern California. His phone number is (707) 523-2099. See regularly updated website @ www.sunpacmortgage.com.

Real Estate and Buying A Home – On A High Horse But A Good One!



by Broker, Forest Tardibuono

“High Horse” – In a Good Way

“Get off your high horse” is a request to someone to stop behaving in a haughty and self-righteous manner.

But notice that a high horse is a common depiction in statues of leaders. These conjure images of a leader on his horse, commanding masses of his men.

The latter is what The Guy in the White Hat has as a purpose in these Viewpoint Articles. I am not a leader of men and I don’t even own a high horse, but I am trying to lead people to home ownership in spite of negative press, oppressive regulation and the naysayers.

These serve to have a “chilling effect” on those who would be buying a home but aren’t because of the negative effects promoted by whatever sources.

On my high horse, The Guy in the White Hat is here to tell you that home ownership is not only desirable, it is the correct financial decision to make, especially right now. I was at the local Realtor® breakfast this week and the CEO of the California Association of Realtors was a special speaker. He said that the current market – nationally – is an “opportunity of a generation.” Real estate prices are at rock bottom and interest rates are at 50 year lows! How often do you see an “opportunity of a generation”?

In my business as a Hard Money Lender, I am the busiest in years, with people buying homes in spite of having to put 25% to 30% down and getting the highest rates in the industry. These people are not chilled whatsoever. They have simply decided to overlook all the negative out there and buy while the buying is especially good.

So don’t be “chilled” to do what you know to do and want to do. Take advantage right now, of the opportunity of a generation.

High horse in a good way! Right?

Forest Tardibuono- the Guy in the White Hat – is a CA DRE Broker with 25 years of experience in real estate and lending throughout Northern California. His phone number is (707) 523-2099. See regularly updated website @ www.sunpacmortgage.com.

Make the Winning Offer



Make the Winning Offer

Who doesn’t want to know how to beat out the other purchase contracts in today’s multiple offers and lower inventory markets, and buy that house!

There was a really good article in the Wall Street Journal recently about Hard Money loans.  It was informational to borrowers and investors alike.  It spoke of the fact that Hard Money loans will account for 1% of the 5.5 million home loans originated this year, up sharply from prior years.

It mentioned “Hard Money” filling an important void.  Look at just a few instances:


  1. You are 1 of 12 different offers with a highest-and-best counter, on a house you really want to live buy.  You have the ability to put down 30% of the purchase price and get pre-approved for a hard money loan with a quick call to a good local Hard Money Lender.  You remove loan contingencies, increase your earnest deposit and make a 15 day closing date and your offer gets accepted!  Now this is a scenario where you win and Hard Money can fund that loan!
  2. You just did a short sale on your home and want to buy another one.  Your favorite bank won’t even talk to you.  You know that prices are at rock bottom and you can buy the same home that you bought 5 years ago for $400,000 now priced at $250,000!  Hard Money can fund that loan!
  3. You lost your job and your credit is shot.  You now are back to work making the same money and you want to buy a house.  You’ve got 30% down.  No bank will touch you as your FICO score is 525.  Hard Money can fund that loan!


The Wall Street Journal article further states that the fees and rates are no doubt higher than a bank, but it is well worth it as “no bank is willing to listen.”

The real gist of this article is to not give up about buying a home; It just takes a strong and strategic offer to beat out all the others, despite not being the one with the most cash!

Even at Hard Money rates (some of which I’ve gotten funded as low as 9%)  its worth it because you’d be getting in at the bottom of the market and down the road could refinance to a 30-year fixed rate loan once qualified again.   Your gain from buying at the right time can offset the cost using Hard Money.

Take advantage of a Hard Money loan or help your potential Buyers succeed at getting into a new home by directing them to such versatile financing!