Even the most experienced conventional Brokers and Lenders might not know what a hard money loan is and how it can be beneficial to you…or them.
I have lost count of how many Realtors, traditional Lenders, friends and acquaintances have asked me the same question: “What is hard money?”.
I admit that I had very little understanding about this type of alternative financing when my parents asked me to move back to Sonoma County and work in the family business, after living on the East Coast for so many years. I’m sure glad my wife and I decided to live in Santa Rosa and participate in this unique real estate finance option as it has and can help so many home buyers!
I bought my own home in Santa Rosa using Hard Money as I was self employed and my wife had less than 2 years of tax returns from her W2 job. We couldn’t get a home loan from anyone we called, just kept getting turned down and this was despite us having a 25% down payment. We really did not want to miss out on this house, good area, nice neighborhood and close to a good school. So, we decided to get a Hard Money loan and boy are we glad we did! We found out from the Listing Agent that the Buyers accepted our offer as it was stronger than others, since we could close fast with the Hard Money financing, as it was virtually considered cash and it came from a company that was well known, having been in business for almost 25 years.
Since this time, as the Lead Loan Originator for Sun Pacific Mortgage and Real Estate, I have worked hard to help others understand the benefits of Hard Money financing (also known as Private Money). Sure it has higher interest rates but this is all relative to what one is currently paying in rent or will be paying for rent. Our family’s monthly payments increased by only $200 from our apartment we were renting but it was completely worth it as we got an entire house with a nice yard – and were able to refinance about 9 months later!
So the question really should just be, “Is Hard Money right for me?”. We know hard money is legitimate when gotten from a licensed Hard Money Broker and that it can be very beneficial in the right circumstances…just as it is with other types of conventional financing.
If you have any other questions or are interested in getting a Hard Money loan in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, North Bay or really anywhere in California, please do call me at our office 707-523-2099 and I will let you know how we can help.
Best, Ken – Another Guy in the White Hat
Lead Loan Originator at family owned and operated Hard Money Broker, Sun Pacific Mortgage and Real Estate, serving all of California since 1988!
CA Bur RE license #01858042. NMLS #1221130.