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“HARD MONEY” OR “PRIVATE MONEY” LOAN REVISITED

LENDER’S VIEWPOINT

By Forest Tardibuono

There are several types of loans you can use to purchase or refinance. This applies whether you are buying a home to live in, a home to rent out, or a commercial building. They include the standard 30 year fixed rate mortgage, the government FHA/VA loans, a commercial property SBA loan, or a Private Money loan.

Private Money is borrowed from private individuals. I bet you’ve borrowed money from a relative. That was a Private Money loan, likely unsecured. It wasn’t from the bank or some other institution. Most private money lenders/investors lend money through a mortgage company (there are laws that require this). The rates and fees are higher than those you’d get from a bank or credit union that does 30 fixed rate mortgages.

Why then would anyone borrow Private Money? There are lots of reasons.

You can get a Private Money loan in spite of a foreclosure, bankruptcy or short sale!

I thought to make the above sentence read like a headline, because it should. No bank or credit union or anyone doing home loans other than Private Money will lend to someone who had a recent bankruptcy, foreclosure or short sale. Further, the property you want to borrow against may not be something a bank will lend on. Banks require a property be in good shape. What if you are looking for speed? Private Money loans are generally much faster than a bank loan. What if your credit isn’t bank worthy?

That’s because Private Money loans are based largely on equity. The most you will get is 70% of the value of the property. If it’s worth $300,000.00 you will be able to get $210,000.00. If you want a 100% loan, Private Money will not work.

Here is an example of a Private Money Loan. The Buyer had almost all of the money to purchase a house. She needed only $75,000.00 more – but didn’t qualify for a bank loan. The purchase price was $231,000.00. She only wanted to borrower 32% of the value. That loan got done within 4 days for a quick close. She beat out other’s that put in offers for the house. She could and did quickly close and her house payment is the payment on $75,000.00.

Another example. A contractor wanted to buy a dumpy house. No bank would lend on it because it was so dilapidated. The contractor had enough for a decent down payment and proved he had enough to money fix it up and then resell. He got a Private Money loan and was able to fix up the house and pay off the loan within 4 months.

Maybe you need a Private Money Loan!

Forest Tardibuono is a CA DRE Broker with over 20 years experience in real estate and lending. His number is (707) 523-2099.

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