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Tapping Your Equity for Businesses Purpose Reasons

Tapping Your Equity for Businesses Purpose Reasons

Before beginning to explain how to use your equity, let’s define the meaning of equity.  In short, equity is the difference between the current value of your home and how much you owe on it.  For example, if your home is worth $800,000 and you owe $300,000, your equity is $500,000.

The great thing about this hidden treasure is that you can borrow against it to fund life’s big purchases, such as buying an investment property, remodeling your home, or starting a business.

Lenders will typically lend you upwards of 75-80% of the value of your home less the debt you still owe against it.  These percentages may have changed since the latest economic disruption, because there is concern that values may fluctuate a little.  But still it can be a strong investment and a smart move.

When buying investment property, there is a simple rule of thumb that is recommended: “Multiply your useable equity by four to arrive at the maximum purchase price for your investment property.”  Remember that besides the purchase price, you need to budget for purchase costs such as realtor’s fees and escrow fees among other expenses.

Even if you have plenty of equity, conventional lending companies will consider other factors such as income, credit score, property condition and additional debts.  However, a Hard Money Lender such as ours, Sun Pacific Mortgage, will make it considerably easier to qualify if you find it difficult to prove your income, have less than perfect credit scores, or are buying distressed property.

Ultimately, using equity to obtain business capital can be a smart move.  If you are seriously thinking about pursuing extra cash for home fix-ups, to buy an investment property or need business capital, give us a call at 707-523-2099 to discuss our various programs available to you.  We have helped, and even through the recent pandemic, are continuing to help hundreds of Californians just like you become wealthier through real estate.

INVESTORS AND “HARD MONEY” LOANS

 

LENDER’S VIEWPOINT

By Forest Tardibuono

There was a really good article in the Wall Street Journal last week 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.

The Article features a Dallas attorney who has doing Hard Money loans as a “side business”.

He believes that originating home loans in the current environment, when many economists believe housing is at or near the bottom, is less risky than putting money in the “volatile stock market or opaque bond market.”

He states further “I can’t drive by and look at those stocks and bonds.” Plus, he says, investing in residential real estate earns “passive income that doesn’t require much work from me.”

The interest rate paid on these investments can be anywhere from 9% to 14% with 12% being fairly typical. They can be a first or second mortgage ranging in size from $30,000 to $1,000,000 or larger with a term of from 6 months to 7 years or more. These loans are secured by land, 1 to 4 unit residential, 5+ unit residential (deemed commercial), office buildings, strip centers, large commercial, etc.

The main qualification for a borrower is: 1. Equity or a good down payment and 2. Ability to repay the loan. If they do not make payments, they could forfeit the property that was the security for the loan to the investor.

Check out our website for further details.

Forest Tardibuono is a CA DRE Broker with over 23 years experience in real estate and lending. His number is (707) 523-2099. See website @ sunpacmortgage.com.