Real Estate Investing Dictionary

Fort Collins Hard Money

Interested in Fort Collins Hard Money? First.  What is it?

A “Hard Money” loan is asset-based, meaning the loan is considered primarily on the value of the hard asset (usually real estate) collateralizing it.  This is in contrast to a traditional bank loan which relies more heavily on the borrower’s qualifications – their credit and income. Hard money loans fill a crucial niche in the real estate industry by allowing investors to secure the funds they need without all of the red-tape involved with a traditional mortgage.

 Fort Collins Hard money loans are known for:

  • Speed  (sometimes closing in as little as a week or two)
  • Ease of qualifying  (as long as the asset value is there and the borrower can make payments)
  • Little or no down payment required
  • A ready source of capital
  • Flexibility – the borrower usually works face to face with the lender

 All of this, of course, comes with a cost. Hard money loans usually have interest rates between 12% and 19% with 4 to 8 % (points) origination fees. Investors, however, are generally happy to pay these short-term rates as it allows them to complete transactions they could not fund in traditional ways.

 Advantages of Hard Money

  • An investor can borrow up to 100% of the funds needed for the asset they are purchasing and repairs if the value of the asset warrants it. A bank will usually only lend on the purchase price of the asset which can be much lower.
  • Keeping the cash in the investor’s pocket helps stretch their investment dollars and make bigger and/or additional deals.
  • An investor can buy distressed properties based on its expected value after repairs (ARV). A bank will not lend on distressed properties.
  • An investor can make deals in industries that banks would have no interest in.
  • Often, a hard-money lender has been in the investor’s shoes so he knows the challenges he faces.