Why You Might Want a Private Money Loan This Year

Why Private Money Loans

Since the financial crisis of 2008, more and more real estate investors are using non-bank, private money loans to finance their investment properties. During the period of 2008 to 2010, many banks weren’t lending, and credit in general was tighter than a drum. This opened up the area of private money lending to unlimited opportunities for commercial bridge lenders, hard money lenders, and other private money lenders. In fact, the real estate recovery was largely influenced by the availability of non-bank loans when banks were suffering. Real estate investors have long used hard money loans to finance their property purchases because of their ease of access and their swiftness.


3 Reasons for Private Money Loans in 2014

1. Chasing Value? More investors are chasing investment properties in second and third tier markets this year looking for value. With most commercial bank lenders focusing on the best properties in only the top tier markets, many non-bank, private money lenders have started following investors and financing their deals in second and third tier markets.

2. New Development or Construction Projects in the Works? Lending may have opened up considerably for some property types, but nowhere is credit still so tight as it remains in new development and construction. When banks are using any reason to say no to these loans, it is so much easier to get private money loans for new development and construction projects.

3. Increased Competition for Loans?  CMBS, or commercial mortgage backed securities, loans maturing this year and increasing in volume in 2015 will no doubt increase the competition for commercial loans all across the board. A large percentage of these maturing CMBS loans may be over leveraged, and thus borrowers needing to refinance may be forced to bring in equity. Because private money loans are sometimes made at a higher loan to value than the typical commercial bank loan, a private money loan may be the answer for a borrower looking for a commercial refinance this year.

These are just 3 big reasons why you or one of your clients may need a private money loan in 2014. If you are chasing properties in less favored markets, or if you are engaging in new development or construction projects, private money loans may be your only option. And with increased competition for commercial loans all across the board, knowing who to go to for a private money loan is critical this year. Give us a call at California Private Money Lenders and let us show you how simple it is to fund your loan!

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Under 1M Commercial Loans Are Hard to Find

Small Commercial Loan Challenge

If you’ve got a commercial loan OVER $1,000,000, well, there are certainly a lot of candidates out there for financing. The commercial lending space is dominated by lenders that won’t even look at a loan request unless it’s over $5 M. However, commercial lenders that finance smaller balance loans of between $250,000 and $1,000,000, are very hard to find. Even the most reputable bridge lenders typically only consider properties over $1 MM as candidates for commercial hard money loans.


Small Commercial Loan Solutions

So where do borrowers go for commercial loans under $1 M? Prior to 2009, it used to be the local community bank and the smaller lending institutions that readily financed the small balance commercial loans. These days, it is still the smaller financial institutions that are financing these deals, but only if they qualify. Without stellar credit and extensive income documentation, it is hard for borrowers to qualify for bank loans these days. And if you have a vacant property, or a property in need of extensive repairs, forget about it!


There are bridge lenders, also called Private Money Lenders, that are funding commercial loans under $1 M. Smaller commercial Private Money Lenders tend to be well-capitalized, have flexible loan requirements, and can fund their loans faster than a bank.  Because the lending landscape is continuously evolving, the lack of commercial loans for smaller balance transactions under $1 M will continue to be hard to find. For this very reason it’s crucial to put as many options on the table for commercial financing, for your next acquisition or refinance.  Private Money may be your answer. Call California Private Money Lenders today and see how we can be your small commercial loan solution.

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