Hard Money Loans vs. Conventional Investor Loans

If You Need Capital Fast a Hard Money Loan Can Be the Answer


There are a lot of misconceptions regarding Hard Money Loans and Hard Money Lenders. Most of the confusion surrounds the differences between conventional mortgages and hard money loans. I wanted to take a moment and try to answer many of the general Frequently Asked Questions as well as to compare a hard money loan to a Conventional non-owner occupied investor loan.


Frequently Asked Hard Money Loan Questions

How does the program work?

HMLs provide Real Estate Investors access to asset based capital. We can fund quickly, typically within 72 hours of receiving the final docs from the Title Company. Hard Money is available for adequately collateralized loans on single-family residential houses and other Real Property including commercial projects.


What is the interest rate?

The interest rate depends upon the Lender. The rate will range from 14% interest only to 18% interest only annual interest rate payable monthly in most cases.


What Loan-to-Value are MLS looking for?

Typically a loan does not exceed 70% of the after-repaired-value (ARV).


How long is the loan for?

HMLs typically write the notes from 6 months to 12 months depending on the Lender and your needs.


What are the costs?

Costs vary depending on which Lender you use. All loans will require at-least a Title Policy, Vacant Dwelling Insurance, Inspection, “As-Is” Appraisal & Flood Certificate. Most require origination points.


Can I get repair money?

Yes. Hard money loans can fund repairs. Hard money loans require a “Draw Request” form to be filled out to identify the completed repairs to the property, Copies of the invoices from the vendors. Then, we will pay you once the work is inspected-hard money loans do not pay in advance for any work.


Does my credit matter?

Yes and no. For the most part, hard money loans look at the value of the property after it is repaired, how much you are paying for it, and how much the repairs will cost to determine how much we will lend. In some cases, with your consent some hard money lonas may need to checkout your credit history.


How do you decide how much to loan?

Typical loans range from $25,000 to $1,000,000: All loans are considered on a case-by-case basis. Each hard money loan has their own criteria.


Do hard money loans need an appraisal?

Yes, hard money loans require “as-is” and “as-repaired appraisals”.


Do hard money loans require inspections?

Yes, hard money loans require inspections including the interior before funding and before a repair draw to ensure the work is completed in a satisfactory manner.


Do I need to put any money down?

In most cases, Yes. Most hard money loans want to ensure that you have enough resources to finish the repairs and cover the costs of the loan plus any surprises. Therefore most hard money lonas require that origination/discount points and other required items be paid at or before closing. We are confident that if you cannot afford to close you typically cannot afford to take out this type of loan.


How much will my payments be?

To figure your monthly payment simply, multiply the rate by the loan amount and divide that number by 12.


Will hard money loans finance commercial properties?

Yes, many hard money loans will on a case-by-case basis finance commercial properties and then only if the loan is secured by improved real property such as the building and land.


Will hard money loans finance apartment buildings?

Yes, many hard money loans finance apartment buildings however understand that it will take us longer to get our due diligence done.


Do hard money loans allow interest to be deferred to the end of the loan?

Some hard money loans do. Most however have interest payable monthly. Again, we are confident that if you cannot afford to make monthly interest payments you typically cannot afford to take out this type of loan.


How do hard money loans compare to a traditional non-owner occupied investor loan?

You might be surprised how competitive hard money loans really are. Take a look at this comparison;


Comparison Matrix:

Hard Money Tradtional Lender/Mortg. Co.

Time to Close 1 – 2 weeks 4- 6 weeks

Monthly Payment ($100k loan) $1166.66 @ 14% I/O $1098.00 @ 7% + MI

Credit Qualifications None – 65% of ARV Yes – Varies

Cost to Obtain Loan 4% – 5% 3% – 6%(Incl. Orig. Fees & SRP)

Pre-Payment Yes – 3 mo. min Yes – Up to 2 years


In many cases an hard money loan can be obtained faster and easier then a conventional loan and while in almost all cases the amount you can borrow from a hard money loan exceeds the amount you can qualify for from a convention lender the cost difference is minimal. Hard money loans are not for everyone and every hard money lender has a different program and qualification process. However if you need fast access to capital for REI then a hard money lender such as California Private Money Lenders may be your new best friend. Give us a call at 707-315-1119 or fill out our Borrower Form or Contact Form and one of our hard money loan specialists will be in touch promptly to answer your questions.

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