Using Hard Money to Fund a Construction Project

You are ready to start construction, but the loan process is slowing you down. You should consider obtaining a hard money loan to get going on your project today. Hard money loans can be obtained quickly and with little upfront cost to you. What are hard money loans and how can I obtain one?

Hard money loans are a type of real estate loan that is provided by private investors, through brokers. The collateral for this type of loan is the value of the property. In the case of a construction loan it is the improved value of the property. In order to provide security to the lender, the hard money loan will have higher interest rates than a conventional loan, and will be limited to around 65% of the improved value of the property. The lender will also only lend from the first position, so that in the event of a foreclosure, they are the first party to recover their investment.

Hard money loans are short term loans, so you need to have an exit strategy before obtaining one of these loans, such as a plan to sell the property when completed or to refinance the property through traditional institutions.

Although the loan is limited to 65% of the improved value of the property, construction loans will generally cover all of the costs of construction, assuming that costs for construction are less than the value of the property upon completion.

If you have a business that is growing at a rapid pace and you are ready to expand by constructing a new building or updating your current building. Obtaining enough capital to obtain traditional financing for this construction can take a while. In this case, it would be worthwhile to pay a higher interest rate for a hard money loan, and be able to start construction within days.

Hard money lenders are available all over the country; a web search will turn up many lenders available in your area. Several websites will give you access to multiple lenders. Before approaching a lender, have your plan in place. Have complete details on all of the costs associated with the construction project, an appraisal of the completed property, as well as details on your exit strategy. Provide this information to the lender(s), and you should receive approval within a day or two, and be able to close on the deal within a week.

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