Investing and Hard Money Loans

By: Jake Marsh

In the world of real estate investing, people are always on the look out for different ways to make an investment purchase. Typically the property would simply be bought & mortgaged in the traditional manner but as home values increase and the cost of living rises buyers are seeking out other ways of making the down payment on properties. One way that this can be accomplished is through the use of hard money loans. Now, one must be careful in purchasing with a hard money loan as interest can stack up quickly as most interest rates range between 10 and 16%. In comparison to a normal mortgage this is a fairly high rate. The best way to make this kind of loan work is on a home where the owner is looking for a quick sale and the property has the potential to sell for greater than the purchase price.

The most attractive aspect of a hard money loan is the fact that it can allow a buyer to act quickly to take advantage of a particular home sale.

An investor will have to plan carefully and be intelligent and educated about the terms of the loan and the value and viability of the property. An investor should be sure about the attraction of the property as with a higher interest loan the whole point is the flip the property quickly before the payments start to pile up. Additionally the loan should be designed to comprehensively cover the costs of purchase and renovation if necessary or desired. in such a situation the buyer will need to have everything organized ahead of time in terms of renovations or construction to the home and should have a definite timeline as to when things should be complete and the home can be listed. This will also take an intricate understanding of the local real estate market and the trends that dictate it. There are certain times when the market will be hot and times when it will be cooler and the sale of the home will have to be a planned event that takes advantage of the peaks of the market.

In planning a purchase with a hard money loan, be sure to sit down with your realtor and explore all the available options before taking the plunge. They are the best suited individuals to help plan the purchase and subsequent sale of the property. They will also be able to direct a investor to loan professionals that are reputable and honest. With such a wealth of dishonest mortgage companies as this country has seen in the past years, it is essential that an investor has a good amount of background on the lender that they choose to deal with. Good Luck!

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