Hard Money Loans | Private Money Loans The Borrower's Solution for Low Credit, Foreclosure and Bankruptcy
Hard money or private money loan is the solution for low credit borrowers and who are in financial distress such as notice of default, foreclosure, bankruptcy, credit delinquency, judgments, collections, tax liens, etc. Hard money is equity based, non-FICO based lending. As long as the borrower has equity left in the house after the deductions of all mortgages owed, liens, charge offs and collections, interest payment delays, and prepayment penalty.
Hard money represents hard-earned money of individual investors, groups, corporations, insurance companies, and hedge fund managers who are able to offer financing based on equity or collateral from the borrower.
Hard money investors or lenders have a standard 65% Loan To Value (LTV)
In some cases there are investors who can go up to 70-75% LTV. For hard money investors to go up to 80-90% LTV, they will demand to be on title to secure their investment. At 65% LTV, it is possible to submit a loan as stated income. Beyond 65% LTV will require full income and asset documentation. For borrowers who are going through financial hardship such as employment termination/downsizing, medical emergencies, natural disasters, divorce, business loss, or other valid circumstance that puts them in financial distress, hard money lenders are willing to work with them as long as they show an ability to repay the loan or have an 'exit strategy' when the term is over.
Hard money or private financing is available for both residential and commercial properties.
Common loan programs include Raw Land, Construction, High End Million Dollar Estates, Apartments, Hotels, Motels, Mixed Use Properties, Office Building, Shopping Mall, Mobile Homes in Park, Gas Station, Restaurant, Hospitals, Golf Courses, Casinos, Convalescent Homes, Grocery Stores, Manufactured Homes, and even Business Loans.
Hard money is short term financing, usually to be paid back within 1 months to 3 months, although 1 or 2 year terms are also available.
The purpose of obtaining a hard money loan is to provide immediate solution to foreclosure or low credit borrower that needs immediate cash to payoff debts or the existing loan has already mature and needs to be paid off.
Hard money is the last recourse for borrowers if they can't get regular bank financing. Hard money or private money loans are much higher in rates and points. The rate can range from 8.5, 11, 12, 13 up to 15% depending on loan to value and income documentation. Although hard money is non-FICO based and the borrower's FICO score can go below 500 mid score, the credit history of the borrower can effect their loan interest rate. The high rates and points for hard money is an investment caution for hard money lenders or private investors. High risk borrowers present a potential headache to the investors when they default on payments. Going through the foreclosure proceedings, attorney fees and selling the property turnaround time are factors that bring high liability to hard money lenders.