Hard Money Loan

Hard money loans are used to buy hard assets, usually real estate.
hard money loan
A hard money loan is a type of short-term loan primarily used in real estate transactions. It is often sought by borrowers who cannot qualify for traditional bank financing or need fast access to funds. Hard money loans are typically issued by private individuals or small lending companies, referred to as "hard money lenders," rather than traditional financial institutions.

How It Works

Hard money loans are generally used for real estate investments, such as purchasing a property, rehabbing or renovating a property, or financing construction projects. They are not meant for personal use or consumer purchases.

The primary characteristic of a hard money loan is that it is secured by collateral, usually the real estate property itself. This means that if the borrower defaults on the loan, the lender can take possession of the property to recover their investment.
Quick Approval and Funding
Unlike traditional bank loans, which may involve a lengthy approval process, hard money loans can be approved and funded much more quickly. This is because hard money lenders focus on the value of the property being used as collateral, rather than the borrower's creditworthiness or financial history.

Higher Interest Rates
Hard money loans typically come with higher interest rates compared to traditional bank loans. These rates can range from 8% to 15% or more, depending on the lender, the borrower's risk profile, and the specific deal.
Short Term Duration
Hard money loans are usually short-term loans, with terms ranging from a few months to a few years. They are designed to be repaid quickly, often within 6 to 12 months.
Points and Fees
In addition to higher interest rates, hard money loans may also involve upfront fees, known as "points." Each point is typically equal to 1% of the loan amount and is paid to the lender at the loan closing. There may also be other fees involved, such as loan origination fees and processing fees.
Flexibility: Hard money lenders are often more flexible than traditional banks when it comes to the terms and conditions of the loan. They can tailor the loan to meet the specific needs of the borrower and the property, making it an attractive option for real estate investors with unique financing requirements.
Exit Strategy
Hard money lenders will want to know the borrower's exit strategy, which outlines how they plan to repay the loan. Common exit strategies include selling the property, refinancing with a traditional mortgage, or using other sources of funds.
Risk Assessment
While hard money lenders focus on the value of the collateral, they still conduct some level of risk assessment on the borrower and the property. This might include evaluating the borrower's experience in real estate investing and conducting an appraisal to determine the property's current and after-repair value.
In summary, a hard money loan is a short-term, collateral-based loan commonly used in real estate transactions. It provides fast access to funds but typically comes with higher interest rates and fees. Borrowers use hard money loans to take advantage of real estate investment opportunities, especially when traditional financing options are not available or are too time-consuming.
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