Many consumers are unaware of owner occupied hard money loans. But these non-traditional loans can offer certain borrowers some great opportunities.
There are many reasons that a consumer seeks to borrow money from a non-traditional lender. In most cases, the hard money becomes an option when the borrower has bad credit, has a very hard to verify income or irregular income or the property is in disrepair or has other types of issues. All of these complications make it impossible to secure a loan from a traditional lender such as a bank or credit union but owner occupied hard money loans can meet the needs of these consumers.
Bad credit can be the result of one’s own financial mistakes or they can happen after the loss of employment or even a medical issue that resulted in huge bills, but the result is always the same. The consumer is not able to secure a traditional loan for many years Even after correcting his or her credit issues and creating a nice savings for a down payment, it can be impossible to get a mortgage from a bank. But owner occupied hard money loans are the solution for these potential homeowners.
These hard money loans can be used for the initial purchase of a home, to refinance an existing loan, debt consolidation or even to make repairs or remodel a home. The only prerequisites are that the borrower be living in the home which is the collateral for the loan and that the value of the home meets the lender’s criteria for loan to value ratio. This means that the amount of the loan being requested should be about 80% of the current market value of the property or less.
When purchasing a property, most hard money loans require a 30% down payment but in the case of an owner occupied property, the down payment can be as little as 20%. In the case of refinancing a loan, the hard money maximum is normally about 65% of the current market value of the property. But if the borrower owns a second property and holds the deed, then that free and clear property can be used as additional collateral on the hard money loan which can be up to 100% of the purchase price.
Hard money loans are considered non-traditional because the approval of the loan is based on the value of the property and not based on the borrower’s creditworthiness or income. This means that the lender is willing to assume a greater risk when funding the loan and as a result of this increased risk of default, the lender is going to require a higher interest rate than a traditional bank. Currently, on hard money loans with a loan to value ratio of 70 to 80%, the interest rates range from 11.99% to upwards of 14.99%. In addition, loan origination fees can be anywhere from two to six points. While the cost of using hard money is certainly greater than the cost of a traditional loan, hard money is a great solution for someone trying to rebuild credit or establish a credit history.
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About the Author: Dennis has been working in the real estate industry in some capacity for the last 40 years. He purchased his first property when he was just 18 years old. He quickly learned about the amazing investment opportunities provided by trust deed investing and hard money loans. His desire to help others make money in real estate investing led him to specialize in alternative funding for real estate investors who may have trouble getting a traditional bank loan. Dennis is passionate about alternative funding sources and sharing his knowledge with others to help make their dreams come true. Dennis has been married to his wonderful wife for 42 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters 5 amazing grandchildren. Dennis has been an Arizona resident for the past 40 years.