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Hard Money: The Basics

Five Myths About Real Estate Investing Debunked

If you’re new to real estate investments, it can be hard to sift through all of the contradictory advice floating around and separate the wheat from the chaff.  Here are five of the most common real estate investing myths debunked: You must have the full amount in cash to purchase a foreclosure property. While this […]

5 Questions to Help Find the Right Hard Money Lender

Before submitting your hard money loan request, there are five important questions you should ask your hard money lender: Are you a direct lender who controls your own funds? There are some brokers who masquerade as lenders, but who aren’t actually lending their own funds. Instead, they act as a middleman between the actual lender […]

Hard Money Loans Can Be High-End Financing

Although hard money or bridge loans got a bad rap during the housing crisis, often seen as coming from possibly disreputable sources, they are no longer the sole domain of the low-end house-flipper or the bad-credit borrower. In the post-housing crisis lending market, hard money loans are frequently used by savvy investors looking to fund […]

6 Tips to Improve Your Hard Money Loan Closing Experience

When it comes to working with private capital (hard money) lenders, first impressions count. Unlike traditional lenders where borrowers only interact with a middleman, a private lender is typically one of the decision makers who you need to convince to believe in you, your property, and your plan in order to gain their approval on […]

Using Cash-Out Bridge Loans to Expand Your Real Estate Investment Portfolio

One of the popular real estate investing strategies for new investors is to invest sequentially—buy one property, fix it up, sell it for a profit, put that money into a better property, and then repeat. However, if you have an income-producing property that is producing a steady cash-flow and it is paid off or has […]

What Do Hard Money Lenders Look for in a Borrower?

An important part of getting your requests approved by a hard money lender is knowing what they are looking for so that you can send the right deals their way and present them with the right information about those deals. Here are three qualities that hard money lenders are looking for in a borrower that […]

How to Distinguish Between Legitimate Lender Fees and Fee Scams

With the rise in upfront-fee scams in the bridge-lending market, it has become difficult for borrowers to distinguish between legitimate, reputable lenders and the bad apples, and the borrowers who do get scammed become wary of other bridge lenders in the future. As a borrower, the best way to avoid getting scammed is to understand […]

5 Situations that Hard Money Can Help You With

Hard money loans can be useful for investors who need to bridge a short-term financing gap until they can resell or refinance a commercial property. Here are six common situations in which a hard money loan can help a savvy investor out of a tight financing spot: Some assembly required. Often, an investor will want […]

4 Reasons for the Growing Popularity of Hard Money Loans

Recent years have seen major growth in the private capital market with more lenders offering hard money loans and more borrowers seeking them out as alternative financing. While there are many reasons for the growth in this segment of the real estate market, here are four main ones: Mutually beneficial to borrower and lender. Hard […]

Making Hard Money Loans Work for Commercial Real Estate Investing

If you have done much real estate investing, then you are probably familiar with the excessive rigmarole required by traditional lenders for loan requests, quite often only to have the loan denied in the end. The tight restrictions that are currently in place mean that even creditworthy borrowers submitting applications for projects that have steady […]