In a perfect world, financing your investment property would be as simple as taking out your personal (or business) checkbook, writing a check, and handing it over - no heavy lifting or strings attached. Unfortunately, for most developers that isn’t usually the case - especially when they’re first getting started in the world of real estate investing and development. After all, the funds to make the purchase need to come from somewhere, and until you’ve got a few flips and sales under your belt that money simply might not be there yet. So, if you’re weighing your options about financing your investment property, let us walk you through some of the best ones.
As with most things to do with real estate, there’s a variety of terms and intricacies you need to know and understand. When you’re purchasing property with a loan it can all get a bit more complicated. This is especially true when you’re entering into the investing world as a prospective fix and flipper. For many first-timers, they assume that what they’ll need for their project is a construction loan - which on the face of it makes total sense. After all, they’ll be purchasing a property and then doing construction - why wouldn’t a construction loan be the appropriate method of funding and what is its purpose if not to fund construction?
If you're looking to build or rehab real estate property and intend to refinance it to generate rental income or sell it for a profit, a construction loan might be the best option. Since most people can't afford to pay for the cost of a new commercial or residential project up front, the process of securing a construction loan typically begins with a lender: local credit unions or regional banks. Unlike a conventional loan, however, it’s more complicated to get the green light on your construction loan application because you’re essentially requesting to borrow money for a new build that doesn’t exist yet.
This post outlines some of the requirements you need in order to qualify for a construction loan.
There are a variety of loans available for investors looking to purchase and rehabilitate properties, but the most popular among them are fix and flip loans and construction loans. However, there are definitely differences between the two - even though they may sound similar - and each are ideally suited to specific situations. In fact, one of the biggest differences is that hard money construction loans are typically issued for properties that have yet to be built, whereas fix and flip loans are issued for properties that are already in existence and need a bit of TLC.
If the world of real estate investing were simple, everyone would be a winner without any special knowledge or experience. The reality is that it's not always easy to win, even if you're only playing a game of Monopoly. The stakes are higher when you're using real dollars and the goal is to profit on an actual fix and flip. You need to know when to buy and the best way to secure a construction loan. Here's what you need to know...