Having a reliable lender back your real estate investments is crucial to ensure your venture is successful. But where can you find a reliable fix and flip lender? If you’re new to flipping properties or don’t know where to start looking for lenders, there are two ways to find reliable and trustworthy hard money lenders:
Some may say HGTV has made house flipping seem glamorous. A real estate investor identifies a distressed property, knocks down walls, picks out new appliances, granite and tile, paints the walls, plants some flowers and voila - there's a $50,000 profit to be had. However, in the real world, it doesn’t always work out that way.
Here are 5 mistakes to avoid to help ensure your house flip is a success:
It's tempting to visualize how a remodeled condo will be furnished, or to fantasize about how to spend your share of the "flipping" profit. But without a specific action plan that includes a detailed cost estimate, a realistic schedule and the talent to make it all come together, such dreams can become exercises in futility.
The business of real estate investing is just that, a business that requires mastery of a specific set of skills. It's not rocket science, but it's not as easy as flipping burgers either. Here are some tips to assure that your dreams of fix and flip success become reality.
Some may feel that the concept of “leverage” is difficult to fully grasp, but it’s an important one for borrowers to understand. Leveraged loans let you get a little more bang for your buck when it comes to real estate investing. This is especially true if you don’t have a lot of capital to work with in the first place. Before you decide whether leveraged lending is right for you, read on to learn how it works.
No lender wants to be left holding the note on a property that won’t sell or has to be foreclosed upon. The goal of an ethical and successful private lender is to build mutually profitable relationships with builders, resulting in gains for both parties and, in turn, additional deals. Due diligence before funding the deal is in both parties’ best interests. A private lender taking the time to learn the building industry also can provide value-add opportunities for the borrower.
I hear all the time that, with conventional home mortgage interest rates hovering around 3.5%, now is one of the best times ever to secure a real estate loan. Yet, when I talk to a hard money or private lender, the quoted rate always seems to come back in double digits. I understand that these types of loans should be priced higher, but why such a disparity?
Many builders and developers—particularly those who weathered the 2008 credit meltdown—have, at least to some degree, blemishes on their credit reports. For those of us who have been in the real estate game for quite some time, this is hardly a surprise. But can a real estate entrepreneur with truly “bad” credit get hard money financing for a fix and flip project? The answer is unequivocally . . . maybe.
The project came to a screeching halt just two months short of completion. The home in Virginia was bought with the plan to completely renovate and sell for $1 million. Unfortunately, just two months away from being completed the builder ran out of money.
He was a solid professional with a strong eye for value. He had no other resources to tap and no bank would help him...so what could help him? A hard money loan.