A real estate acquisition loan is, conveniently enough, exactly what it sounds like it would be - a loan used to acquire property. However, there’s one pretty large caveat that goes along with real estate acquisition loans, and that is that they can only be used to acquire property. That means that if, as a developer or fix and flipper, you were hoping to take out a loan to purchase property and begin construction or renovation, this is not the loan for you - unless you’ve got other funds ready and available to get the project moving.
With any real estate transaction there can be risks and rewards, including when you work with a lender to secure the financing on your deal. With bridge loans, there can be slightly more risk involved, since the main objective is to essentially have two loans out on two properties at once. However, for developers who know their market and are confident in their development plans, the rewards can outweigh the risks and provide a means for paving a smooth path to getting their next deal lined up and ready to go.
When purchasing a historic home in any market, it can sometimes be a bit more overwhelming and involved than purchasing a recent build. It goes without saying that historic homes have additional considerations - they may require updates to their utilities and infrastructure to make the house fully habitable, or to simply make them more comfortable to live in.
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?
One of the most frequently asked questions that we get is whether or not house flipping in Southern Virginia is profitable. This is an answer that can vary depending on a number of factors including the time of year or the political climate, but for the most part the answer is a very consistent yes. In order to evaluate the profitability of house flipping in Southern Virginia, we’ve taken a look at three benchmarks to make our decision.
2018 is already shaping up to be a hugely exciting year for Walnut Street Finance, not least of all because we’re expanding our portfolio into new regions! If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times, we take our due diligence incredibly seriously when it comes to the types of deals we’re willing to finance and projects that we’ll consider backing. We pride ourselves on knowing our markets backwards and forwards and as a result we’ve financed the majority of our deals in the same geographic areas - however in 2018 we’re spreading our wings and branching out, adding new regions to our portfolio! This means that you - our current and prospective borrowers - can now get all of the benefits of working with Walnut Street Finance outside of the Metro D.C. area.
So, where are we headed this year, and what’s prompted the decision?
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.