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Private – Hard Money Loans For Commercial Properties

Private money commercial loans can be a very smart way to finance a commercial property in today’s challenging market. It used to be private money commercial loans were primarily for borrowers with credit issues. Times have changed. Today, private money commercial loans are being utilized by many different types of borrowers.

Private money commercial loans are often used for properties that a more traditional lender would not lend on. let me talk about a property I recently got funded, and you will see how this hard money commercial loan was perfect for this situation. The borrower bought a beautiful 3 story commercial building from a company that went bankrupt. When they bought the building, the building was vacant. Now, the building needs to be improved to handle multiple tenants. As there were no tenants, no bank would even look at this loan. However, with my private investors, they realized that if the building were occupied, the income would be more than sufficient to handle debt payments, and to pay back the borrowers a nice return. My investors funded this loan in 25 days. This is a perfect example of why to use a hard money commercial loan.

Private money financing for a commercial property is normally easier that a traditional bank loan. Of utmost importance is the fact that the investor simply wants to make sure they are paid their money. To that end, a hard money lender requires that the Borrower have plenty of equity. For instance, lets says a Borrower owns a small 12 unit strip mall, has a 585 credit score, needs a loan of $500,000, and the property is valued at $2,000,000. This Borrower will not find it easy securing financing with a local bank or traditional mortgage source.

Due to the low loan-to-vale ratio of this loan, 25%, I have private investors who are eager to lend on this situation.

Keep this in mind, when looking for a private money loan, the loan to value ratio will always be lower than a traditional commercial mortgage. Normally, and depending on credit and how the property “cash flows”, and the Borrowers capacity to re-pay the loan(income), the maximum loan to value is 70%. In a traditional commercial mortgage, the maximum is 90%.

A private money loan is not cheap, expect to pay 3-7 points, and a rate of 9-15%. In the end, rates and fees are dependent on the risk of the transaction. In general, the roskier the loan, the higher the interest rate.

Commercial Real Estate – Hard, Hard, Hard Money Loans

Financing for commercial real estate is a completely different game when compared to residential mortgage loans. It moves much faster and is much more flexible.

Commercial Real Estate – Hard, Hard, Hard Money Loans

When purchasing commercial real estate, financing is the most significant factor in determining whether the project is worth pursuing. Although there are a variety of commercial real estate loans on the market, we are going to look at hard money loans in this article.

Hard money loans for commercial real estate are often a matter of last resort. They aren’t good deals, but they can save a financing situation that has gone critical. Most hard money loans come with significant upfront costs and astronomical interest rates. When you are facing the prospect of losing a commercial property, however, they can be a godsend because they also are granted very quickly.

Hard money loans are considered very risky and are issued by private financing groups, not banks or lenders. The loans tend to be only available as the primary loan on the property, which isn’t that rare a situation in commercial property.

Unlike home loans, hard money loans are all about the potential sales price of a piece of commercial real estate. The party considering lending you money is not going to look at the appraised value of the property. They are going to look at the probably sales price if the commercial real estate has to be sold a few months after making the loan. Depending on the condition of the property, this figure will typically be between 50 and 75 percent of the appraised valued of the commercial property.

Put another way, a hard money loan is a short-term loan designed to get you past an immediate problem. It is undeniably a loan of last resort and is not an ultimate solution to a financing problem with a commercial property. It does nothing other than buy you time, and at a fairly hefty cost. If you are in a tight spot and can resolve the problem with a few extra months time, a hard money loan may be the answer.