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An investor can use hard money for businesses, construction and fixing and flipping homes. There are potential investors that are uncomfortable with using hard money because of the higher interest rates. However, understanding the benefits of hard money can easily rid a borrower of that concern.

Firstly, what is hard money? Hard money is money that an investor is lending in order for a borrower to proceed with their project—whether that be building a spec home or fix and flipping a residential property. A hard money lender is simply an investor who is looking to lend their money in order to make a profitable return. Arizona Hard Money Lenders rates typically range from about 2 points to 7 points and interest rates anywhere from 7% to 18%—this is a large range because each hard money lender has their own terms. Rarely, will a lender work on the high end of the interest rate—borrowers will more likely see 7%-12%.

The benefit of a hard money lender is the relationship an investor can build with their lender. It is common for a borrower to start out with more points and a higher interest rate and then watch the rates fall lower as the relationship becomes stronger. Once the lender sees the money return quicker they want to keep the business going with the investor because they have learned to trust that this investor will make money for them and make it quickly. This is a win-win situation for both the hard money lender and the real estate investor.


It is not difficult to find a hard money lender. However, the ones a borrower will be best off with are smaller and more relaxed. These types of lenders will be easier to get a hold of, to answer your questions and all in all just easier to work with. There are both larger firms and smaller firms (or an individual). The larger firms will require more from a potential investor—they will do credit checks, require a minimum amount down. They will be harder to work with because they have a larger scale model they are working with and a large amount of borrowers they are filtering through their system. The smaller lenders don’t have to transmit borrowers through such a large model—they are more relationship based. Building a relationship is the goal for both investor and lender.

Yes, initially looking at points and interest rates it seems working with a hard money lender will be overly expensive.

Unlike a bank, working with a hard money lender will not only allow you to build a relationship— that trust you build will begin to pay off with lower interest rates and points. Once a relationship is built many investors simply can text their lender for an authorization on a project and the stronger the relationship, the more likely the answer will be yes— versus waiting up to 90 days for a bank to authorize an application. The benefits of working with a hard money lender far outweigh the slightly higher rates a borrower will pay in the start of this business relationship.

Dennis Dahlber Broker Ri CEO Level 4 Funding LLC
Dennis Dahlberg


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About the Author:  Dennis has been working in the real estate industry in some capacity for the last 40 years. He purchased his first property when he was just 18 years old. He quickly learned about the amazing investment opportunities provided by trust deed investing and hard money loans. His desire to help others make money in real estate investing led him to specialize in alternative funding for real estate investors who may have trouble getting a traditional bank loan. Dennis is passionate about alternative funding sources and sharing his knowledge with others to help make their dreams come true. Dennis has been married to his wonderful wife for 43 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters 5 amazing grandchildren. Dennis has been an Arizona resident for the past 40 years.

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