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People often associate hard money with being hard to get. However, the “hard” relates to the hard asset that is used to secure the loan.

The hard asset that is used to secure the loan is used in place of the borrower’s credit score or income—this is what traditional lenders use to determine a borrower’s eligibility. It use to be that homeowners would use these loans when they were denied conventional financing—that is not as much the case anymore. Typically, real estate investors use hard money—they can use them to fix and flip a single family home and resell the distressed property, small commercial bridge loans and construction.


A lot of investors don’t use hard money with their first deal—mainly because they aren’t well-informed about the process, but also if they have friends or family that will finance them, they usually choose that path. After seeing that they can only do one deal at a time using friend’s or family’s money—and wanting to ramp up their investments they typically find a hard money lender. Many investors use Texas Hard Money Loans for distressed properties that don’t qualify for conventional financing. Many borrowers use hard money when they qualify for a conventional loan, but need to close in a short amount of time.

Texas Hard Money Loans are not ideal for a foreclosure bail out. Being in a foreclosure situation and using hard money to fix the issue at hand will probably result in getting the borrower in even deeper. Texas Hard Money Loans are not usually used for a property that a borrower is going to have as their primary residence. Most Arizona Hard Money Lenders don’t like to lend to these types of situations. And, with the higher interest rate and short terms a hard money loan isn’t ideal for a primary residence.

The rehab of property is the most ideal project for the use of hard money. Most lenders will lend a portion of both the purchase price and the construction. However, there are some lenders that do not want to deal with the hassle of the construction inspection or the uncertainty of a property. Each lender has their own niche and it is the borrower’s responsibility to research lenders to find out the best match for them.

Texas Hard Money Loansare not for everyone. However, there are many ideal situations in where hard money makes sense.

If the goal is to simply find a distressed property and fix and flip—there is no better lender than a hard money lender. This is what most lenders focus on. There are Arizona Hard Money Lenders that focus primarily on construction, small business loans and even residential bridge loans. However, if a borrower is looking for a 15-30 year mortgage, hard money is not ideal.

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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