Lightning-Fast Funding, No Credit Needed – Use Hard Money

You’ve always thought outside the box. In kindergarten, you colored so far outside the lines that your parents had to pay for a new desk. In high school, you created a new club every year. (Spelunking – really?)

So now that you’re an adult, why are you suddenly so content to follow the “status quo” when it comes to your investments? Maybe it’s time to challenge the standard credit guidelines and try hard money investing instead. After all, it’s more your style.

A hard money loan is a form of real estate financing that’s based on the value of the property to be purchased rather than the credit of the borrower. Hard money loans are most often used for house flipping or other investing strategies that require a quick turnaround. It’s like another tool for your toolbox, and as you’ll see, the benefits of this unique financing strategy are worth learning about. Here’s how hard money loans can help:

Fast Financing

When you get your money faster, you can jump on the best deals right away.

In a perfect world, you’d have all the time you need to make your investments. Sadly, it’s not a perfect world. You never know when the right opportunity will come along – and when it does, you don’t want to be stuck sorting through your finances or waiting to get approved for a second mortgage.
That’s where a hard money loan is a big help. They have lightning-fast approval times (which in reality is around five days). When you get your money faster, you’ll be able to jump on the best deals instead of watching them slip away.

Score Steep Discounts

If you’re an experienced investor, you (hopefully) have a whole list of strategies you use to cut costs. It’s time to add hard money investing to that list.
Because whether you’re buying your property at a foreclosure auction or from a private owner, every single seller would prefer a fast, lump-sum payment. To get their hands on more money faster, sellers are often willing to tip the scales in your favor.

Free Up Your Equity

If you make a living flipping houses, you can’t have your investment funds tied up for months and years on end. You need to buy, fix, flip, and move on to the next opportunity. Here’s how many investors free up their equity fast – they take out a hard money loan, purchase a property, fix and flip it, and pay off their loan in full with their profits. It’s a strategy that’s faster and simpler than juggling several mortgages at once.

Hard Money Loan – Your Plan B

Face it, you can’t always bring your A-game to every sale. You might find a property that’s perfect, but what do you do when your credit isn’t? You take out a hard money loan, that’s what. These loans don’t follow the same guidelines used by traditional lenders, so if your credit isn’t cutting it or if you aren’t in the right place financially to take out a second mortgage, a hard money loan could be the answer to your problem.
Look, there’s nothing wrong with doing what’s expected of you sometimes. No one’s saying you need to challenge the “status quo” for each and every thing you do, like paying your taxes, showering regularly, and calling your mother (which you should actually do more often). But your investment strategy? You can always use a new perspective there.
So next time you purchase a property, consider financing your purchase with a hard money loan. That little boost of outside-the-box thinking could have a big impact on your investing success.
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By Ben Yonge

Ben Yonge is president and founder of EquityPro, where he helps investors improve their livelihoods and plan for retirement income through real estate. Since 2004, Ben has helped thousands of investors and property owners build for their future. Ever since first grade when Ben asked his mom if they could make candy in their kitchen and sell it door-to-door, he knew he had a passion for business. Combined with a belief that the best deals benefit everyone involved, Ben focuses his energy on leading his team to these high standards at EquityPro. Delivering high returns isn’t the only outcome Ben enjoys. Helping homeowners who need to sell their home quickly and improving neighborhoods by renovating distressed properties bring a great deal of personal satisfaction. Ben’s focus at home is no different. Together with his wife he spends his time showing his two young children that anything is possible when you have a strong work ethic, stay true to yourself, and care about the people you work with.