Hard Money – Not as expensive as you think

Post date: Nov 18, 2011 8:2:0 PM


We've had conversations with various developers recently to talk about construction loans for single-family homes. They've traditionally gone through banks and have enjoyed rates as low as 7% for their projects. However, these days, some of those banking relationships aren't there anymore, so they’re looking for alternatives to finance their projects. At first look, our rates of 12-14% can cause some builders sticker shock. However, once you put those rates into perspective, they don't tend to seem so expensive after all.


Let’s use the example of a $250,000 construction loan on a house that would sell for $350,000. Let’s say your borrower has traditionally paid 8%, interest only, for their rate, paid 2.5 points and incurred an additional $3,900 in bank fees and closing costs. The total cost for a six-month loan with interest and fees would be, $20,150. That would represent about 8% of the total amount financed.


If the same loan were done through BankerBroker, the rate would most likely be 13%, 5 points and about $3,900 in loan fees and closing costs. The total cost for a six-month loan would be about $32,650. That would represent about 13% of the total amount financed.


So, you can see there is only a 5% increase in the margin for using hard money. In the big picture, that’s not as large of a difference as you may have thought. This is potentially much lower than an equity partner who may want 50% profit participation. And, it’s certainly worth considering, if your borrowers are looking for alternative means to finance their construction projects.


There are other benefits as well: faster processing, less documentation (no tax forms), no pre-payment penalties, and frequently 100% cost of construction; hard money begins to look downright attractive. We encourage you to give us a call and let us price out a construction loan for you and your borrowers. The cost of using hard money is not as high as you think.


This analysis applies to fix and flip properties as well.

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by October 28, 2011

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