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Where To Find HELOCs with the Best Terms

Start using your HELOC today. Here’s where to find HELOCs.

There are three main places you can look to find HELOCs.

Where to Find a HELOC

A HELOC is a lien against a property that is set up much like a credit card.

A financial institution will set it up for you with a:

  • Credit limit – the maximum you can borrow from the HELOC.
  • Term length – the amount of time the HELOC is available and the limit is locked in (usually around 10 years).
  • Methods to access the money how you can borrow the money (bank wire, debit card, etc.).

1. Credit Unions

Firstly, look for a HELOC at a credit union. Credit unions will have the best HELOC rates and terms. We’ve found that to be universal state-to-state.

Shop around at local credit unions. Make sure the lender you’re working with likes real estate investors. Each lender has their own niche. One may prefer doing car loans, but another will prioritize HELOCs.

You’ll find the best deal from a credit union, but you should still shop around for the right one.

2. Local Banks

Secondly, look into a local bank.

Local banks usually like to work with real estate investors. They’ll have more products available as far as HELOCs for rental properties and HELOCs on multiple properties.

3. National lenders

Thirdly, look for a HELOC with national lenders.

Now that the refi-boom is settling down, national lenders and mortgage brokers are starting to offer HELOCs. Going through a national lender will open you up to more products, but the cost is almost guaranteed to be higher.

Consider all three of these options to find the best deal you can. For a HELOC, the “best” deal involves not just rate but LTV.

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What Is the Best Real Estate Loan For Investing?

10 things to look for to find the best real estate loan for your investing.

You can get confused fast with real estate funding. 

What’s the difference between hard money and private money? Institutional lenders and bank lenders? And what even is OPM?

Most importantly – how do you know which lending option is best for you?

Our goal is to make sure you use the correct leverage for your real estate project:

  • What will fit your project?
  • What will be the most profitable for you?

Realistically, you need a little bit of everything.

Let’s go through the nuances of each leverage type, so you know the best real estate loan for your investments. Here are 10 qualities of real estate leverage to consider.

1. Speed

In real estate investing, most of your deals come down to speed. If you can close faster than another bidder, you can get the property – even if the other person offered more money.

Typically, the fastest lending options will be hard money and real OPM. 

OPM is using real people’s money, from family, friends, or anyone with money to lend. If you build a relationship with the right OPM lenders, this can be your fastest funding option. OPM can be one phone call and bank transfer away.

Although more expensive, hard money lenders can save you money in the long run with the savings you get from closing quickly on wholesale properties. Hard money lenders can potentially get you money within days (sometimes quicker).

Institutional lenders are fairly quick, typically taking two or three weeks, sometimes four.

Banks are usually the slowest at four or more weeks (unless you already have a line of credit set up, like a HELOC).

2. Credit Score

Credit is a major factor in the loan process. Requirements for credit scores have gone up over the last few months as money tightens. 

Institutions and banks have strict credit score requirements. The target for acceptable credit is constantly moving. Currently, you’ll have a tough time finding any loans with a score lower than 680. The best loans are available to people with a 740 and above.

Hard money lenders will check credit to make sure you’re not defaulting. But your actual score doesn’t have much bearing on your ability to get a loan.

OPM lenders aren’t as concerned with your actual credit score. OPM requirements will vary from person to person. But as long as you’re responsible in protecting their money, you can get an OPM loan.

3. Experience

Have you been in business for 2 years? Have you done enough transactions?

The toughest on experience are banks and institutional lenders.

Institutional lenders typically require three to five transactions over a three-year period. They’ll still consider you if you have less experience than that, but they’ll need a higher down payment.

Banks are the strictest. They usually want you to have five completed projects in recent years, plus at least two years of tax history on investment properties.

Hard money and OPM are the easiest on experience.

Hard money lenders care that you have a profitable deal. OPM lenders care that they get a return on their money. Neither lender will be overly concerned with your experience level. They’re more understanding that “you gotta start somewhere.”

4. Income

What lenders are concerned with your debt ratio? 

Banks are the only lenders that are always concerned with your income. 

Institutions look at the money you have in the bank, but not necessarily what you have coming in as income.

Hard money might look at your tax returns, but it won’t make or break your loan.

5. Underwriting

How does each lender look at your whole file? What is their criteria, and is it similar from lender-to-lender?

Institutional lenders have fairly consistent underwriting. They all basically require experience, 10 – 20% down, etc.

The other three types of lenders vary drastically.

Banks will always have some sort of requirements. But it’s different between large banks and small banks. Local banks will always be more interested in lending to investors.

Hard money and OPM both vary, too. You have to get to know the lenders in your area to get a feel for their requirements.

6. Flexibility

What if you need a loan for a rural property? Or what if some other unique situation pops up? Which lenders can be flexible with that.

Institutions and banks are the most fixed in what they offer. Institutional lenders loan only within MSAs. If a property is outside of city limits, they won’t offer any loans. Similarly, banks typically only lend within their footprint. You’ll have to talk to banks near you to learn those service areas.

Of course, hard money and OPM are more flexible with locations, funding plans, and more.

7. Pricing

Every loan has a cost.

Bank loans have a lot of limitations, but this is where they shine. Interest rates and origination fees will almost always be lowest at banks. Interest rates average around 5.5 – 6%, and fees are around 1 – 1.5 points.

OPM is also pretty cheap, and more flexible than banks. Your interest rate will depend on your lender, but there are usually little to no points with real OPM.

Institutional and hard money lenders will be the most expensive, with interest rates around 10 – 12% and fees at 2 – 3 points.

8. Verified Funds

It makes sense that lenders want to know that you’ll have enough money to pay them back. But lenders go about verifying funds differently.

Institutions and banks typically require two months of bank statements. They want to prove you have the money for the down payment, rehab costs, and any carry costs. These lenders emphasize how much money you have and where it came from. They often don’t allow gap funding.

Hard money and OPM lenders, however, are fine with gap funding. These lenders’ requirements vary, but generally, funds are not a major consideration.

9. Funds Available

How much money does the lender have to offer? Do they ever run out of money, or tell you you’ll have to wait a couple weeks before they have funds?

Typically, the places that have “unlimited” money are institutions and banks. Institutions are backed by Wall Street funds, and banks can always borrow from the Fed.

Hard money and OPM are a bit more limited. Hard money fund availability is based on how many investors they have. Real OPM is limited by the bank account of your lender. A downside of hard money and OPM is that money may run dry; there’s no guaranteed constant flow.

10. Multiple States

If you’re an investor who does deals in multiple states, who will be able to consistently help you? If you live in Oklahoma but invest in Texas, which lender can you count on?

Typically, institutions are your best bet for multi-state investments. If you need someone to grow with you state-to-state, this is your main option.

Many hard money lenders are local, and they focus their investments in a single community. Similarly, banks only lend within their region.

OPM’s multi-state lending ability depends on the client, but there is flexibility.

So What Is the Best Real Estate Loan?

All in all, there is no “best” real estate loan. Remember, you need all types of leverage for a flexible, lucrative investment career.

Each loan has its limitations and perks. Here’s a quick overview of each type of real estate loan.

More Info on Real Estate Loans

If you’re left with questions about the best leverage option for you, we’re here to help.

Email us at Mike@HardMoneyMike.com with questions about your deal.

Or join our weekly call here, every Thursday from 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM MST.

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Primary vs Secondary HELOCs – A HELOC for Your Rental??

There are two types of HELOCs, primary vs secondary. Here’s what you need to know about them.

You can get a HELOC from two sources: the house you live in, and, potentially, some of your rental properties.

Primary Home – Primary vs Secondary HELOCs

HELOCs are calculated using LTVs and CLTVs (combined loan-to-values).

To calculate this, the bank looks at the loan balance for your first mortgage, plus what the HELOC will add to it. Then they divide that by the value of your home to get to the combined loan-to-value.

Most banks and credit unions will go up to 90% CLTV, but some do 100% on primary homes.

Using a HELOC unlocks all the equity you’ve established on your home as home values go up over the years.

Rental Properties – Primary vs Secondary HELOCs

Rental HELOCs are a little more limited. They have different LTV/CLTV requirements.

For rental properties, there are some banks, credit unions, and mortgage brokers that will allow HELOCs in second position that go up to a CLTV of 65% to 75%.

Different lenders will limit the amount of secondary HELOCs differently, but most will give you one or two properties.

When To Get a HELOC

Start using your HELOC now, before home prices go down.

If you have a lot of equity in your rental properties or home, you can tap into that now while the market’s still high. This limit will be locked in for 10 years, even as your home value will likely come down 5-10% in the next six to nine months.

If you wait to take out either primary or secondary HELOCs you’ll lose more of your available funds.

Read the full article here.

Watch the video here:

https://youtu.be/MoUp2CAht0A

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What Is a HELOC for Real Estate Investors?

As a real estate investor, it’s important to know: What is a HELOC?

It stands for Home Equity Line of Credit. But what exactly is a HELOC?

It’s a Lien

A HELOC is a lien against a property.

It can come as a first, second, or sometimes even third mortgage. If you don’t owe anything on your house, you can put a HELOC in first position. With an existing mortgage, it’s put in second position.

It’s a Line of Credit

A HELOC is set up kind of like a credit card. The bank sets a limit they’ll lend and a term for how long.

A HELOC can pay for almost anything related to your projects. You can go to Home Depot and get materials, you can pay your contractors, you can make a down payment. It can take the form of a bank wire, a debit card, or whatever other option your bank gives you.

At the end of the month or the end of a project, you pay the HELOC off, and all the credit is freed up. You can use it again, pay it down, then use it again for as long as the term is active.

Typically, the bank will set a 10-year term. So for 10 years, you can use and re-use it up to the limit they set. If your property goes up in value during that time, it’s possible to get a refinance for a higher limit.

It’s a Faster, Easier, Cheaper Source of Money!

Any expenses you can put on a HELOC frees up your investment experience. When you borrow from other places (hard money lenders, banks, etc), there’s more paperwork and more cost.

HELOCs are easier, faster, and cheaper. A successful investor uses every leverage tool at their disposal, so it’s important to tap into this one.

Read the full article here.

Watch the video here:

https://youtu.be/MoUp2CAht0A

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5 Times You Should Use Hard Money for Your Real Estate Investments

Here are 5 ways to use hard money right as a real estate investor.

Real estate investing is all about making profit.

And sometimes, to make profit, you need to use hard money loans.

When is hard money your best option in real estate investing? Let’s look at 5 situations where you should use hard money to fuel your investments.

1. Using Hard Money for Speed

The number one way hard money makes you money in real estate investing is how fast they are.

Look at a real example from one of our clients.

He was able to buy a property in Colorado at a $30,000 discount.

Five other people were bidding as high as $330,000 on the property.

But our client was able to close in less than a week, so the sellers accepted his bid of $300,000.

How Much Does a Hard Money Loan Cost?

People can get tripped up with the cost of hard money. Wouldn’t the price of the loan leave our client at a loss here? Let’s compare his hard money loan on this deal to his competitors with a bank loan.

For hard money, he spent $7,500 on origination. A bank loan would have cost $4,500.

Six months’ worth of interest on the hard money loan adds up to $15,000. The same time on a bank loan would accrue $9,900 of interest.

Appraisal underwriting, and processing fees were lower with hard money at $984 (vs $1500 with the bank.)

Overall, our client did pay a lot more for the loan itself using hard money. His hard money loan cost $23,484, and a bank loan would have cost $15,525. That’s an extra cost of $7,959 to use hard money.

Can You Save Money by Using Hard Money for Real Estate?

Despite seeming more expensive, hard money still gave this investor a discount. Why? Hard money enabled him to close fast, so he got a better deal on purchase price.

What was the total cost of hard money? The discounted price of the property ($300,000) plus the hard money loan costs equals $323,484. 

What about the bank loan? The home price of $330,000 plus bank loan costs totals $345,525.

This is a savings of $22,041. Just for closing fast with hard money rather than using the cheaper but slower bank loan.

Using hard money for speed works even when the discount is smaller.

Let’s say our client had bid only 10,000 less than the other investors. He still would’ve saved $1,191 up front on the deal.

Hard Money Savings without a Purchase Price Discount

The option of buying real estate with bank loans is often cheaper. However, in many investment situations, using a bank loan is not a viable option.

If you have to wait 4 weeks to clear your bank loan, but only 4 days for a hard money loan… that becomes the difference between closing on the property or not.

Ultimately, even if using hard money doesn’t get you the lowest price, you still save money in the long run. If the speed of a hard money loan gets you a property, you will still come out on top.

Buying then selling a profitable fix-and-flip will always make more money than never buying and never selling.

2. Use Hard Money if You Have Low Credit

Institutional lenders, private equity, and banks have credit score minimums. If you don’t have a high enough score, you don’t get a loan.

Hard money lenders, on the other hand, are typically not credit-score-driven. Yes, they’ll probably look at your credit, but they won’t base your loan on it.

Real estate investors can have low credit scores for many reasons:

  • Usage – You put your flip rehab costs on credit cards
  • Thin Credit – You have few lines of credit, or young lines of credit
  • One-time Event – You had good credit, then life happened and your score temporarily dipped.

Hard money lenders understand that these issues are not always a reflection of your ability to pay back loans. 

That’s why hard money lenders don’t worry about your credit score, just your credit.

Do you have a history of late payments? Are you defaulting? That will negatively affect you with a hard money lender. 

If you are responsible with credit, but have a score banks won’t accept, a hard money lender will be a good option.

3. Using Hard Money Because It’s Flexible

Sometimes you need an outside-of-the-box lender.

  • Unique Properties – If you have a house or area that’s unique (maybe a dome house, an old manufacturer, etc.), hard money lenders will give you more options.
  • Rural Areas – Most local banks and large hard money lenders don’t lend outside of MSAs. Traditional lenders might not cover thirty miles outside of an urban area, but many small hard money lenders will.
  • Cross Liens – Hard money lenders have more flexibility putting a cross lien on another property. This is useful if you don’t have a lot of money to put down, but do have another property with a lot of equity.
  • Gap funding – Sometimes a mortgage doesn’t quite cover all the costs of your project. Hard money can fill in those gaps.
  • Lot splits – Splitting off a lot can be a headache with a traditional lender. A hard money lender is more flexible with the time it takes to get a survey and everything else prepared. This allows you to split off a lot, sell the house, and keep the lot.

4. Using Hard Money for BRRRRs

Hard money is crucial for successful BRRRRs.

With BRRRR (rental flips), you:

  • Buy undermarket valued properties
  • With a hard money loan
  • Then rate-and-term refinance into a longer-term loan.

If you want to get into BRRRR transactions (rental properties), you have to find a hard money lender or private lender who will loan you 75-80% of the after-repair value of the property you want to buy.

If you get a hard money loan to fund the purchase price and rehab up to 75-80% ARV, you can maximize your refinance. This saves you money, time, and interest.

5. Other Times to Use Hard Money

There are many other reasons real estate investors use hard money. Here are a few:

  • Banks limit you to 2-3 loans. If you’ve maxed out those lenders, hard money can help.
  • Hard money can work as a bridge loan. It covers the down payment of your next property until your other bank-funded property sells.
  • You can keep a project off your credit. Hard money typically doesn’t show up on your credit report.
  • Investment beginners might need help with their first couple projects started before banks will lend to them.
  • Complete a started project. If you end up with a property mid-flip, many banks won’t lend for it. But a hard money lender can easily provide a gap loan to finish the rehab.
  • Hard money has the flexibility to let you come in with other funding sources. (If you want to put repair costs on a credit card, want to use an OPM lender, etc.).

How to Use Hard Money for Real Estate

Want to learn more about real estate funding? Wondering if a hard money loan might be right for your investment? 

Email us your questions anytime at Mike@HardMoneyMike.com

Or join our weekly Leverage Up call here, every Thursday from 1:15 PM to 2:15 PM (MST).

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Benefits of a HELOC: Are You Missing Out?

If you don’t use a HELOC in your real estate investment career, you’re missing out on these benefits.

The uses and benefits of a HELOC for a real estate investor are broad and huge. This line of credit is one of the best ways to tap into your existing money to create more money.

Let’s take a look at a few of the ways you can utilize your HELOC to benefit your real estate investments.

Benefits of a HELOC for Real Estate Investors

Down Payment

You can use a HELOC as a down payment on any loan – hard money or long-term. Anytime a lender requires a down payment, you can take the money off your home equity line of credit, and bring it to closing.

For down payments on rental properties, your lender will still require the money borrowed from your HELOC to be included in your debt ratio.

Construction Costs

For a flip or a BRRRR, you can use money from your HELOC to cover the costs of construction.

Money from a hard money lender or bank comes at a higher price. If you’d prefer to use your HELOC to cover construction costs, you can lower the amount borrowed from a lender.

A HELOC will be some of the cheapest money you can find out there – especially now with money tightening. Using it helps lower your overall costs.

Another benefit of a HELOC is the speed and flexibility. If you don’t have time to wait for your lender’s escrow process to pay your contractor, you can just pull the payment off your HELOC.

Carry Cost Benefits of a HELOC

Carry costs include monthly interest, HOA fees, mortgage payments, some materials and construction, and any other regular cost associated with owning the property.

These costs can turn into a burdensome expense on a flip. You can pull from your line of credit to cover carry costs, and when your flip sells, you can put it all back in.

Buying Properties at Auction

There will be more foreclosures coming up soon. To take advantage of this turn in the market, you can use money from your HELOC to buy a foreclosed property at auction.

The benefit of a HELOC here is that you don’t have to get lender approval or meet lender requirements before placing a bid on a property. You can pull from it, pay for the property (or at least the down payment), and refinance later if needed.

Buying Wholesale Properties

You can also buy properties from wholesalers or the regular marketplace when you otherwise couldn’t. You close with a HELOC, then go back and refinance with a hard money or bank loan.

With this strategy, you can close on a deal faster than anyone else. You don’t have to sift through the paperwork and red tape of a loan; just go to the bank and wire out the funds.

Bridge Loan Benefits of a HELOC

Some investors use their HELOC to bridge between properties.

They have one flip for sale, but they’re ready to buy their next one. They use a HELOC to cover the down payment, then pay it back when the other property sells.

You can create your own bridge loan by using a HELOC.

Lend to Other People

You can also use it to lend to other people in the real estate investment community at a profit.

You can borrow from a HELOC at a rate of 5-6%, and you could charge someone else up to 10-12%. (But of course, always be careful and protect yourself when lending to other people).

Overview of the Benefits of a HELOC

  • Using your HELOC allows you to use your money, without taking anything from your savings or 401k
  • You can tap into the equity that’s already at your disposal
  • It keeps projects going while typical loans are tightening up
  • You can get into properties quickly and refinance a few weeks later
  • You can avoid the higher rates of external lenders by borrowing from your HELOC

Read the full article here.

Watch the video here:

https://youtu.be/MoUp2CAht0A

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New BRRRR Lending Options to Consider in a Down Market

With inflation, typical rental property loans may not do the trick. Here are some new BRRRR lending options for you.

With rates so good over the last three to four years, all BRRRR investors were looking at one loan product – the 30-year fixed mortgage.

With rates increasing, however, you might need to look beyond the 30-year fixed loan to get into good BRRRR properties. Here are some options that can bridge your properties until rates go down.

ARMs (Adjustable-Rate Mortgages) for BRRRR

You can get three-, five-, or seven-year ARMs. Whichever time length you pick, the rates will be fixed during that period. Afterward, the rates become adjustable.

In rising markets, these loans aren’t that great. In declining markets, though, they can be the perfect loan to bridge you into a rental property.

You can get an ARM for .5-2% lower than a 30-year fixed mortgage. These lower rates can cash flow a property until either prices go up and you can sell, or rates go down and you can refinance.

Interest-Only Lending Options

With the interest-only BRRRR lending option, you don’t pay any principal for the first ten years.

An interest-only loan is appealing right now because it keeps cash flowing. Your loan amount doesn’t go down, so it’s not a great option for the long-term. But it is a good lending option to get you into a property during this next market.

40-Year AM (Adjustable Mortgage)

A 40-year AM spreads the loan payments over 40 years instead of the 30 with a traditional fixed mortgage. This adjustable mortgage gives you lower monthly payments… and more cash flow.

What To Keep In Mind with These New BRRRR Lending Options

ARMs give lower rates, 40-year AMs offer lower payments, and interest-only loans postpone the principle.

Keep in mind: these loans won’t help your equity or get a property paid down quickly. But they are good options to get into properties while values are low and funding is tight.

Remember that conditions of BRRRR are ever-changing. Get plugged into the money side of investing, and talk to lenders to see what’s available for you in inflationary times.

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What is a HELOC? A Real Estate Investment Must!

Here’s what a HELOC is and why you should be using it as a real estate investor.

More and more investors have been calling us to ask about HELOCs.

With traditional, non-traditional, and hard money loans, why would a real estate investor need a HELOC?

In times like this with money tightening, it’s hard to get all the money you need for a project from a lender.

Let’s talk about what a HELOC is, how to get one, and what to do with it to leverage your real estate investments.

What Is a HELOC?

It stands for Home Equity Line of Credit. But what exactly is a HELOC?

It’s a Lien

A HELOC is a lien against a property. 

It can come as a first, second, or sometimes even third mortgage. If you don’t owe anything on your house, you can put a HELOC in first position. With an existing mortgage, it’s put in second position.

It’s a Line of Credit

A HELOC is set up kind of like a credit card. The bank sets a limit they’ll lend and a term for how long.

A HELOC can pay for almost anything related to your projects. You can go to Home Depot and get materials, you can pay your contractors, you can make a down payment. It can take the form of a bank wire, a debit card, or whatever other option your bank gives you.

At the end of the month or the end of a project, you pay the HELOC off, and all the credit is freed up. You can use it again, pay it down, then use it again for as long as the term is active.

Typically, the bank will set a 10-year term. So for 10 years, you can use and re-use it up to the limit they set. If your property goes up in value during that time, it’s possible to get a refinance for a higher limit.

It’s a Faster, Easier, Cheaper Source of Money!

Any expenses you can put on a HELOC frees up your investment experience. When you borrow from other places (hard money lenders, banks, etc), there’s more paperwork and more cost.

HELOCs are easier, faster, and cheaper. A successful investor uses every leverage tool at their disposal, so it’s important to tap into this one.

Benefits of a HELOC

The uses and benefits of a HELOC for a real estate investor are broad and huge. This line of credit is one of the best ways to tap into your existing money to create more money.

Let’s take a look at a few of the ways you can utilize your HELOC to benefit your real estate investments.

Down Payment

You can use a HELOC as a down payment on any loan – hard money or long-term. Anytime a lender requires a down payment, you can take the money off your home equity line of credit, and bring it to closing.

For down payments on rental properties, your lender will still require the money borrowed from your HELOC to be included in your debt ratio.

Construction Costs

For a flip or a BRRRR, you can use money from your HELOC to cover the costs of construction. 

Money from a hard money lender or bank comes at a higher price. If you’d prefer to use your HELOC to cover construction costs, you can lower the amount borrowed from a lender.

A HELOC will be some of the cheapest money you can find out there – especially now with money tightening. Using it helps lower your overall costs.

Another benefit of a HELOC is the speed and flexibility. If you don’t have time to wait for your lender’s escrow process to pay your contractor, you can just pull the payment off your HELOC.

Carry Costs

Carry costs include monthly interest, HOA fees, mortgage payments, some materials and construction, and any other regular cost associated with owning the property.

These costs can turn into a burdensome expense on a flip. You can pull from your line of credit to cover carry costs, and when your flip sells, you can put it all back in.

Buying Properties at Auction

There will be more foreclosures coming up soon. To take advantage of this turn in the market, you can use money from your HELOC to buy a foreclosed property at auction.

The benefit of a HELOC here is that you don’t have to get lender approval or meet lender requirements before placing a bid on a property. You can pull from it, pay for the property (or at least the down payment), and refinance later if needed.

Buying Wholesale Properties

You can also buy properties from wholesalers or the regular marketplace when you otherwise couldn’t. You close with a HELOC, then go back and refinance with a hard money or bank loan.

With this strategy, you can close on a deal faster than anyone else. You don’t have to sift through the paperwork and red tape of a loan; just go to the bank and wire out the funds.

Bridge Loan

Some investors use their HELOC to bridge between properties. 

They have one flip for sale, but they’re ready to buy their next one. They use a HELOC to cover the down payment, then pay it back when the other property sells.

You can create your own bridge loan by using a HELOC.

Lend to Other People

You can also use it to lend to other people in the real estate investment community at a profit.

You can borrow from a HELOC at a rate of 5-6%, and you could charge someone else up to 10-12%. (But of course, always be careful and protect yourself when lending to other people).

Overview of the Benefits of a HELOC

  • Using your HELOC allows you to use your money, without taking anything from your savings or 401k
  • You can tap into the equity that’s already at your disposal
  • It keeps projects going while typical loans are tightening up
  • You can get into properties quickly and refinance a few weeks later
  • You can avoid the higher rates of external lenders by borrowing from your HELOC.

Primary vs Secondary HELOCs

You can get a HELOC from two sources: the house you live in, and, potentially, some of your rental properties.

What is a HELOC on a Primary Home?

HELOCs are calculated using LTVs and CLTVs (combined loan-to-values). 

To calculate this, the bank looks at the loan balance for your first mortgage, plus what the HELOC will add to it. Then they divide that by the value of your home to get to the combined loan-to-value.

Most banks and credit unions will go up to 90% CLTV, but some do 100% on primary homes. 

Using a HELOC unlocks all the equity you’ve established on your home as home values go up over the years.

What is a HELOC on a Rental?

Rental HELOCs are a little more limited. They have different LTV/CLTV requirements. 

For rental properties, there are some banks, credit unions, and mortgage brokers that will allow HELOCs in second position that go up to a CLTV of 65% to 75%. 

Different lenders will limit the amount of secondary HELOCs differently, but most will give you one or two properties.

When To Get a HELOC

Start using your HELOC now, before home prices go down. 

If you have a lot of equity in your rental properties or home, you can tap into that now while the market’s still high. This limit will be locked in for 10 years, even as your home value will likely come down 5-10% in the next six to nine months. 

If you wait to take out your HELOC, you’ll lose more of your available funds.

Where To Find HELOCs

There are three places you can look to find HELOCs.

1. Credit Unions

Credit unions will have the best HELOC rates and terms. We’ve found that to be universal state-to-state.

Shop around at local credit unions. Make sure the lender you’re working with likes real estate investors. Each lender has their own niche. One may prefer doing car loans, but another will prioritize HELOCs.

You’ll find the best deal from a credit union, but you should still shop around for the right one.

2. Local Banks

Local banks usually like to work with real estate investors. They’ll have more products available as far as HELOCs for rental properties and HELOCs on multiple properties.

3. National lenders

Now that the refi-boom is settling down, national lenders and mortgage brokers are starting to offer HELOCs. Going through a national lender will open you up to more products, but the cost is almost guaranteed to be higher.

Consider all three of these options to find the best deal you can. For a HELOC, the “best” deal involves not just rate but LTV.

What Is a HELOC and More

You can use a HELOC to take advantage of what’s happening in the market in 2022.

If you need more guidance with a HELOC of your own, reach out to HardMoneyMike.com.

For one-on-one help, send us an email at mike@hardmoneymike.com. We’re happy to coach you through any real estate investment questions.

Happy Investing.

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What You Need to Know About BRRRR In an Inflationary Market

How does BRRRR change in an inflationary market? Here’s what to expect.

For real estate investing, including BRRRR, inflation means money tightens up.

Money tightening means there’s less money for all real estate investors. The federal government makes money harder to get to slow down spending.

So how can you expect these effects of inflation to impact BRRRR?

How an Inflationary Market Changes BRRRR Lender Requirements

In the lending world, money tightening looks like lower loan-to-values. Maybe your hard money lender used to give you 75% of the anticipated value of the home, but now they’d give 70%.

LTVs are tightening not just on the front-end BRRRR loan, but the back-end refinance as well. Lenders are:

  • Tightening their cash out requirements
  • Offering lower LTVs
  • Raising income requirements
  • Expecting higher down payments
  • Requiring just plain better deals.

A big qualification to focus on is lenders’ credit score requirements. The minimum acceptable credit score has gone up by 20-40 points.

If your credit is on the border, your main priority should be to raise your score. There’s less money out there. You want to be one of the people who can get leverage once property prices go down.

Lenders and Equity in Inflationary Times

Lenders want to make sure they’re lending to the best of the best. They’re concerned with equity.

Prices are going down. So if they lend at 70% LTV, then in 6 months home prices go down 10%, but then that 70% is no longer 70%.

So lenders will be more conservative with their LTVs. Money in general will be more conservative during this time. Eventually, we’ll land at a “new normal,” and everyone in the money world can work off the same level. For now, things are heading down in an unpredictable way, so money will be harder to get.

If you’re investing in BRRRR in an inflationary market, stay aware of the constant changes. Rates have more than doubled this year, LTVs are going down, and the cash flow on your rental properties will take a hit.

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Where Do You Find a Hard Money Bridge Loan Lender?

Does every hard money lender do bridge loans? Where do you find a hard money bridge loan lender?

A lot of people use the term bridge loan interchangeably with gap funding or hard money, but a true bridge loan is slightly different. They’re shorter-term than a hard money loan, and they’re typically less expensive because of that.

Is a Bridge Loan Different from a Hard Money Loan?

A hard money loan is longer and broader than a bridge loan.

  • The average bridge loan lasts 30 to 45 days. Hard money loans can last up to a year or longer.
  • Bridge loans get you from one property to the next. Hard money focuses more on a single project.
  • Bridge loans get paid when your old property sells. Hard money loans get paid when you refinance or sell the property the loan was originally for.
  • A bridge loan is used as temporary funds to close on a house. A hard money loan can be used as a more general budget for a purchase. Many come with the option for escrows to fix up the property over time.

Typically bridge loans are used for 3 situations in real estate investing. When you:

  1. Are buying a new property and already have one listed for sale
  2. Need to cover down payment on a new property
  3. Find a great deal but your bank’s financing won’t be ready in time.

What Lender Give Bridge Loans?

To find these quick, short loans, a small local lender (like Hard Money Mike) will be your best and fastest option. Smaller hard money lenders prefer working with deals that provide good, safe returns. Bridge loans do exactly that.

A bigger hard money lender will do a bridge loan, too. But they may take up to four weeks to close, which often defeats the purpose of true bridge lending.

You can also get bridge loans from some banks. Not big, national banks, but many local banks and credit unions who work with real estate investors may do bridge loans, too. Banks usually offer the cheapest bridge loans, but can take 3 – 4 weeks or longer.

Ask around to hard money bridge loan lenders you know to learn their pricing and see if it’s worth it. You can use our free loan optimizer to find out if you can get a good deal on bridge loans near you.

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