Hard Money Lenders Fort Lauderdale
Rates Starting at 10%
West Forest Capital is a Fort Lauderdale hard money lender, financing real estate investments up to $3 million. We have gained a reputation as the fastest hard money lender in Florida because we know how critical each day is in competitive real estate market of Fort Lauderdale.
- We are a direct lender, not a broker
- Same day pre-approval
- Funding in 3-5 days, although 1 day is possible
- Loan amounts up to $3 million
|Loan Size||$100,000 to $5,000,000|
|LTC||Up to 80% of purchase price|
|LTV||Up to 70% of the ARV|
|Term||Standard is 12 months. 24-36 months is available|
|Lien||First lien; second lien as additional collateral only|
|Points||1.5–2% of the loan amount|
Recently Funded Hard Money Loans in Florida
Palm Beach Gardens , FL
Our client is an experienced investor in the Palm Beach County area and found this off-market home after contacting homeowners in the vicinity of another project. While the home was livable, it was not updated, and needed significant repairs (kitchen, floors, bathrooms, paint, roof, HVAC). Utilizing a Palm Beach County hard money loan in Palm Beach Gardens, our client completed the work and sold the home in a 9 months period, yielding nearly a 200% gain on his original investment.
West Palm Beach, FL
This was our client’s first real estate deal. Our client sought to take advantage of the momentum in West Palm Beach’s real estate market and anticipated rent increases in the area. Although this was a new real estate investor, they received 80% of the purchase price and 100% of the rehab costs. As a local Palm Beach hard money lender in West Palm Beach, we were comfortable that our client was buying below market in this building. After doing cosmetic repairs (primarily removing the carpet and updating the kitchen), our client found a great tenant and refinanced into a rental loan.
Boynton Beach, FL
Our client obtained a Palm Beach County hard money loan in Boynton Beach to booster his offer for the property which beat out several other offers with conventional financing. After the needed repairs were completed, the exit strategy was flexible: either a sale or a conventional refinancing once the property was stabilized and rented. Ultimately, our client came across another fix and flip opportunity and elected to sell the rehabbed original property to raise cash for a down payment on the next deal.
Why Use a Hard Money Loan
- If you need funding fast. While a typical bank may take months to review your loan application, West Forest Capital offers same day hard money palm beach loan approval, and funding within 3-5 days. In an emergency situation, we can even fund in 1 day!
- If the property isn’t stabilized. Sometimes, it’s not a question of time, but it’s the actual property that a traditional bank won’t finance. Examples include a property that requires rehab, missing a Certificate of Occupancy (CO), or does not have a strong rental history. Hard money lenders west palm beach such as West Forest Capital will be able to fund the real property when a bank can’t.
- If you have poor credit. West Forest capital understands that events that negatively influence one’s credit score can happen from time to time. Therefore, we mostly consider the value of the property, rather than FICO score or debt-to-income ratios when considering funding a loan.
- If you don’t want to take a loan in your personal name. A traditional bank is likely to require that a real property is owned directly by an individual they are making the loan to. If you would like to own the property in an LLC, or if you own too many properties for a bank to finance you personally, a hard money palm beach loan is a great option.
Why Choose a Fort Lauderdale Hard Money Lender
The city of Fort Lauderdale is a major player in the South Florida real estate market. From Downtown Fort Lauderdale to the Lauderdale beach area, real estate investors have seen very strong growth of both rental income and property values. Many older homes have been replaced with larger modern homes, and older neighborhoods have seen significant investment. Besides single-family homes, real estate investors have also sought out private money to renovate duplex, triplex, and larger multi-family properties. If you are focused on other sectors of the real estate market, such as commercial or industrial, we also provide private money loans on these properties.
We are a local hard money lender that understands the nuances of each area in Fort Lauderdale. This helps you, the investor, because we see the potential in properties and appreciating areas. We are not afraid to finance renovation projects, or provide cash-out refinancing on investment properties.
Financing your Fort Lauderdale Investment Property
To obtain a hard money loan on your Fort Lauderdale investment property, the most important thing is demonstrating the property value. The location, comparable sales, and rental income are important factors. Additionally, the current debt on the property and your credit score are taken into consideration – but not to worry if you have bad credit, we can still provide a hard money loan for your Fort Lauderdale real estate property.
Asset-backed Lender Focused on Customized Solutions
We are a local Fort Lauderdale lender that partners with investors to provide private money to fund real estate projects. The hard money loans are based on the value of the asset so in some cases we can finance 100% of the purchase price and required rehab amount.
West Forest Capital also offers the longest hard money loan available on the market (3 years), ideal for investors that need more time stabilizing the property and a great “in-between” choice between hard money and longer-term financing.
Let’s talk about your real estate holdings in Fort Lauderdale or investment property purchase. We are here to provide you the hard money financing you need!
Hard money lenders are non-bank, asset-based lenders. Although both banks and hard money lenders make mortgage loans, hard money lender requirements and lending criteria often varies significantly from a traditional bank. Hard money lenders put much more emphasis on the underlying property, and less emphasis on the borrower. The underwriting process is significantly shorter with a hard money lender, and a loan can often be funded within a week (as opposed to 2-3 months or longer with a traditional bank). As such, real estate investors that buy foreclosures at auctions will often use a hard money lender to fund the purchase because the terms of the auction require an expedited closing process. Also, hard money lenders fund loans on properties that a traditional bank won’t fund — an example is a property that doesn’t have a Certificate of Occupancy (CO). A hard money lender is also a great choice for somebody who has poor credit or is rebuilding their credit; a low FICO score will not prevent you from getting a hard money loan. Finally, hard money lenders can also provide loans to refinance existing lenders or as way to cash out on a property.
It’s important to note that hard money lenders only lend on investment real estate, and do not make mortgages for residential purposes. You cannot live in a property that has a mortgage from a hard money lender.
Because it’s significantly easier and faster to obtain a hard money loan, the interest rate will be higher than a traditional mortgage from a bank. Interest rates will vary between 9 and 12%, and there will also be between 1 and 3 points charged at closing. The term of the loan will typically be 1 or 2 years. The loan will usually come in two parts: (part 1) to fund the purchase, an amount that will often be between 70-85% of the purchase price and (part 2) funding for any rehab that needs to be done on the property to bring the property to an updated condition; hard money lenders often fund up to 100% of the rehab amount. If no rehab is required, it will not be included in the loan. If rehab is required, it will be distributed in arrears, after a portion of the work is completed. For example, assuming that $50,000 of total rehab is needed, the borrower may complete the first $15,000 of the work and ask to be funded $15,000 by the lender. They will then complete the next $15,000 of work and be funded $15,000 again. And so on. Hard money loans are usually structured so that the total loan amount (funds lent on the purchase plus funds lent for the rehab) does not exceed 65% of the property after-repair-value, known as “ARV.”
Because a hard money loan is considered a commercial loan, a hard money lender will not lend to individuals, and will only lend to LLCs. But don’t worry if you don’t have an LLC, they are very easy to create and can have only one member (you).
Hard money lenders analyze both the purchase price as well as ARV to make sure they can get paid back on loans they make. A property that is bought below or at market is an important aspect in obtaining a loan. If borrower is also taking out a loan for rehab purposes, a hard money lender will want to make sure that the repairs are being done according the repair schedule and on time. A clean title is also essential when obtaining a hard money loan. Any judgements or liens on the property or LLC that is taking out the loan (remember, the loan must be made to an LLC), will have to be cleared prior to the loan being disbursed.
It’s important to a hard money lender that their borrower is entering into an investment or transaction that will be profitable for the borrower. In other words, the hard money lender wants you to make money on your real estate investment, so that they can get paid back on their loan. The lender will ensure that there is enough “spread” in the deal, which means that the ARV will cover the purchase price, rehab costs, interest on the loan, closing costs, and any other associated fees with sufficient room left over to make the investment profitable for their client.
- To purchase and repair a property that a traditional bank will not lend on (either because of the property itself or because of the borrower’s credit), which will then be sold to a retail buyer. This is commonly called “fix and flip.”
- To purchase and repair a property that a bank will not lend on, which will then be rented out. Once rented, the property will be considered “stabilized,” and may be refinanced with a traditional bank at a lower rate.
- To fund real estate purchases that need to be done in a timeframe that a traditional bank cannot meet (for example, a foreclosure auction). While a hard money lender can often fund the purchase within a week, a bank may take 2 or 3 months or longer.
- To obtain a fast cash-out refinancing using an already owned property as collateral.
- To quickly refinance another mortgage on the property that is coming due.
- To buy a property in the name of an LLC. A traditional bank often will not fund LLCs, so if a borrower would like to own a property that’s not in their personal name, a hard money loan is an option.