The 4 Benefits of Fix and Flip Loans

Buying a real estate property, repairing and selling it quickly tends to be a profitable recipe. However, a key component of this recipe to success is access to capital. If one does not have sufficient funds but is interested in rehabbing a property, a hard money lender who offers a fix and flip loans could be a great financing option. These loans are structured in such a way that allow a purchaser to quickly acquire the property and have access to a reserve of funds for construction and renovation costs.

Buying a real estate property, repairing and selling it quickly tends to be a profitable recipe.

Advantages of Fix and Flip Loans

There are many advantages to fix and flip loans and the demand for this source of funding is steadily increasing in the real estate investment industry.

Four key benefits include:

  • Quick Approval: Getting approved for a fix and flip loan is a far quicker process when compared against the traditional banking system. If the borrower has submitted the requested documents, a private lender can approve the loan within a couple of days whereas a traditional financial institution can take at least a month. In addition to the significant longer wait time for bank loan approvals, the borrower will be required to submit numerous documents and clear multiple conditions as part of the process.
  • Any Property: Properties in varying states of the condition can qualify for a fix and flip loans. Whether the property is bank owned, a short sale, a foreclosure, or in a dilapidated state, a borrower is still likely to find a hard money lender willing to fund the deal. Once again, a borrower may not have the option of funding these types of real estate opportunities with a bank. Banks are very risk averse and have strict rules in place as to what type of property they can accept as part of their loan portfolio.
  • Zero Prepayment Penalties: If you take out a loan from an established bank, you may be hit with penalties should you have the opportunity to pay the loan off before the maturation date. This is called a prepayment penalty. Most fix and flip lenders will not subject you to this fee.
  • Repairs Covered: When you buy a property with the intention to flip it, a significant portion of your budget will be spent on construction and renovation costs. A fix and flip lender will usually set up a loan reserve which will cover repair costs of the property in addition to interest. This can alleviate a lot of stress and pressure for builders and developers since they don’t have to worry about spending money out of pocket for repairs or payments.

Teaming up with a solid lender who understands your property, the local real estate market, and is willing to help you throughout the acquisition, construction and selling process is vital. When choosing a hard money lender, keep the following in mind:

  • The lender must have sufficient experience in the industry. A private lender that has deep roots in the real estate investment market will not only be able to offer you a better deal but will also have numerous contacts that will prove helpful along the way – from recommended settlement companies, to permit expeditors and other preferred vendors. This can prove to be a great asset as speed, quality and efficiency is the name of the game in the fix and flip world. The less time you need to spend vetting companies and contractors is more money in your pocket.
  • Check the history of the lenders to ensure that they are genuine and have a good track record. It may be worth taking a closer look at lenders that tempt borrowers with “teaser rates” or a “no documents” underwriting process. As with most things in life, if it seems too good to be true – it usually is.
  • Finally, you should check out what previous or current customers have to say. Is the lender responsive and knowledgeable? How many loans do they have on the street? Do they have good ratings on Google or the BBB? Just as the lender performs due diligence on their borrowers, the borrowers should, in turn, conduct due diligence on the hard money lender. It’s a partnership and both parties need to be solid and committed to the process in order to ensure success.

Race Cars, Cheetahs, and Fix and Flip Loans: The Need for Speed

Speed matters. It can be the difference between winning the Indy 500, catching tonight’s dinner, or making a profit on a real estate fix and flip project. Many real estate investors turn to hard money loans to finance the purchase and renovation of rehab properties, and the need for speed is one of the chief reasons why.

How can you “win the race” in the real estate renovation world?

Renovation projects are extremely time-sensitive, and require funding sources that can respond quickly. Here’s why:

· Quickest Money Gets the Deal: In a high-density area like Washington DC, the competition for suitable fix and flip properties is intense. When foreclosed, abandoned or dilapidated housing stock comes onto the market, it’s often the developer with the quickest access to funding that snaps up the property. If you can’t arrange funding within a couple of days, you might miss a great deal.

TIP: The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development’s website has a portal that lists all foreclosed properties in the country. Check it out to see what’s available near you.

· Timing your Sale: In most areas, the optimum time to sell a fixer-upper is constrained to a several-month buying season, usually starting in early spring. This means you ideally time your purchase and the completion of rehab to coincide with the selling season. A speedy private loan, available as soon as you need it, is the key to proper timing of your rehab project. A recent Zillow study puts the magic window to sell between mid-March and mid-April, depending on variables such as location and weather. Homes sold during this window sold 15 percent faster and for 2% more. That’s real money in your pocket.

· Flexibility: Fix and flip or construction loans are often structured with a draw schedule, so that funding is released each time you reach a given benchmark (permitting, framing, etc). This ensures a steady flow of funds throughout the project. However, cost overruns and construction delays can occur, and developers often increase the project scope or timeline after initial funding. Whatever your reason for needing additional funds for your project, waiting for a new loan can slow the project down. Hard-money loans can be structured to include several phases, drawing on phase two or three only if needed, and money can be disbursed as quickly as the same day, so that there need not be any interruption to your project.