How to Use a Hard Money Loan to Get Your Real Estate Property Ready to Sell

How Much Money Do You Need?

There are some basic things you need to know before you can get a hard money loan. First, you need to know how much you need to borrow and how much collateral you have. You begin by finding out how much your real property (house or apartment complex) is worth as is.1 Note the words “as is.” You can get this information from a real estate appraiser. Then you ask them to make a second estimate about how much more the property will be worth if obvious repairs are made.

IMG_00003652Next, get a remodeling contractor to give you a bid on the repairs and a plan or time frame the repairs will take. You might want to get several bids and choose the one that looks best to you.

How Much Collateral Do You Have?

Second, find out how much you owe on the property. The difference between the amount you owe and the appraised value of the property is your equity. It is the equity that will determine how much the lender will lend you.2 Compare the amount of the cost of the repairs to your equity after the repair is make. If your equity is larger than the repairs, you might be able to make a profit after paying off the loan.


The amount of money you need to borrow is the amount the repairs will cost plus a cushion of maybe 15 percent. The amount of collateral you can offer the lender is the equity in the real property. If the equity value of the real property is larger than the amount it will take to fix the property up, you have collateral to get a hard money loan.

Who Are the Lenders?

Hard money loans are typically issued by private investors (individuals or groups) lending their own money to borrowers with real property. The real property is their protection for making the loan and will be taken if the loan is not repaid. The primary basis for making a hard money loan is the liquidation value of the collateral backing the note.3  While the bank on the street corner will check basically everything before issuing a loan, including your credit scores, your income, the stability of your income, any missed payments, the amount of outstanding credit you have, and how the internal revenue service feels about you, the hard money lender will be are more interested in the value of your collateral than in your credit history. The hard money lender will determine the value of the property by getting an independent appraisal.

How Much Will It Cost Me?

Interest rates on a hard money loan will start at about 7.7 percent.1 The rate will depend on several things, including the liquidity of the asset. If the house you are repairing is in a bad neighborhood, it might be hard to sell even after it is remodeled and thus the interest rate on the loan will be higher. Broker fees also apply if a broker helped you find the funding source.


The broker offers personal service to the borrower and administrative service to the lender. They give advice, do the paperwork, and make the phone calls involved in the transaction. They will also have the day-to-day experience and contacts to find the best rates for you. They then pass on the completed application to the lender.


In summary, if you are in a bad credit situation, have equity in real property you own, anticipate a project that will not take too long, and need money quickly, the hard money loan is probably for you.

If you find a deal, give me a call for a quick closing fix-n-flip rehabilitation loan. You can e-mail too.

Austin, Texas



1. Hard Money Loans: A Complete Guide. California Hard Money Direct. Available at Retrieved November 2018.

2. Justine Pritchard, Hard Money Basics, How Hard Money Loans Work. Available online at Updated October 31, 2018. Accessed November 2018.

3. Wikipedia. Hard Money Loan. Available online at Accessed November 16, 2018.




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