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90% Hard Money Loans and Percentage Confusion

Recently, there has been a change in how some lenders are marketing LTVs (Loan to Values): Borrow up to 90% of the purchase price and up to 100% of the rehab cost.  At first glance, you might think you are getting a higher loan amount, and in turn, bring less money to closing when you purchase. But you have to read the fine print.  They often will loan EITHER 90% of purchase price plus rehab OR 70% of ARV, whichever is LESS. The reality is, you are bringing a minimum of 10% down no matter what your deal looks like.

90% vs. 70%

Unfortunately, this has confused both new and experienced borrowers, and it’s time to clear up this confusion. First, when you see “90%,” be sure you pay attention to the next four words, which say “of the purchase price.” This means you are getting a loan based on 90% of what you are paying for the property, AFTER calculating the maximum loan amount at 70% of the ARV. Confused yet? I promise you’re not alone.

Examples

Let’s look at some examples to help you understand. If you are buying a house for $100,000 that has an ARV of $150,000, with $5,000 in rehab, your loan amount is going to be $95,000, instead of $105,000. The formula is the maximum loan amount ($105,000 in this example) or 90% of cost plus rehab ($90,000 + $5,000), whichever is less.

Let’s say you are purchasing this same house for $120,000. Based on the advertising, you would think that you were getting a loan amount of $108,000 (90% X $120,000). But, because the maximum loan amount is $105,000 (70% X $150,000), your actual note would be for the same amount, $105,000.

More Confusion

To add to the confusion, the advertising states receiving 100% of the rehab cost. This is true for almost every hard money loan. Lenders want to fund 100% of the rehab cost to make sure that all of the work is getting completed. Therefore, the total rehab cost is built into every loan. If you are working with a lender that is not loaning 100% of the rehab costs, it is an anomaly, and you may need to find another lender.

Setting Expectations

What should you expect when looking for a loan? Most lenders will loan up to 70% of the ARV for a flip, and up to 75% for a rental property, regardless of the purchase price. If you buy a deal below the LTV threshold, many lenders will give you 100% financing. Of course, it’s based on your financial profile and the amount you can be approved for, without overextending yourself. And, of course, 100% of the rehab should be included in the loan. Most importantly, read the fine print and do the math to see how any offer will actually work out in the end.

If you are in Dallas or Houston looking for a Hard Money Lender to flip the property, contact us today and share the details of the property to get the money in 24 hours or less.

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