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Why would a business want a bridge loan?

There are several reasons why a business might want a bridge loan while waiting for a bank loan. Sometimes a transaction needs to happen quickly or the business owner needs liquidity quickly, but the bank needs more time to process the loan. Sometimes a bank can’t provide the loan until more time has passed after a credit or income hiccup.

Why does divorce sometimes result in a hard money or bridge loan?

Sometimes income or rental property needs to be quickly refinanced after or during a divorce. An ex-husband or ex-wife may no longer willing to be a borrower or guarantor. Sometimes a divorce damages one or more of the ex-spouses’ credit. The ex-husband or ex-wife may not have sufficient income to get a bank loan without the ex-spouse. However, a divorce decree may require the ex-spouse to no longer be a borrower or guarantor on the promissory note. Often with time a spouse may repair his or her credit, sell the property, or provide sufficient income to get longer term loan. Good Funds Lending, LLC provides loans secured by investment properties only (not properties intended for personal, family or household use). Good Funds Lending, LLC does not provide loans for personal residences (rental and investment properties only).

Will you pull my credit for every hard money loan application?

We can work with borrowers to utilize a “soft pull” credit history service such as CreditKarma.com.
We may as it is important to us to know if borrowers are in trouble. We may not look at credit history for every loan with repeat borrowers (We do not pull credit reports for pre-approval applications). We are a hard money lender, so our loan decisions are primarily based on the underlying value of the property (“hard asset”); However, even as hard money lenders, we do consider recent credit related behavior among other factors.

Can I borrow money from other parties for other expenses?

As a Colorado hard money lender, we will only make loans as the first and only lien holder on a property. In our loan agreements, you will agree not to further encumber the property (e.g. no 2nd mortgage, other liens etc.). You should plan to have cash available for 3rd party closing costs (title insurance, closing fees), holding costs (insurance, taxes, utilities), property maintenance and cleaning expenses, staging expenses, cost overruns, other expected or unexpected expenses and rehab labor and material expenses (until you receive rehab draws, if you have a rehab draw account). If you borrow money for any of these purposes, it may not be secured/collateralized with the property or items attached to the property.

Do you look at the borrowers ability to make loan payments?

Typically our hard money loans have payments of $0 until the earlier of the end of the initial term, the property is sold or refinanced or there is a default; hence we are not generally concerned about $0 loan payments, but we are concerned with your ability successfully complete the project and have funds available for related expenses. If we do not think you can make the $0 loan payments, pay for some repairs before drawing rehab funds (if there is a rehab account) and complete the project we will not make the loan.

Will you take second position (second mortgage or other second lien arrangement)?

In general no, we will only loan as the first and only lien holder. As the loan is a hard money loan we want the hard asset (i.e. the property) to be unencumbered by other loans, whether subordinate or superior to our loan. In some cases we require a first lien on the project property and may be secured by junior liens on other properties.

When do I have to decide about the optional extension on a loan?

The extension automatically occurs after the initial term (typically 180 day period) unless you have paid off the loan or there has been a default. On the first day of the extension period (typically day 181), your extension payment of 0.3% of the outstanding principal amount (includes any accrued interest that has been added to the initial principal) is due. (extensions only available for the Fix & Flip and Fix & Hold loans).

Why are your rates lower than the standard 4-points (i.e. 4% origination) and 15% interest?

  • We only work with experienced real estate investors, which on average have lower risk to us.
  • We are working with one source for funds, so we are the final decision makers and do not need to consult with or comply with anyone else in making our lending decisions, restrictions and rules. We don’t have to promise outside investors higher rates of return.
  • We have low overhead.
  • We don’t use or charge for third party appraisals.
  • We underwrite in-house and don’t need to spend resources communicating back and forth with other parties.

Why can’t I live in the property while I’m rehabbing it (or my family, employees, etc.)?

If you (your family or your employees) are living in the property (single family residence or a 2-4 unit residential property) or the loan is for personal, family or household use, the loan is classified differently by federal and state law and we would not be allowed to offer these loans or would have additional process and administrative requirements. Therefore the restriction that you, your family and employees may not occupy, reside in, or live at the property is strict and is expressly prohibited in our loan agreements. Additionally we like lending for investment purposes only and do not want to be put in the position of ever having to potentially foreclose on someone’s home.