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A “hard money loan” is a loan in which the loan decision is primarily based on the value of the property (the “hard asset”). This is in contrast to criteria such as income history, and credit history.  Hard money rates often are higher than long-term rates. However often banks are not fast enough or have reasons preventing a loan. Banks may require high credit scores, high taxable income, and lots of verification, etc. Alternatively, hard money lenders often have very few criteria.  Hard money lenders often can underwrite and fund a loan in a matter of days rather than weeks or months. The term “hard money loan” may mean different things to others. Property value is the primary concern for Good Funds Lending, LLC. Good Funds Lending, LLC is not concerned about credit scores or income but considers other aspects of borrowers.

There are several reasons why a business might want a bridge 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. An opportunity may disappear without quick action.  Partner buy-out may have time limits. Sellers may take other offers or value a short closing time. Price may go up. A sale may be canceled. People may need money to avoid other consequences.  People need money to avoid default, forfeiture, credit damage, lawsuits, etc. Sometimes a bank or credit union can not provide a loan until there is a certain history of income. Often the advantages of a quick bridge loan far outweigh the costs.

In a full loan application for one of our Colorado hard money loans we require:

Required application materials depend on the type of loan and type of property.

For a rehab loan on a single family, the following items would likely be required:

  • Completed loan application form
  • Rehab items/budget (Schedule of Work – we can provide a template, other formats may also be acceptable)
  • The real estate purchase agreement contract (and all disclosures, addenda, and amendments)

Acceptable proof of past rehab experience for extensive rehabs.

If any of the borrowers are entities ownership and governance agreements( e.g. operating agreements, by-laws, resolutions, shareholder agreements)

Under certain circumstances, we may require special inspections or reports (e.g. suspected structural or mold issues, well or septic system etc.) prior to a loan commitment decision. Sewer scope reports are often required for homes built prior to 1982 or built in certain areas. Asbestos tests and reports are may be required, but depend on the scope and type of repairs/renovations and when the building was built. Additional documents are likely to be required if the property will be occupied at the time of purchase or there is a non-arms-length transaction.

If there is a tenant, then lease agreements and payment history information may be required.

At some point, prior to a loan commitment, we need to meet all human borrowers, take a picture of each driver’s license (or State ID), and do a property walk-through.

For commercial buildings, recent roof inspection reports and/or other structure or equipment reports may be required depending on the building and other particulars.

For a pre-approval application (for a pre-approval letter), we simply require a pre-approval 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.

Categories: Application, Borrowers, Process

Our typical hard money loan process follows the the process linked here. Start the process by submitting a Loan Inquiry.

As a direct private Colorado hard money lender we conduct our own valuation analysis (for residential properties) and we are not required use a 3rd party appraiser as hard money lenders that have outside investors may be required to do. There is no additional charge for the valuation/appraisal for residential properties, as we perform our own internal valuation for our internal purposes only and we do not make any representations or warranties related to our valuation. For properties for uses other than residential (e.g. office, retail, industrial), we typically do require a 3rd party appraisal, which the borrowers are required to pay for.

Category: Application

Yes, if we pre-approve the loan after reviewing a free pre-approval application (remember a pre-approval is not a loan commitment).

We can work with borrowers to utilize a “soft pull” credit history service such as CreditKarma.com (and avoid hard credit checks).
It is important to us to know if potential borrowers are in currently in financial trouble. 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. We will typically review credit history for each human borrower. We are not looking for a minimum credit score, but will evaluate recent credit history focusing primarily on the following aspects:

  • Related recent bankruptcies
  • Related recent foreclosure proceedings
  • Judgments
  • Recent history of late payments
  • Currently owed payments that are past due

We look at the each loan as a whole package including the asset, the borrowers and the market.

(Good Funds Lending, LLC provides hard money loans in the Colorado Denver Metro area)

For the pre-approval application, we will perform a cursory evaluation of your financial estimates for the project (purchase/acquisition cost, rehab budget, after repair value), and your level of experience and your answers to few other questions. If we believe there is a reasonable likelihood that we would make a loan based on the information provided, we will inform you that you are pre-approved. If approved, and you request a pre-approval letter (Often pre-approval letters are submitted with offers on properties; however, some borrowers may choose to complete a pre-approval application after the property is under contract). A pre-approval is not a guarantee that the loan will be approved or made.

For the full application you provide more details regarding the project and your experience. We more carefully review the borrowers and project. We evaluate the current and after repair value of the property and closely review the expected repair/rehab costs. We examine credit history (via a “soft pull” working with the potential borrowers using a service like CreditKarma.com or a “hard credit check”) of all human borrowers. We do not look for a minimum credit score, but primarily focus on your credit activities/events in the last two years. Prior to making a decision on a loan commitment we typically do a property walk through with one of the borrowers.

At some point prior to a loan commitment we need to meet all human borrowers on the loan and take a picture of each driver license (or State ID) and do a property walk through.

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A “hard money loan” is a loan in which the loan decision is primarily based on the value of the property (the “hard asset”). This is in contrast to criteria such as income history, and credit history.  Hard money rates often are higher than long-term rates. However often banks are not fast enough or have reasons preventing a loan. Banks may require high credit scores, high taxable income, and lots of verification, etc. Alternatively, hard money lenders often have very few criteria.  Hard money lenders often can underwrite and fund a loan in a matter of days rather than weeks or months. The term “hard money loan” may mean different things to others. Property value is the primary concern for Good Funds Lending, LLC. Good Funds Lending, LLC is not concerned about credit scores or income but considers other aspects of borrowers.

There are several reasons why a business might want a bridge 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. An opportunity may disappear without quick action.  Partner buy-out may have time limits. Sellers may take other offers or value a short closing time. Price may go up. A sale may be canceled. People may need money to avoid other consequences.  People need money to avoid default, forfeiture, credit damage, lawsuits, etc. Sometimes a bank or credit union can not provide a loan until there is a certain history of income. Often the advantages of a quick bridge loan far outweigh the costs.

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.

Categories: Application, Borrowers, Process

Our typical hard money loan process follows the the process linked here. Start the process by submitting a Loan Inquiry.

We can work with borrowers to utilize a “soft pull” credit history service such as CreditKarma.com (and avoid hard credit checks).
It is important to us to know if potential borrowers are in currently in financial trouble. 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. We will typically review credit history for each human borrower. We are not looking for a minimum credit score, but will evaluate recent credit history focusing primarily on the following aspects:

  • Related recent bankruptcies
  • Related recent foreclosure proceedings
  • Judgments
  • Recent history of late payments
  • Currently owed payments that are past due

We look at the each loan as a whole package including the asset, the borrowers and the market.

(Good Funds Lending, LLC provides hard money loans in the Colorado Denver Metro area)

For the pre-approval application, we will perform a cursory evaluation of your financial estimates for the project (purchase/acquisition cost, rehab budget, after repair value), and your level of experience and your answers to few other questions. If we believe there is a reasonable likelihood that we would make a loan based on the information provided, we will inform you that you are pre-approved. If approved, and you request a pre-approval letter (Often pre-approval letters are submitted with offers on properties; however, some borrowers may choose to complete a pre-approval application after the property is under contract). A pre-approval is not a guarantee that the loan will be approved or made.

For the full application you provide more details regarding the project and your experience. We more carefully review the borrowers and project. We evaluate the current and after repair value of the property and closely review the expected repair/rehab costs. We examine credit history (via a “soft pull” working with the potential borrowers using a service like CreditKarma.com or a “hard credit check”) of all human borrowers. We do not look for a minimum credit score, but primarily focus on your credit activities/events in the last two years. Prior to making a decision on a loan commitment we typically do a property walk through with one of the borrowers.

At some point prior to a loan commitment we need to meet all human borrowers on the loan and take a picture of each driver license (or State ID) and do a property walk through.

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A “hard money loan” is a loan in which the loan decision is primarily based on the value of the property (the “hard asset”). This is in contrast to criteria such as income history, and credit history.  Hard money rates often are higher than long-term rates. However often banks are not fast enough or have reasons preventing a loan. Banks may require high credit scores, high taxable income, and lots of verification, etc. Alternatively, hard money lenders often have very few criteria.  Hard money lenders often can underwrite and fund a loan in a matter of days rather than weeks or months. The term “hard money loan” may mean different things to others. Property value is the primary concern for Good Funds Lending, LLC. Good Funds Lending, LLC is not concerned about credit scores or income but considers other aspects of borrowers.

There are several reasons why a business might want a bridge 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. An opportunity may disappear without quick action.  Partner buy-out may have time limits. Sellers may take other offers or value a short closing time. Price may go up. A sale may be canceled. People may need money to avoid other consequences.  People need money to avoid default, forfeiture, credit damage, lawsuits, etc. Sometimes a bank or credit union can not provide a loan until there is a certain history of income. Often the advantages of a quick bridge loan far outweigh the costs.

Our typical hard money loan process follows the the process linked here. Start the process by submitting a Loan Inquiry.

Pre-Approval Letter (3)

In a full loan application for one of our Colorado hard money loans we require:

Required application materials depend on the type of loan and type of property.

For a rehab loan on a single family, the following items would likely be required:

  • Completed loan application form
  • Rehab items/budget (Schedule of Work – we can provide a template, other formats may also be acceptable)
  • The real estate purchase agreement contract (and all disclosures, addenda, and amendments)

Acceptable proof of past rehab experience for extensive rehabs.

If any of the borrowers are entities ownership and governance agreements( e.g. operating agreements, by-laws, resolutions, shareholder agreements)

Under certain circumstances, we may require special inspections or reports (e.g. suspected structural or mold issues, well or septic system etc.) prior to a loan commitment decision. Sewer scope reports are often required for homes built prior to 1982 or built in certain areas. Asbestos tests and reports are may be required, but depend on the scope and type of repairs/renovations and when the building was built. Additional documents are likely to be required if the property will be occupied at the time of purchase or there is a non-arms-length transaction.

If there is a tenant, then lease agreements and payment history information may be required.

At some point, prior to a loan commitment, we need to meet all human borrowers, take a picture of each driver’s license (or State ID), and do a property walk-through.

For commercial buildings, recent roof inspection reports and/or other structure or equipment reports may be required depending on the building and other particulars.

For a pre-approval application (for a pre-approval letter), we simply require a pre-approval application.

Yes, if we pre-approve the loan after reviewing a free pre-approval application (remember a pre-approval is not a loan commitment).

(Good Funds Lending, LLC provides hard money loans in the Colorado Denver Metro area)

For the pre-approval application, we will perform a cursory evaluation of your financial estimates for the project (purchase/acquisition cost, rehab budget, after repair value), and your level of experience and your answers to few other questions. If we believe there is a reasonable likelihood that we would make a loan based on the information provided, we will inform you that you are pre-approved. If approved, and you request a pre-approval letter (Often pre-approval letters are submitted with offers on properties; however, some borrowers may choose to complete a pre-approval application after the property is under contract). A pre-approval is not a guarantee that the loan will be approved or made.

For the full application you provide more details regarding the project and your experience. We more carefully review the borrowers and project. We evaluate the current and after repair value of the property and closely review the expected repair/rehab costs. We examine credit history (via a “soft pull” working with the potential borrowers using a service like CreditKarma.com or a “hard credit check”) of all human borrowers. We do not look for a minimum credit score, but primarily focus on your credit activities/events in the last two years. Prior to making a decision on a loan commitment we typically do a property walk through with one of the borrowers.

At some point prior to a loan commitment we need to meet all human borrowers on the loan and take a picture of each driver license (or State ID) and do a property walk through.

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A “hard money loan” is a loan in which the loan decision is primarily based on the value of the property (the “hard asset”). This is in contrast to criteria such as income history, and credit history.  Hard money rates often are higher than long-term rates. However often banks are not fast enough or have reasons preventing a loan. Banks may require high credit scores, high taxable income, and lots of verification, etc. Alternatively, hard money lenders often have very few criteria.  Hard money lenders often can underwrite and fund a loan in a matter of days rather than weeks or months. The term “hard money loan” may mean different things to others. Property value is the primary concern for Good Funds Lending, LLC. Good Funds Lending, LLC is not concerned about credit scores or income but considers other aspects of borrowers.

There are several reasons why a business might want a bridge 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. An opportunity may disappear without quick action.  Partner buy-out may have time limits. Sellers may take other offers or value a short closing time. Price may go up. A sale may be canceled. People may need money to avoid other consequences.  People need money to avoid default, forfeiture, credit damage, lawsuits, etc. Sometimes a bank or credit union can not provide a loan until there is a certain history of income. Often the advantages of a quick bridge loan far outweigh the costs.

In a full loan application for one of our Colorado hard money loans we require:

Required application materials depend on the type of loan and type of property.

For a rehab loan on a single family, the following items would likely be required:

  • Completed loan application form
  • Rehab items/budget (Schedule of Work – we can provide a template, other formats may also be acceptable)
  • The real estate purchase agreement contract (and all disclosures, addenda, and amendments)

Acceptable proof of past rehab experience for extensive rehabs.

If any of the borrowers are entities ownership and governance agreements( e.g. operating agreements, by-laws, resolutions, shareholder agreements)

Under certain circumstances, we may require special inspections or reports (e.g. suspected structural or mold issues, well or septic system etc.) prior to a loan commitment decision. Sewer scope reports are often required for homes built prior to 1982 or built in certain areas. Asbestos tests and reports are may be required, but depend on the scope and type of repairs/renovations and when the building was built. Additional documents are likely to be required if the property will be occupied at the time of purchase or there is a non-arms-length transaction.

If there is a tenant, then lease agreements and payment history information may be required.

At some point, prior to a loan commitment, we need to meet all human borrowers, take a picture of each driver’s license (or State ID), and do a property walk-through.

For commercial buildings, recent roof inspection reports and/or other structure or equipment reports may be required depending on the building and other particulars.

For a pre-approval application (for a pre-approval letter), we simply require a pre-approval 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.

Categories: Application, Borrowers, Process

Our typical hard money loan process follows the the process linked here. Start the process by submitting a Loan Inquiry.

Property (1)

(Good Funds Lending, LLC provides hard money loans in the Colorado Denver Metro area)

For the pre-approval application, we will perform a cursory evaluation of your financial estimates for the project (purchase/acquisition cost, rehab budget, after repair value), and your level of experience and your answers to few other questions. If we believe there is a reasonable likelihood that we would make a loan based on the information provided, we will inform you that you are pre-approved. If approved, and you request a pre-approval letter (Often pre-approval letters are submitted with offers on properties; however, some borrowers may choose to complete a pre-approval application after the property is under contract). A pre-approval is not a guarantee that the loan will be approved or made.

For the full application you provide more details regarding the project and your experience. We more carefully review the borrowers and project. We evaluate the current and after repair value of the property and closely review the expected repair/rehab costs. We examine credit history (via a “soft pull” working with the potential borrowers using a service like CreditKarma.com or a “hard credit check”) of all human borrowers. We do not look for a minimum credit score, but primarily focus on your credit activities/events in the last two years. Prior to making a decision on a loan commitment we typically do a property walk through with one of the borrowers.

At some point prior to a loan commitment we need to meet all human borrowers on the loan and take a picture of each driver license (or State ID) and do a property walk through.

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Our typical hard money loan process follows the the process linked here. Start the process by submitting a Loan Inquiry.

Yes, if we pre-approve the loan after reviewing a free pre-approval application (remember a pre-approval is not a loan commitment).

We can work with borrowers to utilize a “soft pull” credit history service such as CreditKarma.com (and avoid hard credit checks).
It is important to us to know if potential borrowers are in currently in financial trouble. 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. We will typically review credit history for each human borrower. We are not looking for a minimum credit score, but will evaluate recent credit history focusing primarily on the following aspects:

  • Related recent bankruptcies
  • Related recent foreclosure proceedings
  • Judgments
  • Recent history of late payments
  • Currently owed payments that are past due

We look at the each loan as a whole package including the asset, the borrowers and the market.

(Good Funds Lending, LLC provides hard money loans in the Colorado Denver Metro area)

For the pre-approval application, we will perform a cursory evaluation of your financial estimates for the project (purchase/acquisition cost, rehab budget, after repair value), and your level of experience and your answers to few other questions. If we believe there is a reasonable likelihood that we would make a loan based on the information provided, we will inform you that you are pre-approved. If approved, and you request a pre-approval letter (Often pre-approval letters are submitted with offers on properties; however, some borrowers may choose to complete a pre-approval application after the property is under contract). A pre-approval is not a guarantee that the loan will be approved or made.

For the full application you provide more details regarding the project and your experience. We more carefully review the borrowers and project. We evaluate the current and after repair value of the property and closely review the expected repair/rehab costs. We examine credit history (via a “soft pull” working with the potential borrowers using a service like CreditKarma.com or a “hard credit check”) of all human borrowers. We do not look for a minimum credit score, but primarily focus on your credit activities/events in the last two years. Prior to making a decision on a loan commitment we typically do a property walk through with one of the borrowers.

At some point prior to a loan commitment we need to meet all human borrowers on the loan and take a picture of each driver license (or State ID) and do a property walk through.


Hard Money is not always the correct solution. Before using hard money, you should explore other financing options available. We are building a Colorado hard money business focused repeat business where our borrowers use our hard money lending services only when appropriate and as one part of their financing strategy.

We are a private lender seeking:
  • To provide loans beneficial to the community, the borrowers, and Good Funds Lending, LLC
  • Long-term relationships with ethical people
  • Borrowers strategically using hard money, often because banks and credit unions are too slow or unreasonable to capitalize on an opportunity.
We are a hard money lender that that is easy to work with and talk to. Please contact us about your Colorado hard money questions.

Hard money is not always the best solution. You should consider other options before using hard money.

Our Colorado hard money business is aimed at helping smart and ethical borrowers, where our borrowers use our hard money loans only when appropriate and as a part of their financing strategy.

Answers to frequently asked questions regarding Good Funds Lending, LLC and Colorado hard money loans are available on our Frequently Asked Questions Page.

Colorado hard money loans for single family, multi-unit residential (2-40 units), operating/occupied commercial , and operating/occupied industrial properties in the Denver Metro Area (residential properties must be non-owner occupied).

Colorado is a wonderful place to live and do business. We are happy to be a part of the Denver business community.