(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.
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
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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).
No, you will need to have cash available for 3rd party closing costs (title insurance, closing fees, etc.).
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.
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.