Do You Need A Short-Term Private Money Loan?

February 7, 2014 | By | Reply More

Have you ever had a deal where you needed short-term private money funding?

There are often situations where you need cash to close a deal… but don’t need to borrow it for a long period of time.

For instance…

  • Maybe you’re flipping a deal and already have a buyer in place… but don’t want to juggle a double closing… 
  • Perhaps you want to do minimal repairs to the property before you flip it… 
  • Or let’s say you have the ability to refinance the property but need purchase financing…

Having access to short-term financing can be quite valuable.

How To Structure Short-Term Private Money Loans

Several years ago, I discovered a deal off Dorchester Road in North Charleston and got most of it seller-financed. I only needed $20k in cash to close and planned on flipping it quickly.

To borrow the funds, I offered my private lender a $500 flat fee.

This may not seem like a lot… but I only borrowed $20k, and it was a heck of a lot more than my private lender would have earned in a CD.

Paying a flat fee is the primary strategy that I’ve used when structuring short-term private money loans. It’s simple and easy to understand. And that goes a long way when getting private money.

Another strategy I’ve used before is to include a prepayment penalty in the mortgage or deed of trust.

Prepayment penalties are usually expressed as a percent of the outstanding balance at the time of prepayment, or as a specified number of months of interest as in this example…

I bought a house in Goose Creek, SC, and a guy who I met at our local REIA funded it. I borrowed the funds for four months but knew that I would flip it within a month or two.

My lender wanted to make sure it was worth his while… so we included a prepayment penalty that stated that he would get the full, four month’s worth of interest… even if we paid the loan off prior to the 4 month term.

This was a big win-win. My private lender made a great return. I didn’t have to use one penny of my own money or credit to do the deal. AND I made over $21,000 in profit!

It makes sense to use short-term private money… with the right structure.

After going the trial-and-error route, I found that these two strategies work, and I’ve used them to structure these types of loans in successful, real world deals.

What kind of a short-term loan opportunities can you create that will provide a great ROI for both you and your private lender?

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