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Seattle Residential vs Commercial Hard Money Loans

Seattle Residential vs Commercial Hard Money Loans

Are you wondering what the differences are between residential vs commercial hard money loans? Look no further because we’re here to help you navigate the details! (And if you have any more questions, feel free to reach out to our friendly and helpful team at (425)...

Investment Property Tax Deductions List for Seattle, WA

Investment Property Tax Deductions List for Seattle, WA

We all pay taxes every year. Sometimes, there can be surprises. But in the case of buying local Seattle, WA, investment properties, you can earn investment property tax deductions for your Seattle properties. For real estate investors, the United States provides the...

Washington State COVID-19 Real Estate Construction Update

Washington State COVID-19 Real Estate Construction Update

On April 24th, the investment community received great news that the Washington State Governor lifted some of the restrictions on construction in Washington state. Projects funded by hard money loans may resume with some new guidelines in place. We wanted to provide a...

The BRRRR Method and Hard Money Lending

The BRRRR Method and Hard Money Lending

If you're interested in real estate investing or you've been doing it for a while, you may be familiar with the BRRRR method. This method involves several steps that can give you a rather lucrative return on your investment if you do things right. When it comes to...

Fixated on Real Estate Interviews Will Heaton

Fixated on Real Estate Interviews Will Heaton

Recently, Will Heaton of Intrust Funding and Tarl Yarber of Fixated on Real Estate walked through a “Euro-cottage” that was renovated with a hard money loan from Intrust Funding. Check out how Will was able to marry the old with the new to create a unique combination of design elements for this home in Seattle.

From the video:
“One of the easy things with working with Intrust is you don’t have to have an on-site draw inspection. Borrowers are able to submit just 10 or 15 photos, and a description of the work they did, 24 to 36 hours later, we can wire you the funds, drop a check in the mail, come by the office pick up a check, do direct deposit.”

What Are Hard Money Loans?

What Are Hard Money Loans?

Since 2008, conversations and questions about the pros and cons of hard money loans have taken over the real estate investment world. Some private investors are still confused about the nature of these loans, while others have jumped on the bandwagon and partner with hard money lenders to fund every project.

The truth is hard money loans are relatively simple investment tools with quite a few benefits that often go overlooked. Here are the facts:

Buying Foreclosed Homes: Is it Worth the Risk?

Buying Foreclosed Homes: Is it Worth the Risk?

“Foreclosures are great real estate investments, but many traditional lenders see the risk and not the reward on these properties. That’s why more real estate investors are using hard money loans to buy foreclosures.” – Loren Howard

A hard money loan makes it easy to buy, repair, and profit from foreclosure real estate investments. Real estate investors can also close on properties faster than ever because hard money loans aren’t credit based and can be funded in as little as 48 hours by lenders like Intrust Funding.

A Guide to Choosing Contractors for Rehab Projects

A Guide to Choosing Contractors for Rehab Projects

As hard money lenders we’ve seen perfectly legitimate investment opportunities turn into financial crises because of borrowers’ inexperience in choosing and managing contractors. If you’re new to this process, don’t worry! Here are a few tips for working with contractors successfully.

How Hard Money Lenders Evaluate Deals

How Hard Money Lenders Evaluate Deals

Many lenders, Intrust Funding included, refuse to finance investment properties that they do not believe will be successful. In the instance that an investor is rejected because of the property, it is a good idea for the investor to either request a second opinion or not purchase the property at all. While it may seem preferable to get a second opinion, the lenders that advise against purchasing a property are working in your best interest and are not interested in attaining your collateral, but rather in funding a successful deal.

How to Choose a Hard Money Lender: What to Look for and What to Avoid

How to Choose a Hard Money Lender: What to Look for and What to Avoid

It’s the bottom of the ninth and there are two outs. Who is batting for you? You’ve done your research, your financial documents are ready, and you’ve found the investment of your dreams, but how do you decide who to trust to back you financially? Here are key characteristics to help you find a lender that’s right for you. Hit this one out of the park!

Pro Tip: Hard Money Lenders with High Default Rates Should Always be Avoided!

Fix and Flip Loans: The Hard Money Advantage

Fix and Flip Loans: The Hard Money Advantage

Fix and flip real estate investors may look glamorous on TV, but what they don’t show you is the steps taken for purchasing an investment property. Like most of us, they don’t usually have hundreds of thousands of dollars just sitting around in their bank accounts. In fact, the biggest obstacle for new investors isn’t the work required for property renovations but rather securing the funds to acquire their investment properties in the first place. And that’s where our fix and flip loan program comes into play.

Hard Money Facts: Myths Debunked

Hard Money Facts: Myths Debunked

Because hard money lenders fund projects conventional loans typically won’t cover, there are a lot of misconceptions about what hard money loans actually are.

Here Intrust Funding takes on a few common myths by talking about the facts.

Why Choose a Hard Money Loan over a Conventional Loan

Why Choose a Hard Money Loan over a Conventional Loan

As an alternative to conventional lending, many investors are using hard money lending.

One reason is because hard money lenders like Intrust Funding underwrite investment properties based on expected ARV (after repair value) rather than current property value. As a result, neither credit score nor property condition are significant factors when investors apply for hard money loans.

Leveraging: Benefits and Risks

Leveraging: Benefits and Risks

Leverage as defined in the lending industry is the use of borrowed capital to achieve a financial gain. Investors typically use leverage when they expect profits to be greater than the interest payable. Leveraging can significantly increase your overall cash on cash return when used properly. But what happens when you leverage too much and a deal goes wrong?

Investing 101: Choosing the Right Hard Money Lender

Investing 101: Choosing the Right Hard Money Lender

The key to becoming a good investor is to use hard money loan programs to fund your profitable deals. Even more important is finding the right lender! It’s no surprise that shopping around for a lender can be a daunting task. We’re here to help make the process more streamlined.