Selecting a lender in North Carolina can be a difficult process if you don’t know what to ask. This article features 5 questions to ask when looking for the right lender for you!
While the process might seem arduous, remember that you have the upper hand. There are a variety of lending options available, and in theory, these lenders are competing to have you as a customer.
As an investor looking for a lender, your process might be different than someone looking for a traditional mortgage of a home they plan to reside in. Here are a few great questions to help you in your search.
What are Your Terms, and Are There Additional Fees?
You will obviously want to know the interest rate, the LTV (Loan to Value) and the number of points you will be paying. In addition, you should always ask if there will be additional fees. These can be legal fees, underwriting fees, administrative fees, etc.
These fees can greatly impact your profits if they are not accounted for from the beginning. Make sure you are of any prepayment penalties you might be charged, as well. You may want to have a third party expert look over the terms to ensure you’re not missing any important details. A surprise fee down the line may put you over budget.
Do You Have Property Criteria That Must Be Met?
Geographic boundaries, as well as limitations on the type of property you are able to purchase, might be put in place by the lender. Make sure you fully understand what types of properties the lender will allow you to buy.
If you are looking for a two-bedroom fix and flip but the lender requires three bedrooms and a price point of $250k+, you might be out of luck.
Do You Provide Funds For Rehab?
In many cases, a real estate investor will need to make some repairs. Will you have to pay for this out of pocket? Or will your lender provide funds for rehab and upgrades?
This is important to know when you are looking at potential properties for investment. While the ability to borrow more money to fix up the home might seem appealing, make sure the value is there as you will be paying additional interest on these funds.
Does Your Company Flip The Loans After They Are Originated?
Many companies will sell the loan to a third party after the loan has been originated. This means that there is a possibility that you will be working with a yet-to-be-determined third party. If they flip the loans, you will be making payments and working with a different company once your loan has been processed.
This doesn’t have to be a deal breaker, but you may want to ensure that all the “what-ifs” for this situation are covered in the contract.
What’s Your Experience With Loans Like This?
Someone familiar with what you are doing who sees what a good deal you’re making is more likely to provide you with better terms. They will see the loan as low risk, and be able to help you maximize your profits. Utilize that professional network – hopefully you have built good working relationships and have good references within the industry.
As with any decision in real estate, it important to know all of your options and shop around. Remember to ask questions about ANYTHING you are uncertain about.
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