If you are considering stepping into the real estate market, either to both buy a new home and sell your current home, or to try your hand at buying homes in disarray, remodeling, and reselling, then you may need a certain type of loan, or more than one, to offset remodeling and other costs related to your endeavor. Before you begin pursuing such loans, it’s important you understand what it is you are taking on and exactly what type of loans you may need to take out. There are two types of loans common to this type of industry, bridge loans and rehab loans, usually obtained from hard money lenders.
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A bridge loan is used during an interim time when you need cash flow immediately but may not yet have access to a more permanent financing solution. Bridge loans are used by both individual people and businesses and can be tailored to your needs. The way a bridge loan works, for example, is when you expect to have a larger loan, or financing, but it will not be secured for several more months. While waiting for that money to come through you still have outstanding debts and costs happening now that need immediate solutions. A bridge loan covers this situation by providing you with the cash flow you need to cover costs until the other is secured. This situation happens often in the real estate market in the time between the sale of one home and the purchase of another.
A rehab loan is used mostly in the remodeling of a home or some other type of structure. You can get a rehab loan from a traditional money lender and usually more easily than a bridge loan because these types of loans are most often times insured by the government. The government views this type of loan as a promising investment into bringing up property values in neighborhoods that may have experienced decline. To qualify for a rehab loan, the potential borrower must be able to pass an intensive credit check and have collateral that is acceptable to the lender, usually other property.
So, to bring it all together, what this means is if you are interested in buying a home while also trying to sell a home or you are interested in the idea of flipping a house (meaning to buy it, remodel it, and resale for profit), a bridge loan can help you with immediate cash flow while you await a more long term financing option. A rehab loan will help you with funds to remodel the home or even to finish purchasing the home with an extra amount of money provided for that option. It requires a good deal of credit and collateral to undertake either type of loan and it is very important that no loan be accepted lightly. Speaking with a lender beforehand will enable you to understand the process of loan and repayment more fully, as well as the penalties associated with a missed payment or default.