HUD Homes are sold “as-is” and hit the market at fair market value after an appraisal, meaning they can be very low-risk investments. It may be difficult to find owner occupied hard money lenders for funding, but doing so may open up a world of possibility.
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) is part of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). When a homeowner has an FHA loan and the home is foreclosed on, the lender can file a claim with the FHA for the balance of the loan. Once paid, ownership of the property is then transferred to HUD, which is then responsible for getting the home resold. The home is inspected and a fair market value is assigned, so residences which need work are priced accordingly. Those who wish to purchase a HUD home can choose from a number of financing options, including owner occupied hard money lenders. There are many benefits of going this route.
1. You can buy before other investors. HUD won’t sell to investors right away. When a home first becomes available, only people who want to reside in the home can purchase it. After a period of time, investors are allowed to purchase it, which can increase competition.
2. You can have cash on hand quicker. Going with an HML is essential if you need to move quick. Offers made by those with cash in hand or who have pre-approval are generally considered before all others, but with HUD homes, buyers are expected to have financing in place before bidding.
3. You can get financing when traditional lenders won’t provide it. HUD doesn’t fix homes before they’re resold; they’re sold “as-is.” While this can be a fix-and-flipper’s dream because of the low sales price and potential for great returns after the repairs are made, traditional lenders can be picky about the conditions of a home. It can also be difficult to get financing from a traditional lender if you have less-than-stellar credit or are self-employed, among other things. Owner occupied hard money lenders use different criteria to determine which projects they’ll finance, so they can often help when a mortgage company won’t.
Is it Always Best to Work with an HML for HUD Homes?
There are multiple types of financing available for HUD homes, and each one can be beneficial under different circumstances. It’s also worth noting that not all HMLs will provide owner occupied loans. Many focus solely on investment properties a buyer does not plan to live in. For this reason, you should know your exit plan long before you begin looking at homes or finding lenders.
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Owner occupied hard money lenders typically prefer to work with experienced investors, but even newcomers may be able to secure funding if it’s clear they’ve done the number-crunching and have a solid strategy. If you’ve been considering purchasing a HUD home, Level 4 Funding can help regardless of whether you plan to live in the house or not. Contact us to learn more about how our programs work.
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About the Author: Dennis has been working in the real estate industry in some capacity for the last 40 years. He purchased his first property when he was just 18 years old. He quickly learned about the amazing investment opportunities provided by trust deed investing and hard money loans. His desire to help others make money in real estate investing led him to specialize in alternative funding for real estate investors who may have trouble getting a traditional bank loan. Dennis is passionate about alternative funding sources and sharing his knowledge with others to help make their dreams come true. Dennis has been married to his wonderful wife for 42 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters 5 amazing grandchildren. Dennis has been an Arizona resident for the past 40 years.