The Dirty Truth about Gap Funding!


What is Gap Funding?

It’s a term that’s used very loosely.

To some, it may mean that they are looking for additional capital to “gap” a loan. However because this is such a rare occasion, most have no idea what this means.

First of all, when people seek gap funding, they don’t realize that they are alerting the lending community that they are not liquid enough to do their deal. This is already a red-flag!

Who gets Gap funding?

Gap funding, when used in the sense that I referenced above is reserved for operators and investors with prior experience flipping properties. This means that lenders want to see that you were on the HUD or Settlement statement, not just participated on the deal.. this means you have to prove your exits.

Also this experience has to have taken place within the past 1-3 years. They want you to have current knowledge of the challenges of fix and flipping before they trust you with a no-money-down transaction.

They also want to see that you have “reserves”.

This means that once they make the 100% loan to you, which includes their expensive gap capital contribution, they want to see you how you will make those payments!

If you expect them to cover all of the rehab, construction, holding costs and selling costs, the deal has to have lots of REAL potential after remodel value, prove this by having supporting comparables.

The subject will have to be in the best areas, and you need to know your rehab budget, and get it confirmed by a contractor and his proposed team. Get each trade’s bid verified if you must. This will allow you to prove the feasibility of the project. The lenders actually want to know what materials, how much labor, hours needed to complete the deal, etc.,

Gap Funding behind another Lender?

This is the usual request, a prospective client goes and gets a 1st loan quote with a “gap” that they need to find somewhere.. anywhere ! Many times the down payment is not sourced and doesn’t need to be seasoned.

The general answer is NO.

  • No because the lenders don’t know each other.
  • No because the lenders don’t know you.
  • No because I don’t know you.

Real estate is a relationship business, and a joint venture (which is what you’re proposing) is akin to a marriage, and it takes a bit of dating, and lots of trust to create that environment.

In a short answer, forget about it.

Do you have recent experience? And you need gap funding? Why?

Lenders wonder if you have a problem managing money, managing your team, managing the rehab process, or who knows right?

They ask themselves if you have recent experience why would you need gap funding.

You should be prepared with answer and Letter of Explanation to calm these concerns.

A.R.V Lending

ARV = After Repaired Value

In cases when you find an awesome opportunity, some lenders will use a formula – they add acquisition cost, plus the rehab cost, plus the closing costs, and then divide that number by the expected retail price, it gives a number, that percentage is your % of ARV, generally they max this out t 75%.

Example = $650,000 purchase price + $100,000 rehab, 8-9% closing costs = $117,000 = $867,000. Divide that by the expected retail price of $1,300,000 = 66% of ARV.

If you landed that deal above, an ARV, asset-based lender may be interested in working with you, provided you have experience with this level of flip.

That brings me to another point. If you have history of flipping $100,000 homes, but suddenly want to flip a $1,000,000 home, you may meet some resistance. Not only does the expectations grow larger, but the LTV’s get smaller, which means that down payments go up, you may then have to bring in 10%.

Alternative Funding to Gap your deals

My advice is that you consider the following alternative funding methods we’ve used to help investors get deals done.

In order to get funding, you have to be coming from a position of strength. This means you should have good credit, in this case I mean 700 fico scores. If you have a business with revenue even better, having assets that can be leveraged and possibly earning income sweetens the deal!

Unsecured Personal Funding

This can come in the form of credit cards, credit lines, from a variety of sources. These have different terms including 0% interest for an intro rate to induce you to use the credit, or 8,10, or 18%+ right off the bat. You can stack this funding up and settle around $250k, which is probably 6-7 different tradelines, with major banks like B of A, Chase, PNC, Barclays, Navy Fed, Penn Fed, Discover, PayPal, and many others. Of course, every tradeline will suffer you an inquiry, of course, this fall off or can be removed for a fee.

Business Term Loans

The business term loans are also for 700+ fico scores across the board, you will need to claim $50,000 in personal taxes, if you qualify – the rates are around 6%-9% depending on your credit profile. The term is 5-7 years. We can raise up to $500,000.

Cross Collateralization

If you have existing assets in your portfolio, these can be residential or commercial, they should have some equity, perfect if they are long-term holds. You can add extra leverage to your purchase by allowing the lender to place a lien on additional assets. This compels the lender to move forward with the loan because you’ve reduced the risk and shown good faith.

Revenue Loans

If you have a business and you earn income, you may be able to leverage that and get a lump sum that you can use for gap funding your deal.

Friends, Family and OPM

This is the hardest source of capital to get, but it would likely be a better choice than shopping for a 2nd lien, often they won’t require so much paperwork, and probably won’t require a 50/50 split, saving you a bunch on the back-end.

Creative Financing

Today we need to be fully educated and aware of the many alternative funding options available, or know someone that is!

Sometimes funding a 1st or 50th transaction requires someone with the resources and experience with structuring multiple funding rounds to achieve a goal.

I will be ready to hold your hand to get you through your first flip or purchase of a rental property, or refinancing of a portfolio or project that is about to balloon, or you just want to explore new terms, it’s no risk! I never charge consultation fees to quickly go over a loan scenario or help a borrower through the process.

If you have an interest in real estate investing, flipping, or in the market for a loan, please contact me.

Wholesaling and Flipping

Many people start off wholesaling properties – this is another term that is often used freely and could mean many things, but for this article, I’m referring to finding sellers and properties listed with agents and matching them with your investor and buyer lists to earn marketing fees for facilitating the transaction.

Investors AKA check-writers need “boots on the ground” in order to drive leads for analysis. This builds their funnel, you keep a flow of target properties coming their way, they’ll reward you with fees of $1000-$10,000+ depending on the deal and the principals.

Using my old-school approach and combining this with technology and tools, you’ll learn to structure deals from on-the-job training, but I’ll be here to answer your questions and hold your hand.

Private Lending Consultant Flight School

I offer mentoring – in these formats: Live, and on your schedule, we’ll have phone calls and Zoom screen-shares, you’ll get lots of resources including documents, templates, marketing and full instructions. Tactics that work in today’s market! You can get more info here.

Private Lending Success Video Course

I’ve Pre-recorded 6 modules that will teach you the basics and tricks I use in private lending, perfect for real estate agents, loan officers, real estate wholesalers, even those looking for another source of income. This course is short – 4.5hrs, and will teach you how to use a mobile phone to launch an extremely effective and powerful marketing campaign.

Download Private Lending Success Ebook FREE for a limited time!

Visit this link and confirm your email and receive the PDF

You can register for free on my pre-launched site Lender Tribune

Or if you want to pay a few dollars, go over to Udemy and sign up there.

greg@fixandflippers.com

323-632-3279

Newly Remodeled Smart Home in Westwood Just Listed.


Check out this hot property near Brentwood that Signature Smart Construction was blessed to work on, and collaborate with Project Buddy Pro: a local fund control and on-demand construction management company that has a Professional program that I use to source quality contractors for jobs.

Signature Smart Construction is a Malibu, California based company specializing in Luxury Smart Home Consulting, Additions, Automation, and New Builds. They are a Los Angeles division of Delta Construction and Design, Inc based in San Diego, California. CLSB #782999

This property is listed by my brother Chris Nelson from Californian Estates.

Californian Estates is a full service real estate company specializing in Luxury Estate sales is based in West Hollywood California.

Property Address: 375 Dalkeith Ave, Westwood, CA 90049

3900 SF, 8436 SF lot, Traditional Style, 4 Good size Bedrooms, 4 bathrooms,

Private Showings Only $2,950,000

Amazing location close to Wilshire Corridor, Brentwood and Bel Air. PRICED TO SELL!! This amazing property in the prestigious Westwood neighborhood, near Brentwood, Bel-Air and Beverly Hills. Recently remodeled SMART-HOME is over 3900 sq. ft. and sophisticated living, offering 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms. New kitchen with center island, dining room opening out to a deck overlooking the rear yard.

Property Features: 2 Large mature fruiting avocado trees. Motion sensors throughout, commercial grade hot water heater capable of heating a 8000 SF home, triple-pane windows in the back and double pane windows in the front buffers the freeway noise in the backyard.

The ceilings have all been raised up. The attic space has 14″ ceilings! You could build out an office space, gym or rec room.

The home was plumbed and set up to support a 12ftx15 ft wine cellar.

Kitchen has 36,000 BTU Restaurant Oven.

The master has a deep closet area designed to build out a dressing room area.

Alexa

Alexa has been installed to support the Ring camera monitoring the home and Samsung Smart Fridge, dishwasher, garage door opener and interior lights.

Hardwood floors and high ceilings. Living room with fireplace. The backyard includes an entertaining area and children play area. Two car garage with a built-in electric plug for our electric vehicle. Waterfall and landscaping included. This property is well under the current comparable in the area.

Seller is a general contractor and has installed brand new beams throughout. The property has been remodeled from top to bottom adding 2000 SF.

Contact my brother direct for a private showing.

Chris Nelson

Sales and Acquisitions

C – 407-421-1072

chris@californianestates.com

BRE: 02103225

Five Smart Upgrades For Your Luxury Home


 

hi-tech-living-room-design-ideas-6-high-tech-living-room-design-inspirations-1555-x-875.jpgUpgrading your luxury home to a smart home is a smart move. With the advent of the “internet of things”, it is possible for your home to be connected in a way it could never before be. These upgrades make your home efficient and convenient, and they’re definitely attractive to buyers. In fact, luxury home buyers have come to expect that homes they look at will be smart homes.

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But how do you get started? You can definitely start small with some of the more easy and affordable upgrades, and work your way up from there. Here are some top five suggestions of easy upgrades you can make with our help.

Thermostats
Although programmable thermostats have been around for more than 50 years, newer smart thermostats do the thinking for you. They sense whether you are at home or away from home, and adjust your home temperature accordingly. At a cost of around $250, these smart thermostats save you almost as much per year in electricity use.

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Lighting
Roughly 10 percent of an electric bill goes to the cost of lighting your home. Smart lighting includes sensor systems to turn on lights when you walk into a room, or dimmer switches for certain times of the day. These systems are controlled by your smart phone, and include outdoor lighting as well to increase security and make your luxury home beautiful all at the same time.

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Door Locks
Smart door locks work with Wifi or Bluetooth to allow you to unlock your door with your smartphone. The locks can be programmed to allow certain family members or friends to access your home. You’ll never have to worry about losing your keys again—just don’t lose your phone!

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Smoke Detectors
Smart smoke detectors are a great safety feature that can save you money on your insurance premium, since most home fire fatalities happen when smoke detectors are broken or even missing. These detectors monitor smoke, carbon dioxide and air quality, to distinguish between a fire and normal cooking smoke. They’ll even send a signal to your smartphone when you’re away from home.

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Sprinklers
If you cringed when you paid your last water bill, you’re not alone. Regular lawn watering in hot climates uses a lot of money, so smart programmable sprinklers can save you significant costs—anywhere from 30 to 65 percent on your water bill. The devices automatically adjust your watering to account for the season and rainfall and best of all you can control it from your smart phone.

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Our company currently offers these smart upgrades and many more for our luxury home clients. We will provide a free consultation for smart home planning. For more info or for upgrades to your home contact us direct.

Successful Funding of Malibu Luxury Rehab Project


Last year, One of my real estate agent friends who is also an aspiring Hollywood producer and through his networking introduced me to a top production group on the Universal lot!

After a tour of the lot, we discussed the film business and the financing and investment in films they were producing.

This didn’t lead to any actual investments, but one year later, in February, my agent friend re-introduced me to this group and  after a short consultation in his office, we submitted the application package for pre-approval for a hard money rehab loan which I knew we’d get back asap because my partners and I had an established relationship with the private lender who funded the loan.

My client identified a fantastic but dated remodel candidate in Malibu with a breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean! The property had been on & off the market since 2015 & it was clear that since the previous buyers fell out of escrow the sellers & agents were uneasy about the whole private funding offer and funding.

I knew that I only had one shot to get it right!

He negotiated a $2M purchase price, our contracting team submitted a $450K rehab budget, with a 4-5 month timeline.

We ordered the ARV appraisal, after a week, it came back at $3.6M!

The case and the borrowers were nearly a perfect candidates, except for one thing: They had no experience rehabbing high-end luxury properties, so the lender required us to join the borrower on the loan and sign as co-guarantor’s of the investment! This was unprecedented!

We entered into a project management & joint venture agreement with my borrowers which afforded them  maximum leverage on their $500k down-payment. We were able to secure 2-4 months of interest payments so that wasn’t a concern.

The plan is to refinance after the remodel is complete, payoff the hard money bridge loan @ 9.9% and 4 points, 90% of purchase & 100% of rehab, into a 30 yr, fixed rate mortgage with cash out if needed for further future investments.

We closed this loan in about 30-40 days, but this was because the property was occupied by a seller who needed extra time to vacate before we closed escrow.

We will begin rehab this week & documenting our progress as we’ll be using exclusive, new “smart home upgrades” which I’m not at liberty to disclose yet due to its status.

Our motivation to JV was based on the profit potential and deal viability as well as the borrower’s financial position and excellent credit score & profile. Also even though they were not experienced, they handled the first time investor duties with poise and we were impressed with their willingness to learn the process. Overall they were very pleasant and easy to work with!

If you have a project you’d like to joint venture on, contact me below!

Hot New Investor Loans to Watch for in 2018!


Happy New Year!

This year one of my goals is to become an even larger resource for the Fix and Flip & Investor Community. After 16 years of service in this industry, we connect investors to lenders and private funding programs nationwide.

After reviewing these new loan offers and working with dozens of lenders, I compiled this list of lenders to refer to interested parties.

I hope you enjoy!

-Greg

Successful Ohio Funding Fix/Flip Case Study


In September 2017, I received a referral from a Real Estate Agent colleague in San Diego, his friend in Cleveland Ohio needed funding for a property that was purchased for cash back in July 2017 for $80,000. They purchased the property to be used for a special needs daycare center (special use)

While using personal funds to finance a total interior remodel, they demo/gutted the inside of the property, with this being their first project, they were not prepared for the unexpected expenses that occured.

Their rehab was north of $60,000.

They purchased the property for cash, so the equity should available, right?

In simple terms, yes – but because of these factors the marketability of a potential loan became more difficult:

  • Location of the asset
  • Asset type (special use) not just a regular tenant rental, it’s residential property being used as a business.
  • Value of Asset (As-Is value was only $75K) most fix/flip hard money loan minimums are $150k
  • Owner/Borrower has 650 Fico, no previous experience flipping homes or land-lording.
  • This was a long-term hold, but lenders who offer long-term financing at reasonable rates will only loan to stable assets, so she needed a two-step solution.
  • Gutting the property destroyed the chances of simply cash-out refinancing because the lender immediately required an appraisal inspection!

Challenges:

  • Getting a lender to approve the refinance knowing the borrower has no previous history of completing rehabs.
  • Getting a lender to approve the loan knowing the borrower has no reserves! They underestimated their rehab, and needed the funds to complete the renovation. How will they repay the loan?
  • Developing an exit strategy for the fix/flip loan included adding a co-signor, who also needed to be added to the business LLC.

Solutions:

  • We applied in the name of the LLC with a very well-known lender, the rate was higher than we preferred, but the points were reasonable and they provided the requested cash-out to complete the rehab and reserve 12 months’ worth of interest payments so she didn’t have to worry about that. Everything was going smoothly, we had title complete, ARV appraisal came in at $160K!

The following days we had a term sheet with $15,000 cash to close as a condition? This included points, closing costs and reserves requirement! The proposed loan amount was $80,000, so I convinced her that we needed to raise the funds from somewhere!

Her father stepped up earlier in the process to qualify for the exit loan as a co-borrower, he has a 700+ fico score. To qualify for the 7.5% rate with 30 yr. fixed or 7/1 ARM with 30-day refi seasoning, you need to have a solid 660+ Fico. I offered to help them raise unsecured funding to fund their deposit to their business account to show reserves, they weren’t happy about paying the fees or the unexpected panic to perform, but reluctantly applied for and received $90k+ in personal unsecured funding from 6 different vendors.

We were ready to close the loan, when the lender suddenly backed out, saying that the DSCR was just short of qualifying?! They didn’t have their act together, it was a gross error from the underwriting team, and my account rep couldn’t get the exception approved.

It was heartbreaking. Three weeks were invested. Now it’s mid-October, in Ohio they are facing the bitter Midwest snowy winter, and she can’t afford to slow down on the rehab..

She was blessed to have the credit cards we raised to take care of expenses, however, because the cards came in her dad’s name, it wasn’t easy to convince him to let the cards go! Her parents feared that she would rack up unsecured debt that she couldn’t pay down. Ultimately destroying her father’s credit.

My team and funding partner located her a fix and flip loan, they agreed to take the rehab bid we put together, ARV appraisal, title work and loan package, it was already packaged and should’ve been a slam-dunk!

She used the credit card she received to pay a small application fee, and they announced a closing date. Unfortunately, it took about 3 weeks longer to get it done, meanwhile, honestly I’m getting nervous – my client called me with her husband on the line and they were concerned as well.

I reassured her that I knew these guys would close & that her case was very solid!

She explained the situation with the credit cards and her inability to use them.

I coached her on how to explain the importance of intent. The whole reason we are applying for multiple forms of funding is to complete the rehab at any cost!

This is your future business location. And until you complete the rehab, you are losing time & money.

Use the unsecured funds to pay your contractors and buy material, when this refi goes through, pay the lines of credit off! But have faith.

She complained that she felt bad bringing her parents into it and that she wanted to stop altogether! She was very discouraged.

I reminded her why she started! You are trying to provide a better lifestyle for your family and it requires sacrifice and your dad stepped up to help his little girl!

Don’t fail him by quitting in the middle of your plan! Continue to execute.

And she did.

Over the next couple weeks waiting in anticipation she racked up some hefty invoices from her contractor and was prepared to pay them via her unsecured credit when BOOM suddenly “Clear to Close” came across our emails, with loan docs and estimated HUD for review and signing to be completed a few days later.

Conclusion:

  • The process taught her a lot about financing, she learned how to qualify for fix/flip and buy/hold loans, as well as unsecured funding.
  • She had her father add her as an authorized user on all of the trade lines, so now she’ll get her own cards for easy access, she’ll build her credit score through positive history (piggy-backing) and paying all of the lines down again!
  • She received $90k unsecured financing in 3 weeks, then $75,000 3-4 weeks later @ 12% for 12 months, she received a lump sum at the table, and she has submitted a couple draws already for reimbursement. You complete the work – submit an invoice after you (take before /after pictures), then the 3rd party company reviews, approves and wires the money to your business account in 24-48 hrs.
  • She now has 6 trade lines that added $90k to her ratios, and if she keeps utilization down under 30%-40% it’ll raise her score to 700+ also with another mortgage trade line, she would be soon staring at an 800+ fico score!
  • Because we added her dad to the LLC, I’m focused next on helping them create a strong business profile with multiple business lines of credit of $200k-$500k over the next 12 months. These lines will allow them 100% access to borrowing down on the lines without affecting their business credit rating! She can open another daycare center by early 2019, or flip some properties in the area (if they choose).
  • Finally, since she’s been working on the property the whole time, she estimates being complete with the Refi by mid-January, immediately applying for the refinance into the 30-yr. fixed. The lender has already reviewed her property details, personal credit and financials and pre-approved them, additionally since the 1st payment isn’t due until January for the current loan, she has a great chance to only make 1-2 payments at 12%.

In the end, my team and I were successful at providing a couple rounds of funding for a well-deserved client. We have a long-term solution in place that she can self-sustain and scale up if preferred.

At Fix and Flippers, we approach each potential deal on a case-by-case basis. It’s helpful to remember that we are very active in the market and possess resources that may not be advertised or previously mentioned.

We help clients with credit repair, credit enhancements, traditional and non-traditional funding, both secured and unsecured. We pair up investors to structure successful joint venture partnerships.

We prefer an ongoing working relationship with our clients to offer advice, consulting and resources.

We welcome Brokers and Facilitators to partner with us. You will be protected.

New Private Loan Options for Investors and Flippers!


What an amazing year for private funding, hard money, commercial funding, equity funding, business funding, unsecured funding; all kinds of capital for many purposes.

Lenders are stepping up to make loans in ravaged areas in Florida  & Texas, as well as nationwide in major urban areas.

Fix and Flippers works with key lending partners to provide the best loan terms and flexible structures so investors have multiple options for leveraging their hard-earned capital.

The climate of private lending has changed because competition has greatly increased, also the influx of 1st-time flippers hungry to get a piece of the pie has produced a perfect storm: lots of inexperienced & unqualified applicants to pre-screen and underwrite – it’s a very expensive operation if you have your underwriters, processors, and assistants burning through hours of documents if they don’t lead to real closes with ROI for the investors involved & for the brokers who bring the business.

This has resulted in more restrictive requirements for approval such as Fico score minimums – from my experience, they question why a successful businessperson who is worthy of a risk of $100k-$1M wouldn’t be able to pay even $1000 to repair and clean up their credit? Also, please don’t mention 2008 or the past economic events – they don’t want to hear that! It’s 2017.. Bottom line – without 650+ fico scores expect high-interest rates (9-12%) and lower LTV’s due to you being a credit risk (80%-85% LTV max)

What mitigates your credit score IF you have a great explanation? (like a recent credit event within the past 2 months caused your score to swan-dive)

Having lots of experience (recent experience) again, don’t mention 2008 or prior…and most lenders may look the other way and consider you a better risk.

What if you don’t have recent experience and your score is not 650+? Then I’d be prepared to bring 15% down-payment, and it doesn’t necessarily need to be seasoned or sourced, but it has to be documented..so have a statement to prove you have it.

Also, I have a great contact that I use for credit repair and authorized user trade lines (I know the account holders) – just ask me for those referrals!

What if you have no experience, and have no down-payment, but have good credit 680+ fico?  I’d suggest you apply for my unsecured-credit program to raise up to $250,000 unsecured credit lines/cards in 1-2 weeks to create a 100% financing scenario!

If you are a great candidate – have completed multiple flips and/or rental purchase/acquisitions within the past 24 months, 650+ fico, and 3-6 months of interest reserves in your bank account, I can roll out the red carpet for you in most cases: 90% LTC or 90% purchase, 100% of rehab, luxury spec builds/construction to $2M-$50M, commercial refinances with cash-out or purchase 75%-80%, even small loans from $50k.

Niche Loans: Gap Loans – These are 2nd TD loans that we make behind our 1st TD’s, never others. We will gap great candidates with lots of deal flow that have experience, capital, average to good credit and the deal must be in an urban area and pencil at or under 65% of ARV (after-repaired-value) Lots of our lenders make loans nationwide.

Commercial  Financing- 3yr/8yr/ fixed, special pricing this month! Hotel, Apartment, Industrial, Self Storage, Solar Projects, Multi-Family, Office, Warehouse, NNN properties, Shopping Center, Assisted Living, Residential portfolios, Construction Loans, Mobile home Parks, Resort properties. Bridge loans, SBA

We can make QUICK (3-5 day loans) against Free/Clear properties up to 50% LTV, max loan is $50k, the minimum is $5,000!

With my 16th year in real estate, I’d consider myself a massive resource center, and its hard to turn those contacts into a commodity,  I hope points & rates won’t keep the best candidates from reaching out! Most of the time, I only give the best deals to people whom I have done business with (broke bread) once we feed each other, I know we have a mutually beneficial relationship.

Let’s finish the year strong and build some alliances! 

Greg@FixandFlippers.com – 323-632-3279