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

El Monte Wholesale Flip


Vacant, Short-Sale, Fixer

  • Main House is 3/3 – Garage was converted into a 1/1 with a Kitchenette (May not legal, although it is very nice)
  • There is a separate 1/1 attached to the main house (This one is not legal)
  • Total SF is 1,580 plus the Garage 

– EMD is $10,000- Closing date is FIRM for June 10 

– Purchase Price is $475,000

 – Repairs $35,000-$40,000

ARV $615,000-$625,000

Contact me ASAP with Proof of Funds if serious. Principals only please.

Direct Contact: Ph. 858-386-0949 Greg@FixandFlippers.com

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

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

Looking for Quality Workmanship in a General Contractor? Licensed/Bonded/Insured, no job too small


We are a high-end construction rehab team consisting of an experienced General Contractor of 20+ years, Real Estate Agent with 10 years experience & Marketing Executive with 15 years experience.

We are in the business of locating, privately funding (through trust deed lenders) luxury rehab projects throughout the Los Angeles area. We are well experienced with all phases of rehab and construction including basic kitchen/bathroom remodels, swimming pools, windows, smooth finish stucco, landscaping and complete demo/scrape/ground-up construction.

We are always in the market for off-market fix/flip candidates that we can either add square footage, repurpose, re-zone, sub-divide or improve for a profit. We’ll look at anything that has upside.

If you are looking for a dependable, fair contractor that’s licensed, bonded & insured to manage your project, or manage your contractors & sub-contractors, contact us! We can also provide the initial SOW (Scope of Work) to your lender and be your experienced contractor to help you qualify for ARV loans!

Right now reinforcing & replacing the fittings in your home can be important if you have an older home, since we live in an earthquake State! We can help with this!

We can provide one-on-one mentoring for 1st-time flippers, women are welcome to contact us!

If you’re interested in becoming a gap partner or trust deed investor, let me know, we constantly have opportunities to fund. We can keep your funds moving.

Here are some projects completed and shows our work..

9222 Bartley Ave Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670 

Purchased on 3/21 for $350K,

Sold 9/16 for $500k after investing $50K rehab.

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653 Tularosa Dr. Silver Lake, CA 90026

Purchased 3/15/15 for $625K, Invested $250K rehab

Sold for $1,350,000 on Apr 12, 2017

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4083 Sea View Ave Los Angeles, CA 90065

Purchased  8/24/16 for $1,150,000 With a rehab budget of $300,000. Currently in construction with 60 days remaining.

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Business Funding to $500,000, not all Fico based


Business Funding

Use the money for ANY purpose you choose.

No Personal Guarantees

No Collateral

No Upfront Costs or Obligation!

$5,000 – $500,000 within hours

 

Small Business Loans

Fixed Term, fixed payment

Terms from 3-15 months

Business funding not tied to credit

Merchant Cash Advance

Eligibility based on business revenue

Repayment based on cash flow

We work with most credit scores

Equipment Financing

Fixed monthly payments

Terms from 18-60 months

Credit based

  1. High funding Levels
  2. Longest term options
  3. Have adequate cash flow
  4. Payroll solutions
  5. Pay Tax Bills
  6. Purchase Inventory
  7. Have a New Opportunity?

To qualify, your business must have:

$100,000+ in annual revenue

6 months in business

No open bankruptcies

Email me or Complete the Form Below 

Greg@FixandFlippers.com