Funding Options for Real Estate Investors 

One of the toughest things about investing in real estate is finding the money to pay for the property. Real estate can be an incredibly lucrative investment, but before any of that is possible the property must be acquired. Many investors have trouble finding a source for financing, especially for their first few properties, but there are a few options out there. Here are a few of the best options for financing your new real estate property.

Local bank

The first thing that most people do when they find a property they are interested in is to run down to the local bank and ask for a loan. This is not necessarily a bad idea, however, these types of banks cater to a very specific situation. In order to qualify for their loans, you are expected to jump through multiple hoops and satisfy certain qualifications. For example, your credit score has to be good, if not great, and you’ll be expected to have a consistent job. Also, due to the nature of the loan, this system will only work for you if you intend to hold on to the property for an extended period of time. These loans are usually for at least fifteen or twenty years, and often come with penalty fees for trying to pay them off early.


This might be your best bet if you can do it. When you buy a property with cash, you avoid a number of problems. Of course, there is no interest, and there are also very few rules you’ll need to follow. In essence, you’ll be avoiding the entire financing process. However, as simple as it sounds, paying in cash is one of the most difficult financing options available, because very few people have enough money to simply buy a property. If you do, don’t be afraid to take advantage of it, but if you can’t, you’re not alone.

Seller financing

Many people don’t realize that this is an option. It’s actually possible to finance a property purchase directly through the seller. This option comes with many advantages, such as flexibility and a happy seller, due to extra profit through interest. There are disadvantages too, however. Whenever you work directly with the seller, there are fewer safeguards against legal problems and mistakes. If you choose this option, make sure to pay extra close attention so as not to get in trouble with the law.

Friends and family

Although possible, this should not be the first option you consider. Even if you have relatives or friends who have the money and are willing to let you borrow it, being in debt to people you are close to is almost always a bad decision. In a worst case scenario, you end up losing the property, and hurting those that are close to you in a bad way.

Short-term loan

Although private money loans may not be well understood by most people, it’s actually a very real option, and often, it’s the best option. These lenders do often charge a little more in the way of interest, but that little extra covers a lot of things. First of all, if your credit isn’t perfect, they can overlook that, because they’re privately owned and can make decisions for themselves. Looking for short-term financing? They can help you with that too, in fact, that’s what they specialize in. This benefit makes this option the best for anyone who is trying to flip a property. Some of these lenders even offer extra cash over the cost of the property to cover repairs.

There are numerous options for financing your new real estate property. If you’d like more info, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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