How Does a Hard Money Lender Value My Property?
When making a loan, a bank and a hard money lender both have different opinions when it comes to determining the value of the property. A hard money lender takes a very conservative approach to property value. For example, the appraised value means nothing to the hard money lender. Instead, a hard money lender will determine the value of the property as if they had to sell it in 30 to 90 days. This is sometimes called a “fire sale” value. If a borrower defaults on a hard money loan, hard money lenders will be able to sell the property quickly at the “fire sale value” to recover their investment. For this reason, a hard money loan is usually in the range of 60-80% of the purchase price. For example, if you are buying a property for $100,000, a hard money lender will give you between $60,000 to $80,000 max of the purchase price.