Hard Money Lenders NJ

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West Forest Capital is a New Jersey hard money lender, financing real estate investments up to $3 million. We have gained a reputation as the fastest hard money lender among the hard money lenders in New Jersey because we know how critical each day is in New Jersey’s competitive real estate market.

  • We are a direct lender, not a broker
  • Same day pre-approval
  • Funding in 3-5 days, although 1 day is possible
  • Loan amounts up to $3 million

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Property Types

Lending Parameters

Loan Size$100,000 to $5,000,000
LTCUp to 80% of purchase price
Rehab Funding 100%
LTVUp to 70% of the ARV
TermStandard is 12 months. 24-36 months is available
LienFirst lien; second lien as additional collateral only
Interest Rate 10%–12.5%
Points1.5–2% of the loan amount

Counties Covered

West Forest Capital lends in the following counties in New Jersey:

  • Hudson County
  • Bergen County
  • Passaic County
  • Essex County
  • Morris County
  • Sussex County
  • Warren County
  • Union County
  • Somerset County
  • Middlesex County
  • Hunterdon County
  • Mercer County
  • Monmouth County
  • Burlington County
  • Ocean County
  • Atlantic County
  • Cape May County

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Northern NJCentral NJ,  Jersey Shore

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Why Use a Hard Money Loan

  1. If you need funding fast. While a typical bank may take months to review your loan application, West Forest Capital offers same day hard money loan approval, and funding within 3-5 days.  In an emergency situation, we can even fund in 1 day!
  2. If the property isn’t stabilized. Sometimes, it’s not a question of time, but it’s the actual property that a traditional bank won’t finance.  Examples include a property that requires rehab, missing a Certificate of Occupancy (CO), or does not have a strong rental history.  Hard money lenders such as West Forest Capital will be able to fund the property when a bank can’t.
  3. If you have poor credit.  West Forest capital understands that events that negatively influence one’s credit score can happen from time to time.  Therefore, we mostly consider the value of the property, rather than FICO score or debt-to-income ratios when considering funding a loan.
  4. If you don’t want to take a loan in your personal name.  A traditional bank is likely to require that a property is owned directly by an individual they are making the loan to.  If you would like to own the property in an LLC, or if you own too many properties for a bank to finance you personally, a hard money loan is a great option.
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Why Choose A New Jersey Hard Money Lender

Back in 2013, our very first loan was in New Jersey, and we take pride in being a local New Jersey hard money lender. For example, we understand the rent regulations in Elizabeth, Rahway, and Newark.  If needed, we can walk you through the process of pulling permits in Planview, Jersey City, and Union City. We know the differences between the Oranges, can tell you what the Jersey Shore is really like, and definitely have a favorite pizza place in Passaic.

Financing your New Jersey Investment Property

New Jersey is a robust real estate market offering proximity to major cities such as a New York City and Philadelphia. The state has a strong underlying economy, and prominent industries lead by pharmaceutical and life sciences, financial services, manufacturing, technology and transportation.

As a result, the real estate market is very liquid and offers strong opportunities for investors to add value. 

New Jersey hard money lender West Forest Capital can help you succeed in this competitive market.

Asset-backed Lender Focused on Customized Solutions

With our knowledge of the New Jersey fix and flip market, West Forest Capital is able to structure creative transactions that fit your hard money financing needs.  We fund loans based on the value of the asset so in some cases we were even able to finance more than 100% of the purchase price and rehab amount. 

West Forest Capital also offers the longest hard money loan available on the market (3 years), ideal for buy and hold investors.

Give us a call or apply for a loan today!

FAQs

Hard money lenders are non-bank, asset-based lenders. Although both banks and hard money lenders make mortgage loans, hard money lender requirements and lending criteria often varies significantly from a traditional bank. Hard money lenders put much more emphasis on the underlying property, and less emphasis on the borrower. The underwriting process is significantly shorter with a hard money lender, and a loan can often be funded within a week (as opposed to 2-3 months or longer with a traditional bank). As such, real estate investors that buy foreclosures at auctions will often use a hard money lender to fund the purchase because the terms of the auction require an expedited closing process. Also, hard money lenders fund loans on properties that a traditional bank won’t fund — an example is a property that doesn’t have a Certificate of Occupancy (CO). A hard money lender is also a great choice for somebody who has poor credit or is rebuilding their credit; a low FICO score will not prevent you from getting a hard money loan. Finally, hard money lenders can also provide loans to refinance existing lenders or as way to cash out on a property.

It’s important to note that hard money lenders only lend on investment real estate, and do not make mortgages for residential purposes. You cannot live in a property that has a mortgage from a hard money lender.

Because it’s significantly easier and faster to obtain a hard money loan, the interest rate will be higher than a traditional mortgage from a bank. Interest rates will vary between 9 and 12%, and there will also be between 1 and 3 points charged at closing. The term of the loan will typically be 1 or 2 years. The loan will usually come in two parts: (part 1) to fund the purchase, an amount that will often be between 70-85% of the purchase price and (part 2) funding for any rehab that needs to be done on the property to bring the property to an updated condition; hard money lenders often fund up to 100% of the rehab amount. If no rehab is required, it will not be included in the loan. If rehab is required, it will be distributed in arrears, after a portion of the work is completed. For example, assuming that $50,000 of total rehab is needed, the borrower may complete the first $15,000 of the work and ask to be funded $15,000 by the lender. They will then complete the next $15,000 of work and be funded $15,000 again. And so on. Hard money loans are usually structured so that the total loan amount (funds lent on the purchase plus funds lent for the rehab) does not exceed 65% of the property after-repair-value, known as “ARV.”

Because a hard money loan is considered a commercial loan, a hard money lender will not lend to individuals, and will only lend to LLCs. But don’t worry if you don’t have an LLC, they are very easy to create and can have only one member (you).

Hard money lenders analyze both the purchase price as well as ARV to make sure they can get paid back on loans they make. A property that is bought below or at market is an important aspect in obtaining a loan. If borrower is also taking out a loan for rehab purposes, a hard money lender will want to make sure that the repairs are being done according the repair schedule and on time. A clean title is also essential when obtaining a hard money loan. Any judgements or liens on the property or LLC that is taking out the loan (remember, the loan must be made to an LLC), will have to be cleared prior to the loan being disbursed.

It’s important to a hard money lender that their borrower is entering into an investment or transaction that will be profitable for the borrower. In other words, the hard money lender wants you to make money on your real estate investment, so that they can get paid back on their loan. The lender will ensure that there is enough “spread” in the deal, which means that the ARV will cover the purchase price, rehab costs, interest on the loan, closing costs, and any other associated fees with sufficient room left over to make the investment profitable for their client.

A hard money loan is most often used in the following scenarios:
  • To purchase and repair a property that a traditional bank will not lend on (either because of the property itself or because of the borrower’s credit), which will then be sold to a retail buyer. This is commonly called “fix and flip.”
  • To purchase and repair a property that a bank will not lend on, which will then be rented out. Once rented, the property will be considered “stabilized,” and may be refinanced with a traditional bank at a lower rate.
  • To fund real estate purchases that need to be done in a timeframe that a traditional bank cannot meet (for example, a foreclosure auction). While a hard money lender can often fund the purchase within a week, a bank may take 2 or 3 months or longer.
  • To obtain a fast cash-out refinancing using an already owned property as collateral.
  • To quickly refinance another mortgage on the property that is coming due.
  • To buy a property in the name of an LLC. A traditional bank often will not fund LLCs, so if a borrower would like to own a property that’s not in their personal name, a hard money loan is an option.

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Interview with our client, Joscan, in New Jersey

Joscan “Jay” Garcia is a realtor and real estate investor.  He joined us for a discussion to dive into his business and strategies.

West Forest Capital: We’re happy to have you on, Jay.  

Jay: Thank you.

West Forest Capital: Could you give us a sense of your background and how you got into real estate? 

Jay: Sure.  So, as far as in the background, my parents were real estate investors in Venezuela, and, I guess that’s how I developed the love for real estate.

I came here and I started about four years ago.  I first tried different other industries and then I came into real estate, and I liked it. I fell in love with how you can just easily grow if you’re dedicated and create the right partnerships.

West Forest Capital: Awesome. And do you also work as a realtor?

Jay: Yeah, I do. I have my license.  So I do both depending on the circumstances: I could either help my clients list the property and get top dollar, or I could always go for the cash offer and buy it myself. I also help people who are facing foreclosure or if they are at risk of losing their house or have any issues with a bank.

West Forest Capital: Yeah, it makes sense. So in terms of your own real estate investments, can you tell us what you focus on and what your strategy is? Is it fix and flip? Is it buy and hold?

Jay: So actually I’ve, I’ve done all of those that you just mentioned.  I started with you guys on a fix and hold.  That was my first deal.

I fixed the property up, and now it’s one of my rentals.  I also flipped a few homes in Morris County. I try to do a little bit of everything, to be flexible and be able to cover different, different aspects of the business.  

West Forest Capital: So what areas do you operate in? You mentioned Morris County as one, do you operate in others as well?

Jay: Yeah, Morris County mostly. My main areas in addition to that are, Middlesex, Essex and Union. Central Jersey is where I do most of my business.

West Forest Capital: Right. It makes sense. Can we into one of the projects you worked on, maybe go more into the specifics there.  We helped you out most recently with 933 Chancellor in Irvington, NJ.  Maybe we can talk about that one.

Jay: So I’m actually very grateful that you guys were able to help me.  Before you guys came into the picture, I was talking to another hard money guy and he hadn’t been able to close.  It was getting to be 30-45 days and it was getting close to the expiration date of the short sale, and the guy wouldn’t give me a straight answer. 

So one of the things I like about West Forest Capital is that you guys were straightforward from the get go.

You told me what to expect. What terms to expect and essentially told me everything straight up upfront and you guys delivered in a matter of six, seven days. And that was like, a huge, huge deal for me because I really needed to close on that property.  

It was very smooth working with you guys, very easy.  I never had any problem getting rehab funding or anything like that.

You guys were very, very, very flexible and you understand the business. So, I felt really comfortable working with you guys. 

West Forest Capital: Excellent, thanks very much! We’re very happy to hear that feedback of course.  

So can you talk a little bit about the actual property and your strategy?  

Jay: So when I bought it, he had been vacant for about seven years.  It was a foreclosure home essentially. 

West Forest Capital: So it was a single family home?  

Jay: Actually, a two family with a bonus with the basement.

So I had to come in and gut out the basement and most of the first and second floor.  That was something I was expecting when I got into the deal.  I put in new flooring everywhere, new kitchens.  I got rid of the old heating and cooling system and I put in a new central AC and central heat, and essentially renovated the entire property.

It took me about six or seven months.  I was hoping to do it in two months, but that definitely didn’t happen as my contractor delayed things a bit [laughs].  I also had some issues with the gas company because the property had been vacant for so long – had to get some permits and pressure tests, things like that.

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West Forest Capital: So as you think ahead, like what type of projects do you want to work on? Where do you see your investment strategy going? 

Jay: Well, I like to stick with what I know – so dealing with foreclousres and focusing on buy and hold.  My thing is mostly buy and hold.  

So for example, the deal I did with West Forest Capital’s help, I bought the property and fixed it up.  After I fixed it up, I refinanced it and took all of my money out.  I like deals like that and those are the deals I seek.

West Forest Capital: That is very impressive.  And equally impressive is how you understand the whole process, how to pull all of your equity out, etc.

So, how many properties do you own right now?

Jay: Right now I own 4 properties.  

One of them was actually originally a wholesale deal that I bought to fix and flip but I decided to wholesale it.  After I bought it, I said wait and second, I’ve never done a wholesale before, let me try that out.  And I kind of did the math, and I realized I would make almost the same as if I fixed it up [and flipped it], so I hold 4 properties but one of them I am about to dispose of. 

West Forest Capital: Got it. 

Turning our attention to the brokerage side of your business, could you talk about what kind of deals you help your clients with? Are they mostly investors or looking for their primary residence?

Jay: I have a mix.  I have investors, and I also help a lot of people facing foreclosure. 

One of my best or most successful stories was a couple.  I sold their home as a short sale two years ago. And a couple of months ago, it was the two year anniversary of the short sale, and we were able to close on a $830,000 house Cranford, NJ.

When I met them, their finances were horrible! I mean, they were losing their house and everything; two years later they were able to buy their dream home in Cranford! 

So, you know, things like that, it’s normally what I do. I help a lot of people with foreclosures.

I also help people with listing their homes [for sale] – mostly I deal with listings, I have a lot of listings coming up, and a few retail home buyers that I also work with.

West Forest Capital: That’s very impressive.  Particularly as it comes to that couple, because it sounds like you weren’t just able to help them on the real estate side, which obviously you did, but almost from an overall finances perspective, right?

Jay: Yeah. So they tried to work things out with different attorneys and other realtors before I worked with them.  Nothing seemed to work out.

After I started workin with them, we got the bank to pay $20,000 in IRS liens and back taxes that they had, and the bank still paid them $10,000 just to do the short sale.  

We were really able to help them.  I connected them with a credit repair guy. They followed my advice – that’s what’s special about them – they followed my advice and then two years later we were able to close on their dream home! 

West Forest Capital: That is terrific! 

Jay: One other thing I wanted to mention was how great it has been to refer business to you guys.

I deal with quite a few investors and was helping one of them recently.  

I had a deal that was about to expire.  I contacted you guys over the weekend. 

You guys were able to put the deal together and fund that deal on Monday.  That was mind blowing! You closed a deal in 3 days and on top of that you paid me a referral fee, so I am grateful for that.

One thing I like about you guys is that you deliver.  It’s not like some other lenders, when they say “oh I can get you a lower rate, or lower down payment” but then when it comes time to close, they blame their underwriter for not being able to deliver. You guys are straightforward to the point and you guys deliver, which is awesome.

West Forest Capital: Thank you! We love that positive feedback!  

How can people get in touch with you?

Jay: Sure, so my email is jocsan.garcia@exprealty.com or call me 732-668-0770.  Or google my name! Jocsan Garcia.

West Forest Capital: Thanks for taking some time to chat with us today. We look forward to partnering with you in the future. 

Jay: Thank you.  It’s been my pleasure.

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