Use a Bridge Loan to “Close as Cash” on a Fix-and-Flip Property

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Handing Over Keys for Money

When the seller of a distressed property stipulates "cash only," it is often because they need to close the deal quickly. This type of seller is looking for a buyer who does not need to wait for approval from a lender to fund the purchase. A cash-only seller cannot risk having the sale fall through due to a bank's last-minute denial of a borrower's loan application.  Did you know that a "close as cash" bridge loan  from a hard money lender can be used for this type of investment property purchase?

"Cash Only" Deals Are Often Lucrative for Flippers

Many fix-and-flip investors  do not have sufficient cash reserves to participate in lucrative cash-only deals. These investors are missing out on the opportunity to snap up properties that often have a substantial profit margin built in. The cash-only seller is typically selling the property under duress. This means they are often highly motivated to let it go for less than its market value. For the fix-and-flip investor, these cash-only sales can mean a significant return on investment.

"Close as Cash" Bridge Loan Programs for Experienced, Dependable Flippers

Some hard money lenders offer a special loan product for this circumstance, allowing the borrower to purchase the property and "close as cash." With a "close as cash" loan, the lender funds the purchase, assigning Title to the borrower. The Grant Deed is then recorded after close of escrow. This type of bridge loan  is also popular with experienced borrowers who are skilled at acquiring auctioned properties, but need to be able to compete at auctions with cash buyers.

Understandably, this loan product is typically offered to a trusted borrower who has built a reputation with the lender for completing flips successfully, and making their payments dependably. With a "close as cash" loan, the lender will wire cash to Title for the property purchase on the borrower's behalf. Once Title has recorded transfer from the seller to the borrower, the lender will immediately record their Deed of Trust in a separate transaction with another Title company.

In a normal real estate purchase transaction, Title would be transferred with a Grant Deed recorded simultaneously. But in a "close as cash" lending situation, the opens in a new windowDeed of Trust is not recorded until a day or two after the Grant Deed records, which leaves the lender at risk until the bridge loan is secured. The lender's risk is mitigated by the borrower paying a "close as cash" fee - which varies by lender, but can be .5% to 1.5% of the property's purchase price.

At Anchor Loans, many of our long-term borrowers have requested the "close as cash" option. We are happy to offer this product to our trusted clients. If you would like more information about Anchor's fix-and-flip loan products, complete our free borrower application, or contact us with any questions you have.

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