How to Unlock Your Rehab Funds from Your Lender


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How to Unlock Your Rehab Funds from Your Lender

Many real estate investors wonder how they can unlock their rehab funds from their lender. The answer is understanding their escrow. It is imperative that real estate investors understand escrow in order for their business to be successful. What is escrow? Escrow is a portion of the loan that a lending company puts aside for repairs on the property. You need to understand both the rules and the regulations of the lender in regards to Escrow prior to purchasing. In doing so, you will prevent frustration, avoid a finance wall, build a foundation for cash flow, save money, and save time!  Let’s take a closer look! 

1.Understand the rules YOUR escrow

As a real estate investor, you need to understand your escrow because the rules and regulations vary by lender. It is important that you have a firm understanding of their policies prior to purchasing. Any misunderstandings can very easily stall or even jeopardize a project. Investors also need to construct a budget beforehand in order to ensure that they stay within their budget during the process. Unfortunately, there is no flexibility in the amount after it is approved by the lender. Without the ability to expand the escrow down the road, any additional expenses will come out of your pocket instead.  

2.Unlocking your rehab funds

Lenders allocate a set amount for the escrow that not only includes the amount needed to purchase a property, but also the funds that are needed to fix it up. To clarify, these repairs are intended to get the property market ready. Keep in mind that the only way to access the escrow funds when buying a fix and flip, or an undervalued rental property, is to submit proof. This proof can be in the form of receipts, photos, and other documentation. It is important to send this information to your lender in a timely fashion in order to show that repairs are underway. 

3. Optimize your profits 

Optimize your profits today and avoid missing the market when it’s “hot” by considering all repair costs, setting money aside for repairs, and completing work quickly. Remember the longer you’re on hold, the more it will cost you and further delay paying your contractors. Those who understand the importance of a timeline and the cost can maximize their profit.

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