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Private Lending 12 Great Questions

If you are trying to take out a mortgage to buy that new house or simply needing to consolidate debt, but you’re having a hard time getting financing from a traditional lender; private lending is a great short term solution to get the financing. 

Take a look at these great common private lending questions.

Answer: Interest rates vary depending on the the property type, property location, mortgage size, and whether the mortgage is in 1st or 2nd position. It’s best to get in touch so that a same day no-credit check assessment can be done to see if it is worth proceeding.

Answer: There are no upfront brokerage and/or lender fees on residential private mortgages. Commercial Mortgages will generally have an application fee after a LOE (Letter of Engagement) has been signed.

Answer: Much like the contract rate, the LTV will vary depending on the property type, property location, mortgage size, and whether the mortgage is in 1st or 2nd position. Get in touch so that we can quickly assess your request without a credit check.

Answer: Pre-payment penalties vary depending on the type of deal and the objective, but the common industry standard on closed mortgages is 3-months interest pre-payment, or a fixed percentage of original registered principal amount. Some provide open or partially open options. 

Answer: Fees Vary depending on the loan size. For a Mortgage Loan of $350,000; the Combined Brokerage & Lender Fees generally start at 2-3% of the gross mortgage; Which is $7000 -$10,500. Fee are deducted from the mortgage and are not an upfront out of pocket expense. Legal Fees and Closing Costs are also deducted from the mortgage.


Answer: As a property owner, it is your responsibility to put yourself in the best position possible to transition from private financing, but we also understand that life happens. When your maturity date is coming up, you will essentially have the following options:

  1. Renew with your existing lender. Good Repayment history is required for the Lender to consider.
  2. Refinance with a new private lender. All costs associated with securing a private mortgage will apply again.
  3. Refinance with a non-private lender provided you qualify. Minimal costs are associated with this option.
  4. List the property for sale and move.
  5. List the property for sale to an investor and become a tenant with an agreement to buy-back in the future or be a permanent tenant. If the above options are not exercised, the lender can/may initiate power of sale foreclosure proceedings.

Answer: The options when property is lacking are few, but there are options. If the property is in an urban center or direct surrounding area and there is 10%-15% equity, the options would be as follows:

  1. Provide some cash injection to meet a private lender’s criteria for the loan to value requirements.
  2. If other property is owned where there is adequate equity, a blanket mortgage can be considered.
  3. Sell your property. If the equity is less than 10%, the suggestion is to simply sell your home if you are in a foreclosure situation. (Refinance Situations)
  4. Enter in to Lease Buyback program. This is when an investor purchases the property from the property owner. A separate agreement is also prepared by both parties with the intention of the home being purchased back at a pre-determined date. (Refinance Situations)

Answer: YES. Looking for direct private lenders can be time consuming. If a direct private lender is found, it is possible that they may not be regulated by their provincial body. Mortgage Brokerages are regulated. We also have 4 avenues to provide funding; (1) Amansad Direct Lending Group, (2) MIC Partners, (3) Semi & Traditional Lenders, (4) Head Office Commercial Division.


Answer: The process is relatively fast provided we are receiving requested documents in a timely fashion. We can generally fund with our Amansad Direct Lending Group within 5 days after property valuation has been received.

Answer: A standard file will require is 2 pieces of Valid ID, a current mortgage statement, property tax assessment notice, an appraisal, and copy of home insurance policy. More documentation may be required depending on the facts of the file.

Answer: Turnaround time, brokerage firm pre-underwriting, and transfer of trust from our DLGN (Direct Lender Group Network)

5 Steps to Success with Private Lending

If you’re going to obtain some private lending, you’re starting a relationship that will work a little differently than what you can expect from a bank or other traditional lender. Let’s take a look at some of the key differences, so you’ll know what you have in store.

Repayment History

Most people obtain private lending as a solution to get started on home ownership while they’re still repairing their credit. Private Lending is short term (often one to two years) and commonly allow for interest-only payments. Private lenders do not have to renew mortgages when the term expires, so you want to keep your options open by making your repayments on time. 

Employment Changes

If you change employers during the term of a private mortgage, there are no requirements mandating that you update that information. However if you do provide that update, you strengthen your relationship with the private lender, showing that you are serious about bettering your financial situation. Even if you haven’t notified your private lender of the change, that may be a requirement for extending or renewing the loan.

Improving Your Credit

If you took out a private mortgage while you intended to improve your credit, there are improvement counselors who can help you get that score up. The purpose of this is to help you qualify for a bank loan when the private lending mortgage term expires – which will save you tens of thousands of dollars over the amortization of the entire mortgage.

Obtaining New Credit

Try to avoid opening new lines of credit, and keep your credit inquiries to a minimum during the term of your private mortgage loan. These activities can affect your score adversely, which definitely will not help you when it’s time to shift from private lending to a traditional lender.

The Value of Communication

Remember – a private lender is entrusting you with a great deal of capital. The clearer your communication is, the stronger your relationship will be. Private lenders are much more willing to work with borrowers who are honest and upfront.

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Daniel K. Akowuah | Mortgage Professional / DLG Underwriter
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