America Mortgages introduces The Real Estate Investor Toolbox for Preferred Clients!

A five part series on powerful mortgage tools for U.S. real estate investing for preferred clients.

America Mortgages presents this series as part of our never-ending mission to inform and educate the global real estate community about the investment prospects in U.S. residential real estate and the accessibility with which financing may be obtained. If you’re getting this email, you’re considered a preferred client of America Mortgages or Global Mortgage Group, thank you.

Over the last 2 years, we worked on sourcing mortgage programs for all investors regardless of their experience. With loan amounts as low as $150,000 and as high as $150,000,000 we are at the forefront of Foreign National and U.S. Expat mortgages.

Over the next 5 weeks, we will introduce a new weekly series; The Investor Toolbox for Preferred Clients. This will consist of 5 enhanced loan programs offered by America Mortgages. As with everything we do, these programs are laser focused for Foreign Nationals and U.S. Expats looking to invest in U.S. property market. In this next series, we will go over the various ways you can acquire U.S. real estate without the rigorous and often painful process “traditional” banks require.

The Real Estate Investor Toolbox Series:

  • · AM FN Investor +
  • · AM U.S. Expat Mortgages +
  • · AM Commercial +
  • · AM Holiday/Airbnb Investor Program
  • · AM No Income Required +

In the first article of the series, we introduce AM FN Investor +

AM FN Investor + allows borrowers to use a simplified form of income documentation to qualify rather than “traditional” income.

As a company, our only focus is providing market rate mortgage programs for Foreign Nationals. As we close U.S. mortgages for borrowers from Sydney to Shanghai, it is important to keep the documentation provided by the borrowers very simple and consistent.

Rather than going through years of complicated tax returns, pay statements, translations, and then having everything certified, we’ve realized that there is a much easier and straightforward way. America Mortgages has simplified the process to be very straightforward, and easy to obtain. We understand that many of our clients are entrepreneurs, self-employed or pure investors. Often these types of clients have difficulty qualifying for loans due to excessive writes offs, lumpy income or not being able to show their true ability to service debt. If you fall into one of these categories we will only require a letter from your accountant. This letter will state your last two years of income and current year to date. Fret not, you will no longer be seen as a “complicated or high-risk” borrower. As many have stated, it is truly the perfect loan for self-employed investors and entrepreneurs.

Are you employed but earning your income abroad? We understand you as well. Currency exchange, bonus income, deferred compensation, all these issues and more make for a complicated tax return for an underwriter in the U.S. that is used to looking at “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” simple two page tax returns. If you’re employed, all that is required is a letter from your employer with the employer’s letterhead. The letter, for which we have a template, will state last two years income and current YTD (year-to-date). Anything not in English will require a professional translation, but in general, yes, it’s that simple.

We should also mention that for both of these programs you do not need to have U.S. credit or a U.S. footprint. In lieu of U.S. credit, we can use a credit report from your home country or country of residence.

The income documents we require are very straightforward and easy for the borrowers to provide, making the underwriting approval process much quicker.

Normally, we can get an approval for your mortgage within 72 hours of submitting all documents. Following a successful mortgage approval on a purchase, we will issue a pre-approval letter which you can then use to go shopping! Once the loan is approved, if it’s an equity release or a refinance to a lower rate, we are able to start the process immediately and normally close the transaction within 30-45 days. .

This program is available in all 50 states regardless of your passport.

Are you more of a “seasoned” investor (like myself) in age? Don’t worry. In order to increase the yield, all loans are amortised over 30 years regardless of the borrower’s age. As a bonus, we also have a fixed 10 year interest servicing only option. As stated in the series, our goal is to give you the “tools” to invest in U.S. real estate.

If you’re sitting on the fence wondering if you should be investing in U.S. real estate, perhaps our last statement may make the decision easier… America Mortgages approves 97% of the loans submitted.

For more information on this Preferred Client mortgage program, please contact our team at Stay tuned to our next week’s article, where we introduce U.S. Expat mortgages as if you walked into a bank in the U.S.

What is a Bridge Loan?

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What is a Bridge Loan?

A bridge loan is a type of asset-based, short-term loan, typically taken out for a period of a few months to a couple of years pending the arrangement of longer-term financing or an exit such as the sale. It is usually called an asset-based bridge loan in the U.S, a bridging loan in the United Kingdom, or a “caveat loan,” or a swing loan.

What are the benefits of a bridge loan?

Let’s say you’re selling your house and need money to buy another house, but you’re short. In this case, a bridge loan can take care of the financing issue that emerges before your current home sells. Bridge loans fill the gap where traditional lenders cannot provide the speed of funding and flexibility of terms required by the borrower. It is used when financing is fundamental, and a favorable rate is not accessible – think of them as a form of secured debt upheld by collateral.

In addition, bridge loans fund faster than bank loans. Good opportunities don’t last long, which is why using a loan with fewer requirements that closes quickly is an excellent choice. It allows investors to grab a fleeting opportunity before someone else snatches it up.

How can you use a bridge loan?

1. Purchase transactions

In residential real estate, bridge loans are used to rapidly close on a deal before a long-term loan or mortgage with a lower financing cost is acquired. When a homebuyer wants to buy a new property before selling their previous home, a bridge loan can be used to pay off the old mortgage and purchase the new home.

2. Liquidity

Let’s imagine a scenario. Like many of our clients today, Covid has impacted your business and you need capital now. You’ve applied for a loan with your bank, but the lender tells you that it could be weeks before you get your funds or you may not qualify based on current cash flow. You don’t want to play the waiting game. Anything can happen in the time it takes for a “standard” mortgage to be approved and disbursed.

On the other hand, if you own real estate you could use a bridge loan and receive funding with a much shorter turnaround — even as quickly as a week depending on the complexity, location, LTV, and structure.

3. Flexibility

Bridge loans can give you the flexibility you need to buy your dream home in a competitive market. At America Mortgages, we provide U.S. short-term “bridging” loans for overseas borrowers and are certain to find you the right mortgage.

Often America Mortgages Bridge financing is a cheaper alternative to the standard hard money or private lending options, while just as flexible underwriting and fast with the turn around to fund.

America Mortgages provides bridge loan financing for companies, developers, and individuals on a global scale. These interim financing services have been designed to assist real estate investors with financial solutions that offer quick relief in challenging times when liquidity or cash flow is an issue. America Mortgages Bridge has normal terms of 12-36 months with interest-only payments.

4. Delayed purchase exit

Using a bridge for purchase is almost “same-as-cash” and could get your offer accepted when other offers may be tied to “traditional” financing. The big question, how do you exit out of a higher interest bridge loan? The answer is simple; Delayed Purchase.

In a delayed purchase transaction, you can take out a “traditional” mortgage on the property immediately. This allows you to have the advantage of being a “cash buyer” and gives sellers the chance to know the transaction will close while giving you the time and flexibility to obtain a long-term permanent mortgage. Depending on the loan program, this normally needs to be done within three months of closing.

Bridge loan Case Studies

Here are two case studies of America Mortgages Bridge financing solutions:

Canadian investment fund purchases hotel in Texas. Read More.

Chinese National closes US$5.6m purchase with GMG Bridge Loan. Read More.

Get in touch with us today to learn more about the structures and options of short-term bridge financing solutions