As hard money Lenders and brokers we see lots of requests. Some are good people needing help, some are investors who have put together a solid deal and others are looking to make a quick buck and some are so crazy its funny.
some quick signs to look for :
is the value way, way higher than tax value of property or any property near your subject (you should always check)
is the exit a mysterious “take out” loan from a source , usually cant be verified
Is the appraisal vague and do the comps show property far away from subject
Is the borrower not the owner, is it confusing?
Is there a “hurry” to close
Beware, these are the signs of fraud. These will not close and will waste your time. There are some sophisticated scams regarding transferring deeds and ownership. They are harder to spot but you should always
INTERVIEW the borrower and owner of property. ALWAYS.
Just a friday afternoon thought….