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Ginger, Home Buyer in Bridgeport, Safety H...

who may provide short term loan for buying at auction?

Asked by Ginger, Bridgeport, Safety Harbor, FL Sat Oct 17, 2009

i find some forclosure house interesting and want to bid on its auction date. but i don't enough cash for the asking price and need a short term loan to make up the difference. if i win the auction, i'll get a regular loan (i already pre-approved) to payoff the short term loan. may any one tell me who may provide short term loans in N CA?

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Ginger’s answer
thks for all your replies. this is not a traveling auction. auction in SF requires 100% cash down right at the auction spot, hence, no my lender can close a loan without an appriasal and related docs.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 11, 2009
You will need cash. You can check the online auction sites to see when sales will take place. Very rarely will you have time to get a loan to do that.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 26, 2015

You may wish to call your rich Uncle Arthur, Aunt Claire or other relative. Perhaps you can shake down some of your rich friends too. Otherwise you're asking someone to front you money on an unsecured note on a property sight unseen and without title insurance if what you are planning to buy is going to be auction as a foreclosure on the steps of the courthouse.

If as my colleague Jed mentioned, you are really going to one of these "travelling auctions," advertising on late night TV, you should know those properties are already bank owned (REO) - they have LENDERS ON-SITE who will sign you up for loan on the spot with your good credit. Please note too the whole gig of the "travelling auction" is to drive excitement and overbidding for the owners of the property (the banks.) I personally have seen better deals after the auction is over on properties which did not meet their minimum reserve amount and were reassigned to a real estate agent. (But those deals where in Antioch, Pittsburg, Oakley and Brentwood - NOT in San Francisco.) Then you are buying a REO and you should check out the informative YOUTUBE video link below.

Other than that I don't know what other advice I can give. The few hard money lenders I know are disinclined to lend on this kind of purchase to a stranger off the street. Their interest rates typical for the business are not unlike rates you'd associate with a credit card and appropriate to the risk. BTW You're pre-approval is fantastic and you should realize it is dependent on the appraisal of the PROPERTY purchased along with deliverance of clear title, in short your pre-approval is as good as the paper it's written on.

So go call Mom, Dad, Uncle Arthur or Aunt Claire and pitch your loan. I wish you luck.

Mike Ackerman, CRS, e-Pro
Zephyr Real Estate
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Nov 9, 2009
Buying at auction is a very different beast than the typical market. First you need to pay cash or cashiers check in the old court house steps auctions. If you are going to go to one of the dog and pony traveling auctions that are moving around the country now there will be a lender there working with the auction house to facilitate.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 18, 2009
Jed Lane, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
If you are pre-approved, can that lender not close your loan fast enough? Here, in the Mid Atlantic area, foreclosure sales have usually 15 days to close, more than enough time for a lender to get your loan to the table. If your sales have shorter times, and you need a bridge loan, try your bank or other local bank, or if you qualify, perhaps a credit union. Hope these comments help! Jim
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Oct 18, 2009
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