I only need a small loan of $25,000, why is it so hard to get?

Small Loan Scenario

Have you wondered why it’s so hard to get a small loan for real estate?

Honestly, a small loan for real estate just isn’t very profitable. Just as you are borrowing money to make a profit, the lender wants to make a profit too. The interest received on a small loan isn’t very profitable. The risk of losing money is much greater with a small loan than large one. I know, it doesn’t seem to make sense at first, but read on.

First, the lender has to cover the overhead of setting up and approving the loan. Some lenders will charge points and fees to cover some or all of this cost. They still have to pay the overhead for every loan that gets rejected too. Compare this: A lender charges $2,500 up front for a $25,000 small loan. Does that seem steep? The same lender charges $2,500 for a $150,000 not so small loan. It doesn’t seem as bad now does it? The fee didn’t change, but our perception of it did. It’s the ratio that changes.

Once a lender makes a loan, every month the lender has the expense of servicing the loan. That includes: sending statements, processing payments, tracking balances, end of year reporting, sending a 1098, government compliance, etc all those costs have to be covered, and they cost the same to the lender whether it’s a small loan or a large loan.

If a small loan goes unpaid, just like the expenses of setting up the loan, proportionally there is a large cost with the attempt to collect on the debt. So, even if you find a lender that will do a small loan, they typically want better credit to reduce the chance of the loan going bad.

Cheap houses purchased with a small loan are typically in areas that have more foreclosures, and more damage to the property when it is foreclosed. This increases the chance of loss to the lender even after they foreclose on a property.

Is it any wonder lenders are reluctant to do a small loan? It’s easier to get a loan completed for $100,000 than $25,000. Admittedly, we do get some small ones done, but with the challenges listed above, it’s not nearly as often as we’d like.

2 thoughts on “I only need a small loan of $25,000, why is it so hard to get?”

  1. I understand the problems with small loans. However, many of us either sink or swim on these loans. We have a very profitable property yielding $620 rent from a couple who have been in the property since 2012. They love the property(3bdrms/full basement/large 1-1/2 car garage) and are constantly improving it on their own. We need to pull approx. $20,000 out to strengthen up our credit rating(FICO approx. 650) and solidify our cash reserve. We have rehabbed 21 properties and sold 14, this being one of the smaller yet most profitable projects. Do you have a product that meets these requirements?

    1. We’ll need to have more details to see what may or may not be available. Your post lacks information needed to say “yes” or “no”. Keep in mind, when they are available, small loans often have a cost that is a high a percentage of the loan. Most loans have a minimum dollar amount in points at origination. For example, it is common for a hard money loan to be 4 points or $4,000 minimum.

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