At Catalyst, we are real estate lenders built by real estate investors involved in thousands of transactions. If you are an experienced real estate investor or a first-time “flipper,” we have products and services built just for you. Catalyst Funding is a reputable mortgage lender committed to guiding investors of all experience levels through the real estate investing process.
We are passionate about real estate investing. Our ownership team owns a large number of properties and many on our team flip or own rentals themselves.
We develop a comprehensive plan and provide the financing to help you achieve your real estate goals. From flexible terms to quick closings, Catalyst Funding can show you how the power of leverage can accelerate your future in real estate.
How are we different from other real estate and private money lenders?
In addition to helping you secure the cash you need to acquire your property, Catalyst offers a holistic approach, rather than a transactional approach, to our clients. We can meet with clients to assess the project and conduct an after repair value (ARV) analysis. We employ an on-staff project management team who can review your plan and budget to ensure the scope of work is appropriate for your disposition strategy and that the bid is priced correctly.
Your fully licensed loan officer is your single point of contact from private or hard money, to long-term conventional, non-conventional and even blanket loans! They are your trusted source to buy your next primary home or for a cash out refinance to fuel your real estate investments.
Our team provides unrivaled guidance while building long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationships with partners. Catalyst can help you maximize your earning potential and accelerate your financial future.
To learn more, contact Catalyst Funding today at 832.648.3626.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to the questions we receive the most about our services.
If we missed anything, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’ll be happy to help
The Loan to Value (LTV) is the percentage of the home’s value a lender is willing to lend. For most loan types, the LTV a lender will lend is less than 100%. Hard money loans are riskier loans because they must close quickly, require less documentation and usually are on properties that need repairs. Because of these factors, hard money loan LTVs are usually between 60-75% depending on the lender and product.
With most traditional bank lenders, the process is slow, requirements are many and it is almost impossible to buy distressed properties. Catalyst understands the needs of real estate investors and distressed sellers. We can close quickly, in 7-10 days, or less in certain circumstances. We also only require the minimum documentation to protect our interests to make the process as easy as possible for all involved.
Our loans are usually 6-month terms that can be extended. There are extension fees at each extension.
Cash to close depends on the details of your deal. Typically we will lend 70-75% of the ARV. Any amount of money needed to purchase and rehab the property above our loan amount will need to be brought to the table to close plus closing costs. However, if you find a great deal at a really low loan-to-value we can usually finance the whole deal and roll in some closing costs based on the details of the deal. If you want an estimate it is best to call our office and ask for a loan officer.
Each person must do their own due diligence. With that said, if you are pre-approved, Catalyst can provide additional guidance on the after repairs value and the repair budget. That is one of the advantages of working with our experienced team of lending professionals.
We offer many different products, but we do not have a minimum FICO score for hard money loans for single-family flips. That said, we do require a proven ability to pay debts. We consider many factors including experience, credit, assets, and a few other factors, but we are reasonable and flexible.
Permanent financing is a longer-term loan. This type of loan is typically utilized to buy or develop long-lasting fixed assets.
After repairs value (ARV) is the projected value of the property after a defined list of repairs are completed. Hard Money loans utilize “Subject to Repairs” appraisals. A borrower will provide a detailed list of repairs or improvements to be made and the cost of those improvements. The appraiser will complete an appraisal comparing the subject property to other properties which will be similar after all repairs are completed.
As a borrower, you will provide a detailed list of repairs and the cost for those repairs. The accuracy and comprehensiveness of this repair budget is essential. At closing, the funds for repairs will be held in escrow. Most contractors will expect you to pay to kick off the job – often between 20-25% of the total budget. You can ask for as many draws as you would like. We encourage you to take several draws since we will provide a second set of eyes to review the quality of work. Each draw inspection requires a $175 fee, but these draw inspections routinely save customers thousands by not paying for incomplete or low-quality work. Funds can be drawn for completed work.
Catalyst does not charge any application or other fees. We do require an appraisal and the borrower pays the appraisal fee before we order it. That fee is usually $450.
Yes. If you acquire the property at a low enough price and meet certain requirements, you could get 100% financing. Catalyst will roll in the cost of the purchase and closing costs if the loan is below our required LTV.
We do not lend on commercial or multifamily at this time. We do lend on single family properties up to four units.
The term buy and hold refers to a long term investment strategy. This is when an investor purchases a property and holds on to it for an extended period of time. An example would be a purchase using 15 to 30 year Conventional or Non-Conventional mortgage. This is done with the intent to lease out the property and either sell it when values increase or hold it for long-term cash flow.
If your strategy is to hold properties as rentals, especially using Conventional Financing, you must be pre-approved. There are more credit, income, and asset requirements and we must get you pre-qualified before closing your hard money loan.