Don’t Overlook These 5 Things In Your Real Estate Loan Agreement

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Don't Overlook These 5 Things In Your Real Estate Loan Agreement

The terms of the private money loan agreement must be clearly laid out. Your contract should be comprehensive and detailed to ensure everyone understands their rights and obligations. There are five elements to consider to ensure that an effective loan plan for real estate investments is constructed. 


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Table Of Content:

  1. Personal Information of the Parties Involved
  2. Loan Purpose
  3. Repayment Terms
  4. Default and Acceleration
  5. Governing Law


  1. Personal Information of the Parties Involved

The private money loan agreement must include the names, addresses, and contact information of all the parties involved: lender, borrower, escrow company, etc. This will help establish each party’s identity and make it easier to communicate about the loan. Knowing who the entities in the picture are, you will learn how to deal with each of them.

  1. Loan Purpose

The loan agreement should specify the purpose for which the loan is being taken out. This could be to purchase commercial property, finance fix & flip real estate projects, refinance a property, etc. Having a clear understanding of the loan’s purpose can help ensure that the borrower uses the funds responsibly and that the lender knows what the money is being used for.


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  1. Repayment Terms

It must include the loan amount for your real estate investments, the interest rate, and the repayment schedule. The repayment schedule should specify the repaid:

  • Payment on-demand. The lender decides the repayment at any time upon giving the borrower advance notice.
  • Pay at the end of the loan term. The agreement states when all principal and interest are due and payable.
  • Installment payments. To make periodic payments until all principal and interest are paid.
It should also include any fees or penalties associated with late or missed payments.

  1. Default and Acceleration

Default occurs when the real estate investor (borrower) fails to make a payment or violates any other loan agreement terms. The loan agreement should outline the consequences of default, such as late fees or the acceleration of the loan (meaning the borrower must pay the entire outstanding balance immediately). It should also specify the process for curing the default, which may involve the borrower making up missed payments or paying a fee.

  1. Governing Law

The private money loan agreement should specify which state’s laws will govern the agreement. This is important because different states, such as Texas, Florida, Carolina, and New York, have different laws. It may affect the terms of the loan, such as the maximum interest rate the private money lenders can charge.


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Details matters

In addition to these five essential elements, there may be other provisions you want to include in your loan agreement, depending on your specific situation. For example, have conditions for collateral (property or assets pledged as security for the loan) or co-signers (individuals who agree to be responsible for the loan if the borrower defaults).

It is also a good idea to have a lawyer specializing in real estate review the loan agreement before it is signed to ensure that all necessary terms are included and that the deal is legally enforceable. This can help to prevent misunderstandings or disputes down the line.



A well-redacted private money loan agreement is one of the most important aspects of closing your real estate investment deal. Do not overlook what needs to be in your loan agreement to protect yourself from many potential financial and personal problems. Get help from the RE Investor News team to navigate the process of getting funding for your real estate ventures. Contact us today to get started!


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Damon Riehl

Damon Riehl
As someone who has been in the real estate industry for over 30 years, I am always excited to share the latest market updates with investors. Being informed and up-to-date on the latest trends and changes in the real estate market is essential for making the right decisions when it comes to investing in properties. That’s why I aim to provide insightful information to anyone looking to invest in the real estate market.