Atlanta Hard money and Georgia Hard Money Frequently Asked Questions

Georgia Hard Money

Hard Money FAQs

Below are some of the more hard money frequently asked questions. A more extensive list of FAQs can be found on our parent site at: Fairview Lending: FAQ

1. Is Fairview a direct lender in Georgia?
a. Yes, Fairview is a direct local lender focusing on loans in Atlanta and throughout Georgia (also CO and IL)

2. Is Fairview a Bank?
a. No, Fairview is a privately funded Georgia lender which allows us more flexibility than a traditional bank. We can close transactions that do not fit traditional underwriting guidelines.

3. Does Fairview require an appraisal?
a. Fairview does not require an appraisal since we independently underwrite each transaction in house (see below for how we underwrite Georgia loans)

4. Does Fairview require upfront fees for loans in Atlanta and throughout Georgia?
a. No upfront fees are required, we underwrite all transactions in house and personally look at each loan to ascertain value

5. What is the average closing time for a Atlanta hard money or Georgia hard money loan?
a. Each transaction is unique. On average 1-2 weeks, we have closed some loans in as little as 2 days depending on the scenario.

6. How does Fairview underwrite hard money loans?
a. For commercial properties we use the income approach and the sales approach. For residential properties (investment properties only) we focus on recent sales in close proximity to the subject property?

7. Can Fairview Lend on primary residences?
a. No we strictly are focusing on investment single family homes and commercial transactions

8. What areas of Georgia do you lend in?
a.Fairview has closed loans throughout the Atlanta Georgia metro area

9. What is Fairview’s average loan term on a hard money transaction?
a. Fairview can provide loans up to 5 years in length depending on the needs of the borrower. Click here for full loan parameters…

10. Does Fairview work with brokers?
a. Yes, we will get a copy of their fee agreement. All fees are put on the settlement statement and paid at closing

11. What property types do you lend on in Atlanta and throughout Georgia
a. Single family homes (no primary residences only investment properties) along with commercial properties (office, retail, light industrial). Occasionally we make loans on agricultural land at low loan to values.

12. What is your minimum loan amount?
a. In Atlanta we are able to loan as low as $25k, outside Atlanta metro is on a case by case basis

13. Does Fairview provide 100% financing?
a. Unfortunately Fairview does not provide 100% financing programs. On a purchase all of our loans require the borrower to have money in the deal.

14. Does Fairview have a credit score minimum for borrowers in Georgia?
a. Fairview is a collateral based lender and can accommodate most credit challenges. Click here to see some of our recently closed transactions…

15. How do I submit a loan to Fairview for a transaction in Atlanta or other area of Georgia ?
a. Please fill out our one page application at, there are no fees required for us to review a transaction and we will provide a response within one business day.

16. How do I learn more about hard money lending in Atlanta and Georgia ?
a. Our website has hundreds of articles and other resources for borrowers and brokers on hard money lending ( is our main site).

17. How do I know I can trust Fairview?
a. This is a great question. There are many individuals misrepresenting themselves as a direct lender. Fairview is different since we have been in business since 2000 doing hard money loans. Fairview has closed hundreds of loans both in Atlanta and throughout Georgia (along with CO, and IL). The principles of Fairview have been featured in the Georgia Real Estate Journal, the mortgage press, the niche report, and the Scottsman’s guide (an industry publication for mortgage brokers. Fairview is also proud of its current A+ rating with the BBB.

18. I have other questions regarding hard money lending; are there other resources?
a. Please see our parent site at

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