A hard money loan is a type of loan that is secured by real property. Hard money loans are considered loans of “last resort” or short-term bridge loans. These loans are primarily used in real estate transactions, with the lender generally being individuals or companies and not banks.
Individuals, investment companies and other private, nonbanking businesses provide hard money loans. Real estate is most commonly used as collateral for a hard money loan, but other hard assets such as vehicles, equipment, machinery and precious metals could also secure the loan