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Frequently Asked Questions

What is AlphaFlow?

AlphaFlow is a tech-enabled investment manager that buys real estate loans from lenders across the nation.

What is AlphaFlow’s value proposition?

AlphaFlow is a collaborative and reliable partner that provides capital, software, and underwriting insights to help its lenders grow their business.

What makes you different from your competitors?

Speed – AlphaFlow provides instant feedback (<24 hours) and buy in less than 5 days Transparency – AlphaFlow shares underwriting insights via its Lender Portal
Reliability – AlphaFlow reviews loans daily and buys weekly.

How long have you been in business for?

AlphaFlow has been an investment manager for 5 years and began its institutional whole loan buying program in December 2018.

Do you originate loans at AlphaFlow?

AlphaFlow does not originate loans. AlphaFlow solely purchases loans from lenders.

How long does the loan purchasing process take?

AlphaFlow provides instant feedback via our proprietary Loan Sizer, feedback within 24 hours from our investment team, and can close a purchase within 5 days.

What size loans does AlphaFlow buy?

AlphaFlow buys loans ranging in size from $75k-$3.5MM. Loans outside of these ranges may be considered on an exception basis.

What types of loans does AlphaFlow buy?

AlphaFlow buys short-term, business purpose, first-lien loans on residential real estate. This includes Value add, Cash-Out Refinance, Ground p construction, and Stabilized/Rent (aka rate and term refinances), we will also consider 5-9 units and mixed-use on a case by case basis.

What types of properties does AlphaFlow buy loans for?

AlphaFlow buys loans on Single Family Residential (SFR 1-4 unit), Condo, and PUD, Mixed Use and 5-9 units AlphaFlow does not buy loans on certain commercial property types (office, storage, Industrial, etc).

How many lenders do you partner with?

AlphaFlow is currently active with over 50 lenders who operate across 41 different states. We are continually looking to establish long term partnerships with high quality lenders looking for a strong capital partner.

Does AlphaFlow table fund loans for lenders?

AlphaFlow does not table fund loans at this time.

What rate does AlphaFlow currently pay for loans?

AlphaFlow buys loans starting at 6.75% with volume commitments. AlphaFlow prices range from 6.75% to 7.5%+ depending on the characteristics of the loan.

How does the pricing work with AlphaFlow?

AlphaFlow uses an algorithmic pricing model that takes into account transaction, borrower, property, and local market-related factors when determining the interest rate at which AlphaFlow will purchase a loan. Any difference between our purchase rate and the interest rate of the loan will be sent back to the lender when the borrower makes their monthly payment (i.e. the Yield Strip).

Does AlphaFlow require a portion of origination fees?

No, AlphaFlow’s lenders keep 100% of the origination fees.

Who is providing AlphaFlow’s capital?

AlphaFlow has three main sources of capital: 1) institutional capital 2) family offices and 3) our revolutionary $100M securitization in partnership with Saluda Grade. When AlphaFlow buys loans it acts as a master servicer and continues to act as a single point of contact with its Lenders.

How much volume can you put to work?

AlphaFlow is backed by multiple types of investors and has committed capital of $1+ billion which it expects to deploy in the next 12-24 months.

Does AlphaFlow have a maximum term?

AlphaFlow will purchase loans with an initial term of no more than 24 months and the loan can have up to two six-month extensions.

What is the minimum credit score on a loan AlphaFlow will purchase?

The minimum credit score for a borrower/guarantor is 640.

Are there any state restrictions?

AlphaFlow will review and buy loans in all 50 states. Depending on market conditions, there may be restrictions in particular geographies at any given time.

What are the maximum leverage ratios for the loans?

AlphaFlow will purchase loans with up to 85% of as-is LTV (property rehab), up to 85% of LTC and up to 75% of ARV. Refinance, stabilized/rent are up to 75% of LTC and as-is value. Ground Up up to 70% of After Completion Value. 5-9 and Mixed Use properties up to 70%

What is the servicing process for loans after purchase?

AlphaFlow understands how much value borrower relationships have to its lenders. While AlphaFlow does purchase loans with servicing released, AlphaFlow still wants its lenders to be ‘the face’ of the loan to the borrower to maintain those relationships. As such, AlphaFlow allows the lender to be the single point of contact for items like rehab draws post-sale. In addition, AlphaFlow engages sub-servicers to hold reserves and collect interest payments and payoffs. AlphaFlow acts as the single point of contact with its lenders for our sub-servicers.

How long does it take for you to process a rehab draw?

AlphaFlow aims to process a construction draw in 24-48 hours after the request is submitted to AlphaFlow’s servicing team.

What servicing companies do you have as sub-servers on the loan?

AlphaFlow’s preferred subservicer is FCI Lender Services but we also work with several servicing groups including Fay and BSI.

Does AlphaFlow work with brokers?

AlphaFlow does not work with brokers directly but requires each originating lender to have a direct purchase agreement with AlphaFlow.

Do you take foreign nationals as borrowers?

AlphaFlow has the ability to buy loans from any partners who have borrowers with active business licenses, a US operating entity and the borrower must have a credit score.

How does a lender sign up for AlphaFlow’s loan buying program?

AlphaFlow does not allow foreign nationals.

Does AlphaFlow require appraisals?

Yes, AlphaFlow requires an appraisal from a licensed appraiser on the appropriate FNMA form based on property type. We recognize the timing issues currently with full appraisals and provide options that include an interior BPO, (BPO’s are allowed on loans under 1 MM and not allowed on ground up or heavy rehabs) desktop valuation by a licensed appraiser with interior pictures, hybrid appraisals like ProTek or Value Net are also acceptable. We require full appraisals on all ground up, heavy rehab loans, mixed use and 5-9 units.

Will AlphaFlow buy seasoned loans?

Yes, AlphaFlow will buy seasoned loans, but the loan must have at least 3 months until maturity and be performing.

Does AlphaFlow buy loans with a lender participation agreement?

No, AlphaFlow will not buy loans with a lender participation agreement.

Will AlphaFlow buy non-performing loans?

AlphaFlow currently does not purchase non-performing loans. However as AlphaFlow continues to expand its investment strategies, AlphaFlow expects this to be one of its future strategies.

Will AlphaFlow buy loans in Judicial states?

Yes, AlphaFlow buys loans in judicial states.

How much track record do I need before I can sell loans to AlphaFlow?

AlphaFlow traditionally likes to see at least one year of track record from its partners but can be flexible to help new and growing lenders.

Will AlphaFlow do blanket loans?

Yes, Alphaflow will buy portfolio or blanket loans on a case by case basis.

What is the process to become an approved lender?

AlphaFlow has a simple three-step process to become an approved lender (Qualification, Diligence, and Onboarding), the specific steps for each are further detailed in its institutional loan buying guide.

How does a lender sign up for AlphaFlow’s loan buying program?

Fill out our ‘Get Started’ form, and someone from our team will reach out to discuss the process with you further!

Do you sell your software?

No. We do not charge lenders to use our platform. We make money by being a great capital partner. The software just helps us be better partners.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at lenders@alphaflow.com

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