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What is a Lender?

A lender, in the context of the construction industry, is a bank, financial institution, or a private individual that provides funds for construction projects. They lend money with the understanding that the amount will be returned, often with interest, as per the terms of a loan agreement. The borrower can be a contractor, real estate developer, or a homeowner needing funding for a building or renovation project. Lenders assess the viability of the projects and the borrower's solvency before loan approval. They play a vital role in construction financing, facilitating economic growth by enabling infrastructure development. They also manage risks by using construction loans that follow a draw schedule that matches the construction stages, ensuring the project's timely completion. Ultimately, lenders power the various construction operations, providing necessary liquidity and fostering business growth and expansion.