Fishing for Commercial Borrowers

Fishing for Commercial Borrowers

I recently watched a TV commercial for a local bank. At first I thought the ad was for a travel website, because they showed families enjoying their vacation. Then I realized they were selling their ATM access. Nothing was said about loan programs or commercial lending. The fact is, they don’t want borrowers to contact them because the answer is most likely going to be NO.

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TOP 10 Funding’s top 10 Top 10 lists

As the end of 2012 approaches, I thought it would be appropriate to post some random Top 10 Lists, if for no other reason, to drive some random traffic to our site.TOP 10 Funding LLC

Here are some links to the links I found in my search.

# 10 – Top 10 things to do before starting a business

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Apartment Construction Market Shows Signs of Improvement

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Even with uncertain economic indicators and slow hiring, rental housing demands are increasing.  Conditions remain favorable for multifamily markets across the nation. The demographic trends indicate high levels of immigration, the surge in echo boomers forming their own households, a further shift away from homeownership, and the growing diversity in household composition support continued demand for rental housing.

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The Waiting is the Hardest Part

You are probably wondering what the title of this article has to do with the business of Private Lending for Commercial Real Estate. I was listening to the Tom Petty song and thought about the important attributes of commercial real estate brokers. In our business, success comes from being patient and understanding the timing of the process.

Patience

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TOP 10 Deal Killers

Commercial lending, for the most part is based on the value and performance of the commercial assets used as collateral. Commercial Loan RIPBecause of the focus on the asset performance, many borrowers expect commercial loans to be non-recourse.

Most borrowers are optimistic investors leaving much to chance. Most private lenders are bullish and use mathematical models to provide risk assessment. Loan originators are jammed up in the middle.

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And the Answer is…

Have you applied for a commercial loan lately? Most banks are not doing commercial loans and others just wait forever to give you an answer. They don’t want to lose you as a customer and they really don’t want to fund your project.Gameshow

Commercial loan brokers are aware of the painfully long process of closing a loan for commercial real estate. The process will take several months to complete. It can be even longer for construction loans or business loans that are not tied to commercial assets. For example, HUD loans can take 18 months to fund. Recently, a borrower in Honolulu came to me to refinance an operating assisted living facility. He has been working with a local bank to refinance for 6 months and still does not have an answer.

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The Lure of Hard Money

One of my favorite movies is Easy Money with Rodney Dangerfield and Joe Pesci.

 Rodney’s character made a deal to give up all of his vices to inherit his mother-in-law’s fortune. It turned out to be harder than he imagined.

There is nothing “easy” about obtaining a Hard Money loan from a private lender. It is a proposition based on risk. The lender assumes the risk of repayment of a highly leveraged loan, the borrower assumes risk of paying up-front fees to someone who will not perform, and the brokers assume the risk of getting squeezed out of the deal. Hard money fees can be as high as 10 points with interest rates above 12% and upwards of 20%.

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The Big Taboo in Private Lending for Commercial Real Estate

My wife, Monalisa and I just celebrated our 27th anniversary. She is my soul mate and I could never have found a better person to spend my life with. We have truly loved and respected each other all these years and are the perfect match.

The Perfect Match

By now you know that I am a Consultant representing Private Lenders for Commercial Real Estate. Those of us in this business specialize in certain types of loans, based on the offerings of our Lending Groups.  One of the problems in this industry is that the lending groups are looking for the perfect match.

This article may seem self-deprecating as I try to give a realistic view of Private Lending Groups for Commercial Real Estate. Many agents contact me with loan requests that were turned down by their lender. Instead of walking away, they try to find someone who can solve their problem. We all do this because we want to help our clients. That should be a good thing, but it is frowned upon by the Lending Groups.

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The Art of Writing an Executive Summary for Private Lending

I usually start my blogs out with something amusing to get the readers’ attention. Free Strips of Paper

This time I thought the picture makes a great point. Every business plan is good for something – then there’s that whole perceived value thing.  This article will give some tips to creating an executive summary targeted to private lenders for commercial real estate.

Personalize Each Submission

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Commercial Real Estate – Best Hedge Against Inflation

Commercial Real Estate – Best Hedge against Inflation

According to the National Real Estate Investor website, the outlook for real estate investments in 2011 is optimistic. “An improving economy combined with a thaw in the capital markets and limited new supply led to a big spike in investor confidence in the fourth quarter”nreionline.com .

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