Buying a Commercial Property in the Triangle?

Estimate Your Monthly Loan Payments!

If you're like most commercial buyers, you'll need to take out a loan before making your next big investment. However, commercial real estate loans aren't quite the same as a typical mortgage. If you want to learn more about your financing options, we've outlined a few popular options that you may want to consider. And when you're ready to crunch some numbers, take a look at our handy calculator to get started.

Learn More About Commercial Financing

Generally, applying for a commercial loan is similar to a conventional mortgage. However, there are a few more factors you should be aware of before you begin. One of the biggest differences between commercial and residential loans is the loan-to-value ratio. Lenders calculate this metric by dividing the loan amount by the property’s value. Most lenders want a 75% to 80% LTV, which means you'll need to purchase an undervalued property or have at least a 20% down payment.

Commercial loans can also be made through an individual or a business entity. If you apply for a commercial loan through an entity, a lender will likely check your personal and business finances. Another key difference to consider is the duration of a loan—commercial loans typically range from five to 20 years, and the amortization period is often longer than the term of the loan.

Common Commercial Loan Options

Conventional loan

  • Similar to standard residential mortgages
  • Often requires a 25% down payment
  • Can last from five to 30 years, but normally under 10
  • Usually requires an appraisal and financial review

Bridge loan

  • Commercial bridge loans act as short-term capital
  • Can be used to fund a balloon payment
  • Fast to fund, but often have high interest rates
  • Requires some type of collateral

Hard money loan

  • Short-term, last resort form of capital
  • Provided by individuals or companies, not banks
  • Focuses on property value instead of credit
  • Requires collateral

SBA Loans

  • Offered by the Small Business Administration
  • Guaranteed by the federal government
  • SBA 7(a) and SBA 504 are the most popular
  • Rates range between 3.5% to 8.75%

Balloon loan

  • Similar to a conventional loan, but a lump sum is paid at the end of the term
  • Borrowers can also refinance or sell instead of making the payment
  • Typically comes with a shorter term 
  • Can be refinanced into a different type of loan (including SBA)

Mezzanine financing

  • Combines debt and equity financing
  • Gives the lender the right to convert to an equity interest if the borrower defaults
  • Often used with acquisitions, buyouts, and bankruptcy

Ready to Calculate Your Monthly Payments?

If you're ready to make your next commercial investment, we're here to help! Contact HTR Commercial to get a head start on your search, or take a look at our loan calculator to determine just how much you can afford.

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