Say Yes to 504 Loans with Third-Party Interim Loans

Community Business Finance provides businesses with fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets such as office buildings, retail buildings, warehouse facilities, heavy equipment, and commercial vessels. Projects are typically financed with two loans: a first lien loan through a commercial lending partner for 50% of the project cost and a second lien loan for 30% - 40% of the project cost, financed by Community Business Finance through the sale of a debenture bond. The borrower provides up to a 20% down payment, but typically only 10%.

A Small Loan Makes a Big Impact: A 504 Loan in Action

The old adage "good things come in small packages" certainly applies to our recently closed loan for Perrier Esquerre Contractors LLC. The owners were renting a commercial space and wanted to purchase land and a larger building from which to operate their company. Community Business Finance was pleased to help this company obtain financing through the 504 Loan Program with a total project cost of less than $350,000. In fact, the SBA portion of the loan was less than $150,000, much lower than most home mortgages these days.

Celebrating National Small Business Week

It's time to celebrate America's small businesses and the big contributions they make in our local communities and to our national economy. National Small Business Week, April 30 – May 6, 2017, is also our chance to salute the small business owners who create two out of every three jobs for Americans. Despite being the key to our nation's recovery after the recession, many small businesses cannot get the funding they need to expand their operations.

Refinance Existing Loans with the 504 Debt Refinancing Program

The SBA 504 Loan Program was created to provide long-term financing to small businesses for the purchase or improvement of land, buildings and major equipment. The 504 Debt Refinancing Program allows those who already have such debt, through a non-SBA loan, to refinance it into long-term, fixed-rate loans. This program is invaluable to entrepreneurs and small business owners who need to reduce their high-cost debt, including adjustable-rate debt.

Lenders Do Not Need SBA Certification to Offer the 504 Loan Program

Many lenders believe they have to be a certified SBA lender to offer any SBA loans. The truth is that the SBA does not require a lender to be certified to participate in the 504 Loan Program because these loans require partnership with a Certified Development Corporation. CDCs, such as Community Business Finance, are nonprofit organizations certified by the SBA to provide 504 loans to small businesses statewide.

Save More Money with the 504 Loan Program

For businesses seeking property or equipment loans, finding the lowest interest rate can seem like the best move. However, bear in mind that the interest rate is only one aspect of your loan contract, and it doesn't mean you will pay the least amount of money over the life of the loan. Therefore, the loan with the lowest interest rate might not actually be the best loan for your business. In fact, Community Business Finance's 504 Loan Program has many advantages over a conventional loan.

504 Loans Are a Good Choice for Franchise Financing

The 504 Loan Program is a good financing choice for franchises. Since the SBA has streamlined the approval process for franchisees, it is easier than ever to get the financing needed, especially when entrepreneurs open multiple franchises. The down payment needed for a commercial bank loan is often too high, usually 20% of the project cost, for most borrowers to accommodate. The capital outlay for franchisees typically includes franchise fees, royalties, marketing fees, and sometimes required products.

The SBA Streamlines Its Process for Franchise Funding

Effective January 1, 2017, the SBA has changed the process for how SBA lenders finance franchise borrowers. The SBA says the purpose of the revisions is to "streamline the procedures" for determining whether a business qualifies as a small business when applying for an SBA loan. This change speeds up the loan process while minimizing the resources required by the SBA.

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