100% Commercial Real Estate Loans
Yes, you read that headline correctly. 100 percent commercial real estate financing is possible for successful small businesses.
You can purchase, refinance or construct a building that would house your business with nothing down and possibly finance all closing costs and even some other business debt and working capital using an SBA loan, but like all commercial lending programs there are caveats…
This is purely an SBA program that is not offered by many lenders and SBA real estate loans are ONLY for “owner occupied” commercial properties which means that your business occupies at least 51% of the property. These loans are NOT for investment properties.
Major conditions for eligibility:
- Established businesses only.
- Business must have solid, consistent cash flow showing enough income to qualify
- Small business typically has to meet a DSCR (debt service coverage ratio) of 1.25x, but there are exceptions.
- All business owners must have good credit and good credit scores. Poor past credit must be old, explainable and isolated. Many borrowers who had credit issues during and after the recession have qualified for 100% financing.
- You must already have a history of ownership of the business. (New business acquisitions require 10% down by SBA rule).
Ideal candidates would be businesses with current lease payments close to what their new proposed mortgage payment would be, but many borrowers can certainly qualify for larger loans with significantly more expensive payments as long as their business is profitable enough and the debt service coverage ratio is where it needs to be.
Tenants Can Help Pay the Loan
Keep in mind that SBA requires a business “owner occupy” at least 51% of a building* and that the cash flow of the business be strong enough to qualify for the loan, but the other 49% of the building can be rented out. So…it is possible that you could purchase a building that currently has one or more tenants or you could take on tenants and significantly reduce the amount of your monthly expenses.
100% Commercial Real Estate Loans – Not New for SBA Lenders
The down payment is usually the biggest impediment to buying a building and historically 100% financing has been available for a number of business types via the SBA and some conventional lenders, although this has typically been reserved for dentists, doctors and veterinarians (you can read more about that here).
This post is about a more recent development where some lenders are allowing 100% financing for ESTABLISHED SBA-eligible businesses that are otherwise solid but do not have the larger down payment that many lenders require.
Generic Buildings Preferred
It is helpful if the building to be financed is a multi-use or “general purpose” building that almost any type of business could occupy, but we have seen transactions where non-traditional buildings have been approved, for instance, a dog daycare business with a building and a little bit of acreage.
Hotels, assisted living, self storage and other “single purpose” properties do not qualify for this program, but if you are looking for high leverage for those property types then please get in touch as we have seen numerous transactions where borrowers with other sources of income have borrowed the minimum down payment. In fact, we have helped numerous self storage clients do this as many borrowers looking to own storage properties have another source of income, a spouse with income or another job or business.
100% Financing “Plus”
This program technically allows for greater than 100 percent financing because if your business is strong enough you can also roll in the closing costs, other debt and working capital.
Please contact me at jking (at) green commercial capital (dot) com if you have any questions or if you would like to see if you qualify.
You can also find out more about the program on our website: here.
*60% in the case of ground up construction.