Friday, April 18, 2014

How to Get Owner-User Loans For Business And Real Estate

OWNER-USER LOANS ARE AVAILABLE TO all kinds of businesses, including retailers, manufacturers, doctors, restaurants, dealerships, wholesalers, shopping center owners, and service providers.

ALSO CALLED OWNER-OCCUPIED FINANCING, owner-user loans can be used for most business and real estate purposes, such as:

  • Acquiring or expanding a business
  • Buying, building, improving, and refinancing land and structures
  • Purchasing equipment, furniture, inventory and supplies
  • Securing working capital
  • Repaying existing business and real estate loans

AN ADDITIONAL BENEFIT OF THESE LOANS is that they help a business to respond quickly to changing needs and opportunities such as unexpected large orders, marketing expenses, renovations and improvements, working capital requirements, partner buyouts, increasing cash flow, and new product development.

OWNER-USER LOANS MAY COME FROM traditional banks, credit unions, and private lenders, and they can sometimes come with guaranteed loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA) 7(a) (general business loan) program and 504 (real estate and equipment) program.

BANKS AND OTHER LENDERS LIKE OWNER-USER LOANS because they are low-risk and can be repaid from income the business generates. Additionally, they help the lender form a lasting relationship with the business.

BROKERS LIKE OWNER-USER LOANS because they are relatively simple and easy for eligible borrowers to qualify for.

COMPARED TO OTHER TYPES OF LOANS, owner-user loans often have

  • lower interest rates
  • higher loan-to-value (LTV) ratios

OWNER-USER FINANCING SHARES SOME FEATURES with hard money loans, but depends more heavily on the business and its owners.

TO PUT AN OWNER-USER DEAL TOGETHER, you need a business that rents more than half of a building's space. Ideally, the business will own the property where it's located. If the business rents out part of the building to someone else, that's even better.

AS WITH ANY BUSINESS OR REAL ESTATE LOAN, the borrower must furnish the lender with personal and business financials, property details, tax returns, a description of the business's products and services, and other standard loan application information.

HERE'S AN EXAMPLE OF ONE LENDER'S owner-user financing offer:

Property Type: Office, Retail, Warehouse,
Light or Heavy Industrial, Mixed Use
Loan Amounts: $500,000 to $100,000,000
Loan-To-Value: Up to 90%
Lending Area: Worldwide
Credit: Mid-FICO
Documentation: Full or Stated Doc
Target Terms: Several Options available, up to 30 year fixed;
Fixed and Variable Rates
Recourse: Full Recourse
Special Notes: SBA 504 and SBA 7a loan programs and Bank Financing available
Close: Fast Closing

ONE BUSINESS SCENARIO that creates an opportunity for an owner-user loan is where a business acquires property to house the business and buys a building larger than it needs.

THE BUSINESS OWNERS CAN THEN LEASE PART OF THE SPACE to third-party tenants to generate additional income. If the business needs to expand at a later date, it can take over the rental space for its own use, or it can use the building and the rental income to help secure an owner-user loan.

ANOTHER ADVANTAGE of owner-user property is that, if problems occur and the business needs to raise money quickly, it can sell all or a portion of the space and, if desired, lease back what it needs for its own use.

EITHER WAY, THE OWNER-USER SETUP makes lenders feel more secure, so they're more likely to make the loan the business seeks.

OBTAINING AN OWNER-USER LOAN usually involves a hybrid approach. It uses the value of the real estate, the rental income, and the finances of the business and its owners.

EACH CASE IS DIFFERENT and presents its own opportunities. Often, the borrower and broker can persuade a lender to make the loan by highlighting the right mix of strengths—whether these strengths reside in the building, the rent, the business or the personal qualities of the business owner. A down payment may be required, particularly if the business is new.

IF THE LENDER LIKES THE PROPERTY WHERE THE BUSINESS is located and the business has money coming in, an owner-user loan can often be arranged.

This article was originally published in the May 2014 issue of Money Watch Bulletin. Subscriptions to Money Watch Bulletin are available in print or downloadable PDF for $95/year (12 issues).

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

How To Find Or Buy Low-Priced Preforeclosure Real Estate

YOU CAN FIND OR BUY real estate at bargain prices by looking for preforeclosure properties. Preforeclosure is the period of time between when a homeowner has stopped making payments on a property and when the property is sold at auction.
YOU CAN FIND A PREFORECLOSURE HOME at a cheap price for yourself or a client. Then, you can pocket your commission or rent or flip the property for a profit.
  1. Preforeclosures are cheaper that regular foreclosure properties.
  2. During the preforeclosure period, you can visit and examine the property. At a foreclosure auction, this isn't possible.
  3. With a preforeclosure, you deal directly with the owner/seller, soon after they've received a foreclosure notice from the lender, city or state.
  4. Negotiating with a seller is easier and less competitive than bidding against professionals at a foreclosure auction, and it's simpler than dealing with a lender.
  5. Owners wanting to sell a home during preforeclosure are motivated to sell.
  6. You or your client can rent the home to the owner after taking it over and sell the house back to the owner or to another buyer for a profit at a later date.
  7. You don't need to pay huge amounts of cash upfront like at an auction.
YOU FIND PREFORECLOSURE LISTINGS by taking these easy steps:
  1. Call your city recorder’s or clerk’s office to learn which agency handles foreclosures. Foreclosure data from lenders is freely available public data.
  2. Contact the agency and ask to be put on their free information list.
  3. Read the information on foreclosure procedures for your area. Public records may include a Notice of Default (NOD) from a lender, telling the owner the house will go to auction if payments aren't made. This is when the preforeclosure period begins.
  4. Get to know the preforeclosure period and how long the owner has before he or she must sell. Owners are more motivated to sell cheaply during preforeclosure.
  5. Get to know the "redemption period"--the time the home owner has to buy back the home after it goes to a foreclosure sale. Look for the shortest redemption time possible. Some areas have zero redemption time; others as long as a year.
  6. Before you or your client makes an offer on a preforeclosure property, be sure to inspect it and have a competent real estate attorney review the offer.
  7. Consider using a sale-leaseback deal to allow the seller to remain in the house. An attorney can write it for you. With a sale-leaseback, you or your client owns the property and receive regular rent payments from the seller.
IN ADDITION TO THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF FORECLOSURE LISTINGS mentioned above, you can find NODs and preforeclosure notices in local newspapers, where lenders are required to publish this information. 

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Thursday, March 06, 2014

Download More Than 850 Community Banks and Lenders

RECENTLY WE BROUGHT YOU A FREE LIST OF 600 MORTGAGE LENDERS. TODAY we're sharing a list of more than 850 community banks, credit unions and private lenders with you. You can download the 45-page PDF to get phone numbers, email addresses, websites and mailing addresses.

THESE LENDERS MAKE PERSONAL, BUSINESS AND REAL ESTATE LOANS and are called Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). 

CDFIs FOCUS ON HELPING LOWER- AND MIDDLE-INCOME PEOPLE in areas where they've been underserved by banks and other lenders. CDFIs are designed to help people and communities become financially healthy. 

CDFIs ARE CERTIFIED BY THE UNITED STATES TREASURY and the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, which you can find at For more details, you can contact the Fund at (202) 653-0421 or

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Using A Compensating Balance To Get A Loan

TO BORROW MONEY EFFECTIVELY, loan brokers, finders, consultants, and potential borrowers need to understand as many different methods as possible to increase the likelihood that a lender will make a desired loan.
FOR EVERY LOAN REQUEST, the lender weighs many variables, such as type of loan, amount, interest rates, repayment terms, borrower's collateral, job status, earnings, credit score, credit history and other factors. To be an effective loan finder or borrower, you need to know how to use this information to secure the funds you, or your client, need.
ONE METHOD THAT CAN HELP YOU, OR YOUR CLIENT, get a loan is by using a “compensating balance.” This is an amount of money that a borrower agrees to keep in an account with the lender as a condition for getting the loan. Such loans are most often made to businesses, although they may be provided for real estate as well.
THE ACCOUNT CONTAINING THE COMPENSATING BALANCE usually does not bear interest to the borrower, and the lender is free to use the money as it wants. If the borrower fails to repay the loan as agreed, the bank can take the funds from the account.
COMPENSATING BALANCES ARE TYPICALLY 10%-20% of the amount of the loan.
A SIMPLE EXAMPLE OF THIS METHOD would be where a lender agrees to make a $100,000 loan as long as the borrower keeps a deposit balance of at least $10,000 (10% of the loan) in a savings, checking or certificate of deposit (CD) account. The $10,000 is called the compensating balance.
IT'S NOT UNCOMMON FOR LENDERS to subtract the interest and the compensating balance amount from the total principal of a compensating balance loan. For example, on a $25,000 loan at 8 percent interest for one year, the interest of $2,000 (8% of the loan) and the compensating balance amount of $2,500 (10%) may be subtracted from the $25,000 principal. Thus, the total amount the borrower receives is $20,500. This is only a general example. Individual lenders and specific loans may vary.
SOME LENDERS PREFER TO OFFER A LINE OF CREDIT rather than a regular loan when a compensating balance is used.
THE NAME “COMPENSATING BALANCE” HASN'T CAUGHT ON with all lenders, even though you'll find it in financial texts like the Dictionary of Banking Terms and Dictionary of Business Terms. “Offsetting balance” is another name that is sometimes used.
GENERALLY, LENDERS WILL UNDERSTAND what you're looking for when you describe the method—“an amount of money the borrower agrees to keep in an account as a condition for getting the loan.”
WHEN APPROACHING LENDERS about this kind of loan, be prepared to describe the method and explain the type of arrangement you want. Give an example like the one above if you need to.
AS WITH ANY LOAN, IT'S WISEST TO SHOP AROUND at many different lenders. If one lender turns down a request for a compensating balance loan, the next one might make the loan that you, or your client, need.
TO GET THIS TYPE OF LOAN, YOUR BEST BET is to go to commercial banks or credit unions. A list of commercial banks can be obtained from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) at A list of credit unions can be obtained from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) at
  1. The larger the compensating balance in the borrower's account, the easier it may be to get a compensating balance loan.
  2. To set up a compensating balance loan, the borrower should establish a deposit account with the lender where the loan is requested.
  3. Some lenders may offer a line of credit instead of a regular term loan. Borrowers should consider taking a line of credit, as it can be just as useful as a regular loan.
  4. Be prepared to describe the method and give the lender an example of the type of loan you have in mind, since the lender might not use the term “compensating balance.”
  5. It may be easier to get a compensating balance loan from a commercial bank or credit union than from other lenders, so these are good places to start. A list of commercial banks can be obtained from and a list of credit unions from
  6. Look to large lenders and lenders with locations in your area.
  7. Shop around at different lenders. If one turns down your request, move on to the next.
  8. Keep the lender happy. The borrower should keep the full amount of the compensating balance in the account at all times. It may be helpful to keep more than this amount in the account, if possible.
  9. For the best chance at obtaining a compensating balance loan, apply for the loan through an existing business, rather than as an individual.
IF THE BORROWER CAN MAINTAIN THE AGREED-UPON COMPENSATING BALANCE amount, a compensating balance loan can be a useful tool to help fund a growing business or real estate endeavor. 
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Download More Than 600 Single- and Multifamily Mortgage Lenders and Housing Finance Agencies

DID YOU KNOW THAT HUD AND FHA PROVIDE A FREE LIST OF MORE THAN 600 single-family and multifamily mortgage lenders and housing finance agencies throughout the United States?
TO HELP YOU ACCESS THIS LIST, I've reproduced a version of the list for you below. This list is current at the time of this blog post.
THESE LENDERS PROVIDE MORTGAGE LOANS for single-family and multifamily residential and rental properties. Also included are State Housing Finance Agencies, which you can contact for more information on mortgage loans in any given state.
THE LISTED LENDERS HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to make Federal Housing Authority (FHA) insured loans.
ELIGIBLE PROPERTIES VARY BY LENDER AND INCLUDE: detached homes, manufactured homes, condominiums, fixer-uppers, buildings with five or more units, housing for the elderly, and housing for people of moderate and low income.
TYPES OF LENDERS INCLUDE: banks, mortgage companies, credit unions, public housing housing authorities, community development agencies and non-profit agencies.
DIFFERENT PROPERTIES AND PURPOSES ARE COVERED by different parts of HUD's mortgage programs. For loan details, contact individual lenders, the Housing Finance Authority for your state, or HUD/FHA at 451 7th Street S.W., Washington, DC 20410, Telephone: (202) 708-1112, Website: You can also contact a local HUD Office near you. Local offices are listed on the HUD website under “HUD Local Office Directory" at
MANY OF THESE LENDERS MAKE LOANS IN ALL 50 STATES. Some serve more limited areas. For the most current details and options with regard to the HUD FHA Lender List, visit the list at Note: Search results will vary depending on the options selected on the Search form and may not match the results provided here.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

11 Ways to Turn Negative Cash Flow Real Estate Into Positive

SOME INVESTORS BUYING REAL ESTATE TODAY find that many properties they look at have a Negative Cash Flow (NCF). This means you have to pay out more money than comes in. For example, a multifamily apartment house with a monthly income of $10,000 and expenses of $10,500 has a $500/month NCF.

TO MAKE THIS BUILDING PROFITABLE, you'd have to (a) reduce your monthly expenses by $500 or more, or (b) increase your monthly income by $500 or more. You can do this in multiple ways. Here are 11 actions you can take:
1. Raise the rent for each apartment in your building. Doing so will increase your income, help to pay your expenses, and reduce your NCF to zero. Figure how much you'll have raise each rent to increase your monthly income by $500.
2. Increase the rent for new tenants. It's easier to get a higher rent BEFORE new tenants move in than after.
3. Reduce your monthly mortgage payment by getting the term of your loan extended from 15 years to 25 or 30 years. This will reduce your monthly mortgage payments, lowering your expenses to wipe out your NCF.
4. Negotiate a lower interest rate on the first mortgage to reduce your monthly costs. Thus, reducing the interest rate by 1% on a $300,000 first mortgage will save you $300 per month in interest costs.
5. Convert your first mortgage loan to an interest-only loan. This will again reduce your monthly payment. You'll repay the principal in the form of a "balloon" at the end of the loan term or when you sell the property.
6. Have the real estate taxes reduced or temporarily suspended. Do this by visiting the local tax board and presenting your case to them. Contact your county or city government for help. The worst they can say is no.
7. Reduce your operating expenses by cutting costs. For example, get a part-time manager instead of a full-time one or collect the rents yourself instead of paying a management firm. Look for additional operating expenses you might be able to reduce, such as advertising, cleaning, landscaping, supplies, telephone, trash, etc.
8. Get your tenants to pay for utilities such as heating, water, electric or gas. This will save you big bucks and reduce your NCF.
9. Make two, or more, income units from one. This can nearly double your income from the area occupied by one unit.
10. Consider charging parking fees. These fees are not uncommon nowadays.
11. Increase your security charge from 1 month to 2 or 3 months. This will give you more cash and higher interest earnings on it.
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Thursday, January 09, 2014

Ten Tips For Choosing The Best Rental Income Properties

IF YOU WANT TO MAKE MONEY BY RENTING—as many people seeking income real estate do—your best bet may be to buy multifamily units such as duplexes. You can live in one part while your tenants pay your mortgage. Or you can rent out both parts of the property and make more money.
BUYING A SINGLE-FAMILY HOUSE may not always be the safest choice. If your rental property sits vacant for a few months, you could lose a lot of money.
HERE ARE 10 THINGS YOU CAN DO to buy income property wisely:
  1. Think like a business owner or business buyer instead of a home owner or home buyer.
  2. Find out about the rental market for housing in the area where you're thinking of buying. Inspect the property and inquire with local government offices about laws regarding rental properties in the area.
  3. Prepare to make improvements on the property. Think ahead. Build the costs and time into your plan. If you don't, getting a unit ready to rent could take much longer and be more costly than you expect.
  4. Expect to pay more in points and interest for an income property than for a home you live in. Lenders consider a loan on income property to be riskier, so they charge higher interest and/or points.
  5. Pre-screen tenants carefully. Don't rent to just anyone who'll give you a deposit. You might have potential renters fill out an application. You can check their credit, employment and rental history if you want to.
  6. Stick by the rules you give your tenants. For example, if you say “No pets,” don't make exceptions. Don't invite trouble by letting tenants ignore rules.
  7. Choose rental properties that are close to home. Don't spend your profits traveling to manage your property or paying for long-distance repairs.
  8. Don't be afraid to make a low-ball offer to the seller. Remember, you must think like a business owner.
  9. Look at “competitors” near the property you're investigating. Do they have lower rents, vacancies or amenities like washers and dryers in the units?
  10. Insure yourself and your property, not only against fires and hurricanes. You also need to protect yourself against potential law suits from tenants, guests, repair people and other visitors.
    FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES ABOVE to make smart real estate buying decisions for  better rental income.

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