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Commercial Loans That Are Actually Closing

Posted by George Blackburne on Fri, Jan 28, 2011

A mortgage broker wrote to me today and asked,

"George, I still have a handful of clients needing funding for their commercial projects ranging from $5 million to $454 million, but they have little to no cash reserves whatsoever.  Moreover, most have been burned in the past by scam artists or by unscrupulous brokers charging upfront fees with no capabilities of funding a loan at all.  So my question here is this…. Do my clients have a chance at getting any funding at all, or are they all just dreamers with good ideas?"

My answer is a clear and unequivocal, snowball in hell"No.  These deals do not have a snowball's chance in hell of funding."  

There are only a few occasions when an institutional commercial lender will make a commercial loan today:

1.  If a borrower keeps hundreds of thousands of dollars on deposit with his own bank, he can use that deposit relationship to twist the arm of his own banker to make him a loan.

2.  The borrower is buying an REO from a bank for 60% of the property's 2006 value.  Then a commercial lender will make a loan of 60% of the actual purchase price, if the buyer is putting 40% in cash down.

3.  A bank is discounting an existing commercial loan to its existing borrower by 40% to get the loan off its books.

4.  A builder in a primary market (Washington, DC; New York City, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco or Los Angeles) is contributiong 40% to 45% of the total project cost in cash, prepaid development costs, and equity in the land.

5.  An investor is refinancing a loan of at least $5MM on one of the four major food groups (multifamily, office, retail, industrial) in a primary market (see above).  In this scenario, a conduit will probably be the lender.  Conduits are coming back into the market, but only for very attactive deals.

6.  Everything else will probably have to be funded by a private money (hard money) lender.

7.  As Porky Pig would say at the end of one of those old-time Loonie Tunes cartoons, "That's all, folks."  These are the only types of commercial loans that are regularly getting funded these days.

Now I have a question for you (I wrote to this young mortgage broker).  What on EARTH are you doing trying to broker commercial loan larger than $2 million when you are new to commercial real estate finance?!!!  Even if you found a perfect loan - and finding a perfect deal is never gonna happen - you still couldn't place it because you don't have the relationships with the loan officers at the big banks that close deals of this size.  

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You need to work on small commercial loans.  Remember these words, "Big commercial deals never close (unless you have a full pipeline of small deals and you don't need the commission).  Small commercial loans close."

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