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Glossary of Commercial Loan Terms in Plain English!

Posted by George Blackburne on Wed, Jul 6, 2016

Lots of companies have created glossaries of commercial loan terminology where they define fancy terms like debt yield ratios, defeasance, lockout clauses, and standby takeout commitments.  Our new glossary strives to be different.

Our new commercial loan terms glossary strives to explain these sophisticated topics using easy-to-understand, everyday English and lots of real-life examples.  I have always been a little slow-witted myself, and examples help me a ton.  "Suppose you're the Chief Investment Officer with a life company, and you need to know exactly what yield you will earn on your mortgage investments..."


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Here is our new glossary:  You should bookmark it right now because it will get larger and more complete every week.




This new glossary is part of the new Knowledge Base section (you'll find it under the Knowledge Base tab) in C-Loans.  My goal is to eventually have this glossary and this Knowledge Base compendium in so complete that a starving newbie, someone too poor to even buy my basic training course, can learn the entire business of commercial real estate finance ("CREF") just by studying it.  I am pretty much there already.

Are you confused about about some fancy commercial loan term, like the difference between a permanent loan and a takeout loan, please write to me, George Blackburne III (the old man).  I'll try to blog on the subject so that not only will you learn this fancy lingo, but also so will future visitors to




Did you bookmark our new Glossary of Commercial Loan Terms?  As the hillbillies say, "Git 'er done!"  :-)

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Hey guys, please keep looking for commercial bank loan officers who make commercial real estate loans.  We'll trade you a free directory of 2,000 commercial real estate lenders for the contact information of that one banker.  We solict these bankers for their turndowns.


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