Put simply, there’s nothing else on the market quite like the 504 Loan Program. Temporary incentives for new borrowers include significant fee saving and 3 months of payment subsidies made possible by the Economic Aid Act. Add to that the ability to lock in low, fixed rates for up to 25-years with minimal down payment requirements, and this truly becomes a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But don’t wait…these incentives are only temporary.
Covid Relief Incentives for New Borrowers
Here are the key details of the Covid Relief incentives for new borrowers as it relates to the SBA 504 Loan Program. These incentives elevate the 504 to an even more attractive product:
Temporary Fee Elimination
The legislation eliminates the:
- 1.5% CDC Processing Fee
- 0.5% Third Party Lender Participation Fee
in debenture pricing for all loans approved from December 27, 2020 through September 30, 2021 (or until the funds are exhausted).
3 Months of Payment Subsidies
New loans approved from February 1, 2021, through September 30, 2021, will receive three months of payment assistance, capped at $9,000 per borrower per month, subject to the availability of funds.
3 Ways to Grow, Strengthen and Recover While Utilizing These Incentives
Let’s face it, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and its loan programs have always played a crucial role in the advancement of small businesses. However, one of their key players, the 504 Loan Program, is playing an even bigger role in helping businesses grow, strengthen and recover.
1. Improve Cash Flow
Improved cash flow is of vital interest to all businesses. Business owners faced with high-interest mortgages or upcoming balloon payments can greatly benefit from the SBA 504 Refinance Program. SBA 504 Loans provide access to equity a borrower has built up in real estate while re-amortizing with a low, long-term, fixed interest rate product.
The SBA 504 Refinance Loan is government-backed financing that comes with three huge advantages. One, it offers business owners a below-market, fixed rate and a repayment period of up to 25-years. Two, the down payment requirements are as low as ten percent and are often fulfilled by existing equity in the project. And three, borrowers can elect to get cash out for business expenses. Cash can be taken out for salaries, rent, repairs, maintenance, inventory, utilities, credit cards, lines of credit, etc.
To qualify for refinancing, the mortgage(s) to be refinanced must be at least two years old and originally used for the purchase or improvement of fixed assets. Payment history is important too…no late payments of 30+ days in the past year. Keep in mind…loans that currently have a government guarantee (7a, USDA, 504, etc.) do not qualify for a 504 refinance.
2. Control Overhead Costs
Entrepreneurs typically start their business in a leased facility. In fact, many small business owners think financing a commercial real estate purchase isn’t even an option because they fear the down payment requirements will be too high. However, buying or constructing a new facility with 504 provides a great opportunity for fixing occupancy costs and locking in low interest rates. Other benefits include:
- Builds equity: each payment is an investment in the future
- Occupancy costs are stabilized: rent increases no longer apply and the SBA 504 payment is fixed
- Preserves cash: in most cases, with the 504, the monthly payment to own is less than a rent payment
By locking in a low rate, which is fully amortized for up to 25 years, borrowers see predictable monthly payments. Plus, 504 Loans have no future balloon payments.
SBA 504 loans also allow borrowers to roll closing costs, soft costs and other fees into the loan, thus preserving cash. Not to mention, the cost of equipment, furniture and fixtures, parking lots, architectural fees, etc. can also be rolled into the loan.
3. Streamline or Increase Production
Whether your business is product or service based, having the necessary equipment is vital to maintaining smooth operations. However, replacing, upgrading or purchasing new equipment can put a serious pinch on cash flow. A 504 Loan offers business owners a more affordable way to get needed equipment without making a substantial dent in the bottom line.
504 Loans are perfect for the purchase and installation of new or used, fixed, long-life machinery and equipment, such as:
- X-Ray or Digital Imaging Machines
- Manufacturing Equipment
- Dry-Cleaning Equipment
- Commercial Printers
- Food Processing Machinery
- Highly Calibrated Machines
- Equipment that generates renewable energy
Machinery and equipment can be financed independent of real estate or in conjunction with a commercial real estate purchase. Loan terms of 10-, 20- or 25-years are available, which is determined by the useful life declaration provided by the manufacturer.
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