A question we get asked often is, “Can I refinance my commercial mortgage with an SBA Loan?” There are many reasons to consider refinancing an existing commercial mortgage loan. You might have a balloon payment coming up, you might be hoping to take advantage of today’s record-low interest rates, or you may need to free up cash for business expenses. Depending on when you secured your first loan, you could save a considerable amount of money by refinancing with an SBA 504 Refinance Loan.
The SBA 504 Loan Program offers business owners the opportunity to secure below-market, fixed interest rates, amortized over 25 years, for up to 90 percent of the appraised value of commercial real estate property. Owners can even take cash out for qualified business expenses, which include salaries, rent, utilities, inventory or other obligations of the business.
Loans are administered by a Certified Development Company (CDC) such as Growth Corp and granted in conjunction with a conventional lender (usually a bank). Here’s how it works:
- 50% of the project’s total cost is provided by a lending institution
- 40% of the project’s total cost is provided by Growth Corp
- 10% equity is provided by the applicant small business/borrower (Higher equity requirements exist for start-up or leveraged companies and/or projects involving acquisition or construction of limited or single-purpose real estate.)
With the 504, the borrower’s equity injection is typically much lower than traditional business loans and can help you keep more of your cash in the business rather than tied up in real estate. Plus, existing equity in the collateral often fulfills the down payment requirement.
Why it’s Beneficial to Refinance Commercial Mortgage Debt with an SBA 504
- Refinance up to 90% of the appraised property value (if no cash-out)
- If taking cash out for eligible business expenses: refinance up to 85% of the appraised property value (business expenses are limited to 20% of appraised value)
- Below-market interest rate, currently: 2.76% FIXED for 25 years, 2.68% FIXED for 20 years, or 2.64% FIXED for 10 years
- The ability to consolidate multiple loans
- Existing equity often fulfills the down payment requirement
- Long amortizations – up to 25 years
SBA 504 Refinance – Eligibility Guidelines
- Property to be refinanced is owner-occupied
- Business and existing loan must be at least 2 years old (previous 12 months of payments are current – no payments of 30+ days past due)
- At least 85% of the existing conventional loan must have been for SBA 504-eligible purposes
- Loan must not be subject to a federal agency guarantee (existing SBA 504 or 7(a) loans are not eligible)
- Appraisal will be required for funding, but is not due at time of application
The SBA website has additional resources regarding this subject matter as well. The requirements might seem rigorous, but Growth Corp will guide you through the entire process. The improved cash flow you’ll see as a result of a longer amortization and fixed, predictable monthly payments will far outweigh any trepidation you may have about the application process. Plus, the SBA 504 interest rates are at record lows right now…and remember, the interest rates are fixed for the life of the loan. There will be no future balloon payments to worry about.
SBA 504 – A Powerful Tool for Commercial Lending
Refinancing your commercial mortgage with an SBA 504 loan can help you free up trapped capital and enjoy lower monthly payments due to the low, long term, fixed interest rate. An SBA 504 loan can also be used to:
- purchase land or buildings
- construct, upgrade or renovate buildings
- purchase equipment with a service life of ten years or more
SBA 504 loans are a very powerful tool, yet they remain under-utilized because many small business owners just aren’t aware this financing option exists. Last year, 504 loans helped fuel just shy of $5 billion in new capital investments for 6,100 businesses throughout the U.S.
Why Growth Corp?
We know your success depends on having access to expansion capital that is both affordable and accessible. Our experienced staff takes pride in making a difference in the lives of small business owners and their employees. Start-ups to seasoned businesses and everything in between can benefit from working with Growth Corp. Here’s why:
- We’re the #1 SBA 504 Lender in Chicago and Illinois.Growth Corp also consistently ranks as one of the top ten SBA 504 Lenders nationwide.
- SBA recognized Growth Corp as an Accredited Lender after a thorough review of its policies, procedures and prior performance. The prestigious ALP status grants Growth Corp increased authority to process and close 504 loans, which provides expedited processing of loan approvals and closings.
- We simplify the loan approval process.Our team coordinates the entire process from application through closing, funding and servicing, making it seamless for you and your bank lender.
- We are SBA 504 Experts.Our responsive and educated staff focuses almost exclusively on SBA 504 loans. We’ve got the process down to a science!
- We’ve worked with thousands of businesses, spanning various industries.That means, there’s not much we haven’t seen. Your goals, project structure and business type will likely be familiar to us and we’ll understand your unique situation.
- Our mission is to advocate for small business.We love our communities and believe small business is the foundation of their economic prosperity. We will do all we can to support you and your business goals.
If you run a small to medium sized business in and would like to discuss your refinancing options, Growth Corp’s team of professionals will work with you directly to provide the best financing strategy for reaching your goal. Contact any member of our Lending Team today!