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Commercial Mortgage Loans By Occupation or Type of Property

SBA Loan Rates - Current SBA loan rates for small businesses via the 504 and 7a program.

SBA 7a Loans - Commercial building loan for real estate or business loan for working capital, business debt consolidation & business uses.

SBA 7a Loan for Physicians - SBA loan for medical practice financing, partner buyout, equipment, commercial building loan and/or construction.

Renewable Energy Project Financing - Non-SBA financing for Renewable Energy Power Production, Power Plants, etc.

Business Real Estate Loans - Small business property loans for various business types

RV Park Financing - SBA loans for rv parks, campgrounds and resorts - construction or purchase

Business Purchase Loan - 90% and 100% financing for the purchase or expansion

Partner Buyout Loan - SBA loan for partner buyout

SBA 504 Loans - Commercial Building Loans up to $ 20 million+* for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses

The SBA 504 is commercial property financing that is available in good economies and bad and isn't just for small business. In fact, 98% of all U.S. Businesses fit the SBA's definition of a small business.

If your business has a net worth of less than $15 million, net (after tax) income of under $5 million and you are considering purchasing, building, renovating or refinancing "owner occupied" commercial property then you might consider an SBA mortgage via the 504 Program - especially if you are considering building or remodeling using Solar Power or Renewable Energy.

The 504 Loan is a Problem Solver. The SBA 504 - or as it is also known as the CDC 504 loan - is commercial real estate financing that provides solutions for the needs of most small and mid-sized businesses and offers some surprising benefits.

Top 10 Benefits of the 504 Program:

  1. It is commercial property financing that is available for most small and mid-sized businesses
  2. Many transactions can be closed with 10% down payment or 10% equity (which can sometimes be borrowed) and you can finance most of your closing and soft costs allowing for near "90% loan to cost" transactions
  3. 504 loan rates are still quite low
  4. 25 and 30 year amortization's allow for lower payments
  5. The SBA loan application process has been streamlined
  6. Commercial building loans of up to $20 million+ are possible
  7. Refinances are available with a business expansion and without one
  8. SBA 504 small business construction projects are ideal for Green Building and Green Construction
  9. You can get more SBA eligibility by using or producing Green or Renewable Energy
  10. The 504 Renovation & Remodel Loan for Commercial Property is great for business expansion or for retrofitting an existing property to suit your needs.

504 vs. Conventional Commercial Financing

A Comparison of The SBA 504 vs. Traditional Commercial Financing

Traditional Commercial Financing SBA 504
Available: YesAvailable: Yes
Down Payment: - Typically 15 to 35%Down Payment: 10 to 20%
Closing and Soft Costs: Paid Out of PocketClosing & Soft Costs: Most Rolled Into Loan
Term: Typically 3, 5, 7 or 10 years with a balloon or call and a 15, 20 or 25 year amortizationTerm: 1st Mortgage: Fully Amortized over 25 years 2nd Mortgage: Below Market 25 year fixed rate
Rates: Low Adjustable RatesRates: Low Fixed or Adjustable Rates for 1st mortgage, very low rate for fixed rate 2nd mortgage
Fees: VariesFees: Yes
Prepayment Penalty: TypicalPrepayment Penalty: Yes

SBA 504 Loan Program Requirements and Guidelines - more detailed information about 504 small business real estate loans

Green SBA 504 - Commercial Loan for Green Building Construction or Renovation, Renewable Energy Production (Solar, Wind, Biodiesel, etc.) or Energy Efficient Retrofit

Small Business Construction Loans

The 504 and the 7a offer excellent benefits for small and mid-sized business buying or refinancing commercial property, but the real beauty of the program is what it can do for you. For instance...

The 504 loan allows you to purchase property and finance the costs to:

  • build
  • renovate
  • retrofit
  • customize
  • modernize
  • remodel
  • retool
  • convert

In addition to the cost of the improvements you can also finance the closing costs and soft costs and if you are building on land that you already own you can use the land as equity for the transaction.

SBA Loans by Property Type, Occupation or Type of Borrower

A huge number of property types, occupations and businesses are eligible for an SBA mortgage via the 504 including Attorneys, CPA's, Veterinarians, Manufacturing Facilities and Light Industrial Buildings and most "owner occupied" or "owner operated" businesses.

Below are some common applications (listed alphabetically) for the program and below is a link to ineligible businesses:

  • Daycare & Childcare Center Financing - 504 and 7a loans are ideal for the financing of day care centers and child care facilities. Let's say you own a child care or day care center business and there is a piece of property in your town that is in an ideal location, but the building or the property is not right for a day care center...well, the 504 or 7a can provide the financing to allow you to acquire and "reconstruct" or retrofit the property for the needs of your business and possibly at 90% loan to cost.
  • Dental, Orthodontic or Oral Surgery Practice Financing - both programs are also an excellent choice for various types of dentistry practices. Dentists, Orthodontists and Oral Surgeons needing to build a new facility or expand an existing practice will benefit from the ability to finance their building and equipment long term.
  • SBA Hotel Financing and Motel Financing - these loans are a great option for hotel and motel financing. Maybe you are considering financing the purchase of a hotel or motel and you found an existing hotel that is in the right location, but it needs a major renovation or facelift...and, let's say you want to build energy efficient or alternative-green energy elements like solar energy into the construction so your building will have less impact on the environment and so you can save money and take advantage of tax credits for going green...well, the 504 allows you to do just that.
  • SBA Physician Loans - SBA loan for Physicians, Doctors Offices and Expensive Medical Equipment. If you are a doctor looking to expand your medical practice then a 504 or a 7a loan can be a great option for you since it allows you to expand or retrofit an existing building to suit the needs of your practice or build a new facility.  7a loans are available at and above 100% loan to value or loan to cost.
  • Preschool, Private School and Montessori School Construction - 10% Down SBA financing is available for preschool and private school construction, renovation, remodeling or refinancing. Pre-schools, montessori schools and private schools previously required more down, but this has been changed as a result of the ARRA - the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
  • SBA Loans for Veterans and Veteran Owned Businesses - both loans are also a great option for veterans and veteran-owned businesses in need of commercial real estate financing with loans available up to $12+ million.
  • Business Purchase Loans - The SBA 7a allows for 100% financing for a business expansion or 5% or 10% down for others depending on if seller is willing to hold some debt on standby.
  • Ineligible Businesses - Businesses that are not eligible for a SBA financing.

Small Business Administration Loans Are Available

The many benefits of the SBA loan programs make them hard to overlook when considering various types of commercial mortgage financing. They offer tremendous benefits for small and mid sized businesses. Perhaps the most obvious benefit is that...they are typically available even in a recessionary times

Call us toll free at 1-800-414-5285 to find out how an SBA loan might benefit your business...or fill out a contact form by clicking the button below.

Major Benefits of SBA 504 Small Business Real Estate Loans

1. The program allows a down payment or equity of as little as 10%.

2. The loan allows you to finance most closing costs and soft costs reducing out of pocket expenses to approximately 10% of the project cost and creating a near 90% loan to cost transaction.

3. The 504 loan enables you to build wealth in commercial property which can be a more secure long term strategy than other investments.

4. The SBA 504 is a commercial mortgage that is fully amortized over a long term with "below market" rates allowing for lower payments.

Once approved, there is no balloon, re-qualifying or refinancing necessary later. This saves you the future costs of a refinance and removes any anxiety about qualifying for a new loan at a later date.

5. The 504 enables you to own commercial real estate and take advantage of the significant tax breaks that come with ownership.

6. The program has always had a moderate fee structure.

7. The SBA 504 allows you do to a purchase and renovation of a commercial property in one loan which allows you to "retrofit" an existing property to your needs.

Larger SBA Loan Amounts

504 loans also allow increased loan amounts for the following types of small and mid sized businesses:

Green Businesses
Veteran Owned Businesses
Women Owned Businesses - 51% or more ownership
Minority Owned Businesses - 51% or more ownership
Rural Businesses

Green Energy Incentives of the SBA 504

1. New construction and existing buildings that incorporate Green construction into their buildings and facilities are now eligible for much larger 504 loans if they meet the public policy goal of a 15% decrease in energy consumption. Any business eligible for a 504 loan that adheres to green energy policies can now take advantage of the excellent terms afforded by the 504 and the total cost of a green project can be in the $20 million range.

The use of solar panels could be enough to qualify a building for this benefit.

2. Small and mid-sized businesses generating renewable energy or renewable fuels such as Solar Power, BioMass, Hydropower, Ocean Thermal, GeoThermal and Wind can now obtain a commercial mortgage loan to finance the purchase or construction of commercial real estate.

And power generation does not have to be your primary business. Any business that is eligible for the 504 program can utilize this significant enhancement.

3. Larger 504 loans are also available to small and mid sized businesses that work with qualified architects and engineers in creating a "green building using "sustainable design" as defined by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and the Green Building Certificate Institute. In some cases there must be renewable energy production to qualify for maximum financing.

*SBA 504 Loans are currently available up to approx $20MM for:

  • A Manufacturing business in a "multi-use" facility
  • Businesses that are able to reduce energy costs/consumption by 10% using various energy efficient measures
  • Green or renewable energy and fuel producers


SBA 504 Refinance - The 504 program can now be used to refinance owner occupied commercial property. The Economic Stimulus and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act made an SBA or CDC 504 refinance possible with an expansion and now The Jobs Act makes debt refinances possible starting on February 28th 2011. (Up until recently, 504 financing was only available for purchase, acquisition or new construction of commercial real estate).

SBA 504 Loan Prepayment Penalty - How the SBA 504 loan prepayment penalty is calculated.

SBA Loan Alternatives: SBA Loans aren't always the answer and there are alternatives...if you have Assets.

Asset Based Loans - Asset based loans are a quick way to access capital for your business. The key is actually having an "asset" that can be financed. AB Lending includes Purchase Order Financing, Contract Monetization, Invoice Factoring & the financing of other assets.

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