Real Estate Consensus Predicts Slower Growth in 2017

01.13.17

Despite the optimism apparent in the stock market since the election, participants surveyed in September for the ULI Real Estate Consensus Forecast were mildly pessimistic. After six years of expansion, industry professionals are predicting that the commercial real estate sector’s growth will slow with pullbacks predicted in a variety of indicators for 2017.

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Top 9 Things to Look out for Before Signing Loan Documents

01.13.17

Commercial mortgage agreements have clauses and loan covenants that could have long-term consequences for the unsuspecting borrower. Below are the top 9 things in commercial loan documents that deserve your attention.

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Top 10 Commercial Real Estate Influencers

01.12.17

It has been a good year for the U.S. commercial real estate industry. The economy grew, interest rates stayed low, and the debt markets remained liquid. As we wrap up the year, we wanted to highlight the influencers, tastemakers, and thought leaders which helped us better understand the trends and events shaping the commercial real estate sector.

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3 Differences of Hard Money Lenders vs Real Estate Crowdfunding

01.12.17

While these two options have grown in popularity year over year as viable alternatives to conventional lending, many investors are still a bit fuzzy on what differentiates the two. Here is how Real Estate Crowdfunding and Hard Money Lenders are different.

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Top 3 Commercial Real Estate Loan Options to Consider in 2017

12.29.16

As 2016 comes to a close, commercial real estate investors can start to set their attention towards what’s to come in the world of commercial real estate finance in 2017.  What commercial financing options will a real estate investor have in 2017? Here are the Top 3 Commercial Real Estate Loan options to consider.

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What is Asset Based Lending?

12.28.16

The term “Asset-Based Lending” is expanding to also describe alternative commercial real estate financing.  This type of lending primarily uses the value of the real estate property to be used for collateral as the determining factor in providing a loan.

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What Does REO Bank Owned Mean

11.17.16

Have you ever wondered how a piece of real estate becomes an REO Bank Owned property and what exactly this designation means? Real estate investing guides and gurus often advise newcomer real estate investors that buying REO property will allow them to buy below market value. While this may be true in some instances, REO properties also have certain risks that other types of real estate do not have. Understanding how property is designated as REO bank-owned, how it is processed, and the basics of buying it is useful for anyone interested in real estate investing.

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Valuation Methods To Calculate Commercial Property Value

11.17.16

Have you ever wondered why a real estate property is worth what it is? Nowadays, we can simply pull out our mobile device and visit a number of web sites that can instantaneously give us their presumptions of a real estate property's value. But how did they come up with those numbers? It does not have to be a mystery. Understanding how a property is valued provides important insight that can affect the decision to buy, sell, or hold onto a property.

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What You May Not Know About Commercial Hard Money Loans

11.16.16

In elementary terms, a hard money loan is any loan that has a tangible asset as its collateral. Hard money loans are sometimes called “bridge loans,” “private loans,” “short-term loans” and “no-document” or “no-doc” loans. In effect, hard money loans are secured loans, and commercial hard money loans are backed by the borrower’s commercial property. Hard money loans differ from traditional loans in that factors like a borrower’s income and credit history are not considered in the approval process.

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Stalled Loan Financing: What Can a Commercial Mortgage Broker Do?

11.16.16

A borrower comes to you with what you think is a fairly straight-forward request for a commercial mortgage loan. You help them get all of their paperwork together. You contact your commercial lenders, submit the paperwork, and you think you're all set. Over the next couple of months you get a few additional questions which you immediately reply to with the corresponding information. However, six months later, still no loan closing in sight and your calls to the bank are put through to voicemail. You realize you're stalled. Now What??

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