Commercial Property Loans: To Fix or Not to Fix?

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INTEREST RATES REMAIN at historically low levels. And the competition for business between banks and non-bank lenders is fierce.

As a result, you can find some very attractive fixed rate options in the market at the moment.

However, if you are considering fixing an existing loan or taking out a new fixed loan, you must understand some fundamental rules that govern these loans.

The following guidelines will help you structure your fixed loans to provide the most benefits for both your residential and commercial investments. [Read more…]

Limit The Security You Grant to Your Lender

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IN MY LAST ARTICLE, you read about the various securities lenders can take over your property, in addition to mortgages.

This article will highlight various options for improving your security position when borrowing as a means of maximising your asset protection. [Read more…]

Part 2: More About Your Loan Security

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IN THE LAST article, you read about two different types of security that lenders can take other than the mortgage. They were “Fixed and Floating Charges” and “Personal Guarantees”.

However, there are a few other forms of security that you should be aware of before entering into any agreements. Read on to find out more. [Read more…]

What Creates Security for Your Loan?

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WHEN YOU TAKE out a property secured loan, you understand that a lender will register a mortgage against the property that is being secured.

However, typically, when you read through actual loan agreements, the mortgage is just one part of the security that is taken.

In this article, we will be looking at some of the other types of security that lenders will typically request when applying for a loan. [Read more…]

Debt Recycling & CGT for Your Commercial Property!

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DEBT RECYCLING INVOLVES converting bad debt into good debt. In other words, converting debt you cannot claim as a tax deduction into debt that you can.

This can be a little complicated to explain so take a look at a couple of practical examples. [Read more…]

Using Non-Conventional Lenders … Part 2

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IN PART 1 of this article, you read about some of the reasons you might want to use a non-conventional lender. And about two types of non-conventional lenders that could be useful to you — Mortgage Funds and Solicitor’s Funds.

If you missed it, you can find the original article here.

Anyway, you read on now … to learn about three more non-conventional lenders. [Read more…]

Have You Considered Non-Conventional Lenders for Commercial Property?

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LIKE MOST COMMERCIAL PROPERTY investors … you are mainly concerned with obtaining the best rates and terms possible, when it comes to funding options.

As a general rule, you will find these with the major and second tier banks — their cheap cost of funds are able to on-lend at often attractive terms. And in the current environment of high competition for business and low interest rates, the bigger lenders are a good place to start. [Read more…]

How to get the Best Pricing For your Commercial Loans

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COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FINANCE rates and fees are much more fluid than those associated with residential loans.

To get the best deal, you should know what the banks look for and consider the other factors that go into pricing for commercial loans. The following ways may assist you in securing better pricing for your commercial loan. [Read more…]

How to Use the Equity in Your Commercial Property

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RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY INVESTORS commonly release equity in their homes in order to invest in other property. But can you do the same with your Commercial property?

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It is possible for you to utilise the equity in Commercial property … but it is a bit more difficult and complex than with residential property.

Banks are more risk-averse to Commercial property funding than they are to the residential market. And they will want to have some measure of control over the use of funds — before releasing cash to you. [Read more…]

Control The Loan Process

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THE OTHER DAY, I was doing some analysis on the loans lodged over the past year … looking at the time-frames, and where the delays have occurred.

And I was struck by the number of stages a loan application needs to go through, before settlement. Plus the number of people the file depends upon, to go smoothly.

The people involved in this process can include the broker, the bank officer, credit analyst, valuer, borrower’s solicitor, bank’s solicitor, vendor’s solicitor, accountant, financial adviser (if financial advice is required), real estate agent and, possibly, the tenant.

As you can appreciate, delays can occur at the hands of any of these stakeholders with dire consequences. That’s why it is advisable (as far as possible) for you to retain as much control over the process as you can … in order to avoid potential pitfalls. [Read more…]

4 Key Tips for Couples Arranging Loans

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WHEN BORROWING against Residential or Commercial properties for investment, it is important to keep in mind the most effective ways of claiming tax benefits, if you wish to maximise the return from your investment.

This is particularly so, when the purchasers are couples — because working with the correct loan set-up can ensure the household tax burden is considerably reduced. [Read more…]