How to Get the Best Rate on Your Commercial Mortgage

Commercial mortgage borrowers often ask us how lenders determine the rates that they offer on commercial mortgage loans. There are many criteria that lenders use when determining rates, but lenders will assess the relative risk of a loan when reviewing a loan application. The lower the risk, the lower the rate. The higher the risk, the higher the rate. It is important to understand what factors are important to lenders and underwriters.- Borrower Qualifications. Lenders will analyze a borrower or guarantor’s net worth, liquidity, cash flow, credit history and real estate experience in determining overall risk. Lenders like to see borrowers with a good history owning and managing similar properties. They want to see sufficient cash reserves to cover unexpected issues that might arise and they expect to see that borrowers have a good history of paying their bills in a timely matter.- Property location and market. Good quality properties in large metropolitan and suburban areas are considered lower risk than inferior properties and properties in small rural locations. Good properties in good locations are easier to rent in the case where tenants move out or situations where the remaining lease terms are short. For example, if a property in a poor location becomes vacant, it will require a significant amount of renovation to attract new tenants.- Tenant mix. Multi-tenanted properties with good quality tenants and long-term leases are very desirable when financing office and retail properties. Lenders do not like vacancy, high turnover rates and properties in a constant state of flux. Lenders like to see well run properties that attract and maintain long term tenants- Stabilized occupancy. Lenders look for properties that have enjoyed high occupancy levels with minimal disruption for the last 2 to 3 years. Properties with vacancies and fluctuating rental histories are considered higher risk. Lenders will ask for operating statements for the past 2-3 years. They expect to see steady occupancy and increasing net income. Properties that fluctuate wildly with income and expenses will generate lots of questions.- Property Condition. Properties in good condition with little deferred maintenance are considered lower risk than properties in need of major capital improvements. Properties in poor condition will usually require that the lender set aside or escrow funds for repairs and maintenance. Properties in poor condition tend to perform worse than well maintained properties.- Leverage. Loan-to-Value is very important in determining risk. A 50% LTV(loan to value) loan will price better than a loan at 80% LTV. If a property experiences difficulty, there is much more room for error on low leverage loans.-Debt Coverage. This refers to the excess in net operating income over annual mortgage payments. The more excess cash flow a property produces, the lower the risk. Excess cash flow can be used to mitigate against turnover, repairs or other cash drain.At the end of the day, lenders do not want to expose their lending institutions to undue risk. A borrower should be prepared to address all of these issues to the satisfaction of the lender at application in order to increase the chances of getting approved for a loan at the lowest rate possible.Once you are qualified for a commercial mortgage loan, it is helpful to get an idea of your proposed monthly payment in advance. A commercial mortgage calculator is a very helpful and useful tool. Whether you are purchasing a new commercial building, or refinancing an existing commercial loan, it is helpful to know how much of a loan you can afford at today’s rates. A commercial mortgage calculator will calculate your monthly payment for you. You will be asked to enter the loan amount, number of years, and interest rate. The mortgage calculator will calculate your monthly payment.

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Commercial Real Estate – The Next Financial Crisis

Several years into the residential real estate crisis, another one looms just around the corner: Commercial Real Estate. Trillions of dollars worth of commercial mortgage loans are about to reset. Problem: Decreasing property values has prevented many commercial property owners from refinancing. But there is some good news.According to a October 30th 2009 press release posted on the FDIC.Gov website, the “Prudent CRE Loan Workout Guidance” was adopted by various federal government agencies.The FDIC press release stated: “This policy statement stresses that performing loans, including those that have been renewed or restructured on reasonable modified terms, made to creditworthy borrowers will not be subject to adverse classification solely because the value of the underlying collateral declined.”This is good news to commercial property owners who are still creditworthy, but can’t refinance due to current economic conditions. The Prudent Commercial Real Estate Loan Workout policy gives financial lending institutions the tools needed to be proactive in preventing loan defaults now and down the road.The new Prudent Workout guidelines also stated factors that a bank would consider during a loan workout: “The borrower’s ability to repay the loan, the borrower’s willingness and capacity to repay the loan under reasonable terms and the cash flow potential of the underlying collateral or business.”Since a good number of commercial properties, such as apartment buildings have the cash flow but can’t refinance and the owners have been paying the mortgage loan on time, they would make good candidates for a commercial loan workout.Banks, facing a potential onslaught of loan defaults are more willing to help borrowers by performing commercial loan workouts. Commercial loan workouts are special arrangements lenders make with delinquent borrowers to avoid going into foreclosure down the road. Workouts can consist of making payment arrangements, lowering the interest rate, extending the maturity date or even lowering the principal balance. The whole process usually takes between 30 to 60 days.An important thing to remember when seeking a commercial loan workout is whether or not its in the bank’s or lender’s best interest to approve a commercial loan workout or permit foreclosure. A key factor is the overall financial standing of the delinquent property owner. Does the owner have or will have enough cash flow to repay the loan? This and many other factors will determine if a commercial loan workout is the best solution.Banks don’t want the headache of having a non-performing asset on their books. Having a large number of non-performing loans on their books may gain the interest of government regulators who oversee the banking industry. Even the regulators have updated their guidelines to help commercial real estate owners facing foreclosure.

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Best Free Content Management Systems 2012 – Make Money Online With SEO

What is A Content Management System?”A content management system (CMS) is a computer program that allows publishing, editing and modifying content on a web site as well as maintenance from a central page. It provides procedures to manage workflow in a collaborative environment. These procedures can be manual steps or automated cascade. The core function of Content Management Systems is to present information on web sites. CMS features vary widely from system to system. Simple systems showcase a handful of features, while other releases, notably enterprise systems, offer more complex and powerful functions.”OK, that’s Wikipedia’s version of content management system and yes, I have to agree that it’s a pretty good definition. There are a lot of CMSs available both commercial and non commercial. And really you can do a whole lot of things by using a free or non commercial content management system. Take a look at the list below and some of these might be familiar to you (Joomla, WordPress) and some might not. I’ll try give a comprehensive analysis of each and every CMS and It’s up to you to decide which is best. Please don’t forget to give us your opinion about the article and let us know if there are any more free content management systems that you think should be in this list and why?WordPressThis was introduced as a PHP-based blogging platform but now it has evolved in to a state-of-the-art publishing platform. WordPress is easily the most accessible and probably the most commonly used content management system out there. It is free and userfriendly and easily understandable at the same time. The best thing about WordPress is that it takes simply seconds to get it installed and up and running. And with the huge user community itay of plugins, widgets and themes for free.JoomlaJoomla is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone. Most probably the best overall content management system out there.It is simple – it is extremely customizable, suitable for pretty much anything. Millions of websites are running on this simply because of its ease-of-use and extensibility. Joomla is often used by small and medium businesses, large organizations, non-profits and individuals. Joomla has an admin section which is highly user friendly and this too has a huge community so that this too has a large set of options from templates and styles to adding feeds, content blocks, menu management tools and more, Just take a quick trip to Joomla site and you’ll see why this is a popular choice.DrupalAnother popular free and open source CMS, And like many of the other content management systems listed here, Drupal can be scaled for personal blogs or enterprise mega-sites, and like WordPress or Joomla this also has thousands of modules that can be added to increase functionality. And this too has a huge and active community.Drupal is probably the most technicaly advanced pure content management system since both worpress and Joomla are blog centic.. But that doesn’t mean Drupal doesn’t have those cool blog functions such as profiles, user blogs, forums and comments.The best thing about Drupal is that it’s ACL capability, stability, scalability, and reliability. And it can be installed remotely on any server.The drawback of this is that it has relatively low number of plugins, including templates, so that it restricts both appearance and functionality for a certain level. And again the admin section is not that userfreindly if you doesn’t have some IT background. So if you are an IT professional and if you still like to add some codings to your website, this is the best solution for you.SilverStripeSilverStripe is again a well modularised PHP5 flexible open source Content Management System. This is quit new but it’s getting a lot of attention lately. SilverStripe has a simple and rich feature set for content editing. Silverstripe has a framework called Sapphirewhich is a Model View Controller (MVC) framework. With that the developers can extend the functionality and to customize the base in a straight forward manner. The content editing is so user friendly that even a novice can easily understand how to use it.The problem with this is the lack of available learning materials. But I believe that it will resolve with the time.But for the time being, I will not recommend SilverStripe for a large web site with a huge amount of content.CMS Made SimpleThis is another Simple and free content management system which has a recursive acronym, and it’s extremely easy to use and learn. Featurwise this is not that comprehensive and I can’t compare this with some popoular CMS such as as WordPress, Joomla or Drupal, but it’s a very good alternative for small scale business. You can install this CMS Made Simple, and have your website up and running in a matter of minutes.MODxTYPOlightdotCMSdotCMS is a java based content management system.Originaly this was developed to compete with the popular PHP based content management systems the market, as well as to provide a counterpoint to high cost, enterprise applications. In October, 2007 dotCMS 1.5 was the runner up for Packt Publishing’s “Best New Open Source CMS” award, followed in 2008 by a second place finish for Packt’s “Best Other Open Source CMS (best non PHP CMS)”.dotCMS was runner-up in the 2009 Packt Publishing category, “Best Other Open Source CMS.”In May of 2012 they released version 2.0 which is a The fully functional GPL version of dotCMS, and it provides one the most scalable, powerful and easy-to-use web content management platforms in the marketplace today.Expression EngineRadiant CMSRadiant is a no-fluff, open source content management system designed for small teams that was built on Ruby on Rails. It gives an endless list of awesome features and is definitely worth checking out.This is a Ruby on Rails based content management system which is more suitable for smaller organizations to manage their content. And unlike most other content management systems out there, this requires the designer to have programming knowledge there for normally this is used by professional Ruby teams. So if you are a web developer and if you are managing the website for your client, then this is a great tool. But if you are letting your client to manage the content, I suggest you to check for another CMS.concrete5This is an open source content management system that focuses on ease of use. It has a file manager which supports bulk upload, an good market place for resources and a really good user friendly layout editor.The best thing about concrete5 is that inline editing. That is every piece of content and every UI element on a concrete5 website is editable in place. There for you can view your site as the visitors see it in the same time you can edit it. (How cool is that!!). But I have to warn you, this is not as advanced as WordPress, Joomla and Drupal, but that lack of complexity makes it the best solution in some cases.Dot net nuke community editionActually this is the first CMS I ever used and it is an open source web content management system based on Microsoft.NET. Original it was written in VB.NET, but it has shifted to C# since version 6.0.[4]. While the more comprehensive and functionality wise rich CMS is the commercial Professional and Enterprise Edition, it has a free community edition which provides almost all the frequently used functions for free.ConclusionThe main intention of this article was to introduce you some free content management systems other that Joomla or WordPress. Now, I know that most of you are using Joomla or WordPress (as I do) for your blogs or web sites. But didn’t it crossed your mind that there might be some less popular but functionality wise excellent content management systems out there. Don’t you like to have a go and try out some of those? So if you are thinking about that, then I might, just might have achieved my goal. So let me know what is (are) your favorite? Why are you using it? Is there any other CMS that I should include? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment.

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