First Time Owner Buys Florida Hotel

March 2, 2023

Our client was ready to be a first time owner of a hotel.

He had already successfully owned and operated several fast casual restaurants. Now he was ready for the challenge and the potential opportunity of a Florida hotel.

Our client had been looking for properties in the west coast of Florida for a while. He knows that market well and it is close to where he lives. He was keeping his eye on several hotels that were rumored to be going on the market. When they became available, with our advice, he made a competitive bid which was accepted. Now, he just had to close by the seller’s timeframe.

A first time owner needs a little more attention. Rick Patel and Krishan Patel worked closely with the client, along with Keren Alpert, our loan processor. We advised him on setting up his corporation. We recommended that he bring in an experienced minor partner, at least at the beginning. We also were a resource in engaging legal counsel and insurance.

The partnership group coalesced and the loan closed. Our client told us, “Thank your team for all the help during the process”. His hotel is ready for the Florida high season.

Tips for First Time Owners:

• Stay within your budget. Just because you are ready to take on this new challenge, don’t feel pressured to spend more than you are able to. As exciting as new ownership is, affordable ownership is your goal.

Engage your attorney and accountant. First time owners are wise to assemble a team of professionals in addition to utilizing your GRP team. Do not try to save money by serving as your own attorney or accountant. Accountants needs to be on board to provide monthly updated financial reports for any businesses you own. Lawyers can help you in negotiating with the seller (and their lawyer), as well as prepare and review documents and make any necessary changes to agreements.

• Start working on obtaining insurance right away! Obtaining insurance is not super fast for new properties, especially in certain coastal areas. Particularly if you require flood insurance, begin that process as soon as your PSA (purchase sale agreement) is signed. Sometimes you may also need life insurance either because you are a key employee, or because of a collateral shortfall. It can take weeks to obtain the life insurance policy and assignment, so begin that process right away as well.

Our GRP Capital team specializes in finding the right lender for each project. We save our clients time and money, as we research the best choices for their funding sources. Our experience allows our clients to find funding that is project-appropriate and will allow for sufficient cash flow. Whether you are looking to refinance or purchase, we would love to discuss your business plans with you. If you are considering becoming a first-time (or second or third time!) buyer, we can assist you.

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