New Georgia Hotel Loan

April 18, 2024

Senior Associate Ryan Dumas has helped his client close a Georgia hotel loan, using the SBA 7a program. The loan has fixed rates, which were very competitive in today’s marketplace.

Our Georgia hotel client was ready to take on a new business. To be sure, she has a great deal of experience in hospitality ownership and management. Therefore, this Georgia hotel loan was important to her and her family.

Ryan and our in-house underwriting and credit analysis team recommended an SBA 7a loan for a number of reasons. Firstly, the loan fit many of the 7a parameters. In addition, lenders are more willing to make hospitality loans when they come with an SBA guaranty.

Ryan was very pleased with the process. He stated, “We really are the leaders in the marketplace in closing SBA 7a loans. Our GRP team knows which lenders are interested in lending for hotels (not all banks are). This saves our clients a lot of time, not to mention money. I’m pleased to be part of the solution for these wonderful clients.” As for our client, she is busy working on improving the operations of her new hotel and said in an email, “Thank you for all your help obtaining the property. You were all great!”

Basic SBA 7a Information:

• What can a SBA 7a Loan used for? Limited to $5,000,000, borrowers can use this type of loan for purchases of businesses including equipment, renovation/construction and refinancing, too. Borrowers can even take out an SBA 7a loan for changes of ownership.

How does an SBA 7a differ from an SBA 504? In order to apply for an SBA 504 loan, borrowers must work with both a CDC (Community Development Corporation) and a senior lender. The CDC has to officially submit the loan to the SBA for approval. In addition, the CDC also approves the lender. Typically the CDC and the lender each have their own underwriting processes, which happen simultaneously. These extra steps typically lead to a lengthier closing. GRP Capital advises 504 loans when borrowers have sufficient time in their purchase sale agreement and for larger loans, too.

• Why do lenders like SBA loans? It’s all about risk! Lenders are by nature risk-averse. The SBA guarantees the majority of the SBA loan, which removes a great deal of the risk from the lender. So it’s a win-win for them. They get to have a loan on their books without the full amount of the risk they incur with conventional loans. GRP Capital is continuing to dialogue with our network of lenders. We think it’s important that lenders understand the many stable, profitable hospitality businesses that are out there.

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 or engage in construction, 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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