SBA 504 Loans for Hospitality

March 21, 2024

Once again, Ryan Dumas has helped a client close a hotel loan, this one in an East Coast resort location.

Ryan’s client, an experienced hotel owner, was prepared to purchase a hotel. This property was not too far from a current one he already owns. Our client knows this community well and had been keeping his eye on this hotel. He believed that the hotel had the potential to be even more profitable with strategic, experienced management, which he had the time and skills to provide.

Our in-house underwriting and credit analysis team recommended an SBA 504 loan to our client. Many lenders are still skittish about hospitality loans. However, the guaranty of one of the SBA 504 loans is enticing to a greater number of lenders. Working with a certified development company as well as a senior lender, our team was able to shepherd the loan through this complex process.

Our client has taken possession of his new hotel. His strong business skills should allow him to capture even more of this resort market. He remarked, “I know you worked very hard to process my loan.” During the loan processing, we spoke to him every day. So we are going to miss him while he’s busy with his new business!

FAQs on SBA 504 Loans:

• What can an SBA 504 Loan be used for? Purchase of a business or equipment as well as renovation/construction for an existing business. At this time, SBA 504 loans cannot be used for refinancing.

What is a Certified Development Company (CDC)? In order to apply for an SBA 504 loan, borrowers must work with both a CDC 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.

• How Complicated are SBA 504 loans? To be honest, there are a lot of moving parts. Essentially, you are applying simultaneously for two loans and closing them at the same time. Having GRP Capital to assist in the large numbers of document collections saves clients a huge amount of time and hassle. In addition, GRP Capital already has positive working relationships with many CDC’s and knows which lenders are willing to make hospitality loans.

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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