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Transitioning from Owner Financing to Traditional Financing

November 22, 2021

Many of our clients come to us seeking traditional financing. Some clients have loans that are owner financed or seller financed. These can be convenient loans, but can be a bit too personal; it can be difficult to owe money to friends and family. In addition, traditional financing offers greater stability, government guarantees and even lower rates.

Business Associate Shail Madhav and the entire GRP Capital team worked together to close this Florida hotel. We assisted the client to access traditional financing.

However, transitioning to traditional financing does require a bit of effort.

Preparing for Traditional Financing: 

Take Care of Title:  Traditional lenders want to make sure there are no “clouds on title”. This means that the borrower will clearly own the property and nobody can make a claim to a portion of it. Especially if a prior loan took place without going through title, potential borrowers must address this. Find a reputable title agent and ask them to run a preliminary title report. If there are issues that need resolving, hire a real estate attorney and begin to address them.

Bolster the Appraised Value: The appraisal process is critical, especially for properties that were not recently officially appraised. Shail Madhav collaborated with our clients to prove the value of the company. They tweaked business plans and budgets and even worked together on what to say when the appraiser came to inspect the property. All of this paid off, as the clients could justify the value of their property, including the loan to value ratio and future debt coverage.

•  Show Your Finances: Banks require clear, well-structured financial statements. These statements should include both Profit & Loss statements as well as Balance Sheets. If you or your accountant have not been regularly producing these, now is the time to take action. Prepare financial statements for the current year and the previous one to two years. Make sure the balance sheets match up with any loan statements or debt that you have.

How our client benefited:

Upon closing the loan, Shail Madhav stated, “I was very pleased to close this loan for our client. The new loan gave him a lower mortgage payment and improved his cash flow. He now has more secure financing with government guarantees. The previous financing didn’t include either title work or environmental assessment. As a result, we were anxious to take those on. Now our client has a clear title and a clear environmental assessment. These accomplishments also added to our sense of security. Finally, the loan closed in time for our clients to take advantage of the latest stimulus package.  

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. If you are considering becoming a first-time (or second or third time!) buyer, we can assist you.

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