You certainly don’t want to keep paying a mortgage if it restricts your business in other areas. But you don’t want to cough up too much at once and have the same effect.
To write (or refresh) your mission statement, think about what you do, how you do it and why you want to do it.
The bank needs to know how your business is doing right now (usually the most recent 30 or 60 days), rather than rely on your current year’s tax return that may have aged several months.
Unexpected problems add to the headaches of opening or relocating a business, and we hear a lot about the hang-ups of required, but annoying, environmental investigations.
A recent study from Credit Suisse found that over $15 billion of small commercial mortgages (under $5 million) are coming due in the next few years.
Prepare to talk in detail about your business, the plans you are making and the reasons for expanding before you show the banker the facts and figures.
During these difficult times, small-business lenders are looking harder at intangibles—including a borrower’s character.
Property tax billing and collection were at their most confusing during the recession, when businesses were experiencing lost revenue, poor projections and, in general, toughing it out as best they could.
New law allows banks to refinance existing real estate and equipment debt through the U.S. Small Business Administration 504 loan program.
Small-business owners looking for working capital would be well-served to do their research in advance and can ask their bankers about several approaches, including financing based on assets.
This may be a golden opportunity for small-business owners to lock in a low rate to finance expansion. But make sure you understand
the loan agreement.
Buying a building for your business is still possible in a tight lending market, but bankers will review real estate purchases
The economic stimulus package allocated $375 million to the U.S. Small
Business Administration so it could offer more generous terms to small-business borrowers.
Every time the Q: Fe d e ra l Reserve raises rates, I expect to pay my bank more for financing. I guess I understand the reason for this-the government says it wants to guard against inflation-but the Fed’s actions still make it hard for the small-business owner who needs to borrow money. How can I get the lowest possible rates? And what will my bank require of me that they don’t now? Or is there any way around this…