Avoid Making These Mistakes When Applying for Commercial Real Estate Financing

approved for hard money loanSure, we all make mistakes, but some are bigger than others and can make a lasting impression on the future and success of your business. When it comes to securing commercial real estate financing, try to avoid making these mistakes.

There is a lot to learn about applying for a loan for your business, but you can get a head start by understanding a few of the pitfalls to avoid. One of the biggest mistakes is making a hasty decision when deciding upon the loan you need and the lender who can supply said loan. Take plenty of time to research the types of loans that are best for your business, and determine which is best for your business before leaping into the loan application process (online or otherwise).

If you’ve never applied for a loan before, it’s also a good idea to then seek a lender who is experienced in that type of loan as well as the industry of your company, can be a very important key in the success of your commercial real estate financing loan application process. They can advise you through the process, and help you negotiate better terms for your repayment schedule. It’s important that you get a good feeling about the lender you work with, and that you feel you can trust them with your business’s financial needs. Without their advice, you may end up wasting both time and money having to resubmit applications and documentation or even lose out on a desired property.

Another mistake is trying to go through the loan approval process without the professional counsel of an attorney that specializes in commercial real estate financing. A loan of this nature is a huge transaction, and a legally binding one at that, so it’s important that you understand all the fine print, hidden fees and jargon before putting your signature on the dotted line. An experienced attorney can help you navigate unfamiliar terms, conditions and clauses that you might not fully comprehend. To ensure the contract is just and reasonable, get an attorney.

There are also some things you can do to increase your eligibility and chances of getting your loan approved.

Having a solid business plan is crucial — you want to be able to prove the a bank or lender that your business will make money (so you can repay the loan). It’s also important to show a high FICO score and clean credit history. However, don’t worry if you have a new business or are still establishing business credit, you can still be successful at obtaining commercial real estate financing, though you may need to seek alternative lender options.

Don’t rush through the process and you will avoid making mistakes

Understanding that seeking a loan of this type is a major commitment and a decision that should not be taken lightly. A large loan is an investment and it can be risky if your business doesn’t make money right away or hits a rough spot and money gets tight. Take the time to make sure you get the best loan for your business and that you are comfortable with all the terms, especially repayment, to ensure the best success for your growing business.


Dennis Dahlberg
Level 4 Funding LLC  Private Hard Money Lender
Arizona Tel:  (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel:      (512) 516-1177
Dennis@level4funding.com NMLS 1057378 | AZMB 0923961 | MLO 1057378
22601 N 19th Ave Suite 112 | Phoenix | AZ | 85027
111 Congress Ave |Austin | Texas | 78701

About the Author:  Dennis has been working in the real estate industry in some capacity for the last 40 years. He purchased his first property when he was just 18 years old. He quickly learned about the amazing investment opportunities provided by trust deed investing and hard money loans. His desire to help others make money in real estate investing led him to specialize in alternative funding for real estate investors who may have trouble getting a traditional bank loan. Dennis is passionate about alternative funding sources and sharing his knowledge with others to help make their dreams come true. Dennis has been married to his wonderful wife for 42 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters 5 amazing grandchildren. Dennis has been an Arizona resident for the past 40 years.

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