Small Business Owners Get Stimulating Real Estate News

By Jun 01 , 20090 Comments

Small-business owners seeking to start up, acquire, expand or refinance through a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan can take advantage of the temporary fee elimination for borrowers, which will be waived through the end of the year.

This is significant because no points are charged on an SBA loan. The only closing costs include third-party reports, title fees, searches, legal fees and packaging fees.

Another important change is the increase in the percentage of the loan the government will guarantee. Under the stimulus plan, the guarantee will increase from 75 percent to 90 percent. The increased guarantee means that lenders may be more willing to finance other business transactions, including start-ups, non-secured opportunities and
business expansions.

With interest rates at historic lows, now is a great time for small businesses to consider owning real estate. Owning builds equity, and once a mortgage is paid off, the property is yours. With leasing or renting, lessees are required to negotiate renewals and the landlord may sell the building or not renew the lease.

If you are leasing, think about your present situation. Is it fulfilling your company needs? Is it cost effective? Does the space work for your business, and can you grow with it? Have you learned about the advantages of owning versus leasing in terms of interest expense, depreciation and so on?

If you’d like to see a financial comparison of owning versus leasing, call an experienced commercial real estate professional at CIT. CIT has been the No. 1 SBA 7(a) volume lender for the past nine consecutive years and specializes in commercial real estate loans for small businesses across the country.