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    Our company president, Stephen Sobin, speaks with every loan applicant directly. Many of our clients were similarly hesitant upfront but were reassured once they spoke with him, saw his knowledge of the market and commitment to helping them achieve their financial goals. In addition, we have partnered with VERISIGN, a nationally recognized leader in internet safety, as a  further guarantee of our reputation. 

  • We have a minimum commercial real estate loan size of $1 million for multifamily and commercial properties.

  • We don’t offer construction, raw land, or vacant property financing at this time.

  • Local banks are no longer the only source of mortgage capital. In fact, local banks are often limited to short-term loans of five to seven years. We have many alternative sources of capital available to choose from, including insurance companies, pension funds, agency lenders, government lenders, Wall Street conduits, and credit unions. With our wide variety of choices, we can usually offer far superior terms to your local bank.

  • Our wide array of available lenders allows us to look at loan scenarios that ordinary bank lenders would likely turn down. The difference? We think outside of the box and look for ways to approve loans that don’t always fit the guidelines.

  • Once you have located a building to purchase, agreed on a purchase price, and have a down payment to make, you should give us a call. We will help you take it from there!

  • We typically expect to see a credit score of 680 or better.  Lower credit scores may be considered with compensating factors and higher down payments.

  • On multifamily buildings, we typically lend up to 80% of the purchase price. Commercial properties qualify for up to 75% financing unless the property is being used for your owner-occupied business, in which case we will lend up to 90% loan-to-value.

  • We welcome the opportunity to review your loan scenario. Expect personalized service and custom-tailored commercial real estate loans that meet your needs. We look forward to adding your name to our list of satisfied customers!

  • The last banking crisis has shifted the lending focus away from banks in favor of other lenders, including insurance companies, agency lenders, credit unions, and Wall Street conduit programs. While banks are actively lending, they are not the only, nor always the best, source of commercial mortgage loans.

  • Most real estate values dropped during the last crisis. Many have rebounded, but not all. Lenders are now more cautious with valuations because many lenders got burned last time around. The days of 90% and 100% financing are over. Lenders today expect higher down payments than before.

  • Since we have many, many sources of capital available to us, we can shop the market and provide very aggressive and competitive pricing. Most important, though, is our ability to approve loans that many local banks cannot.

  • Probably not. The days of 100% loans and seller financing are gone. All lenders today require that the borrower invest their own capital into the transaction. The only loans available with LTV’s higher than 80% are now exclusively for owner-occupied businesses utilizing government-backed loans such as SBA and USDA. Reach out to speak with our team to learn more about federally backed financing.

  • The retail sector has been hit very hard during the past recession causing many stores and retailers to go out of business. Retail vacancies are at very high levels. Retail deals today require strong tenants, long-term leases, and high occupancy levels.

  • We offer a simplified application process with no cost and no obligation. We do not charge any application or processing fees ever.

  • All loans require an appraisal and other third-party reports that take some time to execute. Accordingly, the process usually takes 30-45 days from application to closing.

  • We usually expect to see operating statements, rent rolls, and photos of the subject property.  In addition, we need to review the financial condition and credit of the borrower.

  • We can offer hard money or bridge loans on extremely time-sensitive transactions. You can expect these loans to carry higher rates and fees than traditional loans.

  • While multi-family lending has traditionally been the largest portion of our overall lending volume, we lend on a wide variety of property types, including office, retail, warehouse, industrial, self-storage, hospitality, and single or special use.

  • We offer many borrower-friendly benefits, including a simplified application process, responses in 24 hours, NO application fees, NO cost, and NO obligation!