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Fishing For Commercial Borrowers

April 26, 2012 Leave a comment
Fishing for Commercial Borrowers

Fishing For Borrowers

I recently watched a TV commercial for a local bank. At first I thought the ad was for a travel website, because they showed families enjoying their vacation. Then I realized they were selling their ATM access. Nothing was said about loan programs or commercial lending. The fact is, they don’t want borrowers to contact them because the answer is most likely going to be NO.

Private Lenders are looking for borrowers. Most brokers don’t have the resources to alert the masses and most borrowers instinctively go to banks. This article will give you some ideas on how to fish for borrowers and get them to come to you.

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TOP 10 Deal Killers

February 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Commercial lending, for the most part is based on the value and performance of the commercial assets used as collateral. Because of the focus on the asset performance, many borrowers expect commercial loans to be non-recourse. Most borrowers are optimistic investors leaving much to chance. Most private lenders are bullish and use mathematical models to provide risk assessment. Loan originators are jammed up in the middle.Commercial Loan RIP

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The Art of Writing an Executive Summary for Private Lending

April 13, 2011 7 comments

I usually start my blogs out with something amusing to get the readers’ attention.

This time I thought the picture makes a great point. Every business plan is good for something – then there’s that whole perceived value thing.  This article will give some tips to creating an executive summary targeted to private lenders for commercial real estate.

Personalize Each Submission

Investors looking for funding or joint ventures should tailor their documents to match the recipient’s interest if they wish to be taken seriously. Because of competition in the industry, private lenders don’t publish their criteria, rates, or preferred deals. Each deal is evaluated on its own merit and a decision to work with a borrower or JV partner is based on a small window of opportunity via the executive summary.

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CRE Private Lending – A Performance Based Industry

March 31, 2011 Leave a comment

People from New Jersey sometimes have a unique way of getting their point across. In the commercial real estate and finance business, individuals are gruff and take crap from no one.

I grew up in Woodbridge, NJ, which is about 30 minutes by train to NYC. When my Mom was walking out the door, if we asked where she was going, her response was typically something like, “Up the pig’s ass for a ham sandwich. You wanna come?” I miss my Mom, she had a great way of getting her point across.

Negotiating is an Art

I recently had a conversation with Mike Paff, a real estate broker in the Northern NJ and New York City Metro area. Mike is has a wealth of experience and an excellent grasp of his market. We discussed the lending business and how all the players take a position and are not willing to budge. Buyer’s brokers end up contacting everyone they know to get the same answers. Some lenders will scrutinize a $10 million loan more than a $100 million loan with lower ROI. It is difficult to understand their position because they don’t publish their criteria. It’s all about negotiating and not losing your position because you overlooked some important information. According to Mike, “in the process of negotiating commercial real estate, everybody must be willing to lose the same number of fingers.”

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