California has some of the hottest real estate markets in the country. Commercial real estate investors are facing rising rates which may cause a shrinking capital market from traditional banks. Here are some creative avenues to raise money for your next commercial real estate investment:
1. Seller's Carry - this is when the seller acts as a 'bank' - the buyer purchases the property with a lien held by the seller in return for interest payments. Sellers who are not in a rush to get all the purchase price or sellers who want to expand the pool of buyers use this strategy. It can be a very effective tool for buyers with capital challenges to acquire real estate.
2. California Hard Money Loans - private lending has emerged in the last few years due to the rigidity in old-school lending world. Private investors will lend capital to purchasers and secure the loan with a deed of trust on the property. Unlike a bank loan, this is a fast and more flexible process that focuses on the asset, not the borrower.
3. Bridge/Mezzanine Loans - sometimes real estate investors need a short-term loan for less than 12 months - this is where bridge loans come into play. The rates on mezzanine loans is higher than a regular loan, and the terms is usually 12 months or less, but fast approval and aggressive LTV means maximum capital available for investors with a plan.
4. Option to Purchase - buyers who want to wait and see where the market goes can opt for a creative legal tool that allows them to lock up a property instead of outright buying it. Buyers can secure a price point for an extended period of time (usually a few months and up to 2 years or more) and sellers can extract more value out of their property by charging a premium. Options to purchase a very powerful contracts but note that title only passes after you purchase the property and exercise the option, so the benefits of the property are not available right away.
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