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Commercial Loan Blog

July 29, 2014

Aesop’s Fable – The Tortoise and the Hare was written thousands of years ago. It has stood the test of time and we all know the ending: the tortoise beats the hare. Believe it or not, this is a perfect analogy for winning in the arena of getting commercial properties and commercial apartment loans.

Why does the tortoise beat the hare? Because if you apply this fable to life, the fable is not about one race, but many.

Let’s look at the example of how people handle their finances in acquiring homes, cars, computers, vacations, etc. Each acquisition is a... Read More

July 23, 2014

The question, “Are Bridge Apartment Loans Expensive” is a very good and important question. Why? Because if you do not have strong knowledge and strong experience getting a bridge loan, you could lose a lot of money, lose a lot of time, and gain extreme stress.

If you are very knowledgeable and have much experience in purchasing bridge apartment loans, you have the ability to make good money, save time, and have a positive bridge apartment loan experience.

Bridge apartment loans and other types of bridge commercial loans are an advanced loan strategy and... Read More

July 15, 2014

This applies strongly to the experienced apartment complex investor as well as the inexperienced apartment complex investor.

You may ask why this applies strongly to the experienced apartment complex investor.

The answer is simple and is best presented in the story of what many commercial lenders experience: The experienced investor applies for a commercial mortgage and is declined because of not having enough cash to do the loan.

This experienced apartment complex investor, owning quite a few apartment complexes, has spread himself too thin... Read More

July 8, 2014

The answer is that it depends.

There are two factors in answering this question correctly:

Factor One – The banker decides if you have enough experience to get an apartment loan.

Factor Two – You decide.

Here’s an example of where factor two comes into play: Let’s say that you have no experience in ownership of multifamily properties, yet you have great wealth. The bank decides there is very little risk in lending the money to you because of your wealth. You end up purchasing a 10 unit apartment building.

But, because of your lack of... Read More

June 25, 2014

The answer is that it depends. We find that a good number of people have great difficulties in getting apartment loans in other states – that is because so many apartment investors don’t qualify for a multifamily loan in another state. On the other hand there are individuals who do qualify and can get an apartment loan in another state.

The key word is experience. Furthermore, it’s having experience in the area of that state outside of where you live – that you own a number of successfully run multifamily properties in that area. Thus a commercial loan... Read More

June 24, 2014

Student housing loans are a specialty that not all commercial lenders prefer. Although they are a type of multifamily housing loan they differ from typical loans on apartment complexes. Student housing loans are not as favored by lenders for the following reasons:

  • They are most often rented by the bed. Although they are in apartment buildings that are comprised of mostly 2 to 4 bedroom units, the leases are usually to individual students. Lenders prefer it when one strong tenant with good credit signs the lease.
  • Students are more likely to have... Read More
  • June 10, 2014

    Over the past weeks, we have shared with you a series of blogs for making sure you do your due diligence when you are choosing a lender for your apartment loans. This holds true for choosing a lender for any type of loan – commercial loans, residential loans, business loans, etc.

    In a nut shell, there is a wide variance in quality of apartment lenders and it is essential that you check them out, especially through talking with references.

    The strongest argument the writer of this blog can find to justify due diligence for a commercial loan, residential... Read More

    June 4, 2014

    Many apartment property investors in their acquisition of apartment loans, end up spreading themselves too thin financially. They put too high a proportion of their finances into one or more apartment buildings. This is especially true of those new to getting commercial loans.

    Their mindset is to purchase as big of an apartment complex as possible in order to make as much money as possible. They see that apartment complex investing is a highly leveraged investment strategy and they want to throw as much money as possible into the biggest loan possible.

    ... Read More

    May 27, 2014

    Recently on this blog, we posted an article about the importance of due diligence when it comes to selecting a company for your apartment loan. The article went into some detail on why due diligence is so important in selecting multifamily lenders, and how to do your due diligence in this key area of commercial loans.

    How well you do your due diligence in selecting the right multifamily lender has a lot to do with the success of your multifamily loan, because the right lender will help you make more money as well as save you time. A poor-quality lender can cause... Read More

    May 22, 2014

    At Apartment Loan Store, we are often asked by our clients about apartment loan qualifications. Keep in mind that owning an apartment building is like owning a business. There are seven apartment loan qualifications that an investor seeking a loan needs to meet today. 

    Apartment Loan Qualifications:

  • Net Operating Income – Does the apartment complex have positive net operating cash flow to support the loan payments on your desired loan? Preferably at a 1.25 debt service coverage ratio (DCR)? Start by looking at the last full year profit... Read More
  • May 21, 2014

    Doing due diligence on multifamily lenders for multifamily loans has been a topic of this blog a number of times. Today, we are going to look at a very good way to help you do due diligence in your quest for apartment lenders.

    Why? Like anything else in business, you want a company you can trust to do the job you are paying for. And as in anything else, service runs the gamut between superior multifamily lenders and bad multifamily lenders.

    Choosing a superior multifamily lender to do your apartment loan can result in a wonderful, profitable experience.... Read More


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