How Do Commercial Real Estate Loans Work?

Commercial real estate lending isn’t rocket science. But the lack of resources out there on the topic certainly make it feel that way, sometimes. That’s why we’ve designed this infographic to break it down into logical steps.

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SBA Loans for Laundromats and Dry Cleaners

In 2017, laundromats and dry cleaners generated $14 billion of revenue and employed nearly 200,000 workers across the U.S. While the industry has faced serious threats due to shifting consumer preferences and an increase in in-home laundry machines, there’s still a huge demand for laundry and dry cleaning services, especially in certain markets.

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What are SBA International Trade Loans?

SBA International Trade Loans (ITLs) are a form of SBA-guaranteed export financing available for businesses who are involved in producing goods in the U.S. that will be involved in international trade, or to support businesses that have been negatively affected by international trade in recent years. SBA International Trade Loans have a maximum loan amount of $5 million, and provide the lender with a 90% loan guaranty.

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Small Business Loans for Real Estate Agents

In 2017, over 6 million homes were sold across the United States, and nearly 90% of sellers used a real estate agent to help them through the process. Right now, there are over 2 million Americans with active real estate licenses, and over 1.3 million members of the National Association of Realtors (NAR). So, while the housing market may be hot, there’s a ton of competition to contend with. And, if you’re a real estate agent or realtor looking to get an edge over the competition, getting an SBA loan could be great way to do so.

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SBA Loans for Plumbers

The U.S. plumbing industry generates more than $100 billion in revenue each year, and employs nearly 500,000 Americans, making it an essential facet of the U.S. economy. If you own a plumbing business, and you want to expand your company, buy a competitor, or refinance business debt, getting SBA financing could be one of the best way to do so.

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Can You Use an SBA Loan to Buy an Online Business?

Do you need to have a physical office or sell goods and services in person to qualify for an SBA loan? The answer is no. Online and fully-remote companies are just as eligible for SBA loans as their traditional counterparts. However, they still have to prove that they have what it takes to qualify, including a good credit score, strong financials, and that they’re in an SBA-approved industry.

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Can You Use An SBA Loan To Buy Part Of A Business?

Unfortunately for borrowers, SBA 7(a) loans cannot be used to purchase part of a business. Partial equity, earn outs, and employment arrangements are also generally prohibited. In addition, due to the SBA’s ban on employment arrangements, the seller may not stay on as a director, officer, shareholder, or essential employee of the business that they are selling. However, an SBA loan borrower is permitted to offer the seller a consulting agreement, but that agreement may not last any more than 12 months.

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SBA 7(a) Loans for Tax Preparation Firms

With more than 121,000 tax preparation firms in the U.S. generating more than $10 billion in annual revenue, it’s safe to say that the tax prep industry is booming. Plus, SBA loan repayment data from the years 2000-2016 places three tax preparation firms as among 50 the best franchises to own in the U.S.; Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, H&R Block and Liberty Tax Service all had SBA loan repayment rates of more than 75% during that 16-year period. So, If you’re considering acquiring or expanding a tax prep firm, using a loan from the SBA 7(a) program could be a great solution.

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SBA Loans for Computer Repair Companies

In 2017, the U.S. computer and electronics repair industry took in $18 billion of revenue and employed nearly 140,000 workers across the country. While the industry has been challenged by the reduced costs of electronics, companies in the right market can still take in a big profit. So, if you’re looking for financing to open, expand, or refinance business debt on a computer repair company, an SBA loan could be the perfect option.

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