Commercial mortgages are often used by business owners who want to buy bigger premises so that they can expand. They might choose to buy their own premises to avoid rising rents or higher maintenance fees.
However, commercial mortgages are also used by investors who want to buy property to lease to other businesses. A residential property owner might also choose to use a commercial mortgage to buy several properties to rent to tenants.
One of the best ways to get a commercial mortgage is to speak to a mortgage broker who will be able to help you find the right deal. You can also apply directly to the lender, but commercial mortgages aren’t as easy as residential mortgages to research yourself online.
When you apply for a commercial mortgage, similar checks to those for a residential mortgage will be carried out by the lender. For example, the lender will check your affordability, financial health and your business credit record.
As part of your application, you might need to provide the following documents and information:
To apply, you will usually need to fill out an online form and submit the appropriate information about your business. You will also need to arrange a property valuation on the premises you are looking to buy. Once the lender has carried out the necessary legal checks and gone through the paperwork, you should then receive a formal mortgage offer (if you’re approved).
Commercial mortgage terms vary. You might be able to have a commercial mortgage for as little as three years, but terms also stretch up to 25 years.
The term of your deal will often depend on the size and value of the property, or the size of your deposit.
Deposit requirements for commercial mortgages are usually much higher than they are for residential mortgages which might only ask for 5% of the property’s value. Commercial mortgage deposit requirements are usually between 20% and 40%.
The type of business you have can also affect how much deposit you need. If a lender views your business as higher risk, if it’s a restaurant for example, you might be asked for a higher deposit.
A part-commercial mortgage is a mortgage for a property that is half business and half residential. This could be a flat above a shop, for instance. Because this type of property won’t usually qualify for a standard residential or commercial mortgage, you’ll need to apply for a completely separate mortgage product.
You’re more likely to get a competitive mortgage rate if you have experience in running commercial properties or you have owned more than one buy-to-let property for more than two years.
A commercial mortgage broker can help you compare the different commercial mortgage deals available so that you can find the ones you’re most likely to qualify for. Mortgage brokers can also advise on how long lenders take to process applications and can help guide you through your application, making sure you provide the correct information.
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Bear in mind that many brokers charge a fee. Those that don’t will typically only use lenders that pay them the highest ‘introducer fee’ and might not be fully transparent about this. At Swoop, we believe in putting our customers first, as well as full disclosure and transparency. Our standard arrangement fee is 1.5% of the loan amount payable on a success only basis.
However, each deal is individually priced by our experienced Commercial Finance Managers who will take the time to understand your requirements and tailor a solution with bespoke pricing. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.
One of the most important points to consider before applying for a commercial mortgage is whether you can afford to repay it. You’ll need to factor in any existing loan repayments before you agree to a commercial mortgage so that you can work out what will be affordable.
Keep in mind that a commercial mortgage is a type of secured loan which means the property is used as collateral against the loan. Failing to keep up with your monthly mortgage repayments could result in the lender repossessing the property and also damage your credit rating.
If you have a poor business credit rating or a lack of business credit history, lenders might view you as higher risk. For this reason, you might have fewer lenders to choose from and those that are willing to offer you a commercial mortgage might charge higher interest rates. Some lenders might look at your personal credit score instead, and they might require you to sign a personal guarantee. This means that you will be personally responsible for paying off all or part of the loan if your business is unable to.
Finally, also remember to factor in fees. Commercial mortgage fees can include the following:
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