Tips For Getting The Best Commercial Bridge Loan Financing

Posted by Marcus Goodwin on Nov 1, 2018 10:31:44 AM

Securing a commercial bridge loan can be a lot of work and any missteps can prove costly.  Below are some tips, that if followed, will increase the probability of obtaining attractive bridge financing.

Have a Defined Plan

It is imperative to have a defined plan with an accompanying budget including a spreadsheet of monthly income and expenses for the first 24 months of the loan period.  A lender’s ability to both understand and quantify the strategy quickly always works to the sponsor’s advantage.  In particular, ensure that you are thorough in describing why this is a value-add opportunity.

For example, if poor management is to blame, talk through why they are a poor manager (limited experience, minimal properties under management, etc.).  Additionally, any insight as to why the current ownership didn’t recognize or address this shortcoming is also helpful.  A well-defined strategy, along with supporting details that paint a clear picture, will give significant credibility to the deal up front.  

Understand the Timing Required

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Topics: Bridge Loans, Closing, Brokers

Top 10 Things to Avoid When Trying to Secure a CRE Bridge Loan

Posted by Ted Van Brunt on Aug 21, 2018 3:25:01 PM

Here at RRA Capital, we evaluate CRE bridge loan requests every single day. Over the last decade, several common themes have begun to arise, and we’d like to share the top ten missteps that brokers make when trying to secure a bridge loan on behalf of their client.

1.  Sloppy/No Package 

Only forwarding an OM (offering memorandum) or historical financials without putting together a package typically looks lazy or desperate.  The easier it is to cohesively synthesize the information, the better the response will be from the lender.  Lenders are ideally looking for concise descriptions of the business plan, pro forma cash flows along with assumptions, sponsor bio, and sources and uses.  A lone faxed copy of Q2-2012 cash flows likely won’t solicit a sharp quote. 

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Topics: Bridge Loans, Brokers