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What is a Treasury Rate (Yield)?

The US Treasury Yield (also referred to as the Treasury Yield Curve Rates, Constant Maturity Treasury Rates, or CMTs) are calculated by the US Department of the Treasury from the daily yield curve. These  rates are essentially the return an investor would receive from the purchase of a US government debt obligation (i. e. a bill, note or bond); it is the interest rate that the government pays to the investors in order to borrow money for different lengths of time (i. e. 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, 6 months for short terms and 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 20, and 30 years for longer terms). [Insert Current Treasury Rates Here]The treasury rate curve is plotted on an x and y axis and shows several yield...

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Interest Rate Swaps & How to Use Them

A bank may suggest that a borrower use an interest rate swap (IRS) in conjunction with an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) instead of a traditional ARM or fixed-rate commercial real estate loan product when interest rates are low but expected to rise in the future. This hedges future interest rate risk and can have certain advantages over typical fixed rate mortgage products. Typically borrowers will choose a swap rather than a typical ARM or fixed rate portfolio loan for the following reasons:To get a lower all-in interest rate and paymentsTo protect against future interest rate increasesTo lessen or eliminate potential prepayment penalties A swap is a type of interest rate derivative (IRD) t...

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Fannie Mae Apartment Loans

For those of you who are getting familiar with Fannie Mae Loans, this program offers federally guaranteed mortgages and is one of the largest multi-family loan programs in the country. There are both fixed and variable products available for all property types and are offered nationwide. Properties that fall under the Fannie Mae category are apartments, affordable housing, senior housing, student housing and manufactured housing. There are two major Fannie Mae loan programs in which the majority of products fall under. These loan products are called The Standard DUS Mortgage Product and the Small Loan Programs. The Standard DUS Mortgage Program is best used for the purchase or refinance of e...

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FHA Apartment Loans

FHA stands for the Federal Housing Administration. It is a federally guaranteed mortgage program under the Government’s Department of Housing and Urban Development, also known as HUD.  FHA loans can be used for the purchase, refinance, construction or substantial rehabilitation of either multifamily or healthcare properties. There are 3 major FHA programs available for the Borrower to choose from. These 3 programs are the Multi-Family Program, Healthcare Program and Special Needs Program. Property types eligible for FHA financing are–Affordable Housing, Apartments, Hospitals and Senior Housing or Skilled Nursing Facilities. FHA’s Multi-family program has a wide array of products avail...

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CMBS Commercial Loans

CMBS loans can be used for the purchase or refinance for Commercial Real Estate properties, including Hotels, Industrial, Office, Multi-family, Medical, Mixed-Use, Retail, and Self-StorageLike all the other loans we offer at CLD, this type of loan is secured by a first-position mortgage on a commercial real estate property and is particularly popular among commercial real estate investors seeking non-recourse loans. Although conduit lenders have reverted back more prudent credit decisions that mitigate risk of default, CMBS loans have more flexible underwriting guidelines than conventional or agency loans. This means that Commercial Real Estate Investors that cannot meet the more stringent c...

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Conventional Commercial Loans

Commercial loans can take 2 different forms – owner-occupied mortgages and investment mortgages. When the collateral is owner-occupied, the property’s sponsor(s) use over 50% of the building’s useable square footage for their personal businesses. Any other use makes the collateral investment property. It is important to note that in order to securitize a commercial loan properly Commercial properties must be zoned appropriately. Conventional commercial loans are mortgages backed by commercial real estate that are provided by a lending institution such as banks, credit unions, savings and thrift institutions, life insurance companies, hedge funds, pension funds, private financial instit...

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Bridge Loans

Bridge financing gives owners the flexibility they need to reposition and stabilize commercial real estate properties. It is important to note that Bridge loans usually call for a clear exit strategy upon the loan’s term completion. Property types that fall under the Bridge Loan Program are as follows: apartments, industrial, medical, mixed use, office, retail, as well as self-storage. Max LTV can go up to 90%. Term length ranges from 12-36 months. Amortization is interest only, self-amortizing or a combination of the two. Debt Service Coverage Ratio requirements vary widely depending on the program and can usually range from sub 1 to 1. 6 times. Bridge loans are can be recourse and non-re...

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USDA Commercial Loans

USDA stands for United States Department of Agriculture. The USDA helps create jobs and stimulates rural economies by providing financial backing for rural businesses and properties. Its primary purpose is to create and maintain employment and improve the economic climate in rural communities. USDA Loan proceeds may be used for working capital, machinery, and equipment, real estate, and certain types of debt refinancing. This is achieved by expanding the lending capability of lenders in rural areas and helping them service quality loans that provide lasting community benefits. Properties that fall under USDA loans are as follows: apartments, hotels, industrial, medical, mixed use, office, re...

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Construction Commercial Loans

Commercial Loan Direct offers conventional construction loans for commercial real estate properties, SBA-504 companion mortgages for transactions that are approved via the Small Business Administration, and FHA loans for apartment complexes construction. Property types eligible for construction financing are as follows: industrial, medical, mixed use, multifamily, office, retail, as well as self-storage. LTVs can go up to 75% through a conventional program but sometimes can go a little higher by obtaining an exception, 90% Loan to cost can be achieved through HUD’s FHA program for multifamily construction, and 90% with the SBA 504 program for owner occupied properties. Term lengths usually...

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Freddie Mac Small Balance Program

The Small Balance Program is for the acquisition or refinance of small balance loans providing liquidity, stability, and certainty of execution to the affordable rental housing market nationwide. Key Benefits of the Freddie Mac Small Balance Program are as follows. Financing of small balance loans using hybrid ARM or fixed-rate mortgage products, offering partial-term and full-term interest-only, A Streamlined processes during pricing, underwriting, closing and funding as well as Competitive pricing and Streamlined loan documentsProperty types eligible are as follows:Conventional multifamily housing with five residential units or more, including conventional housing with tax abatements and S...

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