Retail Shopping Mall Mortgage

Retail Commercial Loans - Shopping Center Financing

A shopping mall or shopping center is a building or set of buildings which contain retail units, with interconnecting walkways enabling visitors to easily walk from unit to unit. A strip mall (also called a shopping plaza or mini-mall) is an open area shopping center where the stores are arranged in a row, with a sidewalk in front. Strip malls are typically developed as a unit and have large parking lots in front. They face major traffic arterials and tend to be self-contained with few pedestrian connections to surrounding neighborhoods.

Retail Properties

In the U.S. and Canada, strip malls usually range in size from 5,000 square feet (460 m2) to over 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2). The smaller variety is more common and often located at the intersection of major streets in residential areas; it caters to a small residential area. This type of strip mall is found in nearly every city or town in the U.S. and Canada; it is service-oriented and may contain a grocery store, video rental store, dry cleaner, small restaurant, and similar stores. In the past, pharmacies were often located next to the grocery stores, but are now often contained within the grocery store. One third of supermarkets currently have pharmacies.

Gas stations, banks, and other businesses also may have their own free-standing buildings in the parking lot of the strip center. A recent trend is for grocery stores to have bank branches and gourmet coffee houses inside the store. The other variety of strip mall in the U.S. has large, big box retailers as the anchors, such as Wal-Mart or Target. They are usually referred to as power centers in the real estate development industry because they attract and cater to residents of an expanded population area. The categories of retailers may vary widely, from electronics stores to bookstores to home improvement stores. There are typically only a few of this type of strip malls in a city, compared to the grocery store-anchored strip mall. Retailers vary from center to center, ranging from three or four large retailers to a dozen or more. Some strip malls are a hybrid of both of these types.

Retail Center Loan Products

Are you thinking about getting a loan for your retail property? View our retail loan calculator to find out the maximum loan amount available to you.

Loan Type Min Loan Amount Max LTV Term Length Amortization Rates Learn More
Conventional $1,000,000 75% 3-15 Years 15-30 Years
Conduit / CMBS $2,000,000 75% 5-10 Years 20-30 Years
Insurance $5,000,000 70% 5-30 Years 15-30 Years
USDA $1,000,000 85% 5-15 Years 15-30 Years
Bridge $3,000,000 90% 12-36 Months Interest-Only
Construction $3,000,000 80% 12-36 Months Interest-Only
SBA $1,000,000 85-90% 10-20 Years 15-30 Years

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