What is the minimum down payment required?
A minimum down payment of 10% is required for most 504 projects. However, a 15% down payment is necessary when a business is a start-up enterprise (less than 2 years old), or when the project property is considered special-purpose. A 20% down payment is required in situations involving both a start-up business and a special-purpose property.
How long does it take to obtain approval of a 504 loan?
A lot depends on the borrower. With complete information and documents, we can pull together the loan package relatively quickly. The timing often depends on obtaining the appraisal and environmental reports as early as possible. All things being equal, California Statewide routinely meets the demands of a 45-day escrow. It is always good advice to bring us into the process early in order to discuss the project timing. In any event, SBA loans do not take longer to close than conventional loans.
How much does a 504 loan cost?
When your loans close and your SBA 504 loan is funded, you'll incur various fees totaling approximately 1.15% of your loan amount, plus an attorney closing fee of $2,000. These fees are financed within the debenture loan proceeds so they are not out-of-pocket expenses. Fees are broken down as follows:
The interest rate on the loan will be determined by a market sale of the bond at the time the 504 debenture pool (the pool of 504 loans) is sold and the interest rate will be fixed for the term of the loan. It is this 100% government guaranty that experts predict will enable the bond to be funded at below conventional lending interest rates and on a fixed rate basis. The effective rate (which includes all ongoing fees) is roughly equal to the 10 year Treasury bill rate when the debenture is sold, plus approximately 2.2-4.2%.
Is there a penalty if I decide to prepay my loan?
Yes. However, the amount of the prepayment penalty will decrease each year and disappears after year 5 for a 504 loan with a 10 year maturity and after year 10 for a 504 loan with a 20 year maturity. The formula for calculating the prepayment penalty on a 20 year 504 loan follows:
What are SBA's requirements for appraisals?
Generally, SBA accepts the appraisals from the first mortgage lender.
Is an environmental report required when the purchase of real property is being financed with an SBA 504 loan?
Yes, typically SBA loans will require a transaction screen or Phase 1 environmental report. California Statewide works closely with the lender to insure that the appropriate environmental reports are conducted for the project property.
What are SBA's requirements regarding the Loan terms from the Participating Lender?
What are the general rules to determine if a Project Financing Structure qualifies for an SBA 504 loan?