Whether you’re thinking of investing in a property for your business or you want to free up equity from an existing property, a commercial mortgage could be the answer.
Here’s our guide to everything you need to know about commercial mortgages.
What is a commercial mortgage?
A commercial mortgage is a mortgage that is specifically designed for buying or refinancing land or property for business purposes.
Commercial mortgages are typically available to cover 70 – 75 percent of a property’s value, and usually last between three and 25 years. Business mortgage plans differ from standard residential mortgages in several ways.
You’ll likely have to pay a higher interest rate than a residential mortgage and there aren’t generally any fixed rates available. However, in comparison to business loans, commercial mortgages do tend to offer better rates as they are secured against the property.
Is a commercial mortgage right for you?
If you’re a business looking to purchase a property or release value from an existing building, which can then be re-invested into the business, a commercial mortgage could be for you.
There are several benefits to taking out a commercial mortgage, for example:
- The interest paid on a commercial mortgage is tax deductible
- If the property increases in value, your equity could also increase
Is it hard to get a commercial mortgage?
Anyone can apply for a commercial mortgage, from small start-up businesses through to large, well-established enterprises.
Of course, like any mortgage, to qualify for a commercial mortgage, you’ll need to pass your lender’s eligibility checks and meet certain criteria. These checks typically analyse:
- Cash flow and any debts
- Projected income
- Your ability to pay a deposit, usually ranging between 20 – 40 percent of the loan amount
- General income, credit and assets
Just like a residential mortgage, it’s important to search the market for the best possible deal available. What’s more, commercial mortgages are generally quite complex, hiring a specialist broker can help make the application process far easier, while ensuring that you get the best deal on the market.
At Stewart Hindley Commercial Finance, we’re experts when it comes to commercial lending. With extensive market experience and knowledge, we can provide information and advice, and source the best possible deals.
Get in touch for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your commercial mortgage requirements.