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1page_img2-bigThere are many different types of commercial loans in Arizona, each with their own pros and cons. Become familiar with the most common ones to determine which is right for you.

1. Bank Term Loans: The most commonly-sought form of Arizona commercial loans is bank term funding. With these, the bank lends a large sum and the borrower pays it back over a period of years with interest. Most business owners start off going for this choice, but about 75% of applicants are rejected because banks have tough criteria and expect excellent credit.

2. Lines of Credit: Similar to a credit card, lines of credit are sometimes offered by banks. With these, the business owner can take money out as they need it and pay it back over time, typically with a higher interest rate than a term loan. It’s not ideal for those who need large amounts of cash, but can work for someone who wants a cushion to help things run smoothly when cash inflows dwindle. Like the term, options, however, these are reserved for people with excellent credit.

3. Asset-Based Loans: When businesses cannot tap into cash due to bad credit, they can still sometimes get asset-based Arizona commercial loans. That means the lender looks at the value of what’s being purchased or what the borrower has and determines if it can be liquidated if the borrower doesn’t pay. When there’s less risk for a lender because an asset is available, even riskier borrowers can qualify. Equipment loans fall into this category, and work well if machinery or vehicles are needed, but sometimes borrowers can leverage other things as collateral, such as their home.

Startups and People with Rotten Credit Have Better Luck with Asset-Based Commercial Loans

Banks say “no” a lot to people who don’t have strong credit or who are just starting out, which is why alternative funding is so popular. That said, it doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing sort of deal. Some begin with an asset-based option and later convert it to a term loan through a bank after they’ve built up credit, while others use it to bridge gaps between the time a large order is placed and the customer pays. Some also use a variety of lending forms to cover their needs. For example, a term loan to purchase real estate for the company and an equipment loan to cover the cost of company vehicles. The right mix is different for each company based on its needs, but suffice it to say, asset-based choices fill the gaps well and make it possible for more businesses to get funding when banks turn up their noses.

If you know how to evaluate various forms of lending, it’s easy to choose what’s best for your needs.

With this basic information in mind, choosing the right form of lending for your business needs is simple. That said, it’s also beneficial to work with a broker who is well-versed in all forms of lending who can confirm your decision and help you get the best terms once you’ve made a decision.


Dennis Dahlber Broker Ri CEO Level 4 Funding LLC Dennis Dahlberg
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About the Author:  Dennis has been working in the real estate industry in some capacity for the last 40 years. He purchased his first property when he was just 18 years old. He quickly learned about the amazing investment opportunities provided by trust deed investing and hard money loans. His desire to help others make money in real estate investing led him to specialize in alternative funding for real estate investors who may have trouble getting a traditional bank loan. Dennis is passionate about alternative funding sources and sharing his knowledge with others to help make their dreams come true. Dennis has been married to his wonderful wife for 43 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters 5 amazing grandchildren. Dennis has been an Arizona resident for the past 40 years.

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