What is Credit Risk and How it Can Affect Your Commercial Real Estate Financing

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What is Credit Risk and How it Can Affect Your Commercial Real Estate Financing

4page_img6When it comes to securing commercial real estate financing for your business, banks and lenders will typically want to see your credit score and report. That’s because they must determine the credit risk — before deciding whether or not to approve your loan application.

Credit risk is the chance that a bank or lender will lose value when outstanding loans go unpaid. While financial institutions and lenders have many factors to weigh when it comes to ultimately determining whether your application will be approved, credit risk is an important one of those factors. Lenders can assess the risk associated with taking on your loans by determining your ability to repay the funds borrowed to you.

This capacity is based on the revenue that your company generates along with other factors such as the amount of collateral you have to put towards the loan. These are important aspects that lenders look at when it comes to deciding if your loan is “worth the risk.” In any instance, the lender takes on a certain amount of risk, however, they look to mitigate that risk whenever possible. They certainly don’t want to loan money to a business that shows no capacity to be able to repay the loan within agreed upon terms.

Another way lenders will assess this risk is by reviewing your past repayment history – via credit history or other loans. This can be either personal or business debt. Beyond just the amount you’ve borrowed and paid back, they look to see if your previous debts were repaid in a timely and appropriate manner. If you have delinquent marks based on late or missed payments, lenders may find themselves quickly tightening their purse strings when it comes to your commercial real estate financing.

Even if you are considered a credit risk, you still have the ability to be eligible for a loan.

You can minimize your credit risk by maximizing your loan to value ratio or increasing the amount of personal equity you can put towards the loan. Sometimes these things are enough to help you persuade a lender to loan you the commercial real estate financing you are in need of.

If you are rejected for a loan, don’t give up — you can still seek alternative lending options

While a traditional bank or other conventional lender may not be able to look past your credit risk, that doesn’t mean you will never obtain the loan you need. Seek other options, such as alternative lenders that are more likely to “take the gamble” on a higher-risk loan scenario that you might be in. Continue to search until you find the right lender — and the right loan — for you.


Dennis Dahlberg
Level 4 Funding LLC  Private Hard Money Lender
Arizona Tel:  (623) 582-4444
Texas Tel:      (512) 516-1177
Dennis@level4funding.com NMLS 1057378 | AZMB 0923961 | MLO 1057378
22601 N 19th Ave Suite 112 | Phoenix | AZ | 85027
111 Congress Ave |Austin | Texas | 78701

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 42 years. They have 2 beautiful daughters 5 amazing grandchildren. Dennis has been an Arizona resident for the past 40 years.

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