Mortgage & Refinancing Information


Understanding a UK Commercial Mortgage


In many ways a commercial mortgage is just like a residential mortgage in that you pledge real property as collateral against a loan to either buy or refinance that property. You can also receive a commercial re-mortgage and use it as a line of credit for any business purpose.

When you use a commercial mortgage to buy property, or to raise funds for any other business purpose, the lender retains an interest in that property until the loan has been paid in full. Unlike other types of business loans, which usually have a relatively short repayment period, you can take out a loan for as long as 30 years if you like.

The lender receives repayment of the commercial mortgage principal and interest over the lifetime of the loan. If you default on the loan and go into arrears then the lender can foreclose and take possession of the property that was used as collateral.

Generally speaking, the interest on a commercial mortgage is tax deductible and the net proceeds of the loan are not considered to be taxable income. However, you should always check with your accountant to be sure because the tax consequences can be severe should it be determined that your usage of the funds was not for a qualified business purpose.

Should you be seeking a commercial mortgage for the purposes of operating your business, rather than actually buying property, then the lender will either want to re-finance your current mortgage, and include enough money to provide the amount that you are seeking, or they may arrange an equity line where they lend you the difference between the current value of your commercial property and the amount that you owe on the current mortgage.

There are generally two types of interest schemes available when you are applying for a commercial mortgage.

The fixed rate commercial mortgage establishes an interest rate that is in place either for the life of the loan or for a fixed period of time. If it is for a fixed period of time then it will normally convert over to the second type of rate, which is called a variable interest rate, after the fixed time period expires.

In some cases your lender may add a Early Redemption Charge (ERC) clause to your commercial mortgage contract which states that if you pay off the note prior to the end of the fixed rate period then the lender is entitled to a one-time lump fee to offset their loss of expected income. In some cases this ERC may extend to longer periods possibly up to the entire term of the loan. Be very sure to read your loan contract carefully to make sure that you understand the implications of the ERC if it is present.

With competition from lenders heating up you'll find that many of them are dropping ERC clauses all together. If there is one present in your loan contract you may be able to negotiate it away with little effort. It's worth trying in any case and you can always apply somewhere else if your lender is not willing to negotiate.

In the case of a variable interest rate commercial mortgage the rate is based upon those issued by Bank of England. The lender will usually state that the rate consists of the published rate, which will likely vary up and down over the life of the loan, plus some pre-determined premium that remains the same for the life of the loan. Be sure that you understand how frequently your rate will change and that you are comfortable with the amount that the lender is charging as a premium. As with any terms of your loan you can negotiate both of these factors.

A fixed rate commercial mortgage is a good choice when you feel that interest rates are headed up sharply and you want to lock in the current rates. On the other hand, if interest rates are in flux, and economic indicators point to a downtrend, then a variable rate may be your best choice.

Keep this strategy in mind during the lifetime of your commercial mortgage. If you are locked into a fixed rate, and interest rates have dropped significantly below what you are paying, you should consider applying for a re-mortgage and selecting a variable interest rate to take advantage of the lower rates. On the other hand, if you are in a variable, and all indicators are that interest rates will be skyrocketing soon, then look to move into a fixed rate so you can protect yourself against future increases.

==============================================================

Commercial Lifeline are Commercial Mortgage and Bridging Finance specialists.

You can download our free Commercial Mortgage guides by visiting our Commercial Mortgage Guide page.

This article comes with reprint rights. Feel free to reprint and distribute as you like. All that we ask is that you do not make any changes, that this resource text is include, and that the links above are intact.


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news


Investopedia (blog)

Mortgage Refinance Applications Hit 18-Year Low
Investopedia (blog)
Mortgage refinance applications hit their lowest level since December of 2000 as mortgage rates have increased through most of 2018. According to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), for the week ending July 6, mortgage applications ...

and more »


The Citizen Daily

Mortgage Refinance Company lists Sh12bn bond
The Citizen Daily
Dar es Salaam. Tanzania Mortgage Refinance Company Ltd (TMRC) has listed a Sh12.5 billion bond at the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE), giving investors another investment avenue. This is the first segment of the Sh120 billion corporate bond ...



The Citizen

Mortgage Refinance Company Sh12bn bond exceeds target by 4.3pc
The Citizen
Dar es Salaam. The Sh12 billion bond issued by the Tanzania Mortgage Refinance Company (TMRC) Ltd has been oversubscribed by 4.3 per cent as the sale closed. The financial institution which has a sole purpose of supporting mortgage lending in the ...



Business Daily (press release) (blog)

Mortgage refinancing key to unlocking affordable housing
Business Daily (press release) (blog)
This is why I find the latest effort by the National Treasury to establish a window for a mortgage refinance company highly laudable. The announcement by the National Treasury, back in April 2018, of the creation of Kenya Mortgage Refinance Company may ...

and more »


National Mortgage News

Mortgage refinance candidates cut by half in the past four months
National Mortgage News
The number of mortgage borrowers for whom it made sense to refinance declined by nearly half since the end of last year and is at its lowest since November 2008. Approximately 2.3 million mortgagors are candidates for a refinance, a decline of 2 ...

and more »


CNBC

Mortgage refinance applications surge 9 percent as rates fall back
CNBC
Interest rates on home loans are now significantly lower than a year ago, and that may be bringing more homeowners back to their lenders to refinance. Total mortgage applications rose 4.7 percent last week from the previous week. The increase in the ...

and more »


Bankrate.com

4 ways to get the best mortgage refinance rate
Bankrate.com
When mortgage rates are low, you can cut your monthly house payment by refinancing into a better interest rate. If you can shave at least one-half of 1 percentage point off your current mortgage rate, it can be worth your while to trade in your ...

and more »


THISDAY Newspapers

NMRC Seeks Approval for N440bn Debt Programme
THISDAY Newspapers
The Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC) plans to seek approval from members by the end of the month to triple the size of its debt programme to N440 billion ($1.44 billion), the state-backed mortgage agency said on Monday. Nigeria set up a ...

and more »


HousingWire

Mortgage refinance share jumps 5% despite rising interest rates
HousingWire
Mortgage refinance share jumps 5% despite rising interest rates. Expected to soon sink back down. February 23, 2018. Kelsey Ramírez. KEYWORDS Ellie Mae FHA mortgage rates Refinance. House. The refinance share of mortgage activity increased a full ...

and more »


Business Daily (press release) (blog)

Mortgage sacco to be established
Business Daily (press release) (blog)
Francis Kamande, the chairman, said the mortgage sacco business model will see Nachu facilitate the country's 23,000 saccos to get mortgage guarantees from Kenya Mortgage Refinance Company, enabling them to fully participate in the government's ...


Google News

home | site map
© 2007