FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
frequently asked questions
A Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loan is facilitated by a Certified Development Company (CDC). This program was designed to provide financing to small business owners to aid in the purchase of real estate property, heavy equipment, or machinery. 504 Capital grants assistance with Real Estate Loans, Equipment Loans, and Construction Loans.
CDCs are nonprofit organizations established to promote business development and economic prosperity. There are a few hundred nationwide, aiding small businesses across the country.
To be eligible for an SBA 504 loan, you must own a small business as defined by the SBA and meet the following qualifications: Company average net income of less than $5 million after taxes for the previous 2 years. A tangible net worth of less than $15 million
Some benefits include a low down payment, up to 90% financing coverage, below-market fixed interest rate, long, flexible amortization periods, no large business asset collateral, helps working lines of capital credit, minimizes credit risk, and fixed asset financing.
Your SBA 504 loan will typically require one or two months to fund. Many variables may affect this timeline
Three parties will fund a standard SBA 504 loan; 10% investment from the borrower, 40% from the CDC and 504 Capital, and 50% from the lender. The maximum amount from the lender is $5 million, or up to $5.5. million for manufacturing businesses.
The business owner is expected to pay 10% as an initial investment in the project.
The SBA 504 loans beat the typical 20-30% down payment with a low 10% base. This conserves working capital, lowers real estate down payments, minimizes credit risk, maximizes cash flow, and allows room to obtain other loans.
The SBA considers businesses to be “small” when they have as much as $38.5 million in sales and 1,500 employees.
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