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Commercial Real Estate Loan Glossary

03/13/08 | by lenderscommercial [mail] | Categories: Announcements [A]

Reducing debt gradually through monthly installments of principal and interest.

Apartment Building
Apartment buildings are properties containing five or more living units with common area amenities such as lobby, mechanical space, walks, elevators, entrances, stairs or grounds. Units must be rented on a non-temporary basis, such that tenants consider their unit their permanent residence. Apartment buildings are also known as multi-family housing.

Written report by an appraiser containing an unbiased opinion as to the value of a property and the reasoning leading to this opinion. Factual data supporting this value will be set forth.

Appraisal Order Form
Signed by the borrower, this form authorizes a professional appraisal to be performed on a subject property.

The ability for another borrower to take over the previous borrower’s mortgage note.

Automotive is a broad category that includes an array of uses that support the automotive sector. This category encompasses oil-change facilities, auto repair shops, tire repair shops, used car lots, etc. The size and type of the structure will vary with use. Many structures are designed explicitly for the auto trade and have car lifts, overhead doors, and typically a small office area.

Balloon mortgage
A form of mortgage with a promissory note that calls for the minimum payment of principal and interest at regular intervals, usually for 10 years or less. This type of note requires a substantial final payment, which represents the entire remaining principal.

Balloon payment
A balloon mortgage’s final payment, which is substantially larger than the previous payments.

Conditional pre-approval letter
A written promise to make a mortgage loan at some time in the future if specified conditions are met according to the conditions set at pre-approval.

Day Care
Day Care centers include early childhood, adult, senior care, handicapped facilities and developmental centers. They have activity rooms, multiple restrooms, and light kitchen facilities and are more residential in character than schools. Nurseries, children’s preschools, and kindergartens fall under this category.

Debt Service Coverage Ratio (DSCR)
A property’s ability to cover monthly payments defined as the ratio of net operating income over the periodic payment (principal and interest) made on a loan.

A DSCR of less than 1.00 means there is insufficient cash-flow generated by the property to cover required debt payments.

DSCR = (subject property gross monthly rents - operating expenses) divided by the (subject property monthly qualifying principal and interest

A common form of prepayment penalty in mortgages obtained through Wall Street conduits. It requires that borrowers who want to sell or refinance a collateral loan and consequently prepay their current loan, purchase securities as a substitute for the collateral property. The income from the securities pays off the loan over time, giving the lender a continuing source of income.

Environmental report
A report generated by qualified environmental firms to determine potential environmental hazards in a building’s region or within the building itself.

Exit points/Exit fee
A fee charged by the lender when the mortgage is paid off, whether it is paid off early or on time.

Financial covenant
A provision in which the borrower agrees to certain guidelines for the future financial strength of the business which must be maintained throughout the life of the loan. If the borrower experiences business difficulties or loses a tenant, the lender has the right to find the borrower in default even if all loan payments are current.

Funeral Home
Funeral homes consist of structures used for viewing purposes as well as those used for embalming services.

Health Care
Health care properties include assisted living and nursing home type facilities where an operational license is mandatory. Service and quality levels vary significantly. Hospitals and medical treatment facilities, such as walk-in emergency medicine and out-patient care, are also included in this category.

A published index used to establish interest rates charged on adjustable-rate mortgages. The predetermined margin is added to the index to compute the interest rate adjustment.

An industrial property’s primary structure is intended for heavy assembly, manufacturing processes, or requires the use of heavy machinery. It contains an average quantity of office space proportional to the quality of the building and the anticipated use. Industrial facilities are characterized by their walls and floors, heavy frames, specialized manufacturing processes and power or utility-service.

LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate)
The average rate of interest that major London banks are willing to pay each other for U.S. dollar deposits for various terms.

Light Industrial
Light Industrial properties are small size facility where no heavy manufacturing or specialized industrial operations take place. Office space within light industrial properties varies from 3% to 25% of the entire area. Structures must include sufficient lighting and plumbing to accommodate personnel. Typical uses found in light industrial properties consist of home service industries, assembly processes, cabinet making, etc. Missing from these properties is any type of heavy machinery, cranes, hazardous materials or welding operations.

Lock-out period
A period of time after the loan origination during which a borrower cannot prepay the mortgage loan without penalty. If the borrower decides to pay off the loan in this lock-out period, they must pay the interest for the remaining time of the lock-out.

Mixed-use properties must include at least one commercial component (office, retail, etc.) and at least one residential component. If the principal use of the property is for commercial purposes, the property will fall under our mixed-use Tier II guidelines. The mixed-use property type can be categorized in any tier depending on the percentage of multifamily component and the kind of commercial use.

Mobile Home Park Loan

Mobile home parks are eligible as long as not more than 25% of the total spaces are used for Recreational Vehicles. Mobile home parks differ in quality and amenities and will be considered unless the RV component is too high.

Motel properties are usually classified as either “flagged” or “unflagged” hospitality. Flagged hospitality properties carry national franchises whereas unflagged hospitality properties do not have national franchise affiliations and are usually smaller and privately owned and operated.

Multifamily Loan
Multifamily properties are buildings containing five or more living units with common area amenities such as lobby, mechanical space, walks, elevators, entrances, stairs or grounds. Units must be rented on a non-temporary basis, such that tenants consider their unit their permanent residence. Properties that offer weekly or monthly housing would not be considered multifamily properties.

No further action letter
A letter that states that no further clean-up is required at a site that has had environmental contamination problems.

Office buildings are structures designed for general commercial use and are usually subdivided into smaller units. Office use implies a general business use that does not include manufacturing, warehouse type operations, or retail.

Origination points/Origination fee
A charge by the lender for the work involved in the evaluation, preparation, and submission of a proposed mortgage loan.

Owner-occupied property
A single tenant property where the owner’s business resides or a multi-tenant investment property where the owner’s business operates. Also, lenders have different policies as to what percentage of rents need to be contributed by the borrower in order for the property to qualify as owner-occupied.

Parallel Processing
A unique approach used by Commercial Direct® to facilitate a faster closing. Title, Appraisal and Environmental Due Diligence is ordered and performed simultaneously.

Phase I Environmental Assessment
An assessment prepared by a professional environmental consultant who reviews the property—both land and improvements—to ascertain the presence or potential presence
of environmental hazards, such as underground water contamination, PCBs, abandoned disposal of paints, and underground storage tanks.

Phase II Environmental Assessment
A further assessment after Phase I to verify the presence (or absence) of contaminants in the water or soil at the site. This assessment includes sampling activities (groundwater, soil, surface water, etc.) and is undertaken if there is any reason to suspect contamination.

Prime rate
The most favorable interest rate charged by banks to their most creditworthy customers for short-term loans, not mortgages.

A one-time finance charge, equal to one percent of the loan amount, charged by a broker or lender to raise the yield on the loan. The number of points charged can vary from lender to lender.

Rent roll
A listing of all tenants in a building, with monthly rent amounts and lease expiration dates.

Restaurants are intended for the preparation and sale of food and/or beverages. This category includes cafeterias, taverns, and bars.

Retail Loan
Retail buildings are intended for retail sales and display and generally have decorative fronts. This category includes a wide variety of uses including, but not limited to, department stores, big box retailers, grocer stores, convenience stores, drugstores, laundromats, barber shops, etc.

Rooming House
Rooming houses are similar to multifamily properties but the tenancy is more temporary. Rooms are rented on a daily, weekly or monthly basis and typically only include a bedroom. Bathrooms and kitchens are shared by the tenants. Rent paid frequently includes all utilities and units may be furnished. Rooming house properties generally contain less than 20 units.

Secondary Financing
Funding using a loan secured by a second mortgage or second lien on a property.

Title Preference Form
Signed by the borrower, this form indicates how the title insurance should be secured, either by Commercial Direct or through the borrower.

An evaluation of loan documents in order to approve or deny a mortgage loan.

Unflagged Hospitality
Unflagged hospitality is a motel or hotel property with no national franchise affiliation. “Mom & Pop” style operators commonly run these types of properties and the level and quality of service is significantly varied.

Warehouses are designed mostly for storage use. Office space, ranging from 3% to 12% of the total area, is typically proportional with the quality of the building. Lighting and plumbing are normally limited due to the projected light personnel load. The design of the structure generally consists of a light frame with large open interior areas. Transit warehouses (truck terminal) and cold storage are included in this category.

Yield maintenance provision
A prepayment penalty that compensates the lender if the borrower refinances a loan during the prepayment period. It guarantees that the lender will receive the same yield that would
have been received if the borrower had not refinanced.

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    It was late October, and Redfin, an online real estate brokerage firm based in Seattle, had received just three months earlier a $12 million investment led by the marquee venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson. In the interim, the mortgage industry melted down, foreclosures spiked and housing sales slowed to a crawl. Now, one of Redfin’s biggest markets, Los Angeles, was battling a series of wildfires and Redfin’s sales had stopped cold. Commercial Real Estate Financing

    Redfin was not the only victim of bad timing. Venture capitalists poured about $50 million into three other real estate Web sites last year — Zillow, Terabitz and Trulia — only to watch the market enter a historic slide.

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    Although these sites are not growing as quickly as they might have during a bullish market, they are at least growing.

    “In September, we thought it was maybe the beginning of a very long downturn,” said Glenn Kelman, Redfin’s chief executive. “But for whatever reason, the last few months have been very strong for us.”

    Executives of Trulia, Zillow and Terabitz said they, too, were encouraged by recent results. Online real estate companies, they added, could be today’s version of the online travel agencies that flourished after the Sept. 11 attacks: a cheap alternative for suppliers looking to market a product that is suddenly in low demand.

    In this case, brokers and agents have seen their marketing budgets shrink in lock step with their commissions as they struggle to sell homes.

    “There’s no doubt that a lot of brokers are feeling some pain right now,” said Pete Flint, chief executive of Trulia, a real estate search service based in San Francisco. “They’re spending less on advertising than they were, but they’re spending a significantly larger portion online, because it’s cheaper, and it’s where the audience is.”

    Mr. Flint would not disclose sales figures, but he said traffic was growing more than 10 percent monthly, “and revenues are growing much faster than that.”

    Redfin is a slightly different story because it does not accept advertising from brokers and agents. Rather, the site competes with traditional brokerage firms to offer people a way to buy and sell homes without face-to-face contact with an agent.

    Buyers and sellers communicate with Redfin’s agents — in effect, customer service representatives on the Web — by phone and through e-mail to negotiate deals and arrange house visits, among other things. Customers pay far lower fees to Redfin than they would pay to traditional agents.

    With home sales slowing, Mr. Kelman said that “we had to get very serious about figuring out what works and what doesn’t for sellers.” The company’s analysts pored through sales data and found that, among other things, listings that make their debuts on Fridays draw 7.7 percent more visitors than those introduced on Thursdays. In addition, listings priced at $351,001 receive significantly less attention online than those listed at $350,000, because of how real estate search engines filter their results.

    The company began disseminating such tips to clients in December, around the same time Redfin’s results began improving. Since late September, the site’s share of real estate sales in which Redfin represented the buyer rose by 23 percent in Seattle, to nearly 2.5 percent, and jumped by 176 percent in the San Francisco area, to nearly 1 percent.

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    Investors are hoping the subprime-mortgage debacle will be a bad memory by the year’s second half. Instead, they might have another mess to sort out in commercial real estate. If it were a movie, it might be called “Subprime II: Monster in Your Mall.” Commercial Property Loan

    Work on everything from new malls to office parks helped to carry the construction industry as housing crumbled. While residential construction spending was down 20% in December from a year earlier, nonresidential construction was up 20%, according to the Census Bureau.

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