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Commercial real estate loans now have higher standards

On Behalf of | Aug 10, 2017 | Real Estate Law |

Entrepreneurs in Ohio who are interested in obtaining a loan so that they can purchase a property might have to face higher standards to get approved. The Federal Reserve reported that commercial real estate loans were more tightly restricted in the second quarter of the fiscal year. Nonetheless, owners who are interested in business loans will find that the standards are the same and have not become more restrictive.

The Federal Reserve conducted a survey of banks’ loan activities, and they found that loans for multifamily residential properties, land development and construction were facing tightening standards. The survey also found that there was a decrease in the demand for loans of these types. Policy makers from the Federal Reserve are wary of higher prices in commercial real estate as increasing prices could exacerbate any lows the economy might face.

Banks might be tightening standards because of rising prices. As commercial property prices rise, fewer borrowers will be able to pay back their loans on time, which could cause banks to be cautious about lending money. In the event of a financial crisis, banks need to be able to survive, and fewer outstanding loans for commercial real estate can help banks better resist a crisis.

When a business owner is considering a commercial real estate purchase, they might want to share the details with a real estate lawyer. An attorney might be able to help a client with drafting or negotiating a lease agreement and making sure all the clauses are judicially enforceable. A lawyer might also be able to help an owner who has already purchased property but is facing financial difficulties and is unsure of the next legal step to take.