What loan types do loan brokers source?

Commercial loan brokers are financing experts who act as intermediaries between borrowers seeking loans and lenders offering loan products. Their primary role is simplifying the loan application and negotiation processes by connecting clients with suitable lenders, shortening the time from application to approval, and helping businesses prepare for funding by positioning themselves favorably prior to application. Loan brokers possess in-depth knowledge of the lending industry and maintain close relationships with a network of lenders.

This allows them to assess clients’ financial situations and match them with the most appropriate loan options based on the lenders’ requirements. Loan brokers play a guiding role for clients seeking financing, helping them navigate the complexities of the lending industry and providing the options and insights necessary to make better financing decisions.

loan brokers

Loan brokers provide:

Access to Multiple Lenders
Loan brokers have connections with multiple lenders in each category, providing borrowers with a more comprehensive range of options. This eliminates the need for borrowers to conduct extensive research on their own.

Time and Effort Savings
Finding the right loan can be time-consuming, and borrowers may need more expertise or patience to explore all available options. Loan brokers streamline the search and application process, saving borrowers time and effort.

Expert Advice and Counseling
Loan brokers are knowledgeable about various loan products and lender criteria. They offer borrowers personalized guidance and valuable information throughout the loan process, enabling them to make informed decisions.

Skillful Negotiation
Loan brokers are skilled negotiators who can advocate on behalf of borrowers, helping them to secure better loan terms and conditions than they could on their own.

Credit Impact Mitigation
Submitting multiple loan applications to different lenders directly can negatively impact a borrower’s credit rating. Working with a loan broker allows borrowers to submit a single application that the broker can present to multiple targeted lenders, minimizing the impact on their credit score.

How does the Commercial Loan Broker Institute help brokers?

How does the Commercial Loan Broker Institute help brokers?

At the Commercial Loan Broker Institute (CLBI), we empower loan brokers for success by focusing on three areas of expertise: loan broker training, loan broker branding, and loan broker marketing.

We provide an all-inclusive service, handling everything from loan broker training, branding and marketing to web design to ensure your commercial loan broker company starts well, grows efficiently, and ultimately thrives in their chosen sector or market.

Our training curriculum is designed exclusively for commercial loan brokers, offering top-notch education in loan products, negotiation techniques, industry regulations, and customer service. We believe in continuous improvement and provide ongoing mentorship and support to help brokers navigate challenges as the market, and customers, change.

In addition to our training, we equip brokers with user-friendly websites, professional logo designs, and marketing tools to enhance efficiency and widen their network. We remain up-to-date with industry trends and refine our services to meet market demands.

CLBI is dedicated to fostering a community of successful loan brokers who forge lasting relationships with clients and lenders, contributing positively to the financial landscape.

Commercial Loan Types

Factoring & A/R Financing

Factoring or Accounts Receivable Financing

When a loan broker’s client is facing cash flow issues due to extended payment terms that they commonly provide to encourage product or service purchases, factoring can accelerate cash flow. Factoring provides access to cash to cover bills, invest in expansion, or manage daily operations by giving access to a portion of the owed funds before the payment extension has come due. Factoring considers the creditworthiness of the business’s clients rather than the business itself, making it accessible to companies with poor credit or limited credit history.

In a factoring arrangement, your client sells its accounts receivable to an external company, known as a factor. The factor purchases the invoices at a discounted price, typically paying the business an upfront amount (around 80 to 95% of the invoice value). After clients pay the invoices in full, the factor pays the remaining balance to the business after retaining their fee.


Quick Cash Flow Boost
Factoring providers often offer cash based on accounts receivable within 24-48 hours, providing a rapid cash flow infusion.

Short-Term Cash Flow Solution
Factoring helps alleviate short-term cash flow problems.

Collection Management
Factoring companies handle the collection process from clients and assess their creditworthiness and payment history.

Customized Capital Supply
Factoring can be tailored to supply the necessary capital precisely when the business needs it. It does not appear as debt on the balance sheet and relies mainly on the creditworthiness of clients.

Sales-Based Line of Credit
Factoring provides a line of credit based on sales without a predefined borrowing limit. As sales and accounts receivable grow, available funding also increases.


Cost Considerations
Factoring fees and discount rates can vary based on invoice volume, client creditworthiness, and factoring arrangement terms. Compared to conventional financing options like bank loans or credit lines, factoring might be more expensive. For factoring to be beneficial in the long run requires a sufficient profit margin to cover the cost of factoring fees.

Collection Control
Factoring gives the factoring company control over the collection process, potentially impacting customer relationships if collection strategies differ from the business’s preferred approach.

Restrictive Agreements
Factoring agreements may include restrictions or conditions, such as minimum monthly volume requirements, limitations on the types of invoices that can be factored in, or restrictions on dealing with specific customers. These limitations can reduce flexibility in managing receivables.

Limited Problem Solving
Factoring cash flow issues caused by slow-paying clients may not be suitable. The arrangement is best when a supplier has offered extended payments rather than when a buyer has not paid in line with their agreement.

Asset-based lending is a suitable alternative for loan broker clients that cannot secure bank loans due to their credit rating. Additionally, if a company holds a surety bond, particularly a performance bond, there may be better choices loan brokers can work with other than factoring.

Asset-Based Lines of Credit

Asset-Based Lines of Credit

Loan brokers can use asset-based financing, or asset-based lending (ABL) when their clients own high-value assets they can use as collateral to secure a loan or line of credit. Unlike traditional loans that heavily rely on the borrower’s creditworthiness, ABL emphasizes the value of the borrower’s assets, including accounts receivable, inventory, or equipment.


Access to Cash
Asset-based lending allows businesses to obtain finance based on the value of their assets, even if they have a spotty credit history or face short-term financial difficulties. This enables businesses to secure the funds to support their operations, invest in expansion, or address urgent financial needs by leveraging their assets.

Higher Borrowing Capacity
ABL often allows businesses to borrow a more significant amount compared to traditional loans. The borrowing capacity is determined by the appraised value of the assets, providing businesses with a potentially higher credit limit to meet their financing requirements.

No Equity Forfeiture
Unlike other financial products, ABL does not require businesses to surrender company shares.

Flexibility for Business Growth
Asset-based lending allows businesses to expand, recapitalize, benefit from supplier discounts, buy out shareholders, or meet payroll needs.

Revolving Line of Credit
ABL typically takes the form of a revolving line of credit, offering businesses ongoing access to working capital. They can draw funds as needed within the predetermined credit limit and repay the balance as cash flow improves, making it suitable for businesses with fluctuating funding needs.


Asset Evaluation and Monitoring
Asset-based financing requires the collateral to be assessed and continually monitored, which may involve evaluations, inspections, and audits. This process can incur costs and administrative work, and asset value or condition changes may impact borrowing capacity.

Risk of Collateral Seizure
In ABL, assets pledged as collateral risk being seized by the lender if the business defaults on the loan. This can affect the business’s operations, especially if the assets are essential for day-to-day activities or revenue generation.

Consideration of Collateral Type
Some assets, such as industry-specific inventories or specialized equipment, may have a limited market or be challenging to sell rapidly. This could pose challenges if the business needs quick finance or aims to modify or diversify its collateral.

Higher Costs
Access to capital through asset-based lending may come with higher interest rates and costs than conventional bank loans. The higher fees reflect the lender’s heightened risk, as the focus is on collateral rather than the borrower’s creditworthiness.

It’s important to note that hard money lenders often prioritize accounts receivables as primary collateral for loans, followed by commercial real estate (CRE), equipment, and inventory. Loan brokers are able to help borrowers by positioning their application based on their mix of assets and choosing the right lender for each client.

Asset-based loans offer a potential solution for businesses that have faced borrowing challenges due to credit problems. However, the higher interest rates and additional fees for audits and due diligence may not make it the ideal choice for borrowers that loan brokers can position for other forms of funding.

Bridge & Hard Money Loans

Bridge Loans

Hard Money

A hard money or private loan is a short-term loan commonly used to meet existing obligations and provide immediate cash for borrowers. Brokers can suggest a hard money loan as a temporary financial solution for those who require fast access to funds. However, these loans typically have relatively short terms, high-interest rates, and substantial origination fees, making them unsuitable for those seeking long-term funding options or that will apply funds to low-margin or long-horizon business goals.

Bridge Loan

A Bridge loan is short-term financing primarily utilized in real estate transactions. Unlike conventional financial institutions, real estate bridge loans are provided by private individuals or companies, and fall under the hard money or private money lending category. These loans often allow a buyer to purchase a new building based on the value of an asset they already own.

Property Improvement Hard Money Loan
Property improvement loans are short-term financing options that allow property owners to leverage the future value of a property to secure short-term financing to complete maintenance and upgrades. The end result can be a higher price at resale, or improved rental prices on units in a building.

Pros of Hard Money, Bridge and Property Improvement loans:

Hard money or bridge loans replace traditional banks’ and institutional lenders’ rigid funding criteria. They eliminate many standard eligibility requirements, credit checks, and income underwriting standards commonly imposed for conventional mortgage loans.

Collateral-Based Decisions
Hard money lenders base their decisions on the property’s value without considering the borrower’s credit or income. They prioritize the marketability of the collateral and the borrower’s ability to repay the loan and present an exit strategy. Credit history and debt ratios are typically not significant factors.

Quick Funding
Hard money loans offer a rapid funding process, with funds often available just a few days after submitting the loan application.


Higher Interest Rates
Hard money loans generally carry higher interest rates compared to standard loans. Hard money lenders compensate for the increased risks they assume by granting loans based on collateral rather than the creditworthiness of borrowers, resulting in higher interest rates.

Foreclosure Risk
In the event of borrower default, the hard money lender has the right to foreclose on the collateral property. The potential for bankruptcy and foreclosure is higher with hard money loans, as they are frequently utilized for riskier projects or by borrowers with poor credit. This can lead to significant consequences for the borrower, including property loss.

While hard money loans are beneficial for short-term projects, bridging financial gaps, or addressing immediate funding needs, there are factors to consider when determining their suitability. These factors include credit limit, citizenship status, loan-to-value ratio, geographic location of the property, and income-generating structures within the property. If these factors do not meet the requirements set by hard money lenders, exploring alternative funding options for your client is advisable.

Unsecured Lines of Credit

An unsecured line of credit is a loan that does not require collateral, offering a flexible financing option for businesses. While no collateral is needed, most lenders may require a personal guarantee to mitigate lending risks. This means that your client, the borrower, becomes personally responsible for the debt, and the lender can seize their assets if the business fails to repay the loan. Like a credit card, the borrower can draw from a set of funds as needed and only pay interest on the borrowed amount. Borrowers repay the borrowed amount over time and continue to draw on the line of credit. As a loan broker, it’s advisable to find out how your client plans to use funds, as there are quite often better terms for a range of items that fall under capital budget, such as equipment, machinery, vehicles and property.

Qualification Criteria:

Minimum Credit Score
A minimum credit score of 600 is usually required.

Stable Company
Lenders may want evidence of business stability, such as an annual revenue requirement.

Time in Business
A minimum of six months in business is usually expected.

Good Financial History
A positive financial history is essential for approval.


A line of credit offers a flexible source of funds, allowing effective cash flow management and borrowing when needed without the hassle of applying for new loans each time.

Interest Payment
You only pay interest on the borrowed amount, not the entire credit limit.

Safety Net
A line of credit can act as a safety net for unforeseen costs or emergencies, providing an alternative to high-interest credit cards or personal loans.


Interest Fees
While a line of credit provides flexibility, it also comes with interest fees. Accrued compound interest can become significant if you carry a balance for an extended period or borrow large sums repeatedly. Properly managing borrowing and repayment is crucial to minimize interest costs.

Assessing whether a line of credit aligns with your client’s specific financing needs is essential. A line of credit can benefit short-term expenses, managing cash flow fluctuations, or financing particular projects. However, if your client requires funding for an extended period or have a specific purpose for the funds, exploring alternative options with more favorable interest rates and terms may be prudent.

Business Acquisition

Business acquisition financing is the financial resource utilized by an individual, group, or existing organization with the specific intent of purchasing another business. This strategic move allows a smaller company to expand its operations and take advantage of cost efficiencies resulting from the acquisition. The acquiring entity can increase its market presence and leverage economies of scale by buying another company.


Potential Returns
If the acquired business is well-managed and its value appreciates over time, the buyer can earn significant returns on their investment.

Business acquisition allows buyers to diversify their portfolio by entering new markets or industries, reducing reliance on a single business venture.

Brand Equity
An established business typically has a recognized brand and reputation in the market. This brand equity can be valuable for the buyer and may increase trust and credibility.


Financing an acquisition can be time-consuming. In addition, valuing intangibles such as brand equity can result in delays in closing deals. For the business owner, it can draw focus from existing operations, creating challenges for their current business.

Overvaluation Risk
If the borrower overvalues the target business or overpays for the acquisition, it can reduce the chances of achieving a favorable return on investment.

Inherent Risks
Business acquisitions carry inherent risks, and the acquired business is not guaranteed to generate the expected returns or synergies. The actual performance may differ from initial projections.

Borrowers who need more internal funds or resources to finance the acquisition can benefit from business acquisition financing. It allows them to access the necessary capital to purchase the desired business while conserving cash for operations. Acquiring an existing business can be a strategic move for companies looking to grow and expand. Business acquisition financing enables borrowers to seize growth opportunities without heavily burdening their financial position. However, suppose the target business has poor financial performance or inconsistent cash flow. In that case, it may need to generate more revenue to cover the acquisition financing costs, putting additional strain on the borrower’s finances.

Loan brokers can provide funding for acquisition, and can evaluate opportunities for working capital, equipment upgrades, and other assets that can be financed to help the business grow and thrive following acquisition.

Real Estate Portfolio Loans

Real Estate Portfolio Loans are a specialized financing solution for investors looking to finance multiple properties through a single loan. Unlike traditional loans, which are often resold on the secondary mortgage market, the originating lender holds and manages portfolio loans. This allows for more personalized terms and can be a strategic tool for investors who may not qualify for conventional financing due to the unique nature of their investments or who seek to consolidate their property loans under one lender.


Customized Lending Solutions
Portfolio loans offer tailored underwriting, which can accommodate unique borrower situations and investment strategies that do not fit the one-size-fits-all approach of traditional mortgage products.

Simplified Management
By consolidating multiple property loans with one lender, investors can streamline their loan management, potentially reducing administrative overhead and complexity.

Flexibility in Terms
Lenders may offer more flexible terms, including interest rates and repayment schedules, which can be adjusted to better align with the investor’s cash flow and investment goals.

Potential for Growth
As investors expand their real estate holdings, they may find it easier to secure additional financing from a lender with whom they have an established relationship and a clear understanding of their portfolio.


Higher Interest Rates
Because lenders often consider portfolio loans riskier, they may come with higher interest rates than conventional mortgages.

Stricter Lender Scrutiny
Lenders may require more in-depth reviews of the properties and the investor’s financial situation, which can lead to a more arduous application process.

Limited Lender Options
Not all lenders offer portfolio loans, which can limit options for investors and potentially lead to less competitive terms.

Prepayment Penalties
Some portfolio loans may include prepayment penalties, discouraging or financially penalizing investors for paying off loans early when refinancing or selling properties.

Real estate portfolio loans can be a powerful instrument in an investor’s financial toolkit, offering customization and flexibility that traditional lending products may not provide. However, the potential for higher costs and the need for careful lender selection should be weighed against the benefits of this financing strategy.

Equipment Leasing

equipment leasing

Equipment leasing is a financial arrangement where the lessee pays the lessor for the use of machinery, vehicles, or other equipment over a specified period. This arrangement allows businesses to use the necessary equipment without incurring the full cost of ownership. The lease terms can vary, with options for operating leases, capital leases, and others, each with specific conditions and benefits.


Lower Initial Expense
Leasing equipment requires less upfront capital than purchasing, benefiting startups or businesses looking to conserve cash.

Access to Latest Technology
Leasing allows businesses to update their equipment more frequently, ensuring they can use the latest technology without committing to purchasing.

Tax Advantages
Lease payments can often be deducted as a business expense, providing a tax benefit to the company.

Leasing contracts offer more flexibility than loans, with options to upgrade, purchase at the end of the lease, or simply return the equipment.

Maintenance Inclusions
Some leases include maintenance, reducing the lessee’s responsibility for the upkeep of the equipment.


Higher Long-Term Cost
Over time, leasing can be more expensive than purchasing equipment outright due to ongoing lease payments.

No Equity
In many cases, the lessee will not build equity in the equipment as they would with a purchase financed through a loan.

Contractual Obligations
Leasing agreements may have strict terms, including penalties for early termination or exceeding usage terms.

Less Control
Since the lessor retains ownership, they may impose certain restrictions on how the equipment is used or maintained.

Equipment leasing can be a strategic choice for businesses that require flexibility and want to avoid the depreciation and maintenance concerns associated with owning equipment. However, it’s crucial to consider the cost of leasing and the potential limitations of not owning the equipment.

Equipment Loans

Equipment Leasing and Financing

Equipment loans are a form of financing that allows businesses to purchase the machinery and tools necessary for their operations. These loans can cover a wide range of items, from heavy machinery to MRI scanners to office equipment like computers. The equipment serves as collateral for the loan, making it easier to qualify for than unsecured loans.


Access to Necessary Equipment
Equipment loans enable businesses to acquire essential machinery and technology that may be too expensive to purchase outright, allowing immediate use without significant upfront capital.

Retention of Capital
Companies can retain their working capital by financing equipment for other operational expenses or investment opportunities.

Tax Benefits
Interest on equipment loans can often be deducted as a business expense, and additional tax incentives for purchasing business equipment may exist. In addition, certain equipment can be depreciated, creating an additional tax benefit.

Fixed Payment Schedule
Equipment loans typically come with a fixed payment schedule, which can help businesses plan their finances without worrying about fluctuating payment amounts.

Potential for Improved Revenue
With the right equipment, businesses can increase efficiency, productivity, and potential revenue, thus justifying the cost of the loan.


Replacement & Repairs
Equipment can wear out, and businesses must pay for repairs (or to replace equipment that has become obsolete).

Interest and Fees
While equipment loans can be easier to obtain, they may come with higher interest rates and fees, increasing the overall cost of the equipment.

Risk of Over-leveraging
Businesses may be tempted to take out large loans for the latest equipment, which can lead to over-leveraging and financial strain if the revenue generated by the equipment does not meet expectations.

Collateral Risk
Since the equipment serves as collateral, failure to make payments can result in the loss of the equipment, which can be detrimental to operations.

Equipment loans are a practical option for businesses looking to expand or update their operations with new machinery or technology. However, the financial implications, including the cost of the loan and the risk to the equipment itself, should be carefully considered.

Joint Venture Strategies

Joint Venture Funding

A joint venture is a financial arrangement where two or more parties collaborate on a specific project, venture, or business activity. Each participant contributes resources in this setup, including financial capital, expertise, technology, intellectual property, or other assets. In some cases joint venture participants contribute resources directly, and other times they take separate or joint loans.

No matter the approach joint venture participants take, it is important as a broker to verify the agreement is properly detailed in the business plan and signed agreement among the parties.


Access to Additional Funds
Joint venture capital allows borrowers to access additional funds beyond their individual financial capacity. This is especially beneficial for ambitious projects or business expansions that require substantial investment.

Risk Sharing
By partnering with other entities, borrowers can spread the risk associated with a particular project. The participants share the burden if the venture faces challenges or setbacks.

Synergy and Efficiency
Joint ventures often combine companies with complementary resources, expertise, and market access. This synergy can lead to more efficient operations, enhanced product development, and increased competitiveness in the market.

Market Expansion
Borrowers can use joint venture capital to enter new markets where their partners have established networks and customer bases, reducing the time and cost required to establish a presence in unfamiliar territories.

Cost Savings
Joint ventures enable borrowers to share the costs of research, development, marketing, and other business activities with their partners, resulting in improved financial efficiency.


Collaboration and Compromise
Joint ventures require collaboration and compromise among the participating parties, which can lead to conflicts or disagreements.

Complex Legal and Financial Agreements
Setting up a joint venture involves complex legal and financial agreements that govern the relationship between the parties, requiring significant expertise and time.

Differences in Strategies and Objectives
Differences in business strategies, objectives, or management styles among the partners can lead to challenges in the decision-making process.

Joint venture capital is ideal for borrowers with ambitious projects or business expansions that require substantial funding and expertise. It provides an opportunity for borrowers with limited financial resources to pursue projects that would be otherwise unfeasible. However, those seeking complete control over a project or business may find joint ventures challenging, as decision-making is shared with other partners. When working to finance joint ventures it is important to reinforce with signatories that each partners’ interests, values, and strategic objectives align with the signatory’s for a successful joint venture.

SBA 504

SBA 504

The Small Business Administration will contribute up to $11.25 million for an SBA 504 Loan. Small firms that require long-term financing for heavy equipment or the purchase, construction, or improvement of real estate that is predominantly owner-occupied may look into the SBA 504 loan program. The program offers up to 90% financing and has generous loan levels. Brokers should consider this loan type for clients that are able to increase employment by adding jobs to their region as the loans are part of the government’s economic development efforts.


The SBA 504 Loan program provides long-term financing options, typically with 10- or 20-year debenture terms. This extended repayment period allows businesses to spread their loan payments over a more manageable timeframe, reducing the strain on their cash flow and providing financial flexibility.

The SBA 504 Loan is set up as a subordinated debt, with the CDC’s debenture taking precedence over the first lien position of the participating lender. By lowering their risk, participating lenders are more likely to offer borrowers advantageous terms, potentially raising the borrower’s chances of getting a loan approved.

It provides up to 90% financing.

Businesses can access tools and assistance the Small Business Administration provides through the SBA 504 Loan program. Included are programs for counseling, instruction, and help that can guide businesses through the loan application process, improve their operations, and increase their chances of success.


Borrowers should know the various costs associated with the SBA 504 Loan program. These costs include application, appraisal, legal, closing, and ongoing service fees. These additional expenses should be factored into the overall cost analysis of the loan.

The SBA 504 Loan application procedure can be difficult and time-consuming. It requires a lot of paperwork, financial records, and coordination between the participating lender, certified development corporation (CDC), and borrower. The approval process could take longer than conventional loans, delaying getting the money.

Like other business loans, the SBA 504 Loan may require collateral, such as financed assets, to secure the loan. Additionally, business owners are typically required to provide personal guarantees, making them liable for repayment. This puts personal assets at risk in case of loan default.

As with the SBA 7a loan program, if the client fails to satisfy the 1.15 Debt Service Coverage Ratio (DSCR), has a recent criminal conviction, or has been delinquent in repaying their student loans, this will lower or remove their chance of being approved. On the other hand, the SBA 504 Loan program is primarily designed to support small businesses in their growth and expansion efforts. If your client meets the SBA definition of a small business, and the business is seeking to acquire or upgrade fixed assets such as real estate or long-term equipment, the SBA 504 Loan can be an excellent choice.

SBA 7(a)

SBA 7a

The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides loans up to $5 million that can be used for various projects, including purchasing, developing, and refinancing commercial real estate. Loan brokers can also utilize these loans to set up working credit lines, manage inventories, and buy equipment. The timeline to close is longer than many other loan types, but the interest rates and terms are often better for your client.

Businesses can borrow up to $5 million through the SBA 7(a) program, giving them access to a sizable amount for expansion, working capital, equipment purchases, and acquisitions.

Compared to conventional loans, SBA 7(a) loans often have longer repayment durations. Due to the ability to spread out loan payments over a longer time frame, firms are given more freedom to manage their cash flow and suffer fewer restrictions.

The process is a few weeks longer than conventional loans.

There can be restrictions on how the money from an SBA 7(a) loan can be used. While they provide flexibility, there are limitations on how the loan proceeds can be used. For example, they cannot be used to pay off current government debts.

SBA loans come with certain fees, such as guarantee fees, packaging fees, and servicing fees, which can increase the overall cost of borrowing. These additional expenses should be factored into the financial analysis of the loan. The prepayment penalty for the 7A loan declines yearly, from 3% in year one to 2% in year two, 1% in year three, and none after that.

Sometimes, SBA lenders will require additional security in your inventory, receivables, equipment, and even personal property, such as a family home.

This is ideal when a borrower has a reasonably strong financial position but must independently meet traditional financing requirements. This loan can improve their creditworthiness or serve as a credit enhancement. Also, if a client is looking for a longer term for CRE, about 25 years, and for equipment, up to 10 years, SBA-backed loans can accommodate. This is not the right choice if the borrower is a felon or undergoing legal proceedings for a crime, is behind on student loan payments, or does not meet the other terms of DSCR 1.15.

Medical (Doctors, Dentists, Vets)

Medical Loans for Doctors, Dentists, Veterinarians

Medical Loans are mortgages designed specifically for medical professionals, including doctors, dentists, and veterinarians. These loans are typically exempt from requiring a down payment, unlike other loan types that often necessitate private mortgage insurance (PMI) for down payments below 20%. Medical loans allow medical professionals to avoid the down payment and PMI expenses, making them particularly beneficial for those just entering the field or those with significant student loan debt.

These types of loans can be sought on behalf of your clients for various purposes, from starting a new practice, buying new equipment, paying salaries and benefits, office upgrades, renovations, and marketing your new business or expansion.


No Down Payment
Medical loans often do not require a down payment, which is particularly beneficial for doctors who may have significant student loan debt or want to conserve their savings for other purposes.

Since medical loans typically do not require a down payment, doctors can avoid the additional cost of private mortgage insurance. PMI is usually required for conventional loans with down payments below 20%, and its absence in medical loans can result in significant savings.

Bridge Financing for Relocation
Doctors relocating for residency or new job opportunities may need temporary housing solutions. Some medical loans offer bridge financing, which provides funding to cover the gap between selling their current home and purchasing a new one.


Limited Eligibility
Medical loans are specifically designed for medical professionals, so not all doctors may qualify for these loan programs. Eligibility criteria may vary among lenders, and some doctors may find themselves ineligible for specific medical loan options.

Higher Fees
Some medical loan programs may have higher fees and closing costs than traditional mortgage options. Doctors should carefully review all associated fees to understand the total cost of the loan.

Possible Career Changes
Medical professionals, especially those in training or early in their careers, may experience changes in employment or relocation for various reasons. If a doctor needs to move or change specialties, it could impact the terms of the medical loan and create challenges in repaying the debt.

Preparing your client for the requirements is wise, especially if they need a better credit score. Many loan brokers offer or are connected to credit repair services to help clients resolve credit issues prior to borrowing in areas where credit scores are pressing. Some lenders might request collateral from clients as leverage against the loan amount. Because these are intensive loan applications, much of the loan broker’s work is in verifying all the documents and licenses required in the loan package.

Merchant Cash Advance

Merchant Processing Loans

Merchant Processing is a service that allows businesses to accept payments through credit cards, debit cards, and other forms of compensation from their customers. When a business signs up with a third-party merchant payment provider, the provider collects fees from the transactions and deposits the remaining funds into the business’s bank account. This service is particularly beneficial in today’s cashless society, providing convenience to customers and helping businesses manage their money more efficiently.

Merchant processing connects to the lending industry because processors can provide loans or advances on future sales, based on knowing the average sale volumes of your client’s business and businesses similar to theirs. The loan broker provides insight into the options available to a business, the associated fees, and to help businesses select a payment loan processor that provides the right mix of benefits and services for the money.


Quick Access to Funds
Merchant processing loans offer businesses quick access to funds, which can be beneficial for addressing urgent financial needs or capitalizing on time-sensitive opportunities.

Simple Application Process
The application process is typically straightforward, and approvals can be obtained faster than traditional loans, making it suitable for businesses with immediate funding needs.

No Collateral Required
Most merchant processing loans are unsecured, meaning that businesses do not need to provide collateral to secure the financing.

Flexible Repayment
Repayment is tied to the business’s credit card sales, allowing for more flexibility during periods of lower sales volume. The repayment amount adjusts with the business’s revenue, making it less burdensome during slower periods.


Higher Fees and Interest Rates
Merchant processing loans often have higher fees and interest rates than traditional bank loans. The cost of borrowing can be relatively expensive.

Impact on Cash Flow
The automatic deduction of a percentage of credit card sales can impact the business’s cash flow, especially during peak sales when more cash is needed for operations.

Potential Overborrowing
Some businesses may be tempted to take on more financing than they can afford, leading to potential cash flow issues and financial strain in the future.

Less Regulation
Merchant processing loans are regulated differently than traditional loans, which means the terms and conditions need to be more transparent.

Merchant processing loans can be a viable option for businesses needing quick access to funds with a flexible repayment structure. However, it’s essential for loan brokers to carefully review the costs and impact on cash flow with their clients before they pursue this type of financing. In many cases, broker advice can help businesses make informed decisions about their financing options.

Structured Settlement & Annuity

Structured Settlement and Annuity Financing

Structured settlement and annuity financing are financial arrangements that involve selling future periodic payments, such as those from structured settlements or annuities, in exchange for a lump sum of cash. This type of financing is often utilized by individuals who receive monthly payments from various sources, including law firm settlements, insurance settlements, cell tower leases, and lottery winnings. However, unforeseen circumstances may necessitate immediate cash, leading these individuals to prefer a lump sum over waiting for years to receive their full payment.

While this is a tertiary form of financing in most business scenarios, loan brokers are responsible for assessing all sources of funding on behalf of a client to provide them the best options available. In the right circumstances, this can be an important financial tool for business owners.


Immediate Access to Cash
The primary advantage is that individuals can immediately access a lump sum of cash, which can benefit urgent financial needs, investments, or other significant expenses.

Financial Flexibility
Selling structured settlement payments or annuities gives individuals more financial flexibility and control over their money, allowing them to address specific financial goals or emergencies.

No Additional Debt
Structured settlement and annuity financing allows individuals to obtain cash without additional debt, as they are selling future income streams rather than borrowing money.

Customizable Transactions
Selling only a portion of the structured settlement or annuity allows individuals to customize the transaction according to their financial needs while retaining some future income.


Forfeiting Future Income
Individuals forfeit their future income streams by selling structured settlement payments or annuities. This can impact long-term financial stability, mainly if the payments were intended to provide steady income during retirement.

Discounted Lump Sum
Individuals receive a lump sum lower than the total value of the future payments. The discounted amount accounts for the financing company’s profit and the time value of money.

Potential Regret
Some individuals may later regret selling their structured settlement or annuity, especially if they encounter financial difficulties in the future and no longer have a regular income stream.

Legal Complexity
Selling structured settlements or annuities can be legally complex and may require court approval sometimes, adding to the time and costs involved.

Fees and Commissions
The financing companies or investors may charge significant fees and commissions for facilitating the transaction, reducing the amount of cash the seller receives.

Energy & Commodity Loans

Energy and Commodity Finance

Energy and commodity finance is a specialized financial service specifically designed for businesses involved in producing, trading, and distributing energy and commodities, including sectors such as oil, gas, and electricity. These businesses often require substantial upfront capital investment, deal with complex supply chains, and navigate unpredictable price fluctuations, making traditional financing methods less ideal for their specific needs.


Energy and commodity financing supports sustainable and environmentally friendly initiatives, particularly for renewable energy projects and eco-conscious commodity businesses, contributing to a greener future.

This financing approach can improve a company’s cash flow, freeing up capital that can be reinvested in other business areas or used to repay existing debts.

Energy and commodity financing can be tailored to suit each business’s specific needs and risk profile, with lenders or financial institutions understanding the industry’s nuances.

These financing products are typically short-term, allowing businesses to settle their debt quickly and focus on harvesting their profits.


Heavy reliance on such financing options could lead to dependency on external funding, making the company vulnerable to market downturns or changes in credit availability.

Startups or smaller companies with limited operating history might need help accessing favorable financing options due to perceived higher risks.

Through energy and commodity financing, businesses can hedge against price risks. Using financial instruments and derivatives, they can protect themselves from adverse price movements and ensure a more stable financial position. However, if the interest rates offered by these financing options are significantly higher than alternative funding sources, it might not be the most financially prudent choice.

This financing product significantly enhances a company’s cash flow, offering a larger amount to be used as revolving credit. This is particularly beneficial in when production delays, shipment lags, late receivables, or emergencies impact the business’s access to cash.

If your client is involved in the energy sector and has financing needs from $1,000,000 to $50,000,000, energy and commodity finance could be an ideal funding solution. However, consider other financing options if your client’s needs fall outside this range.

Medical Receivables

Medical Receivables Financing

Medical Receivables Financing, or Medical Accounts Receivable Financing or Medical Receivables Factoring, is a financial arrangement where a healthcare provider or medical practice sells its outstanding accounts receivable to a third-party financing company or factor at a discount. This arrangement allows healthcare entities such as physicians, medical practices, diagnostic facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, and healthcare companies to access immediate cash flow by converting unpaid patient invoices or medical insurance claims into cash, which aids in funding ongoing business operations.

Loan brokers advise medical and healthcare-related industries on the best partner for medical factoring based on whether or not they accept insurance and how the practice has established billing and collections policies.


Medical Receivables Financing provides swift access to capital, enabling medical practices to meet financial obligations and cover operational expenses promptly.

This form of financing does not create additional debt, as it involves selling existing assets (accounts receivable) to access working capital.

Transferring receivables to the financing company also moves the credit risk associated with non-payment to the factor, shielding the provider from potential losses due to patient non-payment or insurance claim denials.


The cost of financing is represented by the discount applied to the accounts receivable sold to the financing company. Consequently, the provider receives less than the total value of the receivables, which can reduce overall profitability.

As patients will make payments directly to the financing company, they will likely be notified of the change in payment processing. This transfer of collection responsibility could impact patient-provider relationships.

Disputes or issues with the collection process could adversely affect the medical provider’s relationship with patients or insurance companies, even though they are no longer directly involved in the collection.

Medical Receivables Financing is an appealing choice for medical practices that prefer to avoid traditional loans and additional debt. This form of financing allows healthcare providers to leverage their existing assets (receivables) to access funds without incurring further debt. However, it should be noted that, like most short-term financing, it carries higher rates and fees than conventional long-term business financing. Therefore, it’s most suitable for practices with high patient invoices or insurance claims. Smaller practices or those with limited outstanding receivables may gain less benefit from this financing option. Loan brokers should compare and contrast the opportunity for medical practice financing in relation to factoring.

Commercial Real Estate Mortgages

Traditional Commercial Real Estate

An alternative for financing the purchase or refinancing of commercial buildings offered by conventional lenders, such as banks, credit unions, or institutional lenders, is a commercial real estate mortgage. It is a loan created especially for companies or people that want to buy, build, or invest in properties that generate revenue, including office buildings, retail spaces, industrial warehouses, or multifamily properties.


More extended loan periods are frequently available with traditional finance alternatives, typically 5 to 25 years. Due to the longer repayment duration, borrowers can spread out their payments over a longer time frame, which eases their financial strain.

Traditional lenders often focus on establishing long-term relationships with borrowers. This can result in personalized customer service, ongoing support, and potential access to additional banking services beyond financing, such as business accounts or credit lines.

Making on-time payments and managing a conventional commercial real estate loan can improve the borrower’s credit history and score. As a result, the borrower’s creditworthiness for obtaining future funding may be enhanced.

Commercial real estate loans are available in varying amounts, ranging from $100,000 to $5 million. These loans typically offer loan-to-value ratios of up to 80%, meaning borrowers can secure financing for up to 80% of the property’s appraised value.


Better options exist for those seeking longer-term financing than a conventional commercial real estate loan. Furthermore, borrowers who can only make a down payment of 10% to 15% will probably not be eligible for this loan type.

There can be restrictions on the kinds of properties that traditional CRE lenders will fund. They might impose limitations on particular properties, places, or enterprises. Borrowers seeking finance for distinctive or unusual commercial real estate projects may need additional work to source reasonable financing.

Traditional CRE lenders usually ask for a sizable down payment for commercial real estate loans, typically ranging from 20% to 30% or more of the property’s acquisition price. This may be a financial strain for borrowers with insufficient finances for a sizeable down payment.

A traditional commercial real estate mortgage is suitable for clients who can provide up to 30% down payment, possess excellent credit, and have sufficient liquidity. However, it is unsuitable for clients seeking longer-term financing or those who can only afford a down payment of 10-15%. Loan Brokers can facilitate traditional commercial real estate loans, but many traditional lenders don’t pay points directly to brokers, making it more challenging to collect a commission.

Business and Industry Guaranteed Loans

Business and Industry Guaranteed Loans

Business and Industry Guaranteed Loans (B&I) are specifically designed to support rural-based businesses, providing them access to capital for various purposes such as improvements, staffing, and purchases. To qualify for a B&I loan, the business must be located in a rural area with a population not exceeding 50,000 inhabitants. While this type of loan may require collateral, it offers flexible interest rates, subject to negotiation between the lender and borrower. Variable interest rates may not be adjusted more frequently than quarterly.


B&I loans provide vital financial support to rural businesses, enabling them to grow, expand, and invest in their operations.

The flexible interest rate negotiation allows borrowers to secure favorable lending terms and potentially lower interest costs.

By encouraging economic development in rural areas, B&I loans contribute to job creation and local economic growth.


Collateral requirements may pose challenges for some businesses, particularly those with limited assets to offer as security.

B&I loans are not suitable for specific purposes, such as financing lines of credit, owner-occupied and rental housing, golf courses or golf course infrastructure, racetracks or gambling facilities, churches or church-controlled organizations, lending, investment, and insurance companies, and distribution or payment to a beneficiary of the borrower or an individual or entity retaining an ownership interest in the borrower.

It’s essential for businesses in rural areas seeking capital for eligible purposes to consider the potential benefits and limitations of B&I loans. Businesses can make informed decisions about their financing options when loan brokers detail the specific requirements for these loans and assess their client’s financial needs. Additionally, exploring alternative funding sources with various lenders can help brokers find the most suitable financing solution for their client’s unique circumstances.

Business Term Loans

Business Term Loans

A business term loan is a financing option that provides borrowers with a lump sum of cash up-front, and in return, the borrower agrees to specific fixed or variable borrowing terms. These loans are typically suitable for small businesses with stable financial statements. They are generally repaid over one to twenty-five years, making them ideal for long-term business investments. However, it’s essential to consider both the pros and cons of business term loans before deciding if they fit your business.


Lump Sum Funding
Business term loans offer a lump sum of cash up-ront, providing businesses with immediate access to the capital they need for various purposes.

Long-Term Investment
The extended repayment period allows businesses to use the loan for long-term investments, such as expanding operations, purchasing equipment, or financing other growth initiatives.

Predictable Payments
Borrowers benefit from fixed repayment schedules for better budgeting and financial planning.


Collateral Requirements
Some business term loans may require collateral, which can be a significant consideration for businesses with limited assets or those unwilling to pledge assets as security.

Less Flexibility
Compared to business lines of credit, term loans are less flexible, as payments typically begin immediately after funding, potentially affecting cash flow for some businesses.

Interest Costs
The longer repayment period of term loans can lead to higher interest costs over time than short-term financing options.

If your client has stable financial statements and requires funding for long-term investments or working capital needs, a business term loan could be a suitable financing option. However, businesses should carefully review the terms, interest rates, and collateral requirements of the loan before proceeding.

Term loans are best for high-value items that are part of a business’s capital investment plan and that will be amortized over ten years or more. Exploring other financing products like business lines of credit may be more appropriate for businesses seeking flexible payment options or short-term financing solutions. Additionally, comparing loan offers from multiple lenders and assessing your client’s financial capacity will help you decide on the best financing options to present.

Church Financing

Church Real Estate Financing

Church financing is a specialized funding designed to assist churches in funding their real estate, equipment, and operations needs. As non-profit organizations, churches may encounter challenges securing traditional loans from many lenders. Non-profits that rely primarily on donations rather than income may not be able to assert revenue stability as businesses that have contractual relationships with their clients.

However, specialized networks cater to church financing, offering funding solutions for constructing church buildings, refinancing existing properties, or purchasing real estate for church use, regardless of the church’s credit profile. For real estate, this type of financing typically provides flexible repayment terms, allowing churches to spread the loan repayment over up to 25 years.


Access to Funding
Church real estate financing provides churches access to much-needed capital to build or acquire properties for their congregations.

Tailored Solutions
Specialized networks that offer church financing understand the unique needs of religious organizations, allowing for tailored loan solutions to meet specific requirements.

Longer Repayment Period
The extended amortization period, up to 25 years, helps churches manage their cash flow and make affordable monthly payments.


Limited Lender Options
Since churches are non-profit entities, they may face limited options when seeking traditional financing. Finding specialized networks or lenders that cater to church real estate financing is crucial.

Potential Restrictions
Some church real estate financing may come with specific restrictions or conditions related to the use of the property, which churches should carefully review to ensure they align with their intended plans.

Qualification Criteria
While specialized networks may be more flexible with credit considerations, churches may still need to meet specific qualification criteria to secure the loan.

Church real estate financing can be valuable for churches looking to expand their facilities, refinance existing properties, or acquire new real estate for their congregation. The extended repayment period and customized loan solutions catered to religious organizations make this financing option appealing. However, brokers should be diligent in researching and comparing different financing options to find lenders or networks that offer favorable terms and rates and understand the unique needs of the church community. By carefully assessing their financial capacity and reviewing the loan terms, brokers can provide the knowledge for church financing committees to make informed decisions while supporting their mission and growth.

CMBS (Real Estate)

CMBS Commercial Real Estate Loans

CMBS (Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities) loans are mortgage-backed securities that use commercial properties instead of residential real estate as their foundation. These loans securitize various commercial properties, including apartment buildings, factories, hotels, office buildings, parks, and shopping malls, often within the same trust. One of the critical advantages of CMBS loans is that they come with fixed interest rates, providing borrowers with predictability in their repayments throughout the loan term. Additionally, CMBS loans are typically non-recourse, meaning that lenders cannot hold borrowers personally liable in case of loan default. However, considering potential drawbacks, such as high prepayment penalties and the requirement for alternative collateral if early payment is desired, is essential.


Fixed Interest Rates
CMBS loans offer fixed interest rates, providing stability and predictability in repayment amounts over the life of the loan.

Diversification of Assets
CMBS pools together various commercial properties, offering investors exposure to a diversified portfolio of real estate assets.

Non-Recourse Financing
Borrowers enjoy limited personal liability, as CMBS loans are typically non-recourse, protecting them from personal liability in case of loan default.


Prepayment Penalties
CMBS loans often come with high prepayment penalties, which can be a significant drawback if borrowers intend to repay the loan early or refinance.

Alternative Collateral Requirement
Some CMBS loans may require borrowers to provide alternative collateral if they wish to prepay the loan, adding complexity and potential costs.

Market Sensitivity
CMBS loan terms and rates can be influenced by market conditions and investor demand, leading to potential fluctuations in pricing and availability.

CMBS commercial real estate loans can attract investors seeking predictable cash flow based on fixed interest rates. Diversifying assets through a portfolio of commercial properties within the same trust can benefit those looking to spread risk. However, brokers should carefully review the terms and potential costs associated with prepayment penalties and alternative collateral requirements with their clients to ensure CMBS loans align with their financial goals and objectives. Understanding the market dynamics and possible sensitivity of CMBS loans to changing economic conditions is also crucial in making informed decisions about this type of financing.

Commercial Real Estate Development

Commercial Real Estate Development Financing

Commercial real estate development financing is in high demand today due to market demand for properties in many cities as well as belt tightening in the development and construction sector from traditional lenders due to the inherent risks associated with development projects. Development loans cater to developers seeking capital to fund commercial real estate ventures. The availability of collateral requirements and the importance of a good credit score (usually 680 or higher) may vary depending on the lender’s policies. The repayment terms for these loans typically range from short-term (less than 5 years) to long-term (up to 20 years). Developers can benefit from various financing structures tailored to their needs, offering options such as interest-only periods, negotiable amortization schedules, balloon terms, and debt/equity arrangements.


Access to Capital
Commercial real estate development financing provides developers with the necessary funds to undertake projects that may require substantial upfront investment.

Flexible Financing Options
Developers can choose from various financing structures, allowing them to customize loan terms to align with their project timelines and cash flow requirements.

Opportunities for Growth
Securing financing for real estate development projects opens up expansion and revenue generation opportunities, contributing to business growth and success.


Higher Risk
Real estate development projects are inherently risky, and securing financing for such ventures may involve higher interest rates and additional requirements.

Collateral Requirements
Some lenders may require collateral as security for the loan, which can be a significant commitment for developers.

Credit Score Importance
A credit score of 680 or higher is generally recommended, making it essential for developers to maintain a strong credit history to access favorable financing terms.

Commercial real estate development financing is crucial in supporting developers in bringing their projects to fruition. Developers can use various financing options to tailor the loan terms to their needs and risk tolerance. However, brokers play an important role in clarifying the inherent risks and challenges associated with real estate development and providing insights into the options and process necessary for funding success. When brokers do so, developers can make informed decisions and optimize the benefits of commercial real estate development financing for their business growth and success.

Commercial Real Estate Acquisition Funding

Commercial Real Estate Funding

Commercial Real Estate Acquisition Funding refers to loans to purchase commercial properties, including retail spaces, office buildings, self-storage facilities, mixed-use properties, hotels, motels, warehouses, and mobile home parks. These loans are secured by the commercial property itself, meaning that if the borrower defaults on payments, the lender has the right to seize the property.  Acquisition is often financed through a mortgage or a bridge loan (both discussed above), but portfolio loans can also be used for investors who want to leverage their equity have a variety of holdings.


Access to Commercial Properties
Commercial Real Estate Funding enables investors to acquire valuable commercial properties with the potential for substantial returns and long-term income generation.

Diverse Property Types
Investors can choose from various commercial properties, allowing for diversification and the ability to capitalize on different market opportunities.

Longer Repayment Periods
With repayment periods ranging from 5 to 20 years, commercial real estate financing provides investors with sufficient time to generate income from the property and gradually pay off the loan.


Collateral Requirement
Putting up the commercial property as collateral means that investors risk losing the property if they cannot meet loan obligations, making careful financial planning and risk assessment crucial.

Market Volatility
Commercial real estate values can fluctuate with market conditions, impacting the potential profitability and risk associated with the investment.

Complex Transactions
Acquiring and financing commercial properties involves complex processes, legalities, and due diligence, which may require the assistance of experienced professionals.

Brokers prepare investors considering commercial real estate funding by describing the complexities of this sector and providing insight into the documents and process from application to close. That empowers property buyers to conduct thorough market research to identify properties with the most potential. The ability to secure financing and manage risks effectively play a vital role in the success of the investment. While commercial real estate funding offers unique experiences and rewards, it also requires a comprehensive understanding of the commercial property market and careful financial planning to make informed decisions and maximize returns on investment. Brokers that work in this area commonly focus on commercial real estate to stay on top of market trends.

Consumer Financing Program

Consumer Financing Program

A Consumer Financing Program is a financial offering by a business that allows its customers to access financing to purchase products or services they might not afford to pay for upfront. Through this program, customers can apply for financing based on their financial stability and credit scores, demonstrating their ability to repay the loan over time. Brokers find the right financing firm for their clients and enjoy residuals as customers purchase products through the financing channel.


Increased Buying Power
Offering consumer financing expands the purchasing power of customers, enabling them to make larger and more expensive purchases.

Improved Cash Flow
By allowing customers to finance their purchases, businesses can receive immediate payment for products or services while customers pay off the loan over time, improving cash flow.

Increased Revenue
The ability to offer financing options can attract more customers and increase sales and revenue for the business.

Customer Attraction
Consumer financing can be a competitive advantage, attracting customers who prefer the convenience and flexibility of financing options.


Bad Debts Risk
There is a risk of bad debts if customers default on their loan payments, which can impact the business’s profitability and financial stability.

Cash Flow Constraints
Depending on the financing terms, the business may face cash flow constraints if a significant portion of its sales is tied up in customer loan repayments.

Businesses of all sizes can implement consumer financing programs, from small enterprises to large corporations, or by partnering with third-party finance companies. Such programs can build customer loyalty, trust, and satisfaction while contributing to the growth and success of the business. However, it is essential for brokers to source the right financing partner on behalf of their clients due to the variety of options in the market and the potential risks and benefits to them. Each lender has unique approval criteria, interest rates, repayment timelines, and terms associated with non-paying customers.

Contract Financing

Contract Financing

Contract financing is a business loan obtained against a contract already secured with a client. Unlike traditional loans, the creditworthiness of your client’s client is the lender’s primary consideration, rather than solely relying on your client’s credit history. Generally, contract financing lenders require businesses to have been operational for at least six months to a year.


Improved Cash Flow
Contract financing can help businesses manage their cash flow by providing upfront funding based on the secured contract, enabling them to cover expenses and invest in growth opportunities.

No Collateral Required
As an unsecured loan, contract financing does not require businesses to pledge assets as collateral, reducing the risk of losing valuable assets in case of default.

Capacity for Multiple Projects
With contract financing, businesses can take on multiple projects simultaneously, leveraging their existing contracts to secure funding for new ventures.


Higher Risk
Since contract financing is unsecured, lenders may perceive it as riskier than secured loans, leading to more stringent approval processes and potentially higher interest rates.

Limited Eligibility
Startups or businesses with limited operational history may find it challenging to qualify for contract financing, as lenders often prefer more established businesses with a proven track record.

Cost of Financing
Contract financing may be more expensive than conventional loans due to the higher risk involved for lenders, resulting in higher interest rates and fees.

Contract financing can be valuable for businesses seeking to bridge cash flow gaps and capitalize on secured contracts. It allows businesses to leverage their future revenue streams to access current funding. However, businesses should carefully consider the associated costs and weigh the benefits of improved cash flow against the potential higher expenses of contract financing. Additionally, brokers should review the due diligence criteria their client should review to confirm the likelihood of prompt payment at the specified benchmarks in the contract.

Mergers & Acquisition

Corporate Mergers and Acquisition Financing

Corporate M&A financing involves raising funds to support mergers and acquisitions. The primary sources of M&A financing include equity financing, debt financing, and utilizing existing cash reserves. Brokers can earn fees in both the equity and debt financing portions so long as they can connect with the right investors or lenders for the deal.


Control Retention
M&A financing, primarily through equity financing, allows the acquiring company to retain control over its operations and decision-making, preserving its corporate identity.

Synergy Benefits
M&A deals can lead to synergies, where the combined entity achieves greater efficiencies and profitability, benefiting shareholders with increased value and potential growth.

Strategic Expansion
Financing M&A transactions enables companies to expand their market presence strategically, enter new industries, or acquire complementary businesses, driving long-term growth.


Credit Rating Impact
Heavy reliance on debt financing can lead to increased debt levels and may result in a credit rating downgrade, potentially raising borrowing costs in the future.

Funding Limitations
Depending on the financial position and creditworthiness of the acquiring company, there may be limits to the amount of financing available, potentially constraining the scale of the M&A deal.

Integration Challenges
Successful M&A transactions require seamless integration of the acquired company into the acquiring entity, which can be complex and time-consuming, impacting operational efficiency.

Corporate M&A financing can be a strategic tool for companies seeking to expand their business and create value through acquisitions. It allows companies to access external funding to facilitate growth and achieve synergies. However, brokers must facilitate careful evaluations of their client’s financial capacity, offer a beneficial balance of debt and equity financing, and encourage their clients to plan for an effective mix of capital types, including working capital, property improvement, or equipment financing to maximize the success of the M&A deal. Additionally, prudent financial management and a clear understanding of the risks and benefits are necessary on the part of the client when pursuing corporate M&A financing.

Fix & Flip Loans

Fix and Flip Real Estate Financing

Fix-and-flip real estate financing refers to short-term loans designed to assist real estate investors in acquiring, renovating, and reselling a property at a profit. This type of financing offers several advantages, but it also has some drawbacks.


Flexibility and Quick Approval
Fix and flip loans typically offer flexible loan terms with fewer regulations, making them attractive to real estate investors. Additionally, the approval process can be completed as quickly as 7 to 10 days, allowing investors to seize opportunities swiftly.

No Prepayment Penalties
Unlike other loans, fix and flip financing usually comes with no prepayment penalties, enabling investors to repay the loan early without incurring extra fees.


High-Interest Rates
Due to their short-term nature and higher risk, fix and flip loans often have higher interest rates than traditional long-term mortgages.

Potential Interest Build-up
If the property renovations take longer than anticipated or the resale is delayed, the interest on the loan can accumulate rapidly, increasing the overall cost.

Experience Requirements
Some lenders prefer to work with experienced investors who have completed multiple successful flips. First-time borrowers may encounter higher interest rates and more stringent eligibility criteria.

Cash Reserves for Renovations
Before accessing loan funds for renovations, borrowers may be required to demonstrate sufficient cash reserves, which could limit their ability to leverage the loan for other investments.

Fix and flip real estate financing can be a valuable tool for experienced investors looking to capitalize on short-term opportunities in the real estate market. Its quick approval process and flexibility make it an appealing option for those with the necessary experience and resources. Brokers can assist fix and flip investors in evaluating interest rates and terms should the project encounters delays. Novice investors may find it more challenging to secure favorable terms. Brokers should assess their readiness before pursuing fix and flip financing on behalf of their clients.

Franchise Financing

Franchise Financing

Franchise financing is a type of funding designed to assist entrepreneurs in covering the costs associated with starting a franchise business. While this financing option offers several advantages, it also has certain drawbacks.


Easy and Fast Approval Process
Franchise financing typically involves a streamlined approval process, allowing entrepreneurs to access funds quickly and start their franchise venture sooner.

Lower Interest Rates
Compared to some other types of business loans, franchise financing often comes with lower interest rates, making it a more cost-effective funding option.

Flexible Terms
Lenders may offer flexible repayment terms to accommodate franchise businesses’ unique needs and cash flow.

Additional Support Services
Some franchise financing options come with additional support services or resources from the franchisor, helping entrepreneurs navigate the franchise setup more efficiently.


Personal Funds Required
While franchise financing can cover a significant portion of the investment, lenders may still require entrepreneurs to contribute some personal funds upfront, typically ranging from 10% to 30% of the total investment.

Collateral Requirement
Some franchise financing options may require collateral to secure the loan, which could put borrowers’ assets at risk if they cannot repay the loan.

Limited Options
Not all franchisees may qualify for franchise financing, as lenders may have specific eligibility criteria and funding limits, which could limit the available options.

Many entrepreneurs who enter the franchise business may only have part of the investment amount available. Franchise financing provides a viable solution for those seeking to bridge the financial gap and pursue their franchise opportunity. Its easy approval process, lower interest rates, and potential additional support from the franchisor make it an attractive choice for aspiring franchisees. However, applicants should be prepared to contribute some personal funds and meet any collateral requirements set by lenders. Brokers are an important source of alternative funding options for many franchisees as the terms offered through a franchising company may put the owner at a disadvantage. Evaluating the terms of multiple franchise financing options with prospective clients will help entrepreneurs find the best fit for their franchise venture.

Inventory Financing

Inventory Financing

Inventory financing is a line of credit, often a short-term loan, specifically designed to fund a company’s inventory. The purchased inventory serves as collateral for the loan. In the event of non-repayment, the lender has the right to seize and sell the inventory to recover the borrowed capital. To secure such a loan, a company typically needs to present its business plan, demonstrate a good credit record, and assess the value of its inventory.


Access to Funds Regardless of Company Size and Experience
Inventory financing can be available to companies of various sizes and levels of experience, making it accessible for both startups and established businesses.

Stabilizes Cash Flows
By securing funds to purchase inventory, companies can stabilize their cash flows and ensure they have sufficient stock to meet customer demand.

Ownership Retention
Companies can maintain ownership of their business while using the inventory as collateral for the loan, allowing them to continue operations and benefit from the inventory’s value.


Difficulty in Securing
Inventory financing may be challenging, especially for businesses with a limited credit history or higher risk profiles.

High-Interest Rates
Interest rates for inventory financing vary widely, ranging from low rates of 5-6% to higher rates of 15-20% or even more, depending on the lender and the company’s creditworthiness.

Limited Use
This financing product is specifically designed for companies that need to pay their suppliers for stock that will be warehoused before being sold to customers, making it less suitable for other types of business expenses.

Inventory financing can be a valuable financial tool for businesses that rely heavily on inventory, such as retailers and wholesalers. It provides the necessary funds to purchase inventory, stabilize cash flows, and continue business operations. However, brokers should notify business owners of the potential challenges in securing this type of financing and encourage them to carefully consider the associated interest rates before committing to an inventory financing arrangement. Conducting thorough research and providing various financing options will help companies make informed decisions that align with their specific financial needs and objectives.

Large Project Financing

Large Project Financing

Large project financing is a long-term financing product designed to fund infrastructure, industrial projects, and public services. This type of financing relies on the project’s cash flow for repayment, making it essential to assess the project’s potential revenue streams to determine viability.


Maximizes Project Leverage
Large project financing allows projects to secure significant funds, maximizing their financial leverage to undertake ambitious, extensive ventures.

Off-Balance Sheet Treatment
By relying on the project’s cash flow for repayment, this financing type may offer off-balance sheet treatment, potentially improving the borrower’s financial ratios and creditworthiness.

Access to Capital for Major Projects
Large project financing enables businesses and governments to undertake substantial projects that may have significant economic, social, and infrastructural impacts.


High Cost
The development and execution of large projects can be costly, and financing such endeavors can result in higher interest rates and fees.

Large project financing involves extensive documentation, risk analysis, and evaluation, making the process complex and time-consuming.

Limited Suitability for Small Enterprises
Due to the substantial scale and requirements of large project financing, it is more commonly utilized by multi-million-dollar companies. At the same time, smaller enterprises may need help to meet the criteria.

Large project financing is vital for major infrastructure projects, industrial developments, and public services. It provides the necessary capital for initiatives significantly impacting local and national economies. However, the high cost and complexity associated with large project financing mean that they are time intensive for both the borrower and broker. The borrower must carefully assess the feasibility and financial sustainability of the offers sourced. This financing can be invaluable for businesses and governments embarking on large-scale ventures to realize ambitious visions and it takes time to develop the expertise to deliver the types of funds required.

Cash Merchant Advance

Cash Merchant Advance

A cash merchant advance is a financing option that offers immediate capital to cover cash-flow shortages or short-term expenses, making it a suitable choice for small businesses. This type of financing is repaid using a percentage of the business’s debit and credit card sales, along with an additional fee.


Quick Access to Capital
Cash merchant advances provide swift access to funds, which can be crucial for businesses facing urgent financial needs or unexpected expenses.

Flexible Repayment
As a short-term financing option, cash merchant advances offer flexibility in repayment, allowing businesses to repay the loan quickly based on their sales volume.

No Collateral Requirement
Unlike traditional loans, cash merchant advances do not require collateral, making them accessible to businesses lacking significant assets.


High Cost
Cash merchant advances are known for their high cost, often carrying annual percentage rates (APRs) that can result in a cycle of debt for borrowers.

Impact on Cash Flow
The repayment structure, which involves a percentage of debit and credit card sales, may impact the business’s cash flow, particularly during slower sales periods.

Limited as the First Option
Due to the high costs associated with cash merchant advances, businesses should consider alternative small-business loan options before opting for this type of financing.

While cash merchant advances can offer fast access to much-needed capital for small businesses, the associated high costs and potential impact on cash flow make them a financing option that requires careful consideration. Loan brokers can almost always source other small-business loan alternatives. If this is the only pathway for a business, they should be advised to assess their financial capacity to handle the repayment terms before deciding on a cash merchant advance.

Mezzanine Financing

Mezzanine Financing

Mezzanine financing is a hybrid financing option that bridges the gap between debt and equity in a company, providing a way for businesses to raise funds for specific projects. It offers more generous returns to investors, often ranging between 12% and 20% per year.


Additional Capital
Mezzanine financing allows companies to secure additional capital for specific projects or expansions without giving up full ownership or control.

Tax-Deductible Interest
The interest payment on mezzanine financing is usually tax-deductible, providing potential tax advantages to the borrower.

Capital Cost Reduction
Mezzanine financing can result in a reduction of the overall cost of capital for the company.

Increased Equity Returns
The equity portion of mezzanine financing can lead to increased equity returns if the project or investment is successful.


High-Interest Rates
Mezzanine financing often comes with higher interest rates than traditional loans, increasing the overall cost of borrowing.

Dilution of EPS
When the equity option in mezzanine financing is exercised, it can dilute earnings per share, potentially causing a negative reaction from existing shareholders.

Perceived Risk
Mezzanine financing is typically sought when the perceived risk is high and more than traditional business loans are needed or available.

Loss of Ownership
Although mezzanine financing does not result in full ownership transfer, it involves giving up a portion of the company’s equity.

Mezzanine financing can be an attractive option for businesses seeking additional capital for specific projects without entirely relying on equity finance. However, the high-interest rates and potential dilution of EPS should be carefully evaluated against the benefits of accessing the required funds. Loan brokers working in high value deals must become conversant in building capital stacks and putting together packages that benefit all parties to a deal.

Purchase Order Financing

Purchase Order Financing

Purchase order financing is a funding option that provides businesses with the necessary funds to pay suppliers and fulfill purchase orders, helping to smooth out cash flow. While it shares similarities with short-term loans, PO financing offers distinct advantages that appeal to particular industries and situations.


Fulfill Large Orders
Purchase order financing enables businesses to fulfill large buyer orders that they might have yet to be able to manage otherwise due to cash flow constraints.

Avoid Order Decline
By using PO financing, businesses can choose to pay the financing fees instead of declining lucrative orders, thereby seizing growth opportunities.

Suitable for Various Businesses
Established and growing companies can benefit from purchase order financing to meet their operational needs and expand their market presence.


Industry Limitations
Purchase order financing is most suitable for specific industries, such as manufacturing, retail, and import-export, where fulfilling large orders is common.

High-Margin Transactions
It is most cost-effective for businesses dealing with high-margin transactions, as the financing fees may become less viable for low-margin deals.

Large Buyers Required
PO financing is best suited for companies with significant buyers or customers, as the funding is tied to confirmed purchase orders.

Despite some limitations, purchase order financing can be invaluable for businesses facing cash flow challenges and striving to fulfill substantial orders that are outside their standard buying capacity. These loans allow companies to capitalize on growth opportunities and increase their sales without being hindered by financial constraints. However, it is essential for businesses to carefully assess their specific needs and industry suitability before opting for purchase order financing as a funding option. Brokers must generally prepare a network of prospective lenders in advance of working these deals because the need is immediate, often random, and must be closed quickly for the client to fulfill the P.O. on behalf of their customer.

Sale-Leaseback Financing

Sale-Leaseback Financing

Sale-Leaseback financing is a financial arrangement where an entrepreneur sells an owned asset, such as a fixed asset or a new investment, to raise capital. Following the sale, the company leases the asset back from the buyer for a predetermined rental period, making fixed regular rental payments. This arrangement allows the company to enhance liquidity by accessing funds tied to the asset.


Increased Liquidity
Sale-Leaseback financing provides an immediate injection of cash as the entrepreneur gains access to the proceeds of the asset sale, which can be used for various business needs.

Full Financing of Investment
Unlike other financing options, Sale-Leaseback allows the entrepreneur to finance the total investment amount, providing more substantial funding.

Retention of Asset Use
Despite selling the asset, the company retains the total value in use through the lease agreement, allowing continued operational use of the asset.


Loss of Control
The asset’s sale can lead to losing control over its ownership and management, as it belongs to the buyer.

Lack of Equity
Since the asset is sold, the company no longer holds equity in that asset, which could affect the balance sheet and overall financial standing.

Lease Renewal Risk
After the fixed lease period, there is a risk that the lease might not be renewed, leading to potential disruptions in operations or the need to find alternative arrangements.

Sale-Leaseback financing is particularly suitable for entrepreneurs seeking to unlock capital from owned assets without giving up operational use. It can be an attractive option when the company finds other business activities more appealing for financing, but still wants to access capital from fixed assets while maintaining business continuity. Brokers often consider sale leaseback on behalf of their clients when the equipment is aging out and the company is already planning to acuire additional equipment, new equipment, or upgraded technologies that change their capacity and position in the market.

Used Aircraft Financing

Used Aircraft Financing

Used Aircraft financing allows businesses like airlines, shipping companies, and other transport-related industries to acquire aircraft through a financing arrangement similar to an auto loan. The aircraft’s purchase price influences the loan’s interest rate, and the aircraft serves as collateral for the loan. Lenders also consider the buyer’s credit score when evaluating the financing request.


Access to Expensive Assets
Used Aircraft financing provides businesses access to high-value assets, such as aircraft, without needing a significant upfront payment.

Fixed-Rate Terms
Aircraft loans typically come with fixed-rate terms, giving borrowers predictable loan payments.

Longer Loan Terms
Depending on factors like creditworthiness and down payment, borrowers may secure longer loan terms, making repayment more manageable.

Boosts Business Operations
Acquiring aircraft through financing enables businesses to enhance their transportation capabilities, expand operations, and increase revenue.


Down Payment Requirements
The loan’s down payment requirement can vary based on creditworthiness and other factors, potentially demanding a substantial upfront payment.

Time-Consuming Process
Financing a used aircraft is a complex process that requires a thorough evaluation, documentation, and approval, taking several days or more.

Depreciation and Resale Value
Aircraft depreciation can affect their resale value, impacting loan terms and financing options for older aircraft.

Used Aircraft financing is a valuable option for businesses seeking to acquire aircraft without a significant upfront investment. It allows them to expand their transportation capabilities and improve business operations. However, businesses should be prepared for a more time-consuming process and carefully consider factors like down payment requirements and the impact of aircraft depreciation on loan terms and financing costs. Brokers finance these deals through an array of equipment and airline specific lenders, and for some, this becomes a niche category within their practice.

Venture Capital Financing

Venture Capital Financing

Venture Capital financing is often sought by start-up businesses to secure capital in exchange for a share of ownership in the company. Instead of traditional debt financing, entrepreneurs receive investments from venture capitalists, who become stakeholders in the business and share in its profits.


Start-Up Funding
Venture Capital financing provides much-needed capital for start-up businesses to launch and scale their operations.

Strategic Support
Along with funding, venture capitalists may offer valuable strategic advice and expertise to help the business grow.

No Debt Obligations
Unlike traditional loans, venture capital financing does not create debt obligations for the business to repay.


Loss of Control
Accepting venture capital investment means giving up some control and decision-making power in the company.

Venture capitalists prioritize making a return on their investment, which may conflict with the entrepreneur’s long-term goals or vision for the company. In fact, when a business takes venture capital they get on a treadmill that doesn’t stop. Shutdown, acquisition or public offer are the three exit options for venture-backed businesses.

Selective Funding
Venture capitalists carefully evaluate potential investments, and not all start-ups meet their criteria, making securing funding challenging for some businesses.

Venture Capital financing can be a valuable resource for start-up businesses seeking rapid growth and expansion. It offers access to funds and strategic guidance to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into successful ventures. However, it also involves giving up some control and requires entrepreneurs to align their goals with the profit-oriented objectives of the venture capitalists. As not all start-ups meet the strict criteria of venture capitalists, alternative financing options and building positive cash flow may be more practical approaches for some small businesses. Loan brokers rarely facilitate venture capital deals. Most often one executive takes responsibility for sourcing funds and continually growing the investment while another focuses on operations and meeting growth targets required to get to the next round of funding.

Equity Financing

Equity Financing

Equity financing involves selling shares or ownership interests to investors to raise funds for business objectives. Unlike debt financing, money raised through equity financing does not have to be repaid as the contributor of the funds now owns a portion of the company. This form of financing is often utilized during a company’s startup stage to finance plant assets and cover initial operating expenses.


No Repayment Obligations
Unlike debt financing, equity financing does not create any debt that needs to be repaid, providing the company with more financial flexibility.

Alternative Funding Source
Equity financing offers an alternative to traditional loans, which can be especially beneficial for startups or businesses with limited access to debt financing.

Potential for Growth
Investors who contribute to the company’s operations may bring expertise, resources, and networking opportunities that can contribute to the growth and success of the business.


Dilution of Ownership and Control
Selling shares or ownership stakes means giving up a portion of the company’s ownership, which can lead to a loss of operational control for the original owners.

Expectation of following the venture capital path
Some equity investors expect greater than average returns and only put money into businesses that are in high-growth sectors. The expectation can be as high as 300% growth annually, making the money received equivalent to taking a loan with a 50% interest rate. This type of equity investor will expect the business to take future equity and to be acquired or to go public as an exit strategy.

No Tax Shield
Unlike debt financing, equity investments do not offer tax benefits. Dividends distributed to shareholders are not tax-deductible, which can increase the overall cost of equity financing.

Brokers can play a role in equity financing. Equity firms look for sound packages, just as lenders do. Individuals can also become equity investors, but these may end up being friends or family. Brokers can earn a fee if they source an equity investor not affiliated with the close circle of the current owners. It is important for the broker to understand whether the business is seeking “silent” equity holders that simply receive residuals, or if the investor is seeking high growth and an exit with a high cash payout.

Credit Repair

Credit Repair

While credit repair is not a loan type, it is a common service that commercial loan brokers offer to help their clients secure better financing.

Credit repair is a service offered by companies or third-party entities that work on behalf of individuals to improve or rectify their poor credit scores, typically for a fee. It’s important to note that credit repair firms cannot perform actions that individuals cannot do themselves. However, many people opt for credit repair services to save time and effort, as improving credit independently can be labor-intensive.

Credit repair services can be added in-house within a brokerage, or a brokerage can build a relationship with a third-party provider. In either case, there are instances where referring clients for credit repair significantly benefits their eligibility for preferred interest rates, terms and conditions.


Time Savings
Credit repair services handle the communication and negotiations with credit reporting bureaus, saving individuals the time and effort required to navigate the process independently.

Credit repair companies have experience and knowledge of credit laws and regulations, which can be valuable when dealing with complex credit issues.

Customized Solutions
These services may offer personalized solutions and strategies to address specific credit problems based on individual credit reports.


Credit repair services typically charge fees for their assistance, which can add to the financial burden for individuals seeking credit repair.

No Guaranteed Results
Credit repair companies cannot guarantee specific outcomes or credit score improvements, as credit reporting bureaus operate independently and assess credit histories differently.

Individuals considering credit repair should carefully research and choose reputable companies with a track record of success. Loan brokers can assist by vetting and building relationships with high-quality credit repair agencies to help clients avoid scams and false promises. While credit repair can benefit those with complex credit issues or limited time to manage their credit repair process, individuals should also be aware of their rights and the resources available to them for improving their credit independently.

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