Navigating Changing Loan Sizes: Preparing Building Operations for a Smoother Refinance


In the ever-evolving landscape of real estate and finance, loan sizes for commercial and residential rental properties have seen significant fluctuations due to a variety of reasons. It is crucial for property owners and stakeholders to understand these paradigm shifts and proactively strategize to optimize their debt obligations. By aligning building operations with these changes in the market and gearing up for potential refinances or building dispositions, property owners can avoid sudden and potentially adverse financial surprises.

Over the past couple of years, loan sizes for real estate projects have witnessed drastic changes due to various economic and market factors including increases in interest rates, regulatory adjustments, economic fluctuations, and changing investor sentiments. Consequently, both new loans and refinanced debt can come with significantly altered terms and amounts. To effectively manage these variations and secure the best financial outcomes, property owners must adopt a proactive approach.

One effective strategy is to monitor interest rates while also trying to increase net operating income at existing properties when you have the opportunity. Staying informed about prevailing economic conditions and the direction of interest rates allows property owners to anticipate potential changes in loan sizes. This foresight enables them to plan building operations accordingly, aligning their strategies with the financial shifts.
Another crucial aspect of building operations that should be considered during these times is to build and maintain a good cash reserve as lenders will pay close attention to cash on hand during the underwriting of a refinance.  This, in turn, can positively impact the property's financial health and help a lender put together a more attractive loan package.  When refinancing becomes necessary, a property with efficient operations and reduced operational costs is likely to present a stronger case to lenders, potentially leading to better loan terms and sizes.

If you're interested in improving your building operations, want to know what your building could support in terms of loan proceeds today, or seek insights into the real estate and debt markets, feel free to reach out to us, and we'll be happy to assist you. Brian Platt at (206) 251-8483, Michael Urquhart at (425) 999-6650, or Ben Douglas at (206) 658-7247.