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Just the other day, I heard a rather prominent commercial real estate mortgage industry insider (who wishes to remain anonymous) utter something like: “Sorry guys, no commercial lenders are making loans for commercial construction financing these days in this dismal economic downturn.” No wonder that industry insider wants to remain anonymous! He ought to because it seems to me that when executives start to parrot what they hear in the news media, they actually cause the doom and gloom that doesn’t really exist @ all before they proclaim it. Anyway, rest assured that you can get commercial construction loan financing – if you know where to look…
Perhaps where he comes from, commercial construction financing is hard to come by, but he was undoubtedly referring to traditional commercial real estate lenders. Now don’t get me wrong, conventional commercial lenders do have a solid rationale for being reluctant to provide construction loan financing: “In a down economy, lots of standing (existing) real estate sits vacant or unsold on the market. So, why the heck should we finance new construction?”
OK, we get their point, but there are still a lot of good solid new construction projects out there that need to be funded, and yours may just be one of them. If so, private commercial construction loan financing is where it’s at. Here’s what it is, why you may need it, and how you can get access to $250,000 to $500 million in the ideal combination of private commercial mortgage loans and up to 100% joint venture equity capital…
Private Commercial Construction Loan Financing Defined
First of all, let’s define what a commercial construction loan actually is. Private commercial construction loans are typically short-term interim recourse commercial loans from non-bank sources (e.g. private investment firms, individual investors, hedge funds, etc) to finance construction costs. In a typical case, the lender would advance construction funds to you as the builder at periodically at set intervals as the work progresses. By “recourse”, we’re referring to loans where the lender may seek to recover money in addition to real property that the borrow pledges as collateral in the event of a loan default.
Why You May Need Private Money To Fund Your Commercial Construction Deals
Perhaps the toughest issue that we as commercial real estate investors and owners face–especially within this challenging economy is locating financing when our credit scores, resumes, and/or financial statements are less than stellar. Private lenders and equity capital financiers can work with you to find or devise the ideal combination of debt & equity to finance your commercial construction project. Plus, these private capital sources have much greater flexibility, can offer you more creative financing options, and they can fund your deals with eye-popping speed and efficiency.
How You Can Access Private Commercial Construction Loans and Equity Capital Financing
Based upon the information that you have just read, if you feel that either private commercial mortgage finance or private equity capital finance sources are appropriate for your new commercial construction real estate ventures, please just keep in mind that you certainly can get access to the most appropriate form of commercial construction loan financing for your business – as long as you know just where to look for it.
Charles Emery is a Commercial Real Estate Finance Consultant with Radiant Properties LLC, a Philadelphia, PA based real estate investment and commercial real estate finance consulting firm. Prior to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Charles worked as a Commercial Credit Analyst at a large Philadelphia area regional bank where he provided Commercial Lenders with financial, business and industry analysis, upon which those Loan Officers based their commercial loan funding decisions. He also performed marketing & sales calls along with new business prospecting as part of his overall commercial lending related work responsibilities.
Commercial construction is often an arbiter of changing economic conditions. Construction projects mean both an improving economy and a way to improve the economy of a given area. Read on to learn more interesting facts about it.
This type of construction helps public sector agencies as well as private firms. Big new schools in areas where people are moving give students a chance to learn in state of the art facilities. New office buildings bring jobs to the area, and the upward spiral continues. Not only do the buildings benefit the users, but the building process itself gives workers a solid job for several months, and the expenditures from the construction project go directly into the local economy.
The United States is second in the world in terms of this construction, regardless of where the company doing the building is headquartered. As much as 10% of all commercial construction takes place in the US, and New York is the city with the most commercial construction going on – $8.5 billion (that’s billion with a B) in 2013. A lot of the construction was for residential buildings. Following New York were Houston and Dallas. Those two cities spent $10 billion in 2013 on commercial projects.
One of the biggest trends in commercial construction is green building. Experts from the Environmental Protection Agency expect that by 2017 as much as 48% of new building will be done with green building materials. To put that in financial terms, it could mean as much as $145 billion dollars.
By 2018, 84% of residential construction companies plan to have at least some of their construction projects classified as green. To get an idea of just what kind of impact this has on the overall economy, consider that residential projects total as much as 5% of the current gross domestic product of the US. As more and more firms add green building to their plans, it might mean that as much as 18% of GDP will be based around green construction.
Big commercial office buildings are going green, too. LEED certification is becoming the main standard, and builders are up to 41% green as of 2012. Just how rapidly is this growing? Consider that only 2% of commercial construction, non-residential, projects were green in 2005. It’s no surprise that states like Hawaii and California are leading the way in LEED projects.
It’s not just the US that is interested in green construction, though. LEED certifications around the world are becoming more common. A study released earlier this year showed that as many as 69,000 LEED projects are going on globally in 150 different countries.
This construction is as important to the global economy as it has ever been, and the increases in such projects over the last few years signal a positive change after the worldwide recession of 2008-09 and the soft recovery that followed. With even more green projects being planned than ever before, commercial construction projects will also be kinder to the planet, meaning everyone will benefit for years to come.
The builder you would hire to build your home and the builder you hire to construct your office building are two very different positions. The first deals only with the building codes and regulations required for residential building. And the builder you would hire to construct your office building is experienced in the processes of commercial construction. As the name would suggest, commercial construction deals with construction of commercial buildings like office buildings, shopping malls, sports arenas, restaurants, hotels, etc. Listed below are a few essential positions in commercial construction.
Commercial Real Estate Agent
A commercial real estate agent is responsible for commercial properties. In many cases, owners of commercial real estate will hire a commercial real estate agent to lease the property or land on their behalf. And in other cases, it can work the other way around with a tenant using the agent to help them find a property or land to lease so they can begin construction of a commercial building.
Commercial General Contractor
General contractors coordinate and supervise the construction of the commercial building. The general contractor is in charge of the hiring of subcontractors who will take on the different parts of the construction process, like framing, plumbing, foundation, electrical, etc. The general contractor works directly with the owner or developer during the construction process to ensure that everything is done as directed.
A subcontractor is the contractor in charge of a specific division of the commercial construction process. The subcontractor works directly under the general contractor and is responsible for coordinating the schedule and labor of his or her particular area of expertise.
The last few years have been anything but kind to the commercial construction industry, especially the Specialty Contractors they employ. Specialty Contractors are being forced to re-evaluate and modify everyday operations to adjust to the volatile economic market that is threatening their demand.
Opportunities are few and far between these days, and every opportunity, big or small must be considered. For the majority of commercial construction companies, their futures appear murky, at best. Businesses that have been opened decades long are most concerned of the looming future of the employment of Specialty Workers.
Through desperate efforts to stay in business, contractors are forced to take uncharacteristic jobs and must now scramble to stay competitive and profitable. Plenty of contractors have to cut their staff in half, or more, to merely survive. Even worse, several sectors of commercial industries are still in the midst of a downward spiral. A commercial construction stand still is often the best case scenario for some struggling businesses.
Timelines, deadlines, and budgets are all shrinking. Stress is more palpable, the workload is more demanding, and the competition more fierce than ever. Like all industries, success is measured by supply and demand. Right now there is just no demand for specialty contractors in commercial construction.
For example, Las Vegas and its commercial construction commitments in the last few years have been severely affected by the commercial construction drought. At one point they were building as far as the eye could see, littering the strip with hotels, shops, restaurants, casinos.
With the huge lack of demand and vulnerable economy, the projects have only created thousands of square feet of vacant space. Commercial vacancies which include office space, retail space, etc., are all experiencing record highs. Las Vegas’ surplus of commercial space is so large that some predict the next project won’t take place for another decade.
Credit issues are another factor endangering specialty contractors. The criteria necessary for approval for large credit lines has become much more stringent and has proven to be a huge obstacle. Less credit approvals contribute to the decline in commercial construction and payment for work is significantly more challenging to collect. Combine the lack of demand with a volatile economy, and then compound that with the mounting credit issues. Most will be confronted with the grim reality of the challenges the industry will face to recover for years to come.
Many specialty contractors are coping by trying to be more aggressive and pursuing every possible lead or bid. Now their goals are just trying to maintain a workload to keep employees busy.
If anything positive emerged from the declining commercial construction industry, it yielded plenty of experienced, qualified specialty contractors enthusiastic to work. The few that are afforded the luxury should take advantage of each opportunity and maximize efforts by creating a strong sustainable team for success.
The decline in commercial construction is seriously endangering specialty contractors and their livelihood. With each project that launches, it is more vital than ever to hire valuable, productive, and efficient specialty contractors. This is not going to be an easy recovery and the current state of the industry is not indicative of a rapid growth or rebuilding period. The goal at hand should be how to survive the next few years to make it to the other side of this commercial construction recession. Adaptability is key, and may be the determining factor that keeps business doors open. Those who are willing to sacrifice and adapt will survive.
After an unfortunate slumping period in new commercial construction projects, we are happy to report that new development projects are in full recovery mode. This trend has been pointed out through a series of leading indicators including deliveries of new building supplies throughout 2014.Another indication of a growth spurt in the commercial construction industry is found in the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) which comes out on a monthly basis. In the ABI there was a sharp three point jump in May of 2014, as compared with the previous month. Thus, the need to speed up the process of commercial construction has become even more crucial.
“In commercial and residential construction, cost-effectiveness, speed and safety count and functionality dominate over prestige.” This is an excellent and pertinent quote. While factors like cost-effectiveness and speed definitely do count in the world of commercial construction; SAFETY CAN NEVER BE SACRIFICED!! Safety is the number one concern in all commercial (and residential) building projects. In this article we will look at how to speed up the commercial construction process WITHOUT sacrificing safety.
The often complex world of commercial construction is ever-increasing in demand. The range of projects vary from office complexes to shopping malls to factories to luxury hotels. Technically; although there ARE differences, commercial construction projects can also be housing developments or apartment complexes. Typically budgets are tight and the time-frames within which a commercial project can be completed are fairly narrow. Therefore speed definitely counts. An excellent construction company CAN deliver primo results under such conditions. The finished product is often visually gorgeous and is completed within the necessary time-frame and safety IS NOT SACRIFICED!! It pays to hire a reputable company for such a project.
“New Formwork and Scaffolding Supplier on the UAE Market Innovation made in Germany now at home in Dubai.” MEVA Formwork Systems is based in Germany and now boasts that it is the most prolific supplier of Scaffolding (& Formwork) equipment in the Middle Eastern countries. This equipment is essential to the process of speeding up commercial construction projects because it allows workers to complete projects without the use of cranes. In fact; most frequently, the cranes cannot even be used for these types of projects because they are too large to fit in the allotted space. What was once an inaccessible area for these construction workers, the same workers are now able to complete their projects with the use of this MEVA equipment. They can personally assure that all processes of their specific project are completed with SAFETY in mind. Not only for the safety of the building’s future tenants; but also the safety of the workers who are assigned to that specific project. These are of huge benefit to the industry.
Much more information about MEVA (and possibly products by similar competing companies) is available on the Internet. Just go to your favorite search engine and type in the heading name. Not only is there more information specifically about MEVA, there is info and news about other techniques used to speed up commercial construction projects without sacrificing anybody’s safety.