B&B Seller Financing – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Seller financing is often used in the bed and breakfast industry as a way to facilitate sales. It may be the first mortgage, or, it may be a second mortgage in conjunction with a first mortgage provided by a traditional lender. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits, pitfalls and risks – the good, the bad and the ugly – of seller financing.

The Good

Probably the biggest benefit of seller financing is that it can be simple. The buyer makes a down payment and the seller provides the first mortgage to the buyer. In order for a seller to consider providing the mortgage, the down payment from the buyer should be at least 20% to assure the seller that the buyer will not walk away from the property if the business is not living up to the buyer’s expectations. The property is the collateral for the loan, and the seller files and records a lien so that they can step back in and take over the property if the buyer defaults on the mortgage.

Seller financing can be flexible. The repayment terms can be negotiated between the buyer and seller in order to make the transaction work. For example, if the buyer needs to build up the inn’s revenues, the mortgage payments might be interest-only for a period of time. Or, if the seller was comfortable with the down payment, payments might be postponed for a certain period. It is entirely up to the buyer and seller. None of the requirements of traditional lenders are involved.

Another benefit is that less information may be required when the seller holds the mortgage. Since the sellers already own the property, they know the property first-hand and don’t have to require the usual appraisal process. They only need to be satisfied that the buyer will be able to successfully operate the inn and make the mortgage payments. This does not mean that the buyer might not want an appraisal. But in the future, if the buyer goes to a traditional lender to refinance the seller mortgage, a new appraisal will be required because lenders generally do not accept appraisals done exclusively for buyers or sellers.

Seller financing also broadens the pool of potential buyers. If a seller insists on totally cashing out on their sale, the cash the buyer has for down payment and a traditional lender’s mortgage commitment must equal the agreed-upon sales price. If it does not, a sale might not take place. But if the seller is willing to provide some (or all) of the mortgage, it may open the property up to a larger pool of buyers.

Seller financing may enable a sale to be completed where the buyer is able to get a traditional mortgage but there is a gap between the sale price, what the buyer has for a down payment and what the lender will lend. In such a case, if the seller is willing to hold a mortgage for the difference, which would be a second mortgage subordinated to the first mortgage lender, the sale may get completed, enabling the seller to receive the lion’s share of the price in cash at closing. With SBA loans, seller second mortgage financing has to be on full standby meaning that the seller cannot receive monthly payments. The interest does accumulate, so that is not lost when the loan is paid off. By requiring this, SBA then considers the second mortgage as equity, which might allow the lender to make a lower loan because more equity is in the deal.

The Bad

The primary disadvantage of seller financing, especially if the seller provides the whole mortgage, is that the seller only gets a minimum amount of cash at closing – the buyer’s down payment. The majority of the sellers’ money is still tied up in the property, even though they are now receiving mortgage payments from the buyer. When most owners are ready to sell their inns, they want to cash out and move on. By financing the mortgage, the seller no longer has to worry about the 24/7 life of the innkeeper, yet they are not completely free of the property until the buyer pays off the mortgage.

In addition to getting less cash at closing, the seller still retains some of the risks from the business while turning the management over to a new owner. In the bed and breakfast industry, the personal relationships established between the innkeeper and guests can have a great deal to do with the success of the inn. If the new owner does not greet the long-time guest who was supposed to arrive at five o’clock, but doesn’t arrive until midnight, with the five o’clock warmth, that guest might decide that it is time not to come back to that inn in the future (“…the old owner would have greeted us with open arms no matter what time it was….”). If things like this happen often enough, revenues may begin to fall, jeopardizing the mortgage payments.

The Ugly

How can seller financing be ugly? One answer is the risk that the availability of seller financing may encourage a buyer to overpay for a property. Frequently, B&B owners who have invested money love and devotion and time to their properties feel that the property is worth more than the numbers (which is what a lender cares about) will justify. A situation could arise in which a buyer has a certain amount of down payment and a traditional mortgage lender is willing to make a loan, but the combination is still well short of the asking price. The seller might be willing to make up the difference by holding a second mortgage. But unless a substantial increase in profitability is available, the future sales price may not be enough to pay off all of the seller’s second mortgage.

Handle with Care

Seller financing is often the only way to get a B&B sold in any reasonable amount of time. Structured correctly, it can benefit both the buyer and the seller and often, the lender. For a lender, a subordinated second mortgage held by the seller creates additional equity for the buyer/borrower, allowing the lender’s first mortgage to be at a lower loan-to-value. But structured correctly is critical. My personal recommendation is that the seller pretends that he/she is a banker. Conservative lending practice, coming back into vogue after the financial industry meltdown beginning in 2008, would normally require a 25% cash injection from a borrower. And since in a transaction involving a borrower – the purchaser in this case, the seller should think like a banker for their own good.

Choosing the Best Auto Lenders For Low Rate Car Financing

If you are looking around to purchase a vehicle and don’t have enough cash, you would probably need a lender to finance your automobile. Years back there were only few options but now there are wide ranges of avenues where you can secure a car loan. You can find lots of lenders offering finance for your new or used car purchase from either dealer or private party even with less than perfect credit history as per your requirement and budget.

The only auto lenders we know are banks and credit union. However, there are many such as subprime auto lenders who specialize in offering loans to people with limited or no credit history. Likewise there are used auto lenders while another are refinance lenders who offer refinancing for your car. Some of other options for financing your car are discussed at length below:

Dealership Financing:

Securing an automobile loan through a dealer is easy as compared to other financing options. Here, the buyers have the convenience of buying and financing a vehicle at one place.

Due to dealers having relationship with number of financial institutions, they are able to offer wide range of financing options with the power of negotiating to the borrower. Despite of the fact that your loan is processed fast with high chances of approval, if your credit score is low you may expect higher rates on this type of car loan. However, with dealership financing you are able to get the rebates and discounts offered by the manufacturer.

Sub Prime Auto Lenders:

Subprime auto lenders help people to qualify for an auto loan even with poor credit, no credit or bankruptcy. Securing a car loan with poor credit history may charge you higher interest rates and additional fees with normal car loans. But, bad credit auto lenders charge you less interest rate than market in order to increase their own profits. Moreover, this lender can also offer finance without credit check based on your income and employment.

In this way, they give credit challenged people a second chance to face the challenges and re-establish lost credit. So it would be beneficial to go through a subprime car lender if you have credit issues and having a hard time finding finance for your automobile.

Private Lenders:

Private lenders are an individual or group of individuals interested in investing their extra funds to generate income by offering different financing options to people based upon their own preferences. In short, they are people with lots of money who are in search of good deals to lend that appeal to them. So, for them credit and other issues are not of prime concern.

As a result you can expect a quick and fast approval. And as these lenders are not abided by the bank laws you can negotiate on the loan terms and rates and get the rates as low as 2%. However this are not certified lenders, so do not sign any documents before reading and understanding it carefully.

Online Lenders:

Above all, securing a vehicle loan through online lenders is like getting a car loan in a super market where you can find all the options at one place and that too at reasonable rates. Thus it proves to be an excellent way of getting approved at your convenience and requirement.

Online lenders can get you instant with guaranteed approval while helping you qualifying for a loan at lowest possible rates even with bad credit, no credit or bankruptcy with their widespread network of lenders and dealers. Whereby, an online auto financing company accesses your information provided through online application form and matches with your requirement to the various quotes offered via lenders in the network to get you best rates by allowing them to compete with each other.

And this is how comparing quotes proves beneficial in getting you lower interest rates on your auto loan as compared to current industry rates which ultimately reduces your monthly payments while saving your hard earned dollars.

Applying for online car loans eliminates the applications or processing fees that are normally associated with getting a car loan through any other lender.

Why Early-Stage Startup Companies Should Hire a Lawyer

Many startup companies believe that they do not need a lawyer to help them with their business dealings. In the early stages, this may be true. However, as time goes on and your company grows, you will find yourself in situations where it is necessary to hire a business lawyer and begin to understand all the many benefits that come with hiring a lawyer for your legal needs.

The most straightforward approach to avoid any future legal issues is to employ a startup lawyer who is well-versed in your state’s company regulations and best practices. In addition, working with an attorney can help you better understand small company law. So, how can a startup lawyer help you in ensuring that your company’s launch runs smoothly?

They Know What’s Best for You

Lawyers that have experience with startups usually have worked in prestigious law firms, and as general counsel for significant corporations.

Their strategy creates more efficient, responsive, and, ultimately, more successful solutions – relies heavily on this high degree of broad legal and commercial knowledge.

They prioritize learning about a clients’ businesses and interests and obtaining the necessary outcomes as quickly as feasible.

Also, they provide an insider’s viewpoint and an intelligent methodology to produce agile, creative solutions for their clients, based on their many years of expertise as attorneys and experience dealing with corporations.

They Contribute to the Increase in the Value of Your Business

Startup attorneys help represent a wide range of entrepreneurs, operating companies, venture capital firms, and financiers in the education, fashion, finance, health care, internet, social media, technology, real estate, and television sectors.

They specialize in mergers and acquisitions as well as working with companies that have newly entered a market. They also can manage real estate, securities offerings, and SEC compliance, technology transactions, financing, employment, entertainment and media, and commercial contracts, among other things.

Focusing on success must include delivering the highest levels of representation in resolving the legal and business difficulties confronting clients now, tomorrow, and in the future, based on an unwavering dedication to the firm’s fundamental principles of quality, responsiveness, and business-centric service.

Wrapping Up

All in all, introducing a startup business can be overwhelming. You’re already charged with a host of responsibilities in which you’re untrained as a business owner. Legal problems are notoriously difficult to solve, and interpreting “legalese” is sometimes required. Experienced business lawyers know these complexities and can help you navigate them to avoid stumbling blocks.

Although many company owners wait until the last minute to deal with legal issues, they would benefit or profit greatly from hiring an experienced startup lawyer even before they begin. Reputable startup lawyers can give essential legal guidance, assist entrepreneurs in avoiding legal hazards, and improve their prospects of becoming a successful company.