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What Factors Lenders Consider when Determining your Interest Rate

Lenders consider several factors when determining the interest rate for a commercial mortgage, including:

  1. Creditworthiness: A borrower's credit history and credit score are crucial factors in determining the interest rate. Lenders prefer borrowers with good credit scores as they are seen as less risky.

  2. Loan Amount and Loan-to-Value (LTV) Ratio: Lenders typically charge higher interest rates for larger loan amounts and higher LTV ratios as these are considered more risky.

  3. Property Type and Condition: The type and condition of the property being mortgaged can impact the interest rate. Lenders prefer properties that are in good condition and have a steady rental income.

  4. Business Financials: The financial stability and performance of the borrower's business, including revenue, profits, and debt-to-income ratio, are also factors in determining the interest rate.

  5. Market Conditions: Interest rates can be influenced by market conditions, such as changes in the economy, inflation, and government policies.

  6. Loan Term: The length of the loan term can also impact the interest rate. Shorter loan terms typically have lower interest rates compared to longer-term loans.

  7. Prepayment Penalties: Lenders may also consider prepayment penalties when determining the interest rate. Higher penalties can result in a lower interest rate, while lower penalties may lead to higher interest rates


If you have any questions about this article or would like to discuss a scenario of your own with our team, please feel free to contact Colin Dubel at colin@harborwestcommercial.com or 949-735-6415.

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