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What are the most common terms of a commercial real estate bridge loan?

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A commercial real estate bridge loan will usually have 80 percent loan-to-cost, 70 percent loan-to-value ratios, and often a portion of the loan will be held back until additional value has been achieved within the bridge loan project - such as reaching specific construction phase, or vacancy level, or certain improvements are finished.

A commercial real estate bridge loan will be extended usually for periods ranging from 1 to 3 years, and extensions are usually possible if need is demonstrated.

Typically, commercial real estate bridge loans will have rates based on a prime rate plus 2 or 3% margin; or on LIBOR with 3 to 4.5% margin. Prepayment penalties do not apply with a commercial real estate bridge loan and contractors are expected to have high level of expertise with commercial real estate properties.

Commercial real estate bridge loan closing costs will be between $5000 and $10,000 for loans under $2,000,000; and could reach $20,000 and more for loans above $2,000,000. Amortization offered is often interest-only.

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