Owner-occupied Commercial Mortgages – Assessing Affordability 2018-03-11T23:28:04+00:00

Owner-Occupied Commercial Mortgage Affordability

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Each commercial mortgage lender has their own methods of assessing affordability, however, there are a number of common elements across the market. In this guide, we will run through exactly how lenders use affordability to decide whether your commercial mortgage application is viable.

Factors That Affect the Maximum Loan on an Owner-Occupied Application

On top of the loan to value, the lender will look at your ability to repay the debt. When assessing owner-occupied commercial mortgages, your accounts will provide the answers they need to assess the maximum level of debt.

Different lenders have different calculations and, as a result, what is considered affordable by one lender may not be by another. Commercial mortgage lenders will usually work from the adjusted net profit, also known as EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation & Amortisation).

EBITDA is calculated by simply adding the interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation back onto the net profit. Once this has been done, each lender will then expect this figure to be at least a certain percentage above your annual mortgage repayments at either the interest rate you will pay or a ‘stressed interest rate’.

This percentage is usually between 125% – 250% and the stressed interest rate (if used) is usually between 3% – 6% more than the rate charged.

This is a slightly simplified version as a good commercial mortgage broker will be able to run through other one-off expenses with you to increase the adjusted net profit. Where you have invested in the business or paid out one-off costs, this will affect your net profit and thus your maximum loan. By explaining each expense and adding it back on top of your EBITDA, your maximum available loan will increase.

Using Projections

If your business is expecting growth in the next 12 months, projections will be accepted by some lenders. The key to using projected income is to ensure the figures are realistic and can be backed up by a logical case for their attainment.

If you’re expecting growth this year then it is important to be clear why that is and how it can be measured. For instance, if this year is already up on last year, that will help. If there has been an investment into the business with increased demand expected, that is also a positive.

Projections are difficult to predict and it’s important that the lender is given reasons to trust them. Where there are doubts about certain elements of the projected income, questions will often be raised over the validity of the whole set of projections.

Accountants’ Certificates

Again, there are lenders that will accept this, however commercial mortgages raised purely against an accountant’s reference will tend to have a higher interest rate. The qualifications of the accountant behind the reference will also be crucial, with most lenders only working from the reference of a chartered or certified accountant.

ABC Finance Ltd Can Help

As you can see, calculating affordability on commercial mortgages can be complex and with lenders tending to have dramatically different calculations, it can be confusing and time-consuming.

At ABC Finance, our experienced team are able to guide you through the complex application processes and ensure that you receive the best rates and a product suited to your needs.

You can contact us via phone on 01922 620008 or get in touch through the website.

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