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Land

Land falls into two categories – held for the long term for future development and purchased for immediate development.

Standard financing

Standard financing offers a term of five years or more, a fixed interest rate and is typically closed to prepayment for the term’s duration.

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Short-term (bridge) financing

Bridge financing addresses a borrower’s short-term needs, usually three months to three years.

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Development / Construction

This short-term financing option enables access to a property’s equity for improvements, renovations or repairs, eliminating the need to raise funds from personal sources.

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Smart risk solutions in action for land

See how we’ve applied our financing products innovatively to help land borrowers achieve their goals with performance and value.

Land loan used to fully repay an existing loan and fund an 18 month debt servicing reserve

  • $29 million
  • 189,595 sq. ft.
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Land loan financing
  • 18 months term, interest only amortization
  • LTV: 55%

Funds to assist with the purchase of land and pre-development costs

  • $5 million
  • 119,001 Sq. ft.
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Pre-development first mortgage
  • 36 months term, interest only amortization
  • LTV: 54%

Repaying existing debt and providing working capital

  • $3 million
  • 421,219 Sq. ft.
  • Drummondville, Quebec
  • Conventional first mortgage loan
  • 3 years term, interest only amortization
  • LTV: 50%

Withdrawing equity to invest in site work for scheduled developments

  • $4 million
  • 56,750 Sq. ft.
  • London, Ontario
  • 8 months term, interest only amortization
  • Conventional first mortgage - Land loan
  • LTV: 60%

Land being constructed into student housing

  • $1 million
  • 80 units
  • Lethbridge, Alberta
  • Conventional first mortgage
  • 6 months term, interest only
  • LTV: 59%

Refinancing land for mixed used building

  • $3 million
  • 66 units
  • Toronto, Ontario
  • Conventional First Mortgage
  • 16 Months term, interest only
  • $2.5 million in 2 tranches

Purchase of land and future development of a 4 storey rental building

  • $2 million
  • 8,702 Sq. ft.
  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Land loan financing
  • 24 months term, interest only amortization
  • The borrower to payout land loan with construction financing for a proposed apartment building

Redeveloping land into condominium

  • $28 Million
  • 141,330 Sq. Ft.
  • Surrey, British Columbia
  • Loan to value ratio: 85%
  • First mortgage post construction loan
  • New construction property built in 2017

Latest resources and insights

Original perspectives and personal viewpoints on developments and industry trends in commercial real estate.

Growth, Value and Risk

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This morning, the Bank of Canada left its target overnight benchmark rate unchanged at what it previously described as its “lower bound” of ¼ percent.

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Expert insights

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We asked Jeremy to share his views on the state of the market and the outlook for apartment construction activity. Read them here.

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Borrower perspectives

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JD Development’s business has focused its business on purpose-built student residences, residential development and town homes. We recently spoke to Jason Qi about their vision for growth and their relationship with First National.

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Capital Markets update

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In this week’s commentary, Neil Silverberg, Analyst, Capital Markets, reviews the latest changes in rates as well as an announcement by OSFI, the launch of an NHA MBS from Merrill Lynch Canada and more. Read the commentary here.

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