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Mixed-use

Standard Financing

Properties with stable cash flow and consistent operating histories are favourable candidates for standard financing. For mixed-use assets, this can mean properties that are fully or nearly fully leased, have a majority of tenants on long-term leases and can display a consistent history of strong tenancy. If there is a residential use to the property, historical occupancy and rental rates are also evaluated.

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.

For mixed use, conventional is the most common type of standard financing. However, there are certain scenarios where CMHC financing can apply. CMHC does consider properties with retail and residential if the non-residential component is less than 25 per cent of the floor space and non-residential revenue is less than 25 per cent of the total gross.

Standard financing is usually considered when borrowers want the payment predictability that comes with a fixed interest rate. However, it is important to note that a typical conventional financing term for a mixed-use asset is five years. Longer terms are available, but there is often greater scrutiny on future cash flows. Borrowers must be able to show that longer-term leases (i.e. maturing in 10 years or more) are in place for the duration of the mortgage term.

Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS): CMBS is a conventional financing solution available for first mortgages on established, stabilized properties (generally three or more years of stable operating history). This type of financing works well for properties with in-place, stabilized net cash flow.

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Smart risk solutions in action for mixed-use

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

Loan used to facilitate the purchase of a mixed-use property

  • $25 million
  • 1,445,000 sq. ft.
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • First mortgage land financing
  • 36 months term
  • LTV: 64%

A new first mortgage used to payout the existing first and second mortgage registered on the property

  • $1 million
  • 18 units
  • Picton, Ontario
  • Conventional first mortgage loan
  • 3 years term, 25 years amortization
  • LTV: 55%

Refinancing an existing debt on a mixed-use mulit-family building

  • $2 million
  • 17 units
  • Ottawa, Ontario
  • CMHC First Mortgage Loan
  • 5 years term, 35 years amortization
  • LTV: 84%

A new first mortgage used to refinance the existing first mortgage registered against the property

  • $5 million
  • 48 units
  • Hamilton, Ontario
  • CMHC first mortgage loan
  • 5 years term, 25 years amortization
  • LTV: 65%

Refinancing an existing construction loan and provide equity withdraw

  • $5 million
  • 5,934 sq. ft.
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • CMHC refinancing first mortgage
  • 5 years term, 35 years amortization
  • LTV: 85%

Withdrawing equity on the property for other real estate investments

  • $8 million
  • 65 units
  • Coquitlam, British Columbia
  • CMHC insured first mortgage
  • 5 years term, 25 years amortization
  • LTV: 58%

Provide funds to construct a mixed-use six-storey development

  • $69 million
  • 207 units
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • CMHC insured affordable flex first mortgage
  • 10 years term, 40 years amortization
  • Residential LTV: 90%, Commercial LTV: 69%

Refinancing existing debt and an operating line used in construction expansion

  • $5 million
  • 9,445 sq. ft.
  • Kitchener, Ontario
  • Conventional first mortgage
  • 5 years term, 25 years amortization
  • LTV: 69%

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