Properties with stable cash flow and consistent operating histories are favourable candidates for standard financing. For retail 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.
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.
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 retail plaza 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.