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Standard financing for student housing properties

In addition to CMHC-insured mortgages, First National provides other forms of standard financing including conventional mortgages to enable the acquisition or refinancing of student housing properties.

Conventional financing is an excellent option for borrowers who want different loan terms and are unable to meet CMHC requirements.

The conventional financing loan terms typically range between three and five years; however, longer terms are also available.

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

Speak to one of our empowered advisors to assess options and determine the best course of action for finding and securing a smart-risk mortgage, insured or conventional. 

 

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To refinance the property.

  • $5.1 Million
  • 17,488 sq. ft.
  • Oakville, Ontario
  • Conventional first mortgage
  • 5 years term, 25 years amortization
  • LTV: 66%

To provide construction financing for the development of the multiresidential building.

  • $31 Million
  • 104 units
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • CMHC insured construction to term financing
  • 24 months term for construction/lease period, 10 years thereafter
  • Interest only amortization, 25 years thereafter
  • LTV: 65%

Refinance under the Market Program

  • $6.5 Million
  • 71 units
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • CMHC insured first mortgage
  • 5 year term, 35 years amortization
  • LTV: 64.88%

Funds to be used for capital repairs as well as future acquisitions and new construction of rental properties.

  • $46 Million
  • 135 units
  • Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
  • CMHC insured first mortgage
  • 10 year term, 25 years amortization
  •  LTV: 84.30%

The borrower is refinancing a conventional bridge loan used to purchase the subject property.

  • $27.6 Million
  • 138 units
  • Waterloo, Ontario
  • CMHC insured first mortgage
  • 10 years term, 40 years amortization
  • LTV: 64.60%

Provide financing for the property to complete the construction.

  • $27.2 Million
  • 95 units
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • Insured 1st mortgage
  • 24 months term for construction, 5/10 thereafter, Interest only amortization during construction, 40 years thereafter
  • LTV: 93.79%"

To replace the existing land financing with VanCity and to repatriate equity to cover pre-development costs leading up to construction financing.

  • $2.2 Million
  • 87 units
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • Pre-development financing
  • 1 year term, interest only amortization
  • LTV: 50%"

This is an active developer / investor in the Halifax market who will use the equity towards their next development or acquisition.

  • $13 Million
  • 41 units
  • Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • 10 year term, 50 years amortization
  • MLI Select"

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CMHC financing

As a deeply experienced CMHC-approved lender, we are experts in securing insured financing that offers lower interest rates and longer amortizations. An insured mortgage enables borrowers to manage cash flow more effectively and realize higher investment returns.

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Bridge financing

First National’s bridge loan terms typically range from three months to three years, include floating interest rates and allow some form of early prepayment. Borrowers choose this solution until standard financing is secured or while they contemplate a property sale, a change in ownership structure or enhance their tenant roster. 

Learn More: Bridge financing

Asset repositioning

First National enables owners to access a property’s equity for a short term, typically two years or less, to fund capital improvements or repairs without the need to raise capital from personal sources or less flexible, higher-cost alternatives.

Learn More: Asset repositioning

Secondary financing

A First National second mortgage enables borrowers to access property equity and use it to purchase another asset or renovate/repair their existing property.

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Construction financing

A First National construction loan, whether CMHC insured or conventional, provides funds to cover the cost of building or rehabilitating a student housing property with terms typically of three years or less.

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