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Residential, Commercial and Mixed-Use Financing Explained

Residential, Commercial and Mixed-Use Financing Explained


Written By: David Reed
Monday, June 3, 2019

Every mortgage company around is in business primarily to provide financing for a home. Most such loans are those underwritten to standards set by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac and can be used to finance a primary residence, a vacation home or an investment property. Loan terms can as long as 30 years or even longer with certain portfolio programs.

Commercial loans are used to finance income-producing properties. This can be for any variety of commercial enterprises. A commercial loan can be used to finance a pizza joint, a dentistrsquo;s office, a movie theatrehellip;anything that generates income for the owner. Commercial loans are primarily generated at a depository institution. Thatrsquo;s a bank or credit union. Commercial loans will carry slightly higher interest rates than those reserved for residential loans. These loans are typically available as adjustable rate loans tied to a specific index such as the Wall Street Journal Prime Rate, for example.

A mixed-use loan has a little bit of both worlds. A mixed-use property is one where both residential and commercial activity are taking place within the propertyrsquo;s boundaries. A common example might be apartment homes on the upper floors and a restaurant occupying the first floor. So, itrsquo;s not enti>

Financing for a mixed-use property can be loans underwritten or Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac guidelines which makes provisions for such property types. If the commercial space takes up no more than 25 percent of the total livable area, a conventional loan can be used. If itrsquo;s more than 25 percent, then a pure commercial loan looks like the choice.

A conventional mixed-use loan must also follow standard conventional guidelines such as loan limits, credit scores and down payment along with other requirements. An FHA loan may also be used. FHA loans are a bit more generous as it >

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