Commercial Mortgage Overview

At present, commercial mortgages are the ideal way to finance the development of businesses, as they provide flexible and affordable financing solutions. For businesses confronted with severe financial difficulties, commercial mortgages are the best way to avoid bankruptcy and to re-achieve stability in the market; for growing businesses, commercial mortgages are perfect for financing business changes and improvements. Commercial mortgages can be used for a variety of purposes, such as: the purchase of business premises expansion, residential and commercial investment, property development, meeting the lenders’ criteria, etc.Commercial mortgages basically refer to loans made using real estate properties as guarantee for repayment. Although commercial mortgages have similarities with residential mortgages, in the case of commercial loans the collateral (the security pledged for the repayment of the loan) is a type of commercial building or a business real estate, not a type of residential property. Consequently, commercial mortgage deals are generally closed by businesses, not individuals, and unlike in the case of residential mortgages, borrowers have to present with solid credibility and creditworthiness in order to receive a substantial loan.The terms and conditions of commercial mortgages greatly vary from a regional perspective; for instance, commercial mortgage policies in the United States differ from those closed in the UK in aspects such as the length of the loan, the length of time allowed until balloon payment (total payoff of the loan) and so on. However, the most pronounced variations of commercial mortgages are in areas such as interest rates, which are established by the local market.In order to get the most out of a commercial mortgage, it is crucial to pay the right attention to interest rates, the duration of the loan and the repayment schedule stipulated in the contract (these are interrelated variables that can substantially influence the quality and the efficiency of any underwritten commercial mortgage). It is important to note that there is no right or wrong way to negotiate the conditions of a commercial mortgage; however, it is crucial to opt for the repayment plan that best suits your business’ needs and your financial possibilities.Commercial mortgage interest rates can be categorized in two distinctive groups, each having specific advantages and disadvantages: commercial fixed rates and commercial variable interest rates. Commercial fixed interest rates are ideal on the premises of continuously rising interest rates on the market; they are preferred by business owners who want to stabilize the monthly payment amount. By choosing a commercial fixed rate, one can also incur an “early redemption charge” (ERC), which basically acts like this: after the previously established fixed rate period of repayment has expired, the borrower benefits from an extended period of repayment, with the condition to pay a variable rate established by the lender from that point on. The ERC has been adopted by many categories of commercial loan providers, thus allowing borrowers to overcome any emerging financial problems during the period of repayment.The commercial variable interest rate is primarily influenced by the changes in the base rate established by the Bank of England. This type of commercial interest rate also fluctuates according to the local market rates and other factors, and should be avoided in highly unstable markets. Before choosing commercial variable interest rates for your loan, it is crucial to do an extensive research of the market in order to efficiently forecast the short-term and long-term evolution of the market interest rates. If the market prediction is favorable and the interest rates are expected to drop significantly, then the variable interest rate is the indicated choice; otherwise, one should opt for the fixed interest rate.The process of closing the right commercial mortgage deal has many subtleties and involves performing an entire series of specific tasks. In order to get the most out of a taken commercial mortgage and to overcome any impediments over the period of the loan, it is crucial to employ the services of a prominent, highly reputed commercial mortgage brokerage company.

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Where to Invest Money When the Sky Is Falling

Most of us know where to invest money in good times, but when it looks like the sky might be falling, knowing where to invest money and how to invest it becomes a puzzle. In 2014 and 2015 good investments might be hard to find, especially if yesterday’s good investments like stocks and bonds tank. This is not a prediction, but rather a “heads up.” You can’t prepare if you’re not aware, so let’s take a closer look at the sky.We all know that safe choices like money market funds and bank savings accounts don’t look like good investments for 2014 because they pay peanuts. But what if the sky starts falling: either interest rates ignite and/or the stock market tanks? Either way or both… where to invest money is the question of the day. Safe choices will look like good investments for parking money that must be safe.Wall Street’s traditional answer to where to invest money: put about 60% into stocks with about 40% in bonds holding a cash reserve on the sidelines. Problem: in 2014 and 2015 losses in stocks may not be offset by gains in bonds… as was the case for the last 30 years or so. If interest rates soar from today’s record-low levels, neither stocks nor bonds look like good investments.For over 30 years interest rates were falling and bonds were generally good investments. With today’s ridiculously low rates (created by our government to stimulate the economy) a rebound in interest rates is in the cards (as the government unwinds its stimulus). When that happens, bonds will no longer be where to invest money for higher interest income with relative safety. Bonds are NOT good investments when rates go up; they lose money. That’s the way it works. How to invest in bonds in 2014 and 2015 if rates take off: lighten up and opt for safety.Stocks had been very good investments five years running as the year 2014 began. This was at least in part due to government stimulus and cheap money. In a sense, stocks were where to invest money because nothing looked cheap except for money (short term interest rates were set at about one-tenth of one percent). With a gain of over 150% in five years, the downside risk in the stock market is mounting. This begs the question of how to invest money in stocks if the sky starts to look ominous.Remember that the stock market is actually a market of stocks, which means that the vast majority of stocks get hit when the market crumbles – but at least a few will be good investments. And the best way to find good investments in a bad market is to watch the price action. For example, as the market climbed 30% in 2013, some gold stocks were down about 50% by early 2014. If you don’t know how to invest in or how to pick a specific gold stock… you might want to know where to invest money to get a piece of this action. The answer is to invest money in gold funds and let them pick the gold stocks for you.The bottom line is that in 2014 and 2015 investors face an uphill battle, because both stocks and bonds look pricey. That presents a new challenge to today’s investor in search of where to invest money. We are facing uncharted waters in this modern electronic world, where no one really knows how to invest or where to find good investments for the future. This includes the big investors like life insurance companies and pension funds.My suggestion is to take some profits in your stocks and bonds, because the tide will turn eventually if not in 2014 or 2015. Then you’ll have a cash reserve, so you can take advantage of the situation as the skies darkens. Smart investors are always in search of where to invest money next, especially when a change of trend is in the cards. At such times, yesterday’s underperforming sectors or industries often become today’s good investments.

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Internet Marketing Advertising Needs a Police Patrol

You will always know a leader when you see one. That is because you never have to announce the coming of a leader.

Leaders, you see, announce themselves, just as naturally as they step forward the instant they perceive that something should be done in a certain situation when nothing is being done. So it is with Internet Marketing advertising today, it is, in a word, a “mess” waiting to be cleaned up.

It is not that anything so terribly illegal is going on (at least I hope not). Marketers are exercising their First Amendment right to freedom of speech when they offer their goods and services on the Internet, some a little more zealously than others, and a few are camped out in a circle reserved for the most devious among us.

Devious as in showing a skillful use of underhanded tactics to achieve their goals, such as lining their pockets at someone’s expense.

Virtually everything that appears to be a “mess” is under the protection of the First Amendment. You will recall the Constitutional Convention formally drafted the U. S. Constitution in 1787, in Philadelphia. The U. S. Constitution was adopted in 1789 after being ratified by nine states.

(Would you believe that Philadelphia in the 1750s was the largest city in America with a population of 23,000. When Benjamin Franklin went to London, London was the second largest city in the world with 750,000 inhabitants, second only to Beijing with 900,000.)

Two years later, 1791, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution (commonly known as the Bill of Rights) were ratified.

The first of those amendments said “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Some Internet readers have discerned what I have discerned, that while no laws are being broken (at least not yet), some marketers’ lack of judgment has left them with little regard for exaggeration, loose facts and personal credibility.

Everyone appears to be looking the other way, either because they are making money hand over fist and do not want to interrupt their good fortune, or because they are afraid to recognize what is happening and throw up a caution sign. Therefore, an Internet Police Patrol might be in order to identify the worst advertising with the least credibility.

And since leaders announce themselves, we need not worry about creating some overblown bureaucratic organization to do the job. A few of us may just step up to the task on our own.

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