Colorado Commercial Mortgage Brokers

Commercial mortgages are loans taken for the purchase of property that is, only intended for business or commercial use. Properties like shopping centers, industrial centers, offices, golf courses, resorts, hotels, parking garages, and car washes are termed as commercial properties. In Colorado, the best way to apply for a mortgage for a commercial property is to contact a commercial mortgage broker.

Colorado commercial mortgage brokers are usually a part of the Colorado Association of Mortgage Brokers (CAMB). It is a non-profit organization, aimed at providing assistance to professionals specializing in real estate. Commercial mortgage brokers are provided with training programs to keep them up-to-date with the latest trends and practices through this organization. The Colorado Association of Mortgage Brokers is also a part of the National Association of Mortgage Brokers.

It is necessary to get commercial property financed, at a competitive rate as it directly affects the finances of the organization. Commercial brokers come into the picture once a company decides on the location and price of a property. Usually, organizations opt for a ‘commercial interest only’ loan, as it provides them with an option of paying, only the interest for the first few years of the loan. A commercial loan can be for period of anywhere between five to thirty years. The rate for these loans can be either fixed or adjustable.

To become a commercial mortgage broker it is necessary to get a license. The appropriate regulatory bodies that are set in place regulate all the brokers. A regulator body will ensure that the broker complies with the laws. However, to know how a broker treats the customers and if the services provided by the broker are satisfactory, it is advisable to get an opinion from other similar business companies.

Commercial mortgage brokers advice the companies in deciding the best loan option. They help their clients understand the whole method of writing a proper loan application, processing the loan file and closing the loan. This helps the companies save a considerable amount of time and money.

The Art of Brokering Commercial Loans

Doc’s Secret # 2: Biggest Mistake of the New Commerical Broker

I take many calls each day as “The Money Doctor”. I receive tons of calls from broker’s around the country. These are all good, honest hardworking people. Many of these calls could have been avoided because the beginning commercial broker is not aware of the proper and proven operating strategies.

The conversation typically goes like this:

“Hey Doc, I’m new at this and I just landed a mega deal. Are you sitting down? I have signed an exclusive with a borrower for a $25M dollar deal to finance a health care facility. I sold the client that I could get the cash for him. My question is this: “Doc, where can I get a loan for this guy?”

My heart goes out to the broker and to the client! “Why didn’t you find the lender first , find out what areas the lender is interested in and what their requirements are? Then advertise for that certain type of loan? If you did this, then when your future clients call you would know where to take the loan and your clients would be seeking that specific type of loan.

If you did it this way, then all you have to do is qualify the borrower, collect the documents and package them to your lender’s request. That is much easier and will cause fewer gray hairs!
Unfortunately, these brokers are calling because they didn’t do it that way. Now the broker is scrambling for a lender , while stalling the borrower: not a good position to be in! The chances of success, of obtaining a commission on that $25M lead is slim, unless of course he wants to co-broker (and of course I’ll be happy to help! J)

Please the secret here is simple. Many brokers suffer from Lender Phobia. They are literally afraid to speak to the “Checkwriter”. Do yourself a favor and call some lenders and interview them. Lenders expect to be called by professionals. They make money when you bring them good loans. They want your business.

There are many broker friendly commercial lenders. It is important for your career to begin to groom your lending relationships. These are the people that will put money into your pocket month after month.

To Your Success!

How Should a Commercial Broker Prospect For New Clients

In any sales job you must have a good prospecting model. Commercial real estate sales and leasing is no different. The prospecting model in the commercial real estate industry is however quite special to the type of property you work around and the clients that you deal with. The database that you create has to capture property investment detail such as area, property type, price range, rent levels, special property needs, and location detail. The database you use should be versatile enough to do that.

It’s worth expanding on this prospecting point so that you can construct the prospecting model that works for you. You have to have leads and lots of them to make money in commercial real estate. It’s not really the office that you work for that actually matters, although it will have some minor impact. The real results that you get in the industry come from one activity that you and only you control; it’s called prospecting.

Those people that start up in the industry do not really ‘get it’ for some time. They think that business ‘walks in the door’ of the office. Only a small amount of business will come to you in that way. In fact the more you sit in the office, the less successful you will be. I tell many new people to the industry to spend no more than 2 hours a day in the office, and the rest of your time in your market.

So what should you do ‘in your market’ each day? Here are a few main activities that are obligatory.

  1. Get a map of the streets that contain the property listings that you are interested in. Check out the good properties in the street and note them on the map. Any properties of note should be tracked down as to who owns them.
  2. Walk the streets each day, entering the businesses and asking to speak to the business owner or General Manager. Leave your business card if the right person is not available. Do at least 10 businesses per day. What you are looking to do here is introduce yourself but more particularly find out if the business is a tenant or an owner of the property. This is invaluable market intelligence.
  3. The golden rule of prospecting contact in commercial real estate is for you to make direct contact with the people that are qualified prospects at least every 90 days. This cycle does not stop. You should be doing at least 5 of those every day over a 90 day period. When you do your numbers this indicates that you should be working at least 300 qualified prospects.
  4. Suspects are the other people you contact and they are approached simply to see if they should become prospects in your group of 300.
  5. Send at least 5 letters a day to people that you know own the best properties in your area. Always follow up these letters with a telephone call.
  6. When you have made a sale or a lease in an area, make contact with the nearby owners with a letter telling them of the success. Always follow up those letters with a telephone call.
  7. Meet the tenants or occupiers of any neighboring properties that are adjacent to things that you have listed for sale or for lease.
  8. When a sign board goes up on a property through another agency, make sure you personally canvass the other properties adjacent and near to those listings. Most property owners would rather compete through another real estate agent should they want to also list their property for sale or for lease.
  9. Look for vacant property, as this is always a reason to contact the owner to see if they want to sell or lease the property. A vacancy is usually a landlord ‘pain’ factor that requires relief.
  10. Check out the local planning authority each month to see if any new developments or rezoning applications are going through. The local planning authority is most likely located at the local council and they usually have minutes that are available for public scrutiny.
  11. Work the investment cycle of buy, lease, and sell in your area. Property investors will usually buy a property, hold it for 5 years (on average), lease it during that period, and then position themselves for another purchase or sale. This then says that you can work out the best listing opportunities from the lists of properties in your area that were purchased about 4 to 5 years ago.
  12. Create a great database from your enquiries for other properties. A carefully constructed and executed property sale or leasing campaign will always leave you with many leads for other property opportunities. One good property marketing campaign will leave you with well qualified contacts that you can shape up for future opportunity.
  13. Make lots of calls each day. The telephone has to be your friend so get used to using it. Sure you will make lots of calls to suspects and most of them will say ‘no’ to your offering. The best way to make lots of calls in commercial real estate is simply to use the ‘Yellow Pages’ of businesses in your area. A carefully crafted telephone conversation will identify whether the business is a tenant, a property owner, or a property buyer. All of these categories offer opportunity.
  14. Monitor the ‘time on market’ of other agents listings. Not only will these be a source of listings later for you, but the ‘time on market’ will give you an idea of what is selling or leasing and what is not. Avoid overpriced listings at all costs unless you believe the property owner will bring their price down.
  15. Check out all ‘for sale by owner’ listings. They may not sell or could be a later source of listing for you when the property owner has given up trying to do the job themselves.
  16. Business owners will tell you a lot about the area and the neighboring properties. You just need to ask the questions. Taking to business owners every day will help you build your resources for listing opportunity.
  17. Strengthen relationships through constant 90 day contact with all your prospects. Create lots of qualified prospects through sifting through lists and direct telephone calls to suspects.

You may look at the list and say that it is obvious; surprisingly most commercial real estate people do very little of what is on the list. Why is that? They simply lack the personal focus and do not follow through each and every day. If you follow the rules in commercial real estate, you will become very successful. Commissions will flow toward you and you will be the agent of choice.

Online Commercial Insurance Brokers Offer More Than Simply Business Insurance Price Comparisons

Consider a commercial insurance broker the next time you buy insurance online, until a recent resurgence of interest due to new online commercial products, they have not had a good Internet experience.

Brokers provide service, knowledge, quality products, claims help and advice as well as comparing insurance quotes, qualities that are rare or missing in the alternative self-service world of the online price comparison websites.

When direct personal lines cover became an acceptable method of selling and delivering insurance via the Internet, the soothsayers of business doom were crying the tolling of the death knell for the insurance broker as a profession. Even more so for the business insurance specialist intermediaries.

Commercial insurance was notoriously difficult to provide auto-quoting underwriting systems for and it was believed by the mandarins that commercial policies could not be sold online to an ignorant public.

It was imagined that all insurance business would be dealt with direct either by phone or online and the broker trade would decline.

What these people failed to realise at the time though, was that the broker business model, one based on comparing covers and tailoring policies to suit individual needs, was a time tried and trusted method that would re-emerge online as the peoples favourite method of buying insurance, albeit in a new bigger form of the price comparison site.

Commercial insurance price comparison websites were then predicted to replace the broker, as in effect they are providing the same comparative quotation service as the brokers but on a much larger scale.

Commercial Insurance Brokers realised that they were missing out unless they embraced the comparison site competition. Many of the larger and more Internet savvy brokers decided to take on the comparison sites and offer comparison websites of their own, often with great success.

They took their back office comparison systems and web-enabled them to provide a user-friendly interface. The larger commercial insurance sites now rival the big four price aggregators and many offer a wider range of covers.

With the ability to offer specialist products a broker has an advantage over a price comparison site, however many Specialist schemes from commercial insurance brokers can now be found on price comparison sites. You will often need to look deep and really research the market of quotes offered, to find them though.

Although many smaller brokers have signed up to the large price comparison websites, when you search for their products you are rarely shown these offerings. This is because many brokers have put tight underwriting criteria to the type of business they want from the comparisons site.

Often these restrictions mean that the price aggregator cannot quote their policy because of the restrictive terms imposed.

All online commercial comparison websites suffer from rigid acceptance rules defined by the underwriting company.

The fact that if for example, an office does not reach strict security requirements, then the office package comparison system is algorithmically instructed to decline the business.

Computer says No!

Consequently when the comparison sites quotes compared are returned to a prospective buyer, they are usually displayed in the order of cheapest first, showing those without any endorsements or cover restrictions.

Those smaller but maybe more relevant schemes that are maybe slightly more expensive or need some adjustments to the information entered to quote, are not getting a look in against the large insurers who can compete on price.

Many people, especially small businessmen on a tight fixed budget, mistakenly believe that the cheapest insurance is sufficient for their business needs.

This is particularly true of the sole-trader or self-employed tradesman who resents being told he must have public liability insurance to work on a building site for example.

His likely first port of call will be a search engine followed by a big brand price comparison site looking for the best deals.

Most commercial insurance brokers do not want this type of cheap liability business anyway, which is more trouble than it is worth if there is a claim.

They do want good bona-fide small business and registered companies for which they have the advantage over the price aggregators of offering not just specialist packed policies for shops,office, restaurants, pubs and commercial property but also a human face.

Today, more and more trade specific packaged policies are appearing on commercial insurance websites each month as bringing the product to market becomes easier.

Online brokers can offer telephone help, callback services, claims services, market knowledge and advice over price, human versus computer or simply just service. All things that are missing from the price comparison sites.

The new online commercial broker is taking back the initiative and levelling the playing field for the distribution of Insurance on the Internet.

On the whole the future looks rosy for the forward-looking broker who is willing to adapt and change from his Main Street outdated business practices and embrace the Web for all its potentiality.

On a cautionary note, many a local broker with traditional product offerings who does not adapt, will not be found by the general public and his market reach will always be local.

The Internet has allowed online commercial insurance brokers to introduce specialist risks and cover to the business market that would probably not previously been aware of the policies.

It has also spawned new risks itself such as cyber risks cover, professional indemnity and liability for consultants in every IT and online profession, and even commercial property insurance for web server farms.

The local broker is now international if he has the placement facilities.

Niche brokers with niche schemes are now providing these services to new global markets.