TALLAHASSEE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The interest rate for 20-year Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loans for commercial real estate and other major fixed asset purchases fell to an astonishing new record low level this month and at its current pace is poised to break into the 3% range.
The debenture bonds that funded December’s 20-year 504 loans were sold to investors at an all-time low rate of 1.93%, beating out the previous record of 2.09%. This resulted in a final effective interest rate – the rate borrowers pay including servicing fees – of just 4.00% fixed.
This makes the eighth time this year the 20-year 504 interest rate has set a new low record. And if the trend continues, the 20-year 504 rate should fall into the 3% effective interest rate range at the beginning of the New Year. This is incredible for a fixed rate commercial loan, especially when you consider down payments can be as little as 10%.
SBA 504 loans are paired with private-sector commercial loans, providing up to $5 million of small business financing for standard projects and up to $5.5 million for green initiative and small manufacturer projects (SBA loan portions only; there is no limit on overall project dollar size).
For those small businesses that have been considering purchasing, building and expanding their facilities or upgrading their equipment, there has never been a better time to take advantage of these record low fixed interest rates. There are still deals to be made on commercial properties that are currently on the market at very attractive prices. If a small business has been considering investing in a building, now is a great time to act.
There is just no better deal available today for the purchase of real estate or for expansion of existing facilities. Small business owners who are seeking financing for commercial real estate or equipment purchases are urged to contact Florida First Capital today to take advantage of these great interest rates while they last.
Florida First Capital Finance Corporation is a non-profit certified development company (CDC) that works with the SBA and private-sector lending partners to provide available and affordable financing to small businesses. Florida First Capital lends under the SBA 504 Loan Program as well as the State of Florida Recycling Loan Program and other small business assistance programs.