I'm hoping to get some insight or guidance form those who've been there and done that, as to the differences between finance for residental and commercial real estate. I'm reasonably familiar with how a typical mortgage for your own home works, in terms of local interest rates, fees, durations, LVRs etc. But from what I've been able to find, and I don't know if this holds true elsewhere as I am in New Zealand, it is much more difficult to get funding for a commercial property. I've spoken to several banks, and all are willing to lend 90 - 100% of the value for residential, but only 60 - 70% for commercial, even with a 5x5x5 year lease signed for the property for a rental amount that owuld cover repayments. They also are giving higher interest rates and shorter durations for commercial loans. E.g. a mortgage might be @ 8.9% with a 20 year period, yet the same bank for a commercial property is asking 10.2% and only a 10 year period. Is this normal? Are there ways around it? Maybe it's just a NZ thing? I really don't know, but it's making it more difficult than I had hoped for us to get our foot in the door so to speak with property. I would really prefer to go commercial, but atm finance wise may be forcing us to go residential unless there is some way around this. Sorry for the lack of paragraphs etc, just typing as I think atm Really appreciate the feedback.
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