What is a commercial mortgage?

A Commercial Mortgage is a loan taken out on Commercial Real Estate by using the property as collateral. The borrower is usually a business or a company. Since checking the creditworthiness of a business is complicated, a Commercial Mortgage is one of the most complex types of Mortgages. Due to the higher risks involved, the rate of interest on a Commercial Mortgage is higher than the rate of interest on a Residential Mortgage.

The main differences include a unique set of lenders, longer turnaround times and higher interest rates than Residential Mortgages. A typical minimum down payment on a Commercial purchase is generally anywhere between 35 – 50%. However, it is case by case as each borrower has their own given unique situation.

Depending on the property’s condition, resale ability and other factors, lenders generally offer to Finance 65% to 85% of the appraised market value of Commercial Real Estate properties. Generally speaking, Commercial Mortgage rates can range anywhere between 5.99% to 7.99%. However, the exact rate depends on the type of property being financed and the borrower’s Loan To Value percentage. The lower the Loan To Value = The lower the rate of interest will be.


A Commercial Mortgage is available for the following types of properties

  1. Multi-Unit Residential (5 or more Rental Units)
  2. Retail Plazas, Strip Malls and Shopping Centres
  3. Office buildings and Medical Centres
  4. Industrial buildings

A Commercial Mortgage is not available for highly specialized Real Estate including:

  1. Hotels and Motels
  2. Social clubs and banquet halls
  3. Schools and places of worship
  4. Recreational Real Estate
  5. Car washes and Restaurants
  6. Properties that are currently vacant or being retrofitted
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A Commercial Mortgage can be used for the following purposes:

  1. For constructing a new office or location for the business
  2. For Renovations needed on the existing Commercial property
  3. For investments within the business
  4. For property development

If the borrower chooses to pursue a Commercial Mortgage, certain specific criteria’s will have to be fulfilled. These include:

  1. An adequate debt service coverage ratio.
  2. A good personal credit score as well as evidence of business creditworthy.
  3. Current business situation indicating that the business is up & running and profitable & steady.
  4. Future business plan and financial projections
  5. Type of business
  6. Type of property the borrower wants to purchase
  7. A down payment of anywhere between 35% to 50%
  8. A Commercial Real Estate appraisal report
  9. A site inspection by the lender
  10. Current rent rolls and list of tenants
  11. Leasing Agreements
  12. Income and expense statement
  13. Notice of Assessments (NOA) or T1 Generals for the past 2 years
  14. Business licence or articles of incorporation

A Commercial Mortgage can be financed through the following types of loans:

  1. Refinancing
  2. Private Mortgage
  3. Second Mortgage
  4. Mortgage Renewal

Outside the Mortgage amount the following costs will also have to be borne by the borrower:

  1. Legal Fees include Attorney Fees, Research Fees, Title searches, and potential Court filings
  2. Property appraisal or property Valuation Fee
  3. Property condition Assessment Fee
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