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Success S av v y
Foreign buyers from Latin America & Europe have been very active
acquirers of residential properties as second homes and investment
properties. However, foreign investors, while less visible, have been just
as active in the commercial real estate market, acquiring small and
medium-sized shopping centers, office buildings, stand-alone buildings
for pharmacies or fast food franchises, gas stations, warehouses, etc.
Excellent loan opportunities also exist for financing commercial real
estate for foreign investors. This market segment is showing greater
discipline compared to the mid-2000’s boom period in commercial real
estate. Although property valuations are rising, they are still substantially
below their previous peaks. Many purchases by foreign investors have
been on a cash basis and now present an opportunity for local banks
to refinance at low Loan To Values (LTV’s). Foreign investors are eager
to obtain financing for purchases in order to leverage their activities,
make more purchases and establish U.S. credit. Provided such buyers
are transparent in their ownership structures, disclose all necessary
information required by U.S. laws and the provided properties meet
valuation requirements and generate sufficient cashflow to service bank
debt, there should be ample credit available.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Konfino is Chief Lending
Officer at Banco do Brasil
Americas which is wholly
owned by Banco do Brasil, S.A.,
Latin America’s largest bank;
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