Loft Lending Problems: It is the #1 most common disaster with Downtown loft sales and purchases. #loft #loans
Most buyers and sellers have no idea how extensive the problems is, the delays and failed home sales that it causes. Unfortunately, they don’t know how to solve the problem because they don’t know who the loft specialist lenders are.
Most lofts are industrial and historic building conversions under the Los Angeles Adaptive Re-use Ordinance. Lofts are rare and unique in California real estate. Because most mortgage lenders don’t really know what a loft is, they often incorrectly tell the buyer and seller up front that it will be no problem, then later, when the property is in escrow, the lender or underwriter finally reveals the truth. They finally discover that the loft has issues and therefore the lender cannot lend on it or there will be costly delays or additional loan fees. Fortunately, this problem can be prevented when buyers and sellers know ahead of time which is the best lender for each particular building. Just like all lenders vary, all buildings vary greatly on building type, zoning, ordinance, FHA/VA status, Mills Act status, lawsuits, litigation, commercial percentage, sold ratio, renter ratio, HOA reserves and maintenance status. In almost all cases, it pays to use a loft specialist lender for a Downtown loft transaction because the lender has already approved the building, preventing needless delays and unanticipated costs.
More than 20% of Downtown homes for sale listings involve a building that is currently or recently in a lawsuit or litigation. Sometimes a litigation lender must be used.
Chase Bank has just released the above list of Chase approved Downtown buildings. While it is helpful when a large bank like Chase is making an effort to help buyers and sellers in Downtown Los Angeles, there are other smaller lenders that have been more focused and more successful because they are already more established in Downtown lofts, have approved more buildings and have compete more loans recently in some of the most challenged Downtown loft buildings.
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