Real Estate Marketing

How to Create a Compelling Elevator Pitch to Your Lender

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Pitch Lenders or Investor

As a banker I am always fascinated by how people present themselves.  People come into a bank and demand a loan from someone they have never met! I'm sure this strategy might work in some cases over the short-term, but if you look at any successful real estate investor over the long-term then you will also see multiple lenders that have supported this investor for a very long-time.

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You could create a book regarding strategies to get your loan approved! But for now, let’s look at the high points of what the lender wants to see:

When Developing Your Pitch You Want to Address the Five C’s of Credit

Character

Banks want to put their money with clients who have the best credentials and references. The way you treat your employees and customers, the way you take responsibility, your timeliness in fulfilling obligations – that’s character.

Capacity

What is your company’s borrowing history and track record of repayment? How much debt can your company handle? Will you be able to honor the obligation and repay the debt? There are numerous financial benchmarks such as debt and liquidity ratios that banks use before advancing funds.

Capital

How well capitalized is your company? How much money have you invested in the business? Banks want to see that you have a financial commitment; that you have put yourself at risk in the company.

Conditions

What are the current economic conditions and how does your company fit in? If your business is sensitive to economic downturns, the bank wants to know that you are good at managing productivity and expenses.

Collateral

While cash flow will nearly always be the primary source of repayment of a loan, bankers look at what they call a "secondary source of repayment." Collateral represents assets that the company pledges as an alternate repayment source for the loan. In other words, hard assets. Most collateral is in the form of real estate and office or manufacturing equipment. Your accounts receivable and inventory can also be pledged as collateral. Unless you're a business with a proven payments track record, you will almost always be required to pledge collateral.

In summary, write a letter that addresses all of the above to any existing and potential lenders (and/or investors).  This will dramatically increase your negotiating power and your success rate.

    Michele
    Replied about 6 years ago
    Wonderful post! I’m working on my business plan and it will be great to incorporate this for the future. Huge help…Thanks!
    Jimmy
    Replied about 6 years ago
    Great to hear Michele!
    Karen Rittenhouse
    Replied about 6 years ago
    Great post, Jimmy. We also created a detailed business plan and were able to get funding for a new start up with that. Thanks for your info.