June 21st, 2017 10:21 AM by Andrew Liu, President NMLS#249736
Many small business owners do not have a very keen idea of how to manage their personal credit profile and a lousy credit profile creates a challenge for the business owners when they need to apply for business loans as banks usually scrutinize applicants’ credit history very closely.
A client of mine owns a high-end Italian restaurant in the Bay Area, recently, he needed money to renovate his restaurant. Because of his credit issue, every single one of the banks that he made inquiries to had turned him down.
Through a referral, he came to talk to me. He was asked about doing a cash-out refinance on his home. However, his current mortgage rate was very low, if I refinanced it, I wouldn’t be able to match the rate he has now due to his much lower FICO score. Moreover, he planned to pay the debt off in about 2 to 3 years, a much larger first loan on his home probably wouldn’t make a lot of sense.
I recommended that he take out a second loan: It would allow him to keep his current low first mortgage rate, and let him pay the second off in 2 to 3 years. He finally had the money to renovate his restaurant and now his customers love his newly decorated Tuscany-style dining hall.