News Roundup: Industrial Still a Major Player, a Sunny Southern Outlook, 2018 Looks to Close Strong


A Strong Close to a Strong Year

Businessman sitting back with legs on large piggy bank

2018 has been a strong year for investment activity and commercial real estate performance, thanks in no small part to activity in the industrial market. According to Globe Street, industrial will continue to add value for owners and investors through the end of the year and into 2019.

Liberty Closes SBA 504 Loan for the Acquisition of a NJ Industrial Property

New Jersey warehouse

Liberty provided $1.12M in SBA 504 financing for the acquisition of a warehouse in the red-hot New Jersey industrial market.  See all of our closed deals.

Experts Say Strong Industrial Investment to Continue

Q2 CRE investments are up significantly

Nearly 92% of respondents in the annual Investor Sentiment Report from RCM-SIOR saw plenty more growth potential in the industrial investment sector. Respondents cited record and diversified demand, low vacancy, and the expanding economy as key drivers of growth.

A Sunny Southern Outlook

Dallas skyline

According to PwC and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), seven of the top 10 investment markets are in the South. Dallas / Fort Worth tops the list, which was released at the ULI Fall Meeting. Brooklyn is second, followed by Raleigh-Durham, Orlando, Nashville, Austin, Boston, Denver, Charlotte and Tampa. Growth in the education, health care and technology sectors are the primary drivers of commercial real estate in these markets.

Liberty Provides Over $16.7 Million in Financing to Projects in the South

Greensboro multifamily unit

Liberty has provided more than $16.7 million in financing for various projects in southern cities, including: Panama City, FL; Greensboro, NC; Memphis, TN; Atlanta, GA, Norcross, GA; and St. Simons Island, GA.

Playing the Field

Businessman standing on a cliff looking into horizon for opportunities

While industrial and distribution properties have the best investment prospects for 2019 – similar to last year’s prognosis – the 2019 Emerging Trends in Real Estate from PwC and ULI notes that investors are increasingly looking for new opportunities in property types that they have not tried before.

How Can We Help You?

Liberty SBF is the #1 ranked non-bank SBA 504 lender by volume in the country. We offer personal service for SBA 504, bridge and conventional loans. We’d love to help you.

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News Roundup: Self-Storage Rides a High, Rate Hikes Haven’t Ruined Things and the Dawning of the Age of the Cheap Chic Hotel


Self-Storage Is Up 120%+, Still a Good Bet

interior of self storage hallway with blue doors

Let’s face it, we’re addicted to stuff. And self-storage facilities are there to help. That’s why self-storage sector REITs are up 120.6% in the last eight years. While self-storage rental rates may no longer be growing by double digits, many professionals see plenty of positives in the sector’s future.

Liberty Finances $1.9 Million Self-Storage Facility

Self storage building exterior with red doors

Liberty SBF has provided nearly $2 million in SBA 504 financing to a self-storage facility in Panama City, FL. The loan allowed the owners to refinance their property, while taking advantage of the low fixed-interest rates and long terms of SBA 504 loans to improve their cash-flow position.

Rate Hikes Haven’t Impacted Pricing or Volume … Yet

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While the Fed keeps bumping interest rates higher, and plans to keep doing more of the same, real estate pricing and availability have yet to show repercussions. Globe St. reports that while pricing and sales velocity are currently remaining unchanged, things could slow down toward the end of the year.

Affordable, Trendy Hotels Cash in on Consumer Demand

modern hotel bed with zebra pillows

What do millennials want? Good design. And what do they want to pay for it? Not much. The New York Times is reporting on the rise of the cheap, chic hotel that’s meeting consumer demand with low-priced rooms combined with trendsetting designs. And consumers can’t get enough.

Liberty Finances Hotel Projects in Georgia and Utah

st simons hotel pool exterior

Liberty recently provided funding for two hotel projects, a $7.7 million loan for a hotel on St. Simons Island, Georgia, and a $4.7 million SBA 504 loan for a hotel acquisition in Midvale, Utah.

Industrial Property Activity Spikes in the Midwest

aerial photo of warehouse in midwest

For months, East and West Coast metros have been feeling the heat of incredible demand for industrial properties, fueled by the “Amazon effect” and e-commerce logistics. Now, it looks as though the Midwest is getting involved, with a 103% increase in industrial CRE investment in Columbus, a 41% increase in Chicago and a 29% increase in Indianapolis.

How Can We Help You?

Liberty SBF is the #1 ranked non-bank SBA 504 lender by volume in the country. We offer personal service for SBA 504, bridge and conventional loans. We’d love to help you.

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News Roundup: Good News for the Carolinas, The Impact of Driverless Trucks and the Latest CRE Forecasts through 2020


SBA Announces Deferments for Hurricane Florence Businesses

Flooded residential streets

If you didn’t expect to see the kinder, gentler side of government loan programs today, prepare to be surprised.  The SBA has announced that businesses affected by Hurricane Florence in North or South Carolina can apply for up to a 9-month deferment of their qualified SBA loans, including SBA 504 loans.

Liberty Provides Over $38.4 Million In Warehouse and Industrial Financing

warehouse exterior with trucks

Over the past 3 years, Liberty SBF has provided more than $38.4 million in SBA 504 financing for warehouse and industrial projects.  Recently, the company provided a $9.1 million SBA 504 loan for an industrial property in San Diego, CA.

What Driverless Cars and Picking Robots Mean for the Warehouse Sector

Robot arm in warehouse

With new laws for driverless vehicles on the books in 29 states, and robots already playing a key role in Amazon warehouses, it’s time to think about what automation means for warehouses.  NREI takes a look at what happens when warehouse tenants embrace a highly automated present, and future.

Florence’s Effect on CRE

Flooded neighborhood

As hurricane recovery from Florence gets into full gear, there may be a silver lining in some sectors.  Several experts are predicting an upswing in multifamily housing and hotel trends in the Carolinas over the coming months. One change that might differentiate this from past hurricane recoveries?  Many of the damaged homes are second homes, which could affect predictions.

Liberty Provides Over $12-million in Hotel Financing

hotel in Utah

In recent years, Liberty SBF has provided more than $12-million in financing for hotel projects. Most recently, the company provided $4.7 million in SBA 504 financing for a hotel in Midvale, UT.

A Strong Forecast for CRE Through 2020

City view of skyscrapers and residential houses

The latest edition of the Urban Land Institute’s Real Estate Economic Forecast is predicting good news across all major sectors of commercial real estate, and revising up their forecast from earlier in the year.  Check out their summary article here, or dig into the nitty-gritty details for yourself right here.

How Can We Help You?

Liberty SBF is the #1 ranked non-bank SBA 504 lender by volume in the country. We offer personal service for SBA 504, bridge and conventional loans. We’d love to help you.

Let’s Talk. 


News Roundup: Optimistic Small Business Owners, E-Commerce Pushes Demand for Industrial and CRE Investment up $10+ Billion

Small Business Owners Are More Optimistic Than Ever

Small Business Owners Being Optimistic

For 45 years, the NFIB has been surveying small business owners. In August, they reported being more optimistic about the future than they ever have been in the history of the survey. The previous high-optimism mark came in 1983, when a new Dodge Ram cost $5,665, Regan was president and a 2bd townhouse in Chicago would run you about $47,000.

E-Commerce Takes Over Former Industrial Spaces

Warehouse Workers in an eCommerce Warehouse

Leaving our homes to buy things is so last decade. And as we become increasingly reliant on e-commerce, The New York Times reports that industrial space is in hot demand, and much of it is being converted from manufacturing to distribution centers. The most valuable properties offer easy access to large metropolitan areas and major transportation arteries.

Liberty Closes $34.6 Million in SBA 504 Industrial Loans

A warehouse financed through SBA 504 small business financing.

Over the past 24 months, Liberty has provided nearly $35 million in SBA 504 financing for strategically located warehouses. These transactions range from a $1.7 million warehouse in Riverside, CA, offering easy access to the LA Metro area, to an $11 million warehouse near Bristol, PA, that’s within an hour’s drive of both the New York and Philadelphia metros.

Q2 CRE Investments Up $10+ Billion

Q2 CRE investments are up significantly.

New data from Real Capital Analytics suggests that the commercial real estate investment volume is up 9.1% from the first quarter of 2018. This growth was led by the Western U.S., which posted $32.2 billion in Q2 activity.

Liberty Wraps Up $16.5 Million in Office Space SBA 504 Loans

SBA 504 Financed Office Buildings

The closing of a $5.4 million office building in Newport Beach, CA, marks a cumulative $16.5 million in office space acquisitions through Liberty-led SBA 504 loans over the past two years.

The Cases For and Against “Previewing” Real Estate Listings

Pocket listings are nothing new to real estate, but a new plan for sneak-peek marketing from a New York brokerage is reigniting the debate. And while commercial listings land outside the MLS, it’s worth thinking about ways that pre-release marketing could help (or hurt) buyers, sellers and brokers.

How Can We Help You?

Liberty SBF is the #1 ranked non-bank SBA 504 lender in the country. We offer personal service for SBA 504, bridge and conventional loans. We’d love to help you.

Let’s Talk. 


Liberty SBF Closes Fixed-Rate SBA Loan For PA Warehouse

Liberty SBF closed a $11MM SBA 504 loan for the acquisition of an industrial building located in Bristol, PA for B&C Industries, a supplier of packaging materials. B&C serves businesses in diverse industries and has experienced increasing demand for its product thanks to the surge in e-commerce. The new building will allow B&C to establish a presence in southern New Jersey and further expand business in the greater Philadelphia area.

Liberty SBF is one of the top fixed rate SBA 504 lenders by volume providing 90% LTV loans on owner occupied properties across the U.S. The company specializes in warehouse, hotel, office, assisted living and self-storage properties.