Small Business Loan Update – Stimulus Bill Helps Bailout Businesses If They Cannot Pay Loans

As we continue to sift dutifully through the over 1,000 pages of the stimulus bill (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009), there is one provision that is not getting much attention, but could be very helpful to small businesses. If you are a small business and have received an SBA loan from your local banker, but are having trouble making payments, you can get a “stabilization loan”. That’s right; finally some bailout money goes into the hands of the small business owner, instead of going down the proverbial deep hole of the stock market or large banks. But don’t get too excited. It is limited to very specific instances and is not available for vast majority of business owners.

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There are some news articles that boldly claim the SBA will now provide relief if you have an existing business loan and are having trouble making the payments ソフト闇金 . This is not a true statement and needs to be clarified. As seen in more detail in this article, this is wrong because it applies to troubled loans made in the future, not existing ones.

Here is how it works. Assume you were one of the lucky few that find a bank to make a SBA loan. You proceed on your merry way but run into tough economic times and find it hard to repay. Remember these are not conventional loans but loans from an SBA licensed lender that are guaranteed for default by the U.S. government through the SBA (depending upon the loan, between 50% and 90%). Under the new stimulus bill, the SBA might come to your rescue. You will be able to get a new loan which will pay-off the existing balance on extremely favorable terms, buying more time to revitalize your business and get back in the saddle. Sound too good to be true? Well, you be the judge. Here are some of the features:

1. Does not apply to SBA loans taken out before the stimulus bill. As to non-SBA loans, they can be before or after the bill’s enactment.

2. Does it apply to SBA guaranteed loans or non-SBA conventional loans as well? We don’t know for sure. This statute simply says it applies to a “small business concern that meets the eligibility standards and section 7(a) of the Small Business Act” (Section 506 (c) of the new Act). That contains pages and pages of requirements which could apply to both types of loans. Based on some of the preliminary reports from the SBA, it appears it applies to both SBA and non-SBA loans.

Most people that are experiencing financial difficulty have no doubt heard of loan modifications. They are talked about on the nightly news and although once shrouded in secrecy, they are now common knowledge. Those also in the know, realize that the government solutions to the financial crisis we’re experiencing will hardly solve the problem. The first round of government intervention after TARP 1 created “Hope For Homeowners” which was the federal government’s attempt at loan modifications.

Well, here are the facts on that one. Of the supposed 400,000 families that were to be shielded from foreclosure, as of this report, approximately 400 loans (that’s right 400 total) have been refinanced. Industry executives correctly called the program “useless” because of its onerous details.

Here are the stats on the “Hope Now Alliance” formed in the fall of 2007. Ironically, a former sub-prime mortgage executive was put in charge- can you say “fox in the henhouse?”.

Of the 2.2 million foreclosures supposedly “prevented” by Hope Now Alliance, 53% of homeowners were in default again within 6 months. Why, you ask? Because the supposed modifications led to higher, not lower payments, since lenders are tacking on missed payments, taxes, and big fees to borrower’s monthly bills.  

The newest round of “foreclosure prevention” solutions from the Obama administration unfortunately will not fare much better. Lenders are currently overwhelmed with calls from borrowers since the plan was announced, and don’t have the resources or the training to deal with the inquiries.

Homeowners who have tried to get their own loans modified have met with frustration, deceit, incompetence, bureaucracy, and failure due to a system which is rigged to favor the banks, not the homeowners.   

I speak form personal experience. Hurricane Katrina wiped out my real estate business and I had to do my own loan modifications. I spent over 2 years trying to get insurance claims paid on damaged properties after hiring several attorneys, public adjusters, and engineers.  

The irony was that lenders  only allowed a 3-6 month grace period and they wanted their money.  I scrambled not only to rebuild my business, but also to save my own home after this catastrophe. I learned a very hard lesson.   The banks are definitely not looking out for you. Having a professional on my side would have leveled the playing field.

This report is therefore dedicated to help those that realize that hiring a professional loan modification firm with a track record of success, is their best solution in keeping their home.

Despite what the T.V. pundits tell you when they say “…contact your lender, they want to work things out…” trying to get your loan modified yourself is akin to representing yourself in court. Nine times out of ten it’s a bad idea.   

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