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2015 By the Numbers

2015 by the numbers

Even though we’re more than halfway through January, we’d still like to wish you a Happy New Year! We’re sure 2016 is going to be a great year for SBA 504 lending, but before we talk about what’s to come, let’s see where we’ve been…

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Green But Not Grinchy

The environmentally- friendly story behind being able to do multiple SBA 504 Loans

We told you in a previous message that we closed a loan in September for XL Sports World. In fact, depending on how long you’ve been getting messages from us, we’ve told you that several different times. The loan we closed for XL in this year was their fourth SBA 504 loan with us. If you know anything about the 504 program, you may think this a little strange. And if you don’t know much about the 504 program, take it from us that this four loans thing is a little strange. But there’s an environmentally-friendly story behind the business and the loans we’d like to share with you.

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600 loans and counting…

Mercantile Capital Corporation has closed 600 loans in its history.

600 is a really big number to us.

In the sports world, 600 is a pretty significant milestone. Eight major league baseball players have hit 600 home runs (some with asterisks). Eighteen hockey players have scored 600 goals. The longest NASCAR race is 600 miles. The closest anyone has come to 600 passing touchdowns in the NFL is Peyton Manning with 539, and Norm Van Brocklin almost threw for 600 yards (554) in a single game back in 1951. Six hundred is a big number, and we’ve now cleared that milestone in terms of loans closed.  

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The Nationwide SBA 504 Loan Experts.

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12 years doing just one thing.

When we started back in 2003, we set out to be one of the first (if not the first) to specialize in SBA 504 loans. We wanted to help small business owners build wealth, create jobs, and grow their businesses via commercial real estate ownership, and we knew then that the SBA 504 loan program was the best way to make that happen. The same is true today, and we haven’t wavered from our mission. Twelve years in, we’ve had the opportunity to work with hundreds of banks, lenders, and CDCs nationwide. When your small business clients work with us, they get the benefit of our longevity and expertise.

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Q3 2015 & Our Second Four-peat

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It’s hard to believe, but 75% of 2015 is history. Halloween is almost here, which means Christmas isn’t far behind, and Thanksgiving will fall sometime in between. Next year will probably get here much sooner than most of us would like, but it’s not here yet, so let’s talk about what’s going on now.

Check this out: we recently closed a fourth loan for XL Sports World, which makes them our second* four-peat client. Since 2011, we’ve closed loans for XL in Orlando (FL), Saco (ME), and Midlothian (VA). This fourth loan was for the purchase of an existing 56,208 SF indoor multi-sport facility in Apex, NC. We provided both the first and second mortgages for this $4.51 million project, and Florida First Capital Corporation was the Certified Development Company (CDC). It’s not every day that a lender is able to provide four SBA 504 loans for the same small business owner, but we’ve proven that it’s not impossible (and it’s a pretty smart move on the part of the business owner). 

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