Construction Loans on the Rise

By |May 1st, 2012|

Lenders dedicated to the veterinary community say construction loan requests are up in the first quarter of 2012—in some cases double that from the first quarter of 2011. This increase is in part attributed to veterinarians’ need for additional space and lack of existing practices for sale.
Not only are more veterinarians asking about loans, but more banks are willing to lend. While criteria for loan approval differ among lenders, experienced veterinarians able to prove a potential for profit are given consideration. “The down economy has forever altered the criteria by which veterinarians are approved,” says Annemarie Murphy, senior loan officer for Live Oak Bank of Wilmington, N.C. “A big difference is that lenders previously willing to give practitioners who filed bankruptcy a second chance, now are not. But strength of the individual to pay bills that would be acquired with a new practice on the amount of revenue currently generated is a good start.”
Murphy says some who [...]