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24th June, 2024

Can you borrow money for an investment property under a company name?

Finance Tips
Property Investment

At AXTON Finance, we are well-versed in the intricacies of property investment through a company structure. This investment approach, while potentially beneficial in terms of asset protection, tax management, and credit policy assessment, requires a thorough understanding of the specific lending criteria that apply to corporate entities. Our team, with its specialized knowledge and experience, is adept at facilitating these unique transactions, ensuring you secure approval with terms tailored to your investment goals.

Investors considering this route can access up to 95% financing for conventional investment properties or 80% for company low doc (reduced documentation) loans, with commercial properties evaluated individually but usually at slightly lower LVRs (loan to valuation ratios) again. Each lender has distinct policies and loan limits, making our expert guidance crucial.

Investing in property through a company structure presents unique challenges. Not all banks are equipped to handle loans under company names, due to specific processing requirements or policy gaps in their teams. These challenges may include restrictions on professional package discounts or the use of additional financial products like offset accounts and credit cards under a company name. Some lenders may even require all shareholders to guarantee the loan. This underscores the importance of selecting the right lender—one that combines competitive rates with the capability to manage corporate structures effectively. Our team at AXTON Finance is well-versed in these challenges and can guide you through the process.

For instance, if John and Jane Smith, directors of ABC Pty Ltd, decide to purchase an investment property, the setup would typically involve ABC Pty Ltd both as the borrower and property owner, with John and Jane as the guarantors.

Furthermore, companies acting as corporate trustees for trusts have specific borrowing capacities and structures, which our team can also manage by ensuring all legal documentation, like company constitutions and trust deeds, meet target lender requirements.

It’s important to understand that directors might still be liable if a company fails to meet its loan obligations. Banks often require personal guarantees from directors, especially if the company is a shell business or SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) that does not earn significant income or has been set up solely for the purpose of purchasing the property. This underscores the importance of expert guidance when structuring company loans. At AXTON Finance, we can help you navigate these potential risks and responsibilities.

Any time that you may be considering a loan in a company name you must seek qualified accounting and legal advice to ensure the appropriateness of the proposed structure and that no unintended consequences occur.

At AXTON Finance, we pride ourselves on our expertise in setting up and managing home loans for companies, from simple setups with a couple of directors to more complex joint ventures utilising unit or discretionary trusts. Our extensive experience and deep understanding of lender criteria allow us to identify the best possible rates and terms for your situation.

To explore how we can assist you with your company property investment or to get a tailored assessment, contact us today. Our specialists are ready to provide you with the personalised advice and support you need to navigate this complex area efficiently.

Contact us today to discuss your scenario in detail, obligation-free.

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