Buying my first factory

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Buying my first factory

Postby salted » Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:41 am

Hey,

I’ve been in the fishing business for just over two years now. I’m looking to expand my business and possibly buy a boat and small factory to process the seafood we catch.

I’ve been researching on mortgages for factories but I haven’t come across any concrete information yet. I’m hoping someone here knows a thing or two about this type of loan.

Actually, a friend of mine recommended me to use this forum. Does anyone know how much I can borrow with a factory mortgage? Any relevant information will be much appreciated.

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Re: Buying my first factory

Postby Otto Dargan » Tue Apr 21, 2015 3:08 pm

Hi and welcome to the forums salted,

If you’re looking to get a loan to buy a factory then you may need to present a strong case to the lender with details of your business and investment plans depending on the purpose of the purchase.

By presenting an acceptable case to the lender, you may be able to borrow up to 80% of the property price (freehold) with a maximum loan term of 20 years. Loans that are over $5,000,000 are assessed on a case by case basis.

Interest only payments as well as principal and interest (P&I) payments are available. As a general rule, the maximum term for interest only payments is 5 years. You may be able to get certain interest rate discounts depending on which lender you apply with and how strong your application is. Low doc options are also available.

However, it is important to note that not all commercial properties are valued in the same way. Some factories may be classified as mixed use properties, depending on the property’s adaptability in being used for either industrial, commercial or residential purposes.

Additionally, local governments may regularly review zoning based on factors such as gentrification (buying and renovating of houses and stores in deteriorated urban neighbourhoods). Lenders may consider these factors when assessing your application.

Location is also an important factor to consider whether you’re buying or using the property to run a business. You may therefore need to make sure that the property is close to good infrastructures and facilities, such as highways, motorways, rail lines and shipping yards.

Prime locations may include factories located in inner-city locations or central business districts (CBDs). You may want to stay away from factories that are located too far outside of city, with tenants usually looking to be near the city and its services.

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Re: Buying my first factory

Postby salted » Tue Apr 21, 2015 7:13 pm

That’s a lot of helpful info there. Thanks so much. I couldn’t really find good info like these while researching so I really appreciate your help, mate.

I’d like to learn more about how zoning for factories work. Honestly, I really don’t know anything about that.

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Re: Buying my first factory

Postby Otto Dargan » Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:53 am

Hi salted,

Factory zoning generally falls under industrial zoning. However, the kind of work that can be undertaken in these zones vary among states.

Please note that you may need to check with the local council to learn about zoning requirements for the factory you’re looking at buying. The following is an example of the industrial zoning for one state in Australia:
  • Industrial 1 Zone: Provides for manufacturing industries, the storage and distribution of goods and associated uses in a manner that doesn’t affect the safety and amenity of local communities.
  • Industrial 2 Zone: Similar to 1 Zone.
  • Industrial 3 Zone: Provides for industries and associated uses in specific areas where special consideration of the nature and impacts of industrial uses is required or to avoid inter industry conflict and to allow limited retailing in appropriate locations.
You can browse our website if you want to learn more about factory loans. You can call us on 1300 889 743 or fill in our free assessment form and brokers can give you an indicative funding approval based on an initial assessment.

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Re: Buying my first factory

Postby salted » Wed Apr 22, 2015 6:27 pm

Thanks for the helpful response. I’ll check out your website then. I’ve still got a few more questions, so I’ll give your office a ring whenever I’m free. Have a good day now.

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Re: Buying my first factory

Postby crusaders » Thu Jul 16, 2015 3:33 pm

Hi home loan forum,

I had no idea we could get a loan to finance factory purchases. I’m planning to start my own food processing business. I’ve got a cattle farm and I think it’d be profitable to start a small business where I live.

I think investing in a food processing factory could be profitable for the long term but I’ve never bought a factory before. I just need to know what makes a good factory. Can anyone help me out?

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Re: Buying my first factory

Postby Otto Dargan » Fri Jul 17, 2015 10:17 am

Hi crusaders,

Choosing the right factory usually comes down to whether it meets the needs of your business or the tenants wanting to rent there. You may be required to have proper experience working in the same industry.

Here is a list of things that you may need to consider while surveying a factory:
  • Good land space.
  • Easy access for heavy vehicles.
  • Good clearance height.
  • Wide doors.
  • Loading dock.
  • Good security facilities.
  • Office space.
  • Engineering certificate.
Please note that the location of the factory is also an important factor to consider before buying. The best investment opportunities may usually be around areas that are in the process of gentrification.

The zoning in gentrified areas are re-assessed by the state government or local council. This may also include making improvements to transport links. You may be able to ask the local council for any development plans for the area, or you can have a look at government websites about plans for your state.

You can give us a call directly if you have further issues.

Cheers,
Otto
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Re: Buying my first factory

Postby crusaders » Fri Jul 17, 2015 1:29 pm

Thanks! The info was really easy to digest and to the point. If I have any more questions then I'll be sure to give you guys a call. Goodbye.


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