Construction Mortgage Fund

BCI finances construction mortgages on Canadian commercial and multi-family residential properties through our Construction Mortgage Fund. The risk factors that are evaluated include: location; structure quality; pre-leasing/pre-sales; green building features; borrower and covenantor’s financial strength; loan-to-value level; debt servicing ability; borrower’s experience. Mortgage security may also include additional provisions such as, personal guarantees, corporate guarantees, letters of credit, and the pledging of additional collateral.

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Security

First and second mortgages

Asset Types

  • Hotels
  • Industrial
  • Multi-family residential (including condominium projects)
  • Office
  • Raw land (tied to a credible development plan)
  • Retail
  • Seniors housing

Terms

  • Typically one to five years

Interest Rates

Construction mortgages have “floating” interest rates. Interest rates for these loans are typically determined by adding a credit and liquidity premium to the three-month CDOR rate. The size of risk premium varies based on factors specific to each development project. BCI’s portfolio managers utilize a multi-factor risk rating model to assess risk levels of individual investment opportunities. The risk factors that are evaluated include: location; structure quality; tenant financial strength (pre-leasing levels) and/or pre-sale amount; borrower and covenantor’s financial strength; loan-to-value level; loan-to-cost level; debt servicing ability; developer’s experience.

Loan-to-Value

Maximum 75 per cent loan-to-value

Additional Security

Mortgage agreements may also include additional security provisions such as: personal guarantees; corporate guarantees; letters of credit; pledging of additional collateral.

Loan Size

Typical range $5,000,000 and higher.

Pre-Funding Conditions

The Construction Fund only provides construction financing to experienced developers and utilizes qualified quantity surveyors to oversee development progress. The Construction Fund also requires significant pre-sales and/or pre-leasing levels, as well as sufficient profit margin levels. No mortgages will be funded without a property inspection, current market appraisal, geotechnical inspection report and environmental audit.