It hadn’t occurred to me to purchase the building until our building went up for sale. Looking back, buying was the best move. We’re stable. We don’t have to move because somebody’s selling our building or because of rent increases. We are a permanent part of the community now.
SAN FRANCISCO (PRWEB) February 08, 2022
Educator Teresa Blea has always known she wanted to work with children. She didn’t realize that that passion would lead her to become a successful business owner and proud San Francisco property owner. The SBA 504 Program helped Blea purchase a property with 90% financing and a below-market rate, fixed for 25 years. Blea now enjoys peace of mind knowing her occupancy costs are stable and her business’ future is secure.
A third-generation native of San Francisco, Blea had a diverse teaching career. After working with community college-affiliated daycare programs and at San Mateo School District, she decided she wanted to lead a daycare center of her own. Twenty years later, Blea has helped hundreds of families raise curious, healthy, independent kids at her very own MIO Pre-School.
Being a lasting part of the community was always important to Blea, but she never realized that purchasing a building for MIO Pre-School was within reach. However, when the building that MIO Pre-School was leasing went up for sale, Blea researched options and realized that a building purchase was possible.
Blea knew she had to make the purchase happen. The biggest question was “How?” Conventional lending required a high down payment and was difficult to obtain due to the pandemic. Blea worried that it would be impossible to secure funding on the timeline she needed. In search of an answer – she discovered TMC Financing.
From the start, it was obvious that the SBA 504 loan program, facilitated by TMC Financing, was the perfect option for MIO Pre-School.
SBA 504 loans, administered by Certified Development Companies (CDC) such as TMC Financing, offer fixed, below-market interest rates for business owners who want to buy, renovate, or refinance an owner-occupied property.
“The SBA 504 Program offers the best terms on the market,” explains Kurt Chambliss, TMC Financing’s executive vice president who navigated the SBA 504 Process for Blea. “It offers only 10% down and a below-market rate fully amortized in 25 years with no balloon payment. There are no surprises to worry about. Business owners can get the funding they need while retaining precious working capital.”
Low down payments are one of the most attractive features of the SBA 504 loan. Blea, along with most business owners, qualified for 90% financing. The upheaval of the pandemic had thrown long-term parent relationships into doubt though, and it wasn’t clear whether MIO Pre-School could afford to make the payment. The Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF), a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution dedicated to serving low-income people and communities, stepped in to help.
LIIF provided a Capital New Development Grant through their Child Care Facilities Fund program that covered the down payment needed to acquire the building. LIIF was able to provide these funds through a partnership with the San Francisco Office of Early Education. At the core of LIIF’s mission is the commitment to alleviate poverty and help families attain economic self-sufficiency. Pre-school helps growing children prepare for higher educational attainment; working with MIO was a natural fit, and a 100 percent down payment from LIIF helped leverage the acquisition.
With a long-term, stable operating location, Blea has complete control of future occupancy costs. Funding the $2.2 million purchase of 2235 Mission Street in San Francisco was seamless, thanks to the help from TMC Financing and LIIF.
“The first goal was always to make sure MIO could keep running,” Blea recalls. “It hadn’t occurred to me to purchase the building until our building went up for sale. Looking back, buying was the best move. We’re stable. We don’t have to move because somebody’s selling our building or because of rent increases. We are a permanent part of the community now.”
2235 Mission Street is the most popular space MIO Pre-School has ever been in. “Families love it, and we’re right in the heart of everything.” Blea credits TMC Financing as a major part of her successful purchase:
“Working with TMC Financing has been amazing. Everyone is so helpful and patient. It was a long process, but it was seamless. The communication between everyone was great.”
About TMC Financing
TMC Financing is a non-profit Certified Development Company with a mission to promote economic development and job creation for small businesses in California, Nevada, and Arizona. Since its founding in 1981, TMC has secured more than $10 billion in SBA 504 commercial real estate financing for 6,000 small businesses. As a result of the financing, these small businesses have created over 60,000 jobs. Business owners in Arizona, California, or Nevada can confirm they meet the qualifications for an SBA 504 loan by visiting the TMC Financing website at https://www.tmcfinancing.com/.