Terry Luker and Jeff Luker Launch the Commercial Loan Broker Association

Exciting times are ahead for the teams at Alternative Capital Solutions and Commercial Capital BIDCO! In order to fill a gap within the Commercial Loan Broker industry, Terry Luker and Jeff Luker - along with business partner Jon Cosentino of Fairwinds Commercial Capital - have launched the Commercial Loan Broker Association (CLBA). Terry, Jeff and Jon created the CLBA as a way for Commercial Loan Brokers to establish meaningful relationships with lenders and other brokers across the United States, increase their deal flow, as well as tap into thoughtful professional development and education opportunities. Using their combined experience of over a century within the CRE and Finance industries, CLBA's main goal will be to drive broker success and strengthen broker + lender relationships.

Their inaugural CLBA Conference & Expo will be hosted in Orlando, Florida at the Hilton Lake Buena Vista at Disney Springs this October 1 - 3, 2024. The Conference & Expo will take brokers and lenders into deep educational dives covering industry trends, key strategies for growth, and new technologies that will benefit their businesses. Networking and exposition hours will allow for all attendees to connect, build relationships, and talk deals with contacts across the country.

Mark Sanborn will deliver the Keynote Address for CLBA 2024. Sanborn, President of Sanborn & Associates, has spent over 30 years cultivating extraordinary leaders. Sanborn is an international bestselling author and an award-winning leadership keynote speaker who has written eight books, including the New York Times and International Bestseller, The Fred Factor: How Passion in Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary into the Extraordinary, which has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. His latest book is The Intention Imperative: Three Essential Changes That Will Make You a Successful Leader Today. The CLBA is thrilled to have him kick-off their first annual Conference & Expo.

Early Bird Registration for Broker and Lender attendees is now open! Sponsorship opportunities for the Conference & Expo are also available. Information for Registration and Sponsorships can be found on the website at https://clbassociation.com/conference-2024/.


Top 5 U.S. Cities for First-Time Commercial Real Estate Investors

Investing in commercial real estate can be a lucrative venture, offering opportunities for significant returns and portfolio diversification. For first-time investors entering this market, selecting the right location is crucial for success. Some key factors to think about when choosing which market to enter into are population growth, job growth, and high rental demand. Here are the top five U.S. cities that offer promising prospects for first-time commercial real estate investors:

1.) Nashville, Tennessee

Commonly known as, “Music City”, Nashville has emerged as a hotspot for commercial real estate. The city’s strong job market is fueled by tourism, finance, and healthcare, and has forced the need for more office space as well as retail space. Nashville’s business-friendly environment yields a promising opportunity for first-time commercial real estate investors. This is a prime area for not only alternative lending opportunities, but SBA products geared towards those small and/or new businesses could be an excellent route as well. 

 

2.) Atlanta, Georgia

Known as the economic hub of the Southeast, Atlanta boasts a thriving business environment and a rapidly growing population. The city's diverse economy, which includes sectors like technology, finance, and logistics, provides ample opportunities for commercial real estate investments. Additionally, Atlanta's favorable tax environment and relatively low cost of living make it an attractive destination for businesses, driving demand for commercial properties.

 

3.) Austin, Texas

In recent years Austin has experienced rapid population growth, and is home to a burgeoning tech scene and a dynamic entrepreneurial culture. The city's strong job market, fueled by companies like Dell, IBM, and numerous startups, has led to increased demand for office, retail, and mixed-use developments. With a vibrant arts and entertainment scene and a high quality of life, Austin offers attractive investment opportunities for first-time commercial real estate investors. From large commercial loan opportunities to small-business ventures, the commercial lending space here is especially unique.

 

4.) Denver, Colorado

Situated at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Denver combines natural beauty with a booming economy, making it an appealing destination for commercial real estate investment. Its strategic location as a transportation and logistics hub, coupled with a diverse economy spanning industries such as aerospace, healthcare, renewable energy, and cannabis, contributes to its allure. Denver's young and educated population, alongside a burgeoning tech sector, further augur well for the future growth of the commercial real estate market. Notably, Denver's cannabis industry stands as a trailblazer in the landscape of legalized marijuana since the state's landmark legalization of recreational cannabis in 2012. Emerging as a leading destination for cannabis enthusiasts and entrepreneurs, the industry continues to thrive, significantly contributing to the city’s economy.

**It is important remember that the cannabis laws vary by state

 

5.) Seattle, Washington

Home to tech giants like Amazon and Microsoft, Seattle has become synonymous with innovation and economic growth. The city's thriving technology sector, combined with a highly skilled workforce and a culture of entrepreneurship, has led to sustained demand for commercial real estate properties. From office buildings in the bustling downtown area to mixed-use developments in vibrant neighborhoods, Seattle offers diverse investment options for first-time commercial real estate investors seeking exposure to a dynamic and rapidly evolving market.

 

These five U.S. cities present attractive opportunities for first-time commercial real estate investors looking to enter the market. From Atlanta's diverse economy to Seattle's tech-driven growth, each city offers its own unique advantages and potential for success. However, as with any investment, thorough research and due diligence are essential to making informed decisions and maximizing returns in the competitive commercial real estate landscape.


Terry Luker's Tools for Success Featured in Scotsman Guide's March 2024 Issue

Our founder and owner, Terry Luker, is passionate about being equipped with the tools you need to become a successful commercial lending broker. From professional development opportunities, extracurricular training sessions, and mentorship programs - there are several paths that a broker can take throughout their career in the industry. Taking the time investment to build on your foundation of knowledge throughout the year will enable you to stay ahead of industry changes and be highly knowledgeable in terms of economic shifts. Learn more about how Terry Luker has continued to stay at the forefront of the commercial lending industry and what he recommends to both rookie and seasoned brokers in today's climate. Check out his article in the March 2024 issue of the Scotsman Guide using the link below!

https://www.scotsmanguide.com/commercial/tools-for-success/


Terry Luker and Jeff Luker Sit Down with DealMaker Talks! Podcast

Continuing the celebration of Alternative Capital Solutions' 10 Year Anniversary, Jeff and Terry Luker recently sat down with Rita Garwood of the DealMaker Talks! podcast. In this episode of the Commercial Lending Industry podcast, Terry and Jeff highlight the path to ACS' milestone anniversary...the ups and downs through the last decade as a business as well as what they are both looking forward to with the next 10 years of business. Terry Luker's motto is to provide outside-the-box lending solutions and when a loan doesn't fit a certain box...build a new box. This interview certainly evolves around that motto and how it has provided a path for Alternative Capital Solutions' continued success.

Rookie broker? Looking to enter the Commercial Lending industry...or even wanting to learn more as a veteran broker? Catch the full podcast interview with Terry and Jeff via the link HERE!


Taking a Deal to the Finish Line: A Marketer’s Perspective

Alternative Capital Solutions’ Marketing Director, Leah Runge Waldrop, was recently featured in Deal Maker Magazine’s latest issue. In this article, Leah was able to share her perspective on Marketing’s role when it comes to getting a across the finish line. Leah maps out the key areas to focus as a commercial lending broker – whether you’re just starting out or you’re a seasoned vet to the industry. Marketing should not be an overlooked role or department within your company, but instead one that should be strategically supported in order to grow your brand and your business – thus aiding you in the process of closing deals.

Here’s a quick snippet from the article:

“It will be difficult, to say the least, to get a deal off the starting line if the runner doesn’t know how you can help them get to the finish line – and at best, it will be an uphill race. At the end of the day, you must continue to tell your story and experience as a commercial loan broker to your current clients throughout the loan process. By utilizing the tactics from your marketing strategy to narrate the story and paint the picture, your clients will be reminded throughout the deal that you have the expertise and creativity to help them reach their goals.”

Read the article in full on Deal Maker Magazine’s website linked below!

https://www.dealmaker-magazine.com/magazine/taking-a-deal-to-the-finish-line-a-marketers-perspective


Why Site Visits Are a Must When It Comes to Working Your Deals

 When it comes to working through and closing a commercial loan deal there are numerous items that you must check-off your list, official documents to obtain, services to provide, and other administrative style tasks to complete.

However, a “must-do” activity that many commercial brokers and lenders may underestimate the value of is the official site visit. The site visit not only puts you face-to-face with your client – which can be especially beneficial if working with the client from out of area or out of state – but, it also allows you to take a proper assessment of the property, the surrounding area, and ensures a better understanding for what your client is trying to accomplish with the property and / or structures when obtaining the desired commercial loan.

Another thing to consider when working through a deal is that the commercial bank looking to fund the loan may also require photos of the property, structures, or building so that they, too, can better their understanding of the property and the borrower’s needs. Performing the site visit yourself will allow you to personally take the photographs as well as work through initial issues or hiccups that could potentially arise with the bank and/or lender – furthermore, it’ll build a strong relationship between you and your client as the deal becomes more personable.

With the ever-changing landscape of our nation’s economy, commercial banks and lenders are putting more scrutiny on the deals that come across their desks. The deal package you present will have an increased value to his competitors as you are strengthening your client’s story as well as decreasing the amount of legwork that your lender will have to do when it comes to finalizing the loan.

You have a site visit scheduled with your client…you may now be asking yourself, “what’s next?”

Here are a few tips for performing a site visit on a commercial investment property:

  • Schedule the visit during the day and ensure your client will be present. This will give you the best chance of seeing the property in its natural light as well as give you a better chance at contacting anyone who is involved with the deal and/or property.
  • Bring a checklist. This will help you make sure that you inspect all the important areas of the property. Yes – you will have a professional inspection of the property performed, however, inspecting those top checklist items will give you additional insight on the off chance that questions or other concerns may arise.
  • Take pictures! Photos will help you to remember the property as well as serve as a record for any problems you find. Photos will also not only aide you in closing this current deal, but they can also be excellent marketing resources for your business once the deal has closed and the loan has funded.
  • Ask questions. Now is your chance to build on your client relationship. Learning about the perks, concerns and information in relation to the property is much easier when discussed face-to-face.
  • Be prepared to walk away. If you are not comfortable with the property after the site visit, you should be prepared to walk away from the deal. While this is not always the outcome we want to arrive at, allowing yourself to walk away sooner rather than later can save you time and money opposed to walking away at the closing table.

Have questions about an upcoming site visit or want to know more about scheduling a site visit for an upcoming deal? Contact our team! We would love to work alongside you on a deal…or even be a sounding board for questions and ideas!

Submit your questions or deal inquiries via the contact form linked HERE.


ACS Welcomes New CFO

Please help us give our new Chief Financial Officer, Michelle Jordan, a warm welcome! Ms. Jordan joined our team this October and hit the ground running by joining us at the NACLB Conference in Las Vegas. Prior to her employment with us, Ms. Jordan served in several roles including Corporate Controller and CFO for a variety of financial services companies in the Nashville area. Ms. Jordan is a licensed CPA in Tennessee, and she earned her BS in Accounting from Lipscomb University in Nashville. Ms. Jordan is a member of the AICPA and TSCPA and she resides in Williamson County, Tennessee.


Our In-House Credit Team Has Two New Faces!

We are thrilled to have added Harrison Fuller and Gideon Goodmanson to our team of Credit Analysts earlier this year.

Harrison joined ACS as a member of our Credit Team in September of 2022 after spending two years in the hospitality industry. During a college study abroad program, he discovered how much he enjoyed working with and creating connections with a multitude of individuals. Harrison’s favorite aspect of his role as a Credit Analyst is building lasting relationships with clients and supporting them to accomplish their goals.

Gideon Goodmanson also joined our Credit Team as an Analyst in September of 2022.  He previously worked in the automotive industry as a salesman. Outside of his time at ACS he enjoys outdoor activities such as off-roading and skeet shooting.

Harrison and Gideon are both already off to a roll serving our clients and are looking forward to a busy 2023!