Whether you’re a commercial real estate veteran or just starting out as a small business, withco’s lease-to-own model is a relatively new offering in the commercial real estate market that allows small business owners to become property owners—and there are sure to be questions. We’ve got a full breakdown of what withco’s lease-to-own model is here, and below, we’ve answered some of the most frequent questions we’ve received about our exciting new product for small businesses.
What does lease-to-own mean?
“Lease-to-own” is witcho’s unique model for helping small business owners purchase commercial property. In this model, withco purchases the property in partnership with a small business owner, and as part of the new five-year lease agreement, the small business owner earns a percentage of the down payment needed to purchase the property each time they pay rent to us. At the end of the lease, the small business owner can then purchase the property from withco.
How does lease-to-own work?
withco’s lease-to-own model is the simplest and easiest way to purchase commercial property.
Do I have to stay in my current space?
No. We are happy to help you relocate if needed. One of the reasons we undergo a thorough qualification process is to determine 1) whether or not you’re ready for property ownership 2) whether or not you can afford the space you’re currently renting. If not, witcho will help you find a new space that better fits your business’s financials.
Need more room? We are also happy to help you find the perfect place to expand your business that still fits within your budget. Rest assured that your success is our success, so it’s in our best interest to make sure you’re in the best possible space for your business.
What is a down payment credit?
Credit = cash. In a withco partnership, small businesses earn real money every time they pay rent over the course of five years. At the end of the five-year lease, they will have earned enough cash (i.e. credit) to use towards a down payment to purchase the property. withco then gifts the small business owner their down payment credit at the time of purchase, helping the small business owner avoid spending all their savings on closing costs.
Can I get a mortgage with a 10% down payment?
Yes, the minimum Small Business Administration(SBA) loan down payment requirement is 10% and is based on a business’s cash flow and collateral. This is why the down payment earned over the course of a withco lease is set at 10% of the future value of the property.
How does withco determine the future purchase price?
We are committed to setting up our small business partners with clear lease terms and a set purchase price at the start of our agreement. We do this with access to historic and industry data that helps us predict property appreciation in the commercial real estate market. Historically, commercial real estate is more predictable and stable within market fluctuations than other industries.
Will my rent go up with lease-to-own?
We work hard to set fair, transparent lease terms with our small business partners. We will never charge more than market rent—most of our partners pay rent consistent with their current lease, and in many cases, your rent may actually cost less on a withco lease.
What information do I need to share to qualify?
To start, we will need your property’s current lease and information on your business’s financial health and performance. We’ll have you link your bank accounts to our system to determine if your business is a fit for withco. Some examples of what we’ll need:
What happens if I don’t buy the property after 5 years?
We do everything in our power to make sure business owners are set up for success to purchase property from us at the end of their lease term. We only work with business owners who want to own their properties and would consider someone not purchasing their property an outlier situation. In the event this happens, we will work with small business owners on a case-by-case basis.
More questions? See withco’s full FAQs here.