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If a Building Appraisal is Higher Than the Purchase Price, Can I Borrow Against the Higher Appraised Value?

Question – I have the opportunity to purchase a building next door to our current facility at a significant discount to what I believe it’s worth.  If the appraisal is higher than purchase price can I borrow additional money through that additional equity?


Our Response –  In most cases the answer is no. Having additional value in the building is great but most banks will only lend up to the sales price. Banks will however, typically allow a refinance on property two years after purchase at which point they lend against the appraised value.