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Where can I find references to the relationship between down payment and sale price

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Size of business, type of business, location, down payment, terms and financing source, price, length of time in business...there are so many variables that there is no reliable way to answer such a broad question. Anyone that says s/he is able to quote you such a figure is either speaking from exceedingly narrow experience, or they are making it up!

Dec 12, 2009
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Freedom Business Brokers
Orange County, CA

Nothing to disrespect if you are associated with Business Brokerage profession you must have subscribed a magazine (called Pacific Reports in C alifornia or similar thing in your area) where all the escrows running are disclosed. Call few escrow co and find out the broker on record and ask him or her how long it stayed in the market. In my opinion that depands on the product and price, if both are appealing it will sell within 3-4 months if anythig is lacking it may stay for ever.
There is no corelation between the down pament and the amount financed because SBA is not financing and their protocol has been changed and other banks who used to finace at 50% down like
Hanmi bank are not doing any financing so try it to be carried by owner where the business is the collateral itself secured thru a promissory note.Try to sublease the premises to the new buyer so that your seller has an upper hand in controlling the recovery of payments as he can easily reposses the business in case of default by the buyer along with the lease.
Take an advice from the business attorney how to structure the deal and how to run the escrow.
Don't take it literally word by word because we brokers have a limited knowledge about this subject.

Dec 12, 2009
Ward Adams
Havelock-Adams LLC
Brokerage Services Since 1985

Unfortunately you are asking "how long is a piece of string". I recently had an HVAC business that had people fighting over it in a down housing market. It sold within 90 days. The secret was that its business focused on service not new builds. Of course a lot depends on the price. In this market it is tougher to get financing so lower end businesses and mid to large transactions will go faster. I am certain there used to be an average time on the market but those have gone out the window I would guess.

Dec 12, 2009
Jon Holmquist
Edgemaster Model 400 sharpener
Marion County, OR

Impossible to determine the answer to your question. Some folks would be worth 100% financing, others would require 100% down payment. The business doesn't make the payment the people who buy it do. You need to know your buyer well, that is why the long involved application and history are important if you are carrying any of the purchase price. Good intentions are not bankable.
Good luck, Jon at Edgemaster Mobile Sharpening

Dec 11, 2009

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