financing

A “Start-Up” vs. “Going Concern” Bed and Breakfast…The Difference, Explained.

Every now and then we find the most spectacular piece of architecture and immediately think “WOW, wouldn’t THAT make an amazing bed and breakfast!”  This photo (and below) was taken by my friend Trisha when she was recently in Eureka, CA. Her brother is a photographer and does a lot of work with B&Bs. This …

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As a lodging and bed and breakfast broker I wear many hats…What’s really involved in a commercial deal?

Clients texted me a few weeks ago and during our exchange of texts they acknowledged (and fully appreciated) my role not only as broker/advisor, but as a counselor, coach, cheerleader, human resources director, business consultant, financial services advisor, restaurant and wine advisor (okay, not really imperative) but you get the point! And I’ll add ‘puzzle …

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Going Concern Value – Inn Valuation

An inn or bed and breakfast is a hybrid. Yes, it is a business that operates within a piece of real estate on a piece of land. But it is a commercial business with a residential component. So how does an appraiser go about valuing this hybrid business? It’s not always easy for the buyer …

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2014 seems to be bringing a lot of activity!

With Acadia Cottages soon to settle, Ducktrap Motel around the bend, Inn on Carleton not too far behind and a classic coastal inn recently under agreement, 2014 is looking up for both buyers and sellers! These three I’ve named are all completely different types of lodging properties: near Acadia National Park, Acadia Cottages offers 11 …

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The importance of using a local lender well versed in hospitality…

Would you go to a cardiologist if you’re having problems with a swollen ankle? Or take your watch to be repaired by a seamstress?Then why would you go to a lender who doesn’t deal in the hospitality industry? A little dramatic, yeah, but you get my point! There are many reasons to speak with local lenders when …

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Pre-qualifying Commercial Buyers?

When we hear the question “have you pre-qualified your clients?” in a residential transaction it usually means that your buyer has been in touch with a lender, submitted their personal financial statement and received a “pre-qual” letter from the bank. This letter would state that based on the buyer’s financials and their job income, they …

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Gross Income Should Not Include Lodging Sales Tax When Talking Value!

When our guests pay for their full stay, we include our local state sales tax. How this translates in accounting terms is that the cost of the room is revenue earned and the state lodging sales tax is a liability. The tax is not ours to keep, it’s ours to pay to the state each …

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P&L vs. the Corporate Tax Return: the Tax Return Is KING!

COUNTRY INNS BED AND BREAKFASTS HOTELS AND MOTELS COTTAGES AND CABINS the LODGING & HOSPITALITY BUSINESS… Each of these income producing lodging businesses is just that, a business. And let’s face it, when it comes time to prepare the business’s tax returns, we naturally try to deduct as many expenses as we legitimately can to reduce …

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Using your 401K toward a hospitality purchase?

Are you aware that under the right circumstances you can rollover your 401K into purchasing a new business, such as a bed and breakfast? Check out R.O.B.S. (rollovers as business startups) and Self Directed IRA’s via Guidant Financial. This could make the difference in finding just the right inn and using your cash wisely! Be …

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