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Avoid Loan Foreclosure With an SBA Offer in Compromise

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Avoid Loan Foreclosure With an SBA Offer in Compromise

The Small Business Administration provides homeowners with loans that help in rebuilding a business or home after a natural disaster. However, if the borrower goes into default, the SBA can foreclose. Read further to learn more about the SBA's disaster loans, along with their foreclosure and SBA Offer in Compromise process.

The Basics of the SBA Disaster Loan

The Small Business Administration offers fixed rate, low interest loans and a Tax Offset Program to fix homes, businesses and property destroyed or damaged in a federal disaster area. Loans may be used to replace or repair:

  • Commercial or private real estate
  • Personal dwellings
  • Machinery and equipment
  • Business inventory

Business owners, renters and homeowners are all eligible for SBA loans in most cases. The sections below list the most common types of disaster loans, along with the groups of borrowers most likely to benefit.

Personal Property and Home Loans

Homeowners can apply for a loan of up to $200,000 to restore a primary residence to the same condition in which it was before the disaster. Homeowners and renters may borrow $40,000 or less to replace or repair personal belongings such as clothing and furniture that are damaged or destroyed.

Business Loans

The SBA offers loans to business owners who incur financial losses during a natural disaster. These disaster loans can be used to replace or repair non-covered equipment that's lost during a storm, fire or earthquake.

Disaster Economic Injury Loans

Businesses can also qualify for loans to help pay necessary and recurring operating expenses until things are back to normal. If a business suffers economic losses because of a disaster, it can get a loan even if no damage occurs.

Foreclosure of SBA Loans

Because disaster help is given as a loan rather than a grant, the borrower must legally agree to a repayment plan. These loans are available directly from the agency or through participating lenders, and are serviced accordingly. For certain loans, borrowers must provide collateral such as a security interest in or a lien on the property. If the person goes into SBA loan default, the loan can be foreclosed in or out of the judicial setting after the borrower receives an SBA demand letter. A lawyer can help a borrower consider options to avoid an SBA loan foreclosure, such as bankruptcy or an SBA Offer in Compromise.

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Client personally guaranteed SBA 7(a) loan for $350,000. The small business failed but because of the personal guarantee liability, the client continued to pay the monthly principal & interest out-of-pocket draining his savings. Client hired a local attorney but quickly realized that he was not familiar with SBA-backed loans or their standard operating procedures. Our firm was subsequently hired after the client received the SBA's official 60-day notice. After back-and-forth negotiations, we were able to convince the SBA to reinstate the loan, retract the acceleration of the outstanding balance, modify the original terms, and approve a structured workout reducing the interest rate from 7.75% to 0% and extending the maturity date for a longer period to make the monthly payments affordable. In conclusion, not only we were able to help the client avoid litigation and bankruptcy, but we also save him approximately $227,945 over the term of the workout.



Clients borrowed and personally guaranteed an SBA 7(a) loan.  Clients defaulted on the SBA loan and were sued in federal district court for breach of contract.  The SBA lender demanded the Client pledge several personal real estate properties as collateral to reinstate and secure the defaulted SBA loan.  We were subsequently hired to intervene and aggressively defend the lawsuit.  After several months of litigation, our attorneys negotiated a reinstatement of the SBA loan and a structured workout that did not involve any liens against the Client's personal real estate holdings.



Clients personally guaranteed an SBA 7(a) loan.  The SBA referred the debt to the Department of Treasury, which was seeking payment of $487,981 from our clients.  We initially filed a Cross-Servicing Dispute, which was denied.  As a result, we filed an Appeals Petition with the SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals asserting legal defenses and supporting evidence uncovered during the discovery and investigation phase of our services.  Ultimately, the SBA settled the debt for $25,000 - saving our clients approximately $462,981.

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