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The Tax Benefits of Owning Commercial Real Estate

Can You Deduct Commercial Property Taxes? Here’s the Answer, Plus the Other Tax Advantages of Owning Commercial Real Estate. Strategically and wisely investing in real estate can be a surefire way to build wealth. But working to build that wealth doesn’t stop with...

Why Lease Management Software is an Essential Business Tool

Save Time, Maintain Compliance and Reduce Errors with the Right Lease Management Software As a commercial real estate investor, your responsibilities include managing lease agreements for tenants. No matter the size of your commercial real estate investment...

Making ESG Investing More Inclusive

By Sundip Patel, co-founder and chief executive officer, AVANA Companies The past few years have seen institutional investors increasingly aware of the benefits – both to their finances and to their reputations — of putting more of their money into projects that meet...

Financial Stress Management for Investors

Plan Ahead to Avoid Financial Issues & Money Anxiety Financial issues are one of the most common causes of stress. According to the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America survey, stress about money is the highest recorded since 2015, with more than...

Top 5 Credit Union Books

These Popular Credit Union Books Cater to Credit Union Management and Board Members  As credit unions across the nation continue to compete with big banks and other financial institutions, there remains the need to quickly adapt services and solutions to the world...

Top 4 Ways to Passively Invest in Commercial Real Estate

How to Grow Your Money with Passive Commercial Real Estate Investments  What if you could invest money in commercial real estate property, watch that investment grow and contribute little time to managing it? It’s possible via passive real estate investing. A passive...

Community Solar: Why It’s Growing in Popularity

US Government Ramps Up Community Solar Program to Meet Ambitious Clean Energy Goals As the US Government and Department of Energy (DOE) target aspiring renewable energy goals in the coming years, community solar programs are accelerating and expanding. Renters, small...

How Will Inflation Affect Commercial Real Estate?

Current Inflation Struggles Signal Importance of Long-Term Investments Such as Commercial Real Estate It’s no secret that in recent months, Americans have noticed an incredible surge in prices of goods and services, from gas to groceries to construction. The impacts...

How to Check Your Business Credit Score

Here’s Everything You Need to Know to Understand Your Business Credit Score & Even Improve It There’s no better time than National Credit Education Month to educate yourself on the importance of your business credit scores. So, we’re here to outline for you how to...

Want to support the people in Ukraine?
Here’s how you can help

The situation in Ukraine has led to a humanitarian crisis that has forced civilians to flee their homes or take refuge in bomb shelters and subway stations throughout the country. As the world watches on TVs and smartphones, it's a natural thought to want to help in...

Real Estate Asset Classes for Commercial Investors

Understanding Asset Classes can Help You Achieve Your Commercial Investing Goals As a commercial real estate investor, your success lies in being an expert in the intricacies of your field as well as the market. So, it’s important to understand all the commercial real...

Solar Loans: Valuable Products for Credit Unions

Solar Financing is an Untapped Opportunity for Credit Unions Across the Nation According to a market research report released by Technavio, the residential solar market in the US is set to grow by $5.9 billion through 2025—a 10% overall increase. This rise is sure to...

In the Know: Credit Union Statistics

Here’s a Look at Today’s Key Stats Surrounding the Credit Union Industry  Credit unions have come a long way since their inception in 1901. Alphonse Desjardins, a Canadian journalist who organized a credit union in his home with an initial deposit of 10 cents, brought...

Small Business Statistics From 2021

Check Out These 14 Small Business Stats to Springboard into 2022 Despite the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the small business sector experienced overall growth in 2021. Key small business statistics prove a large portion of small businesses were able to...

2022 Small Business Trends

Key Business Trends to Keep an Eye on this Year Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of small businesses has continued to grow over the last few years. It’s a testament to people’s desire to see their ambitions fulfilled, to have more financial freedom and to...

Managing Cash Flow for Small Businesses

Small Business Cash Flow is Vital to a Venture’s Long-Term Success or Failure Owning a business can come with many incentives: financial independence, a flexible schedule, community support, job creation and so much more. But, it also comes with risks. A big one is...

Top 5 Benefits of Renewable Energy 

Business Owners & Entrepreneurs Can Benefit from the Many Advantages of Renewable Energy The U.S. Energy Information Administration defines renewable energy as “energy from sources that are naturally replenishing but flow-limited; renewable resources are virtually...

What is One Way for an Entrepreneur to Decrease Risk? Focus on Finance

Mitigating Financial Risk Starts with a Solid Plan Entrepreneurship and starting a business inherently come with risks and uncertainties. Some are exciting, such as “will my product or service solve an everyday problem” or “will I make an impact?” Others aren’t so...

In the Know: Underwriting for a Commercial Loan

Extensia Financial Answers a Popular Question: “What is Underwriting a Loan?” As a commercial real estate lender, Extensia Financial is no stranger to the loan underwriting process—a major step toward getting approved for a loan. Extensia Financial is proud to say it...

The 5 Stages of Business Growth

To Grow a Company, Entrepreneurs Must Take the Business Through Several Common Developmental Stages Whether you’re a small business owner who runs a local restaurant or you’re the CEO of a tech startup, your company will go through the same five stages of business...

How to Secure Renewable Energy Business Loans

Extensia Financial Provides Low-Interest Loans for Renewable Energy In coordination with our parent company AVANA Companies and sister company AVANA Capital, Extensia Financial contributes to clean energy initiatives by providing low-interest loans to renewable energy...

In the Know: Commercial Construction Loans

Understand Commercial Construction Loan Rates & the Approval Process Before Applying Extensia Financial is a seasoned lender of commercial real estate loans. As such, we provide commercial construction loans within our core loan product offerings. Extensia’s...

4 Reasons Credit Union Customer Service Exceeds Client Expectations

From personalized connections to lower fees and higher returns, credit unions provide a client experience like no other financial institution. As a seasoned commercial lender who partners with hundreds of credit unions to provide loans, Extensia Financial has a deep...

In the Know: Commercial Real Estate Appraisals

A Commercial Property Appraisal is an Important Step in the Loan Approval Process A commercial real estate appraisal is a calculated assessment conducted to determine the value of a commercial property. Commercial property appraisals are an integral part of the...

Commercial Lending 101: What You Need to Know

Learn the Ins & Outs of Commercial Lending to Better Understand Your Next Steps If you’re expanding your small business, you may be wondering: “Where will I get the funding for it?” Although personal finances and partners can put up some of the capital, much of...

5 Benefits of a Credit Union

The Benefits of a Credit Union vs Bank Make the Choice an Easy One Between 2013 and 2020, credit union membership increased by nearly 30% from 98.4 million to 126.6 million. This statistic makes it clear that more and more Americans across the nation are signing up to...

How to Get a Loan to Start a Business

Getting a Small Business Loan can be Essential to Financing Your Venture For those starting or growing a business, getting a small business loan is one of the first steps. With more than two decades of professional commercial lending experience, Extensia Financial can...

5 Types of Small Business Loans that can Help Your Company Thrive

Extensia and Its Sister Company LendThrive Offer Various Business Loans that Support Any Venture. Whether you’re opening a retail store on Main Street, expanding your restaurant or growing any other budding venture, you’ll likely need a business loan to help fund it....

How to Choose a Credit Union

Consider Several Factors When Choosing the Best Credit Union to Suit Your Needs With more than 6,200 credit union businesses in the United States, it can be difficult to choose the one that’s right for you and your financial needs. Luckily, Extensia Financial has more...

“Extensia Financial has provided FAST CU with great LP opportunities which in turn allows us to strategize our balance sheet to best serve our members.”

– Paula Lehn, Chief Executive Officer

FAST Federal Credit Union