For value received, the undersigned, _____________________________, (“Borrower”), located at ________________________________________, __________________________________, ______________________, promises to pay to the order of _____________________________ (“Lender”), located at ________________________________________, __________________________________, ______________________, the sum of $_________, plus interest, accruing at the rate of ______% annually, on the unpaid balance.
1. Payment. Payments shall me made in monthly installments of $__________, beginning on _________________________, and continuing until _________________________, (the “Due Date”), at which time the remaining unpaid principal and interest shall be due in full. All payments shall first be applied to outstanding late fees, then to interest and the balance to the principal amount. The borrower understands that the payment of the above installment payments may not fully amortize the principal balance of the Note, and, therefore, a balloon payment may be due on the Due Date.
2. Late Fee. If payment is not made within __________ days as agreed upon in the payment terms, Borrower shall pay an additional late fee of $ __________. This late fee shall be paid as liquidated damages in lieu of actual damages, and not as a penalty. Payment of this late fee shall, under no circumstances, be construed to cure any default arising from or relating to such late payment.
3. Prepayment. The Borrower may prepay this Note, in whole or in part, prior to the Due Date without premium or penalty. All prepayments shall be first applied to outstanding late fees, then to accrued interest and thereafter to the principal loan amount.
4. Acceleration of Debt. If Borrower fails to make any payment under the terms of this Note when due, the remaining unpaid balance and any accrued interest shall become due immediately at the option of Lender.
5. Collection & Attorneys’ Fees. In the event of default of this Note by Borrower, Borrower shall pay to the Lender all costs of collection, including reasonable attorneys’ fees.
6. Default. Borrower will be in default if any of the following events occur: (i) if Borrower does not pay the full amount of each monthly payment when due; (ii) if Borrower is involved as a debtor in a bankruptcy proceeding; (iii) if Borrower becomes insolvent and is unable make the agreed-upon payments; (iv) at the death, dissolution, liquidation or incompetency of the Borrower; or (v) if Borrower makes any untrue statement to the Lender or misrepresentation for the purpose of obtaining or extending credit. In the event of default, this Note and any obligations of the Borrower to the Lender, shall become due immediately, without demand or notice.
7. Severability. If any provision or part of a provision of this Note is held to be illegal, invalid, or unenforceable by a court or other decision-making authority of competent jurisdiction, then the remainder of the provision will be enforced so as to affect the intention of the Parties, and the invalidity and enforceability of all other provisions in this Note will not be affected or impaired.
8. Waiver. Borrower waives presentment for payment, protest, and notice of protest and demand of this Note. The parties acknowledge that no breach of any provision of this Note shall be deemed waived unless evidenced in writing. A waiver of any one breach shall not be deemed as a waiver of any other breach of the same or any other provision of this Note. No failure or delay by Lender in exercising Lender’s rights under this Note shall be considered a waiver of such rights.
9. Assignment. Neither party may assign or delegate its rights or obligations pursuant to this Note without prior written consent of the other. Any assignment or delegation in violation of this section is void.
10. Successors and Assigns. The terms and conditions of this Note shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon Borrower’s successors and permitted assigns.
11. Notice. Any notice required hereunder shall be in writing and deemed to have been sufficiently given when delivered in person, by email, by facsimile, by a recognized national overnight courier service or by certified mail to the address of the respective party above.
12. Execution. This Note may be executed in any number of counterparts, each of which shall be an original, but all of which together shall constitute one instrument. Execution and delivery of this Note may be evidenced by electronic means.
13. Governing Law. This Note shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of ______________________.
14. Amendment. There are no verbal or other agreements that modify or affect the terms of this Note. This Note may be amended and modified only by a written agreement signed by Borrower and Lender.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this Note has been executed and delivered as of the date first written above.
Signed, the __________ day of _________________________, __________.
Borrower Printed Name
Lender Printed Name
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What is a Promissory Note with a Balloon Payment?
A promissory note that includes a balloon payment is a repayment structure that has the borrower paying both regular (e.g., monthly) payments and one or more larger (or “balloon”) payments. The balloon payment or payments typically come at the end of the repayment period. The balloon payment is also usually more than two times the amount of the regular payment, and is often much higher than that. This repayment structure is kind of a mix between one included in a typical installment promissory note (i.e. paid back in incremental payments) and one included in a lump-sum promissory note (i.e. paid back all at one time). It is also called a partially-amortized loan, because it is not “fully-amortized,” or spread out in equal payments throughout the term of the loan.
When Should You Include a Balloon Payment in Your Promissory Note?
You should use this a balloon payment note when you want to create a shorter repayment period, or when you want to put less burden on the borrower initially to make payments. This arrangement is more common in loans issued by a business than in loans issued by an individual. Some home loans use balloon payments. They are used in business acquisition loans as well, especially when the borrower is a newer business and has little credit history—to give the borrower time to get the business generating more revenue or profit.
A borrower should think hard before signing a promissory note that requires a balloon payment. You have to plan well for that big payment at the end of the term. If you’re not ready for it, you might need to take out another loan to satisfy your note, or you might need to sell the asset that secured the note. And selling that asset could be difficult if it’s value has taken a turn for the worse over the repayment period. So if you’re crafting the promissory note, you’ll just want to be sure that you have a good reason for using a balloon payment, and that your borrower is capable of handling it.
What is Included in a Promissory Note with a Balloon Payment?
A promissory note with a balloon payment should not only include the amount of the loan and the amount of the periodic payment which should be made, but it should include language stating that a balloon payment will be due at the end of the term. Typically, the balloon payment is equal to the remaining principal and interest due when the Note reaches the end of its term.
Other names for this document include: balloon promissory note, balloon note