$13,850,000 Ground-Up 29 Unit Los Angeles Rental to 75% of Cost

Rate: 30 day LIBOR + 315
Term: 24 months plus two 6-month extensions
LTC: 75%
LTV: 70%
Lender Fee: 0.60%
Guarantee: Recourse
Prepayment: None

George Smith Partners secured the $13,850,000 ground-up development loan for a 29-unit multifamily rental property in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood of Los Angeles. GSP targeted a capital provider who was not only knowledgeable about the location and marketplace, but also comfortable with the Sponsor’s experience and ability to execute the construction project. GSP surveyed the project’s risks upfront with the capital provider and structured objective criteria that satisfied both the Sponsor and Lender. Sized to 75% of total costs, the 24 month recourse loan allows for two 6 month options and is priced at 30-day Libor + 3.15%.

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