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    $57,900,000 Participating Construction Financing for 187-Unit Multifamily; Tempe, AZ

    September 8, 2022

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners successfully arranged $57,900,000 in non-recourse, construction financing for a mid-rise, Class A, 187-unit multifamily development in Tempe, AZ. The Project will serve the rapidly developing area of north Tempe. The Property is located immediately adjacent to a Valley Metro light rail stop, offering residents convenient access to Downtown Tempe, Arizona State University, Sky Harbor Airport, and downtown Phoenix.

    The Sponsor, headquartered in nearby Scottsdale with a successful track record of multifamily and commercial developments, engaged GSP in 2020 to source high-leverage, non-recourse financing. Despite being relatively early in the Project’s development stage, GSP sourced a Lender offering a 90% LTC loan, which includes a participating feature. This unique structure features the Lender sharing profits with the Sponsor in exchange for the high leverage financing.

    The construction budget grew significantly during the longer than expected entitlement and permitting process. Fortunately, thanks to GSP’s close relationship with the Lender, a commensurate increase in market rents, and the strength of the Sponsor, the final loan amount was nearly 40% higher than that of the original loan application in 2021.

    Rate: 4.25% Fixed
    Term: 5 Years
    Amortization: Interest Only
    LTC: 90%
    Guaranty: Non-Recourse

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    $9,000,000 Construction Financing for 28-Unit Apartment Building; Los Angeles, CA

    August 17, 2022

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners secured $9,000,000 of senior construction financing for the development of a 28-unit ground-up multifamily Building in Los Angeles, California. The Project will be a conventional 28-unit property with 4 stories, including 12 one-bedroom units and 16 two-bedroom units. The construction loan floats at a rate of Prime + 1%. The 75% loan-to-cost construction loan also comes with the option to convert to a 5-year mini-perm loan upon completion; based on the 5-Year Treasury plus a margin of 2.75%, with a 3.95% floor, eliminating any future financial risks. GSP sourced a Lender that was able to move efficiently and most importantly accommodate the Borrower’s development timeline and experience. 

    Rate: Prime +1%, with a Floor Rate of 5.00%
    Term: 18 Months with Two 6-Month Options to Extend
    LTC: 75%
    Stabilized LTV: 65%
    Guaranty: Recourse
    Mini-perm Option: 5-Year Treasury + 2.75% with a 3.95% Floor

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    $21,600,000 Construction Financing and $10,700,000 JV Equity for 142-Unit BTR Community; Savannah, GA

    July 13, 2022

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners successfully advised on $21,600,000 in construction financing and $10,700,000 in JV Equity for the development of a 142-unit built-to-rent community in Savannah, GA. The Project features 142 detached single-family homes on a 66.15-acre site. The homes will feature three to four bedrooms with an average square footage of 1,500 across four distinct home styles.

    GSP worked through several strategies with the Sponsor to source the 65% LTC, non-recourse construction debt financing, and a 90% joint-venture equity partner for the ground-up, build-to-rent community. With our marketing efforts highlighting the strength of the Savannah rental market, this project received interest from several groups for both debt and equity.

    The Sponsor projects vertical development to be completed by the end of this year and lease-up to be finalized by Q1 2025.

    Rate: WSJ Prime + 50 with a 4.00% Floor
    Term: 3 Years
    Amortization: Interest Only
    LTC: 65%
    Fee: 1.00%
    Guaranty: Non-Recourse

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    $23,000,000 Construction Financing and $9,800,000 Equity Placement for 108-Unit Build-to-Rent Community; Charlotte, NC

    June 22, 2022

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners successfully advised on $23,000,000 in construction financing and $9,800,000 in JV Equity for the development of a 108-unit built-to-rent community in Charlotte, NC. The Project features 108 attached single-family homes situated atop a 13.5-acre site. The Site is located just seven miles outside of downtown Charlotte and less than 2 miles from UNC Charlotte. The houses have private entrances, individual backyards and feature shared amenities including a pool, jacuzzi, clubhouse, fitness facility, grilling area, pet park, and game room.

    GSP worked through several strategies with the Sponsor to source the non-recourse financing terms and joint-venture equity partner for the ground-up built-to-rent community. The Sponsor chose a joint-venture partner that GSP had introduced to the sponsors on a previous deal. GSP sourced several highly reliable lender options, and the Sponsor ultimately went with a lender headquartered in Charlotte that provided strong terms and would keep the loan on their balance sheet.

    The Sponsor projects vertical development to be completed by late 2023 and lease-up to be finalized by Q2 2024.

    Rate: SOFR + 5.50%
    Term: 3 Years
    LTC: 70%
    Fee: 1.25%
    Guaranty: Non-Recourse

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    $67,000,000 Construction Financing for the Development of a Mixed-Use Project; Garden City, ID

    April 20, 2022

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners successfully arranged $67,000,000 ($286,324/unit) in non-recourse, construction financing for a 234-unit, mixed-use development in Garden City, ID. This mixed-use development will sit on the edge of the Boise River Greenbelt with stunning views overlooking the water, Boise city and the surrounding mountains. The Project will feature eight retail establishments including a public pub and over 16,000 square feet of open public plaza gathering space. The Project will provide much needed housing to the supply constrained Boise MSA that has seen double digit rent growth in the last few years.

    This mid-construction Project had the horizontal construction work completed. GSP was brought in to secure a debt provider to help recapitalize the Project and to see it through completion. With the recent financings in Boise that GSP had worked on, GSP put together a bespoke marketing process. The Project received a tremendous amount of interest from lenders and was put under application in just 7 days! GSP was able to identify a capital partner that provided the best overall value for the Sponsor with competitive pricing, familiarity with the submarket, comfort with the product type, and a closing timeline matching the Sponsor’s needs. The construction loan closed in mid-April providing the necessary financing to bring this Project to fruition. This Project is expected to begin lease up in the second half of 2023.

    Rate: Libor + 700 bps
    Term: 30 months
    LTC: 85%
    Guaranty: Non-Recourse

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    $47,000,000 Senior Construction Loan for a Mixed-Use Development; Azusa, CA

    April 11, 2022

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners placed a $47,000,000 senior construction loan for the ground-up development of a mixed-use project in Azusa, CA. When complete, the 5-story project will consist of 127 apartment units and approximately 10,000 SF of 1st-floor commercial/retail/restaurant space. The Project is an integral component in the ongoing expansion of the City of Azusa’s Downtown district and is immediately adjacent to the Gold Line Station, which runs from Azusa Pacific University & Citrus College west to Downtown Los Angeles. This is the Sponsor’s second project in Azusa.

    A lack of comparable projects within the submarket posed a challenge. GSP emphasized the supporting employment centers inside a ten-mile radius, including the two colleges and eighteen medical facilities. In addition, a detailed breakdown of the San Gabriel Valley (SGV) submarket helped showcase the presence of a proportionally higher share of younger households than statewide. Data depicting home values that had grown out of reach for those living in a three-mile radius helped the case for a rental project. Further support was provided by the SGV submarket experiencing minor economic impact during the last two years and during Covid.

    GSP executed a full-time marketing campaign and identified the most economically beneficial capital stack scenario for the sponsorship with a stepdown in rate at Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO).

    Rate: Floating rate (SOFR-based) with rate stepdown at TCO
    Term: 36 Months + Two, 12-month Extensions
    Stabilized Loan-To-Value: 70%
    Loan-To-Cost: 85%
    Guaranty: Non-Recourse

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    $32,000,000 Construction Loan and $9,000,000 LP Equity for the Development of a For-Sale Residential Project; Hayward, CA

    April 6, 2022

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners placed a $32,000,000 construction loan and $9,000,000 of LP Equity for a for-sale residential project in Hayward, California with a repeat sponsor. This Project will have 55 townhomes providing much needed workforce housing to the area. The Project will also have some affordable units for sale.

    GSP was able to combine efforts and execute an effective and in-depth marketing campaign to help the capital markets understand the opportunity appropriately while finding solutions to various challenges that arose during the entire process. GSP marketed and highlighted the Project’s strength, the phasing nature of the build schedule, the projected sales prices and the forecasted upward trajectory in both sales price growth and sales pace growth. GSP was able to source capital providers on the Project that were comfortable with both the depth and experience of the Sponsor as well as believe in the continued growth of the Bay Area.

    Ultimately, the professionalism and expertise of GSP on coupled with the proficiency and extensive experience of the sponsor allowed for a successful close.

    Total Project Costs: $45,000,000
    Loan-To-Cost: 75%
    Stabilized Loan-To-Value: 65%
    Term: 30 Months
    Amortization: Interest-Only
    Guaranty: Non-recourse

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    $13,300,000 (total proceeds) Revolver Loan Placement for the Construction of a Pre-Sold 66-Unit Single Family Community for Rent; Montgomery, Texas

    March 30, 2022

    Transaction Description

    George Smith Partners successfully placed a revolving loan with a maximum line of credit of $6,900,000 (80% LTC) and total projected debt proceeds of $13,300,000 for the construction of 66 single family homes for rent in Montgomery, Texas. The loan is a floating rate of LIBOR plus 800 bps with a floor of 25bps and has an 18-month term with two, 3-month extension options. The Sponsors found a partner to acquire the homes at Certificate of Occupancy with a portion of the deposit on the sale to be released to the Sponsors as additional equity to help acquire the land. GSP leveraged its extensive expertise in the single-family rental sector to source revolving debt options that minimized the equity upfront and allowed the Sponsors to take down the entire Project without the need for an equity investor. This is one of the first of many built-for-rent transactions for the local Houston sponsors who have a strong track record in homebuilding.

    Rate: 8.00% Over Libor
    Term: 18 Months
    Amortization: Interest-Only
    LTC: 80%
    Guaranty: Non-Recourse

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    $45,000,000 Construction Loan and $10,200,000 Limited Partner Equity for the Development of a For-Sale Residential Project; Silicon Valley, CA (Phase 1)

    March 1, 2022

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners placed a $45,000,000 construction loan and advised on $10,200,000 of LP equity for the first phase of a for-sale residential project in Silicon Valley, California with a repeat sponsor. The Project will be built in two phases. This first phase will have 50 townhomes providing much needed workforce housing to the area. The Project will also have some affordable units for sale.

    GSP executed an effective and in-depth marketing campaign to help the capital markets understand the opportunity appropriately while finding solutions to various challenges that arose during the entire process. GSP marketed and highlighted the Project’s strength, the phasing nature of the build schedule, the projected sales prices and the forecasted upward trajectory in both sales price growth and sales pace growth. GSP was able to source capital providers on the Project that were comfortable with both the depth and experience of the Sponsor as well as believe in the continued growth of the Bay Area.

    Ultimately, the professionalism and expertise of GSP on the deal coupled with the proficiency and extensive experience of the Sponsor allowed for a successful close.

    LTC: 75%
    Stabilized Loan-To-Value: 70%
    Term: 36 Months
    Amortization: Interest-Only
    Guaranty: Non-recourse

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    $59,900,000 Non-Recourse Construction Loan, 180-Unit Apartment Building; Los Angeles, CA

    February 23, 2022

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners successfully arranged $59,900,000 in construction financing for a 180-unit apartment building in an infill Los Angeles location. The Sponsors are capitalizing on the San Fernando Valley’s 3% vacancy rate and very little brand-new apartment construction. While the Sponsors have significant experience in entitlements and apartment operations, this is their first ground-up development Project. The Sponsors were seeking maximum leverage on a non-recourse basis. The Subject Property is across the street from an apartment project that came online while processing the loan. The rents being achieved were above the Sponsors proforma rents which allowed the Lender to underwrite higher rents and increase loan proceeds during the loan processing. The additional loan proceeds were able to cover the escalating construction costs and increase the leverage to 80% of total project cost.

    Rate: 6.95% + SOFR
    LTC: 81%
    Term: 36 Months
    Guaranty: Non-Recourse

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    $25,200,000 Construction Financing for a Mixed-Use, Luxury Multifamily Development; Downtown Culver City, Los Angeles

    February 16, 2022

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners successfully arranged $25,200,000 in senior construction financing for a 54-unit ground-up luxury apartment community featuring 3,000 SF of ground floor retail space in the heart of Downtown Culver City. The Sponsorship Team acquired the Property in 2018, which is now fully entitled and ready to break ground. The Project is expected to deliver in Q4 of 2023.

    As a central and upcoming submarket of Los Angeles, Culver City is peppered with tech startups and major employers from Amazon to Apple, flourishing as an employment hub with over 250,000 high-paying jobs and approximately 8,000 employees within a mile from the Subject site. The best-in-class Sponsorship team has extensive local industry knowledge and recognized the Property’s underlying value, bolstered by the submarket’s immense growth and capital inflow, as well as the area’s historical roots in the movie and entertainment industry. GSP was able to identify a lender who offered highly competitive terms, given the Project’s significant demand and the value of multifamily housing in an ultra-high growth submarket.

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    $29,250,000 Senior Construction Financing for a Mixed-Use Development; Bellflower, CA

    February 16, 2022

    Transaction Description:

    George Smith Partners placed a $29,250,000 senior construction loan for a ground-up development of a mixed-use project in Bellflower, CA. When complete, the 5-story Project will consist of 91 apartment units and approximately 14,550 SF of 1st-floor commercial/retail/restaurant space. The Subject is located at the northern boundary of the Downtown Bellflower District and is an integral component of the city’s TOD Specific Plan. When complete, residents will be able to access LAX, the South Bay, and DTLA via the Blue and Green Metro lines.

    As the marquee development for the Bellflower TOD Specific Plan, few comparable projects were available in proximity to the Project site. GSP focused interested lenders on the supporting employment centers within a twenty-minute driving distance, including seven medical centers inside of a 5-mile radius. Additionally, while few Class-A style multifamily properties currently exist near the site, GSP used submarket data to show that demographic trends within the immediate area support the need for new product. GSP executed a broad and in-depth marketing campaign to help capital markets understand the opportunity.

    Rate: Prime + 0.75%; Floor 4.375%
    Term: 24 Months + three, 6-Month Extension
    Stabilized Loan-To-Value: 65%
    LTC: 72%