Rate: 4 loans with rates between 3.21% and 3.40%
Term: 7 years fixed
Amortization: Full-Term Interest Only
Prepayment Penalty: Yield Maintenance
Lender fee: 0% origination fee and all third-party costs waived
George Smith Partners placed the $10,800,000 refinance of four stabilized Los Angeles multifamily properties totaling 86 units. The interest rates varied between 3.21% and 3.40%, depending on the affordability of the units at each property. The loans have full-term interest only payments.
The Sponsor completed renovation budgets which were used to separate out capital expenditures from recurring R&M expenses. This adjustment helped to provide support for the Lender’s underwritten cash flow and property values. Two of the Properties moved into a lower LTV tier which resulted in an interest rate reduction post-application. One of the four Properties recently achieved stabilization, which meant the Property only had one month of operating history. GSP emphasized the strength of the Sponsor and the LA market and the Lender was able to use a “T-1” income statement. The Lender waived all charges for closing costs and third-party reports, which typically cost more than $5,000 per transaction. This resulted in savings of more than $20,000 across the whole portfolio. The Property Condition Reports showed some minor deferred maintenance items, but the Lender allowed most of them to be resolved post-closing.
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July 29, 2020
George Smith Partners placed a $5,891,700 recourse loan for the refinance and recapitalization of an approved mixed-use conversion back to 100% multifamily use. The Sponsor acquired the mixed-use office and multifamily project in early 2019. They negotiated the early termination of several long-term office leases and obtained approvals to convert the entire Property back to multifamily. The Sponsor will add kitchens to the office units and converted a large multi-story penthouse unit with ocean views into smaller units increasing the unit count to 23. Soft demolition began in early 2020 with insufficient funds available in the existing acquisition/bridge loan to complete the revised business plan.
GSP placed the original acquisition/bridge loan. Even though the current loan went under application at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the only delay was as a result of the appraisal process. The value and the loan were not negatively impacted by the change in market conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. GSP identified a bank lender who underwrote to the new business plan and was able to provide capital at less than half of the previous loan cost while providing an additional 40% in proceeds. The bridge loan has an 18-month term at Prime + 0.75%, interest only, with the ability to convert to a 5-year term.
Rate: Prime + 0.75% with a 4% Floor
Term: 18 months
Recourse: Full Recourse
Amortization: Interest only
Prepayment: None during construction period
- Advisors: Alina Mardesich
Permanent Multifamily Financing Secured During COVID-19 Pandemic, 3.07% Fixed for 5 Years; Los Angeles, CA
July 15, 2020
George Smith Partners arranged $2,600,000 in permanent financing for the refinance of a stabilized 8-unit, multifamily property in Los Angeles, California. The Sponsor acquired the Property a few years ago and was looking to lower their rate as they finished completion of a light renovation. As the environment was changing drastically day to day with the COVID-19 pandemic, GSP identified a Capital Provider offering fantastic terms. There were no holdbacks, no deposits were required to be held at their branch and provided a flexible prepayment penalty structure that allowed the Sponsor plenty of options during these challenging times.
Term: 5 Years Fixed
Amortization: 30 Years
Prepayment Penalty: 2, 1, 0
Lender Fee: None
Reserve Account: None
Deposits Required: None
- Advisors: Reuven Risch
$8,600,000 Cash-Out Refinance of a 2-Property Multifamily Portfolio During the COVID Pandemic; Los Angeles, CA
July 8, 2020
George Smith Partners was retained to develop and implement a strategy to refinance a 5-Property $50,000,000 multifamily portfolio. GSP divided the properties between two capital providers in order to provide maximum flexibility to the Sponsor. The second part of the portfolio involved obtaining a 70% LTV permanent loan of $8,600,000 to provide the Sponsor with over $1,500,000 in cash-out capital to purchase additional properties during a changing market and maintain a strong cash position. GSP obtained a fixed interest only rate of 3.95% for the first 5 years.
With the COVID-19 global pandemic and uncertainty in the market, it was critical to select a capital provider who could successfully close. Borrowing costs are on the rise as lenders ratchet up their credit standards. The proceeds for this transaction were targeted for the acquisition of an additional asset which had a firm closing date and a large non-refundable deposit. Any delays would have been very costly. With the current crisis, lenders were 100% focused on rent collections and overwhelmed with new financing requests as several other lenders pulled out of the market as well as forbearance requests from their current borrowers. In addition to the usual due diligence requirements, the Lender required much more information. There were complex issues around appraisals and inspections that required lots of hand-holding.
GSP selected a capital provider that we have a strong relationship with and has closed numerous loans for us. We knew the loan officer would stay focused on the need to close on time and keep the agreed to rate and proceeds throughout the loan process. Because GSP is in the debt market every day, we were able to ensure that the capital provider was truly closing deals and meeting deadlines. Because of the market disruption, borrowing rates jumped by over 100 basis points overnight. We were able to lock the 5-year interest only rate at 3.95%, the following day, rates jumped to 4.75%. It was clear that the Lender was mindful of their reputation with GSP and didn’t want to get a reputation of crazy rate increases or abandoning their customers when they are needed the most. GSP’s experience working with appraisers, inspectors and title/escrow during the COVID period was critical to getting this transaction completed. The loan closed on time and the Sponsor was able to utilize the cash-out to purchase another project. As is now common during the COVID crisis, the Capital Provider required a 12-month interest reserve. We were able to convince the Capital Provider to apply those funds to the first 12 months of the loan payments.
Cash Out Refinance for 14 Unit Renovated Multifamily Property; 3.5% Fixed; Bank Financing Closed During Covid-19 Pandemic; Los Angeles, CA
June 24, 2020
George Smith Partners secured a first trust deed on an unencumbered 14-unit Los Angeles multifamily property. The loan is fixed at a rate of 3.5% for seven years and has five years of Interest Only payments. The Sponsor acquired the Property in an all-cash transaction 12 months ago and completed a full gut renovation. Unit interiors were updated to a high level of finish with an investment of $27,600/per unit, and the Property was leased up to 100% occupancy. The loan was placed into application with a California based bank about one week before the stay-at-home order was implemented. Despite the resulting economic uncertainty, the Sponsor was able to maintain collections close to 100%. As a result, the Capital Provider made one small change to the original term sheet, adding a twelve-month payment reserve. The payment reserve is based off Interest Only payments and it will be used to make the interest payment on the loan. In order to cover this reserve, the Capital Provider was able to increase loan proceeds from the amount in the original application. As a result, our Sponsor received the same amount of cash out that was originally applied for.
Rate: 3.5% fixed for 7 years, then floating at 6M LIBOR + 2.35%
Term: 30 years
Amortization: 5 years Interest Only followed by 30-year amortization
Prepayment Penalty: 4,3,2,1,0
May 13, 2020
George Smith Partners secured $1,400,000 to refinance a stabilized multifamily building in Silver Lake, CA. The Property, which was built by the Sponsor in 1991, is 100% occupied. The Sponsor has owned and managed the building for over 25 years, but this is currently the only asset in his portfolio. Refinancing provided the ability to achieve a lower interest rate and return equity to increase his liquidity position. The non-recourse financing carries a fixed interest rate of 4.05% for 5 years.
The Sponsor’s lack of real estate experience and non-third-party property management deterred some capital providers from offering non-recourse financing. The Sponsor also had limited pre-closing liquidity which made it difficult to qualify for the most attractive rates. Lastly, the eventual lender required a 6-month interest reserve due to recent uncertainty surrounding the multifamily market.
Even though the Sponsor has limited real estate exposure, GSP was able to highlight the strong historical occupancy that the Sponsor has been able to maintain while self-managing the subject property for over two decades. GSP identified a lender that only required liquidity equal to 5% of the loan amount to qualify for their non-recourse program. The interest reserve was structured as pre-paid interest that goes directly to pay the first six months of principal and interest payments. This avoids having a held-back reserve that would only release upon hitting certain covenants in the future.
Rate: 4.05% Fixed
Term: 5 Years
Amortization: 30 Years
Prepayment: 1.75% for Years 1-3, 1.00% for Years 4-5
Loan Fee: Par
- Advisors: Patrick O’Donnell
$61,392,000 Refinance of a 207-Acre, Two Million Square Foot Pharmaceutical Campus in Tri-State Area
April 15, 2020
George Smith Partners arranged $61,392,000 in first mortgage debt for the refinance of a mixed-use office, industrial and lab campus in the Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut). The corporate user developed the campus in phases between 1906 and 2008, and the improvements consist of over two million square feet of laboratory, pharmaceutical manufacturing, office and support buildings including a central utility plant. The user still owns some buildings, and leases others on the campus. The Sponsor purchased the asset in 2015 with a long-term redevelopment goal to create a life sciences destination that will build on the existing laboratory, manufacturing, and office uses. The Property will ultimately feature shopping, dining, meeting and educational experiences as part of a cohesive “work/live/play” community.
GSP sourced a loan from a capital provider that was able to underwrite in-place income with flexibility for an ever-evolving business plan. The three-year, interest only initial loan term is structured as an initial advance of $42,940,000 with the remaining $18,452,000 future funded for approved capital expenditures and tenant improvements/leasing commissions for to-be-leased space. No interest is due on funds until drawn. The loan is open for prepayment at any time subject to a 24-month minimum interest payment.
Term: Three years plus two 12-month extensions
Amortization: Interest Only during Initial Term
Max Loan to Stable Value: 60%
Prepayment: 24 months minimum interest
Lender Fee: 1%
- Advisors: Gary E. Mozer