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$1,500,000 Permanent Financing for Single-Tenant Industrial Building; Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Rate: 6.125%
Term: 5 years Fixed
Amortization: 25 years
LTV: 40%
Prepayment: Yield Maintenance
Lender Fee: 1%
Guaranty: Recourse

Transaction Description:

George Smith Partners successfully closed a refinance of a single-tenant industrial building in Downtown Los Angeles with a life insurance company. Given the strong market and property type, GSP arranged very attractive financing that required no on-going reserves of any kind. This was important as the Sponsor did not want the lender to reserve for the lease roll which occurs the same year as the loan maturity. The lender also locked their interest rate at application signing which saved the Sponsor over 65 basis points as rates climbed significantly during processing and closing of the loan.


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