Rate: 9.50% Fixed
LTC: 85% of Acquisition Price
Term: 18 Months
Amortization: Interest Only
Prepayment Penalty: 9 Months of Minimum Interest
Lender Fee: 1.5%
George Smith Partners secured a $4,050,000 acquisition loan for 3 contiguous multifamily buildings located in Toluca Lake (Los Angeles), CA. While there are currently 11 units on the 3 parcels, the Sponsor is in the process of designing a 57 unit multifamily project. This development is allowed “by right” but must go thru planning commission for final approvals and will utilize the density bonus regulations. The proposed building will feature a mix of 1 and 2-bedroom units and will provide more rental housing for the local community. The final project will have an affordable component, boosting the supply of units for designated for low income tenants. The Project is walking distance to the Universal City metro rail stop. Nearby employers include Universal Studios, CBS, and Warner Brothers.
The non-recourse financing was sized to 85% of purchase price at an interest rate of 9.50% for 18 months for a 1.5% lender fee. The high leverage loan allowed the Sponsor to minimize their initial equity investment into the deal. The Sponsor plans to replace this loan with construction financing once the Project is ready to break ground. This Lender has the ability to convert some or all of their acquisition loan to a mezzanine position up to 85% of total construction cost behind the future construction loan.
May 20, 2020
George Smith Partners secured $1,690,000 in Freddie Mac permanent financing for the acquisition of a stabilized 72-unit multifamily property located in Killeen, Texas. The Property is located four miles southeast of Fort Hood, the largest active-duty armored post in the U.S. military, occupying more than 218,000 acres of land in Bell and Coryell Counties.
As GSP went into application, the world was entering into the COVID-19 pandemic. Most lenders had either stopped lending or become much more cautious. Most agency lenders require Borrowers to have a track record with multiple projects before they will be considered for a Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae loan. In this case, the Sponosr was a first-time agency borrower. To make it even more challenging, the Property was in a small market with a high concentration of military personnel and the Sponsor required the ability to have prepayment flexibility.
GSP used its relationship with a capital provider who closed multiple loans with our firm. GSP recently closed a loan in a similar small market and we were confident that they would understand the demographics and market characteristics. For this type of financing, the Lender’s typical structure is to offer a 10-year term with Yield Maintenance. Thanks to GSP’s long-standing relationship with this Lender, we were able to secure an attractive rate, high leverage, and a step-down prepayment of 3,1,0,0,0 on a 5-year term. The new capital allows the Sponsor to expand their Texas Multi-Family portfolio.
May 6, 2020
George Smith Partners placed a $5,575,000 acquisition loan for the purchase of a 38-unit multifamily unit located in the Los Angeles MSA. The loan has a rate of 3.6% for a 7-year term and includes three years of Interest Only payments. The term sheet was signed shortly before the COVID-19 crisis and ensuing economic volatility. Despite these conditions, the original rate and leverage was kept intact.
The Property has several vacant units which represented an opportunity for our Sponsor to add value. The Capital Provider was able to underwrite the income on these units to post-renovation market rents. Market comparable data was used to support the buyer’s conservative rent assumptions. Additionally, the Capital Provider used a market vacancy factor and proposed to withhold 12 months of Principal and Interest reserves at loan closing. GSP pointed out that the loan had IO payments during the first 3 years. After discussion, the reserve was changed to 12 months of interest payments only. The loan closed in less than 60 days.
February 19, 2020
George Smith Partners secured $4,650,000 in financing for the acquisition of a 28-unit multifamily property in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles. The transaction closed in just five days. The new debt on the Property is interest only and does not include prepayment penalties.
GSP was able to secure a high leverage, value-add multifamily acquisition program for our client. He now has the ability to purchase properties at a discount due to the quick close and small equity requirement. The Sponsor has the opportunity to quickly resell the Property or refinance with a rate of sub-3.75%.
The Sponsor has been able to achieve investment IRRs in excess of 200% by quickly renovating the Property and selling to long-term investors due to the high leverage and short closing.
February 12, 2020
George Smith Partners placed a $10,900,000 non-recourse loan for the refinance of an underperforming stabilized 50-unit multifamily community in Los Angeles. The Sponsor recently acquired the asset at approximately 50% below market from an affiliate party and GSP was able to facilitate approximately $3,000,000in cash out proceeds at closing. A portion of the loan proceeds will be used to renovate units as they become vacant in order to achieve current market rents. GSP identified a non-institutional lender who was comfortable with the cash out proceeds and who understood the history and dynamics of this non-arms-length acquisition. The non-recourse loan is fixed for 1.5 years with a 7.99% interest rate and 4.99% pay rate.
Rate: 7.99% with 4.99% pay rate
Term: 18 months
Recourse: Carve-Outs Only
Prepayment: None; no exit fee
- Advisors: Alina Mardesich
$10,500,000 Acquisition Bridge Loan For 71-Unit, Multifamily Property; Floating at LIBOR + 2.75%; Seattle, WA
January 21, 2020
George Smith Partners secured a $10,500,000 acquisition bridge loan for a 71-unit multifamily property in the greater Seattle area. The loan provides 75% LTC and floats at a rate of LIBOR + 2.75% for a 3-year term. Proceeds are structured as $8,462,000 in initial funding plus holdbacks for interest reserve and capital expenditures.
When speaking with capital providers, GSP encountered several challenges. The Property is in a submarket about 10 miles south of Downtown Seattle that has yet to experience significant redevelopment. The Seller made limited investments in the Property upkeep in recent years resulting in a significant amount of deferred maintenance. Because of this, the Property showed poorly on-site tours with prospective lenders.
The selected lender was comfortable with the strength of the Sponsorship and was able to provide 75% LTC at a competitive interest rate. Although LIBOR was about 1.75% on the day of close, GSP negotiated a LIBOR floor of 1.25%. This could be very advantageous for the borrower since the forward LIBOR curve is downward sloping. In order to prove out the proforma market rents, GSP provided examples of several other properties the Sponsor had successfully completed in the area. The Sponsor also provided a very detailed exterior renovation budget that will enhance the appearance and amenities of the Property. The Lender also had true springing cash management. This means that the Borrower did not have to open an account at close and retains full control over the cash flow. The Lender allowed pre-negotiated loan docs that the Borrower had used for a similar transaction. The loan closed in about 45 days even with the end of year holidays.
Acquisition Permanent Financing for a Multifamily Property, Sized to 75% LTV and a 1.15x DCR; West Adams, Los Angeles, CA
December 11, 2019
George Smith Partners arranged permanent acquisition financing for a multifamily property in the West Adams submarket of Los Angeles, California. The 1960’s vintage property had significant deferred maintenance and below market rents, but the Sponsor required permanent financing from a portfolio lender in order to take advantage of today’s low interest rates. GSP sourced a regional bank that was willing to fund 75% of the purchase price with no holdback based on underwriting the in-place cash flow to a 1.15x DCR. The loan carried a five-year fixed rate of 4.00%, a ten-year term and an attractive 3-2-1 prepayment penalty. No deposits were required.
Term: 10-Year Term; 5-Year Fixed
Prepayment Penalty: 3-2-1
Lender Fee: 0.25%
- Advisors: Zachary Streit