Loan Amount: $42,120,000
Loan-to-Cost: 75% LTC
Index: 1-Month SOFR
George Smith Partners has successfully arranged a non-recourse stretch senior construction loan of $42,120,000 for the ground-up construction of a 188-unit build-for-rent community in Raleigh/Durham, NC. George Smith Partners, through their expertise in build-for-rent communities and strong relationships with a multitude of lenders was able to negotiate favorable terms for the sponsor including a sizable land lift. The sponsor self-performed most of the site improvements and partnered with a home builder to erect the townhomes on the finished lots in tranches of 15-20 per month. The loan was priced at a floating rate of SOFR plus 475bps with one 6-month extension option. When built, the project will provide the future occupants from the rapidly growing market of Durham a mix of three and four-bedroom townhomes with two-car garages, an amenity center, access to top school districts, and proximity to high income tech jobs.
Managing Director, GSP; President, AXCS Investments
Managing Director, GSP; CEO, AXCS Capital
April 20, 2022
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.
April 11, 2022
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%
- Advisors: Matthew Kirisits
$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
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.
$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
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.
$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
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.
February 23, 2022
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.