$4,930,000 (75% LTV) Acquisition Loan for Single-Tenant Office

Rate: 4.875%
Term: 7 Years
Amortization: 30 Years
Recourse: Full Recourse
Prepayment Penalty: None
Lender Fee: 1.0%

Transaction Description

George Smith Partners secured $4,930,000 for the acquisition of a single-tenant office. The 30,000 square foot building was built in 1997 and was recently renovated by the seller as part of the tenant improvement package for the incoming tenant. The tenant signed a new, 7-year NNN lease that includes two, 5-year options and has a rental rate that increases by 2.5% annually. GSP was able to secure 75% LTV financing for the Sponsor’s purchase. The 7-year loan is fixed at a 4.875% interest rate for the entire term. It has a 30-year amortization and no prepayment penalty.


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