Guaranty: Full Recourse
George Smith Partners secured $5,512,000 of senior construction financing for the development of a 6-story, 25-unit ground-up multifamily building. The Transit Oriented Development (TOD) multifamily Project is within three blocks of the Wilshire/Western Metro station situated in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Compared to other areas in Los Angeles, Koreatown has seen a temporary influx of new units in the marketplace. The new supply, coupled with the pandemic, has slowed the rapid rental growth the sub-market has become known for. As a result, there was some hesitation from lenders. GSP generated a wide capital market that allowed the Sponsor to consider several options for the development of the Project. The strong financial position of the Sponsor, along with the extensive relationship with their general contractor, contributed to both pricing and leverage. The 36-month recourse financing is priced at 4% and structured with two, 12-month extension options.
January 18, 2022
George Smith Partners secured $129,000,000 in construction financing for a 280-unit mixed-use multifamily development featuring 25,000 SF of ground-floor retail/office space and best-in-class amenities. Located in the heart of the Cornfield-Arroyo Seco Specific Plan (CASP) area, the Property is adjacent to the high-traffic Los Angeles State Historic Park, USC+LAC Medical Center; the Project site is within a 5-minute walk from more than 34 upcoming bars, restaurants (Momofuku by David Chang), cafes and entertainment venues. The financing provided funding for future capital expenditures and related construction costs.
The top-tier Sponsorship group focused on minimizing their equity contribution through a high leverage debt facility to execute their business plan. GSP was able to identify non-recourse capital with strong local knowledge and confidence in the long-term fundamentals of the high-growth submarket. These efforts were aided by the site’s development potential, given the prime location and thousands of surrounding demand drivers.
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January 12, 2022
George Smith Partners successfully placed construction-to-perm financing of $6,250,000 for the development of a 19-unit multifamily community in West Los Angeles, CA. The 4-story building will provide 1, 2 and 3-bedroom units in a supply-constrained submarket. The recourse loan provides for two-years of interest-only financing with a 6-month extension that converts to a perm loan with a combined term of 10 years. The starting rate is fixed for 7 years then amortizing. The loan represents 60% of stabilized value and 70% of cost and allows for open prepayment based on a prepayment fee of 2%,2%,1%,1% in years 1 to 4. The Project will be Type-V construction consisting of 4-stories, a rear 750 SF community courtyard, partial ground level and partial subterranean parking. Unit mix includes studio, one and two-bedroom units including two low-income units. All units include covered patios however non-studio units include larger than average outdoor living terraces that range from 130 to 193 SF. Community amenities include a rear courtyard with firepit lounge and BBQ grill. The units average 654 SF in size. The Project represents the Client’s second multifamily construction project. GSP was able to assist in bringing in a qualified general contractor and get the Lender comfortable with the Borrower’s ability to execute despite their limited development track record.
Rate: 3.6% Fixed 7-years
Term: 10 years
Amortization: Interest-Only Years 1-2 then 30-year amortization
Extensions: One 6-Month Option
Loan Fee: 1%
January 20, 2021
George Smith Partners secured senior construction financing for a new multifamily development in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA. The $10.5M loan will be utilized to complete the 81-unit project. The loan represents approximately 79% of the project cost and was structured with an 18-Month initial term and interest only payments for the duration. The Project will be comprised entirely of studio units configured at 540 square feet; each unit will include one bathroom, a full kitchen, modern appliances, and a washer and dryer. Amenities for the project include a roof top deck, barbeque area, gym & recreational room, bicycle storage, secured parking, and access to a swimming pool.
GSP secured a Lender that understood the future path of development and was comfortable with the emerging market; the current neighborhood is primarily industrial with limited residential product in proximity. The Lender accepted the Sponsor’s imputed equity from entitling the site; this increased leverage to 79% of cost while keeping pricing at a level accretive to the overall yield. The loan was structured with a shorter initial term to minimize upfront points and interest reserves. GSP worked with the Lender to resolve several budget issues that arose during diligence due to the rising price of lumber and concrete; proceeds were successfully increased by $250,000 to ensure the Project would be fully capitalized without additional equity.
Term: 18-Months; Two 6-Month Extensions
Amortization: Interest Only
Max LTC: 79%
Max “As-Complete” LTV: 60%
Min Stabilized DSCR: 1.15x
Loan Fee: 0.75%; 0.25% per each extension
- Advisors: Matthew Kirisits
February 5, 2020
George Smith Partners successfully arranged $9,400,000 in non-recourse construction financing for the development of a 15-unit luxury apartment building in West Los Angeles. The Property will be comprised of a mix of 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom units and will include 28 parking spaces. The Class A asset sits in a prime location that adjoins some of Los Angeles most sought-after submarkets. Upon completion tenants will have world class views and easy access to major thoroughfares of the City.
The Sponsor has owned the site for over twenty years and after relocating existing tenants to make way for the construction of the new luxury building, he raised an existing 16-unit apartment building. Despite the low land basis, at a total cost at over $1 million per door, it was difficult to find comparables to justify the completed value in support of the requested loan amount.
GSP accessed its extensive lender network to identify a best-in-class construction lender to provide non-recourse construction financing for the Sponsor. GSP’s longstanding history with this lender allowed for a flexible and streamlined closing process that was favorable to the Sponsor’s project timeline. GSP was able to demonstrate to the Lender that as a family owned, multi-generational asset, the tight spread between development cost and value was a less important metric than for a merchant builder-built building, particularly with a significant equity investment.
Rate: 1-Month LIBOR + 7.50%
Term: 28 Months
Amortization: Interest Only
Lender Fee: 1% in / 1% out
- Advisors: Gary M. Tenzer