Rate: Fixed at 4.04% for 10 years then floats at LIBOR + 3.25%
Term: 20 years
Amortization: 5 yrs Interest Only, then 30 years
George Smith Partners secured a $6,086,000 non-recourse refinance loan for a 43-unit multifamily property in the greater Seattle area. The loan provided 70% leverage and is fixed at 4.04% for ten years. The collateral for the new loan excluded a free-standing building that was part of the original purchase, which gives the Owners an option to redevelop that parcel. Over the past several years, the Borrower has completely renovated the exterior of the Property and turned about one quarter of the units. The Lender gave the Borrower maximum credit for the higher rents on the newly refurbished units without requiring any seasoning. Additionally, the Lender did not apply a loan-to-cost constraint, which allowed the Borrower to receive a significant amount of cash-out from the refinance. The Lender also provided 5 years of Interest Only payments. Net operating income was underwritten at the actual note rate, resulting in higher proceeds than what other lenders were offering. The loan closed on the same day that the prepay on the existing loan dropped to 0%.
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$25,500,000 Bridge Loan for VACANT Newly Constructed 65 Unit Multifamily Property; 100% LTC; Fixed at 4.95%; Los Angeles, CA
September 11, 2019
George Smith Partners secured $25,500,000 in proceeds for the refinance of a construction loan on a newly constructed 65-unit multifamily property located in Los Angeles. The loan represents 100% of project capitalization and is fixed at 4.95%. The Property had recently received Certificate of Occupancy, but was still completely vacant at close. The bridge loan is intended to give the Sponsor time to lease up the property to stabilization. The fixed rate is unusual for a bridge loan; most capital providers offered floating rate financing and required the purchase of a cap.
Because the Property was still vacant, the Sponsor’s proforma rents were not yet proven out by signed leases. This was a challenge because the rents are several hundred dollars higher than those of typical multifamily properties in the submarket. GSP was able to overcome this challenge by pointing out that the brand new units at the Subject Property were considerably larger than those in the comp set. This provided support for the premium rents. Another hurdle was the 90% loan-to-cost constraint imposed by most capital providers. The selected lender allowed for 100% of cost, subject to a 7.0% debt yield on the stabilized cash flow.
Rate: Fixed at 4.95%
Term: 12 months with one 6 month extension option
Amortization: Interest Only
Prepayment Penalty: None (no required minimum interest)
Stabilized DY: 7.0%
Fees: 1% in/0% out
Guaranty: Non-Recourse: None (no required minimum interest)
September 3, 2019
George Smith Partners secured $42,700,000 in non-recourse construction financing for the development of a ten-building residential community in the Clackamas County submarket of Portland, OR. The nearly 13-acre site, which is a 20-minute drive from the city, offers an affordable alternative to Portland’s ever-increasing rental rates, as well as an exemption for inclusionary zoning, requiring no affordable units.
By leveraging the strength of the Sponsor’s local experience, coupled with the city’s need for housing alternatives to the urban infill product, GSP was able to find a non-recourse lender who was comfortable with the fact that the area had seen little development in recent years and offered no comparable product. The loan was priced at 30-Day LIBOR + 3.55% and was sized to 65% LTC, which is aggressive leverage considering the pricing and the non-recourse structure. As costs rose approaching the final budget, the Lender ratably increased the proceeds of their loan to minimize additional Sponsor dollars in, which ultimately showed a commitment to a long-term relationship; this was their second time working together, the first being another Portland development GSP sourced in 2017.
August 28, 2019
George Smith Partners successfully arranged $81,500,000 in non-recourse bridge financing for a 312-unit, 19-story luxury high-rise apartment tower in Phoenix, AZ. The Property is in the heart of Phoenix’s historic Roosevelt Row Arts District and features restaurants and retail on the ground floor, 7 levels of parking, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a rooftop pool overlooking the Phoenix skyline.
The financing was closed prior to the City issuing a final Certificate of Occupancy on the Property. Proceeds from the initial funding will be used to replace the senior construction debt and to finance the remaining construction. A future funding will retire the existing mezzanine construction debt as well as return cash equity to the Developer’s investor group.
GSP sourced and negotiated with a capital provider who became comfortable with the market, lack of project completion, and lease up risk at a high leverage point. Furthermore, the new Lender was very agreeable to the existing mezzanine lender’s requested intercreditor terms. By retiring the higher priced construction debt, the new bridge loan provides the Developer with additional term, substantial savings on interest, and exit flexibility during project lease-up.
$6,000,000 Non-Recourse Refinance with Significant Cash-Out for 97-Unit Multifamily Property; Bellflower, CA
August 21, 2019
George Smith Partners successfully secured a $6,000,000 non-recourse permanent refinance of a 97-unit, 51,732 square foot multifamily property in Bellflower, CA. Loan proceeds were used to pay off the existing variable, higher interest rate loan into a lower interest, fixed rate loan. There was nearly $4,600,000 cash-out to the Sponsor, who had recently spent over $800,000 to complete full and partial remodeling of 62 units (64% of the total units). Thanks to GSP’s strong lender relationships, the Sponsor’s credentials and longevity of ownership, and extremely low leverage, GSP was able to source a lender that provided an additional $500,000 above the Sponsor’s initial funding ask, assumption rights in the event of a sale and no post-closing financial covenants for future successors.
July 17, 2019
George Smith Partners secured a $9,300,000 Non-Recourse refinance loan for a 35 unit multifamily property in Los Angeles. The loan provides 65% leverage and is fixed at a rate of 4.04% for seven years. Over the past 3 years, the Sponsors renovated 27 of the 35 units with a heavy lift that neared $50K per unit. GSP sourced a lender that gave the Borrowers maximum credit for the higher income that resulted from leasing the newly renovated units. The Lender did not require seasoning on the new leases. In order to maximize underwritten cash flow, GSP provided data that demonstrated the very low vacancy percentage in the submarket. This allowed the Lender to use a slightly lower vacancy factor than that of a typical apartment transaction. Additionally, the Lender used market rate expenses despite some variation in the historical P&Ls. The Lender was able to rate lock at application and close in about 55 days.
June 5, 2019
George Smith Partners secured the cash out refinance of a 15-unit stabilized multifamily property in Downey. Constructed in 1980 the Property is located in the heart of Downey, close to restaurants and retail centers. Fixed at 4.35% for seven years, the non-recourse loan floats at 6-month LIBOR + 2.25% for the remaining 23-year term. The non-recourse loan has 3 years of interest only payments and a 4,3,2,1 step down prepayment penalty.
Rate: 4.35% Fixed for 7 years; 6 Month LIBOR + 2.25% thereafter
Term: 30 years
Amortization: 3 years interest only, followed by 27 years amortization
Prepayment Penalty: 4,3,2,1
Origination Fees: Par