75% Leverage, 4.95% Coupon Non-Recourse Permanent Financing for a Neighborhood Retail Center in a Tertiary Southwest Market

Rate: 4.95%, Fixed
Term: 10 years
Amortization: 1 Year Interest Only; 30 Year Amortization thereafter
Loan to Value: 75%
Prepayment: Yield Maintenance
Lender Fee: None

Transaction Description:

George Smith Partners successfully placed $15,000,000 of non-recourse, ten-year fixed rate first mortgage debt for the acquisition of an approximately 90,000 square foot, 1980’s vintage, 99% leased multi-tenant retail property. The anchor, a privately-owned regional grocer, occupies almost 50% of the collateral’s total square footage and has a lease expiration approximately concurrent with loan maturity. GSP sourced a lender able to achieve 75% leverage non-recourse financing plus one year of Interest Only payments despite the tertiary location and lack of access to the grocer financials. The loan was sized to the greater of an 8.65% debt yield or 1.30x debt service coverage ratio on the 4.95% fixed rate coupon.


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