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$7,685,000 Senior Construction Financing for a Mid-Developed Construction Building; Los Angeles, CA

Rate: 5.50%
Term: 24 months + two 6-month options to extend
Amortization: Interest Only
LTC: 55%
Guaranty: Full recourse

Transaction Description:

George Smith Partners secured a $7,685,000 construction loan for the completion of a development project in Los Angeles, California. The construction project was being fully paid out of pocket and had just finished two levels of subterranean parking. At this point of completion, the Sponsors decided to finance the remaining project costs instead of coming out of pocket the rest of the way. Many lenders didn’t want to finance the Project due to the mid-construction risk and those that did wanted some sort of banking relationship/deposit to come with the Project. GSP secured a capital source that was comfortable with the mid-construction project and didn’t require the Sponsors to bring in any fresh equity nor did they require any banking deposits.

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