$8,250,000 Cash-Out Unentitled Land Loan Recap; Van Nuys, CA

Rate: P+4.0% w/10% Floor
Term: 12 months
Recourse: Carve-Outs Only
Fees: 1.0%
Prepayment: Six-month minimum yield; no exit fee: P+4.0% w/10% Floor

Transaction Description:

George Smith Partners placed a cash-out $8,250,000 non-recourse loan for the partnership recapitalization of an entitled parcel in Van Nuys which is located in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, CA. The Sponsor has been working through the permitting process for residential development. GSP identified a non-institutional lender who underwrote the business plan assuming a sale to a related entity upon ready-to-issue (RTI) permits. Their exit will come in the form of the pre-arraigned Joint Venture funding and a to-be-identified construction lender. Excess proceeds were utilized to buy-out an LP investor and recapitalize the Borrower and carry costs through to RTI. The non-recourse loan will float for the 12-month term at Prime + 4.0%. There was no appraisal, or Phase I report required for funding.


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