Rate: Prime + 0.25% w/ floor of 3.75%
Term: 5 Years
Amortization: First 2 Years Interest-Only
George Smith Partners arranged bridge-to-perm financing for the acquisition of a multifamily property located in the Beverly Grove area of Los Angeles, California. The Property was 50% vacant and in need of renovation at the time of close. GSP matched the Sponsor with a lender who could provide the flexibility of a bridge-to-perm loan with a 5-year term, of which the first 24 months would be interest-only to account for the renovation and lease-up period.
Despite today’s high-interest rate market, GSP was able to secure a floating rate at PRIME + 0.25% (4.25% as of today). The market usually caps this kind of structure with a below-market rate at 65%-70% LTV, but GSP was able to leverage its relationships to secure 75% of the purchase price for the Sponsor. The loan has no prepayment penalty, allowing for additional flexibility for the Sponsor. The Borrower was in a 1031 exchange and only had 45 days to close from the time the deal was brought to GSP. GSP quickly identified a bank lender, entered into application, and closed the transaction in just 35 days.
November 11, 2020
George Smith Partners placed the $8,152,500 bridge-to-mini perm loan for the conversion of an existing 12-unit multi-family community into a 17-unit 44-bed co-living community. The 68% LTC bridge loan converts to a 5-year mini-perm loan fixed at CMT + 2.5% with a 3.75% floor.
The Project came to GSP half-way through construction and was being funded by a lender that had filed bankruptcy with proceeds that were insufficient to complete the new business plan. GSP put the loan under application pre-COVID with a new business plan that included (as a condition in closing) approvals for a 4th floor penthouse/useable roof top level. While in application, the construction and the penthouse level approval process came to a halt due to COVID causing stress on both the existing loan (nearing maturity) as well as the new loan underwriting. The challenges associated with co-living as a new asset class resulted in additional scrutinization from the new lender as well as the appraisal which had a negative impact on value. GSP was able to resolve the valuation issues by successfully arguing the merits of the Project as well as successfully negotiating a waiver of the exit fee on the previous loan which resulted in zero impact to the loan proceeds and the Borrower’s out of pocket cash required at closing.
Rate: Prime plus 1% with 5% floor
Term: 18 Months
Rate: CMT + 2.25% with 3.75% floor
Term: 5 Years
Amortization: 30 years
Prepayment: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 open
- Advisors: Alina Mardesich