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
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.
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$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.
May 1, 2019
George Smith Partners secured $25,250,000 for the non-recourse cash-out refinance of a newly constructed, ultra-luxury 49-unit multifamily building located in Los Angeles (Brentwood). The Building is situated in one of the most sought after areas and is in close proximity to popular restaurants, bars and entertainment. The construction take-out permanent loan is fixed at 3.96% for ten years with full term interest only and has a yield maintenance prepayment penalty structure.
The Building was in the final lease up stage when the financing process started and final Certificate of Occupancy had not yet been delivered. The Building also contains four affordable units, which were the last units to be leased up, due to the City’s application certification process. Thus the owner did not have any seasoning on the newly leased units nor any historical operating expenses.
GSP identified a capital source that understood the strength of the asset, location and the experience of the Sponsor (Developer). Based on these strengths, the Lender was able to underwrite to in-place income without seasoning and proforma operating expenses, which maximized loan proceeds. The Lender was able to fund once the Property was 95% leased and final Certificate of Occupancy issued. The Sponsor locked a full term interest only structure, which is advantageous to the Property’s cash flow as the new leases begin to season.
80% LTC Financing at 7.99% Fixed for the Reposition of a 100% Vacant Apartment Building in Los Angeles
March 27, 2019
GSP arranged the non-recourse first mortgage from a regional balance sheet lender. Due to the Sponsors and Sellers requirement for a quick close, the Lender was able to close and fund the loan in under three weeks. The Property was acquired 100% vacant at loan closing. The loan is structured as an initial 80% advance based on the purchase price and past tenant buyouts, with a further 80% ($280,000) to be future funded for the reposition and lease-up of the Property. Interest is not paid on the future funding until drawn. Furthermore, there is no lockout period providing the Sponsor with unlimited flexibility to refinance or sell the Property without a burdensome prepayment penalty.
Term: 15 month initial term
Amortization: Interest Only
Max Loan to Cost: 80%
Lender Fee: 1.5%
Exit Fee: 0.5%
January 9, 2019
George Smith Partners placed the first major four property/228 unit Multifamily portfolio financing in Odessa/Midland, Texas. The non-recourse, fixed rate loan is priced at 5.8% fixed for 10 years at 75% LTV.
In 2013, Odessa was one of the fastest growing multifamily markets because of the oil/energy industry, even though it is one of the smaller MSAs in the country. In 2014 downward pressure on oil/natural gas caused a downturn in employment and real estate markets. Because of the market volatility only a limited number of lenders felt comfortable with the Odessa market. Before the rebound in 2018, apartment building values had fallen by over 20%.
GSP highlighted market potential based on the rebound in housing and employment and was able to identify a capital provider who was comfortable with this tertiary market and its’ recent rebound. Because of GSP’s extensive market knowledge we were able to lock-in a rate of 5.80% fixed for 10 years. GSP did research in the oil market and the MSA of the subject property and was able to prove to the Lender the future stability of the properties’ cashflows.
Construction Loans Los Angeles | $6,000,000 Non-Recourse Predevelopment Financing for Construction of 170-Unit Multifamily Project in Tarzana, CA
October 24, 2018
George Smith Partners secured $6,000,000 in non-recourse predevelopment financing for a 170-unit ground-up multifamily project in the Tarzana community of Los Angeles, CA. The site is a collection of five contiguous lots, parceled together by the Sponsor to create an opportunity for larger scale development in the area. This financing facility allowed the Sponsor to recuperate some of the invested equity to be used towards continued advancement of the predevelopment for the Project, including but not limited to design and construction drawings, entitlement costs and permits. The Sponsor is currently building another ground-up multifamily project nearby and is an active local investor and developer, owning several retail and mixed-use assets in the area.
GSP sourced a lender who offered a fixed-rate financing facility to lessen the burden of development costs on the Project, recapturing nearly 65% of invested dollars for a bridge through the pre-development phase; it will ultimately be taken out by the construction loan when the Project breaks ground. The identified capital group was already familiar with the site, and was able to offer a flexible and low-cost structure without a prepayment penalty. The application was an expeditious process; GSP was able to facilitate a closing less than three weeks from the date the term sheet was signed. The twelve month fixed rate note was priced at 6.90%, and was sized to 64.5% of cost basis.
October 17, 2018
George Smith Partners successfully arranged the refinance of a 14 building, 120-unit multifamily asset located in the Arden-Arcade neighborhood of Sacramento, CA. GSP worked with a life company with a strong appetite for multifamily lending and ultimately structured a loan in which the Sponsor pulled out $10,000,000 of cash. The non-recourse loan has a fixed rate of 4.24% and refinanced an existing agency loan. Some of the unique features of this loan included: rate lock at application, assumption rights in the event of a sale and future loan advances/top-offs upon increase in NOI.