Rate: 10.25% Interest Only
Term: 24 Month Construction Loan
Transaction Description: GSP arranged ground-up construction financing for a 29-unit for-sale condominium development in the Koreatown sub-market of Los Angeles. The client was a local general contractor who partnered with an owner who contributed the land. The goal was to obtain highly leveraged, non-recourse construction financing and provide no additional equity. The Sponsor tried to access bank financing on their own before coming to GSP.
Challenge: Non-recourse construction financing is very difficult, especially for first time developers. Lenders view ground-up condo construction as one of the most risky types of financing. In addition, the Koreatown market has seen lots of multifamily developments, but there has been little recent condo construction in this market since the last real estate cycle. Also, the insurance and other last minute expenses increased the overall project cost by $500,000.
Solution: Using it relationships, GSP was able to identify a non-recourse construction lender who would provide highly leveraged construction financing. Because the ownership did not want to bring in new capital, it was also critical for the project to be correctly underwritten and achieve certain loan to cost and loan to value targets. When it was discovered that additional insurance would be needed to protect the contractor and the long-term welfare of the project, the lender agreed to increase the loan by $500,000 a few days before closing to provide capital for unexpected costs. This allowed us to close the loan and start construction.
$25,590,000 Stretch Senior Construction Financing for a Community of 90 Modular, Build-for-Rent Homes; Asheville, NC
March 22, 2023
George Smith Partners secured $25,590,000 of stretch senior financing for the construction for a community of 90 modular homes for rent in Asheville, NC. GSP quickly identified a debt fund that suited the client’s needs by arranging an in-person meeting to discuss the project. The Lender recognized the strength of the Asheville market.
The modular homes will be constructed off-site and set onto finished lots over 36 months. The community features spacious floor plans and a common area for future residents. This is the first build-to-rent community for the client and we expect there to be many more.
Rate: 3-Month SOFR + 675
Term: 36 Months with Two 3 Month Extensions
- Advisors: Ed Steffelin Evan Kinne Jordan Lipton
Land Financing for Entitled Land; Los Angeles, CA
February 8, 2023
George Smith Partners secured a $5,100,000 land loan entitled for a 69-unit multifamily building slated to begin ground-up construction in late 2024. The borrower purchased the original parcel 17 years prior as a fully occupied 32-unit property; since then, the building has been vacated and demolished. To achieve full-term proceeds, the appraisal needed a land value above the original PSA, including the previous building collateral. GSP utilized a broad comp set of per-acre comps, leaning on footprint analysis instead of per-unit. Additionally, the lender’s due diligence concluded there was value creation through both the fully approved entitlements and the fact the Sponsor was able to achieve a condo tract map, giving them optionality for apartments or for-sale units.
Rate: 7.75% Fixed
Term: 18 Months + Two 6-month Extension Options
Origination Fee: 0.75%
Prepayment Fee: None
- Advisors: Jonathan Lee Kyle Redmond
Construction Multifamily Takeout Financing; Los Angeles, CA
December 15, 2022
George Smith Partners arranged permanent financing for the refinance of a stabilized 12-unit multifamily property in Los Angeles, California. The Sponsor finished construction on the Property in the middle of the current rate hike cycle. GSP identified a Capital Provider who allowed an early rate lock before Certificate of Occupancy was issued. The Lender allowed the borrower to go into application with very little lease up, but with the understanding that the property would be stabilized by closing. Although the closing took slightly longer than the 60 day term of the rate lock, the Lender held the rate for no additional charge. The bank did not require deposits to be held at their branch except for the subject property’s operating account.
Term: 5 Years Fixed
Amortization: N/A, Interest Only for all 5 Years
Prepayment Penalty: Stepdown; 3/3/2/1/1
Deposits Required: None
- Advisors: Matthew Kirisits
$27,020,000 Construction Financing for a 95% Preleased, Grocery-Anchored Retail Center; Inland Empire, CA
November 30, 2022
George Smith Partners successfully placed $27,020,000 (83.5% LTC) of construction financing for the development of a 95%-preleased, grocery-anchored retail center in the Inland Empire. Pre-leased with credit tenants like Sprouts, Burlington, and Five Below, the remaining tenant mix included a diverse assortment of community-oriented tenants with strong overall synergy. With loan proceeds funding the acquisition of the 15-acre site, the Sponsor planned to develop ¾ of the site as the aforementioned retail development, holding on to 4-acres as a second phase. Furthermore, the Sponsor planned to sell a pad site to a future tenant at close of the land.
Although capital providers continued to be hesitant in financing retail construction, GSP was able to source competitive financing through the development’s strong sponsorship and significant preleasing. Most importantly, GSP found a lender comfortable with the sponsor’s proposed equity structure, which involved a minimal initial cash contribution followed by additional equity contributions from pad and land sales.
Loan Term: 36 Months
Interest Rate: SOFR + 3.45%
$46,800,000 Construction Financing for the Development of a 247-Unit Build-to-Rent Community; Foley, AL
November 21, 2022
George Smith Partners is pleased to announce the successful arrangement of a $46,800,000 construction loan for the development of a 247-unit build-to-rent community in Foley, Alabama. Through GSP’s strong relationship with the bank, GSP was able to successfully negotiate a 65% LTC, Non-recourse loan to fund parri-passu with the JV’s equity at WSJ Prime + 1.25% through construction. Pricing reduces and leverage increases to 70% LTC upon preset leasing hurdles.
Rate: Prime + 1.25%
- Advisors: Ed Steffelin Evan Kinne Jordan Lipton
$13,990,000 Construction Revolver Financing for 23 For-Sale, Detached Single Family Residences; Prescott, AZ
November 9, 2022
George Smith Partners successfully arranged $13,990,000 in acquisition and construction revolver financing for a 23-lot, for-sale, detached single-family residential community in Prescott, AZ. The Project is located in a gated community within the 1,100-acre Prescott Lakes master-planned community. The City of Prescott, known for its seasonal climate, quality of life, and low property taxes has experienced tremendous population growth. The Sponsor, a repeat client, recognized the opportunity to develop much-needed housing for the area. Despite the increasingly challenging market, GSP leveraged its expertise and relationships to identify a construction lender that had a deep understanding of the submarket, understood the projected sales prices (appraisal requirement waived), and recognized the Sponsor’s ability to execute on their plan. GSP was able to negotiate a high-leverage, fixed-rate loan and worked efficiently with the Lender throughout the one-month closing process.
Rate: 9.25% Fixed
Term: 18 Months, with Two 3-Month Extension Options
Amortization: Interest Only
LTC: 82% (combined on land & construction)
Guaranty: Non-Recourse, with Completion Guaranty
Prepayment: 9 Months Minimum Interest