FINfacts™ XXIV – No. 334 | September 8, 2022

Prime Rate 5.50%
1 Month LIBOR 2.70%
6 Month LIBOR 3.75%
5 Yr SOFR Swap 3.20%
10 Yr SOFR Swap 3.10%
5 Yr US Treasury 3.42%
10 Yr US Treasury 3.32%
30 Yr US Treasury 3.44%


$57,900,000 Participating Construction Financing for 187-Unit Multifamily; Tempe, AZ

Rate: 4.25% Fixed
Term: 5 Years
Amortization: Interest Only
LTC: 90%
Guaranty: Non-Recourse

Transaction Description:

George Smith Partners successfully arranged $57,900,000 in non-recourse, construction financing for a mid-rise, Class A, 187-unit multifamily development in Tempe, AZ. The Project will serve the rapidly developing area of north Tempe. The Property is located immediately adjacent to a Valley Metro light rail stop, offering residents convenient access to Downtown Tempe, Arizona State University, Sky Harbor Airport, and downtown Phoenix.

The Sponsor, headquartered in nearby Scottsdale with a successful track record of multifamily and commercial developments, engaged GSP in 2020 to source high-leverage, non-recourse financing. Despite being relatively early in the Project’s development stage, GSP sourced a Lender offering a 90% LTC loan, which includes a participating feature. This unique structure features the Lender sharing profits with the Sponsor in exchange for the high leverage financing.

The construction budget grew significantly during the longer than expected entitlement and permitting process. Fortunately, thanks to GSP’s close relationship with the Lender, a commensurate increase in market rents, and the strength of the Sponsor, the final loan amount was nearly 40% higher than that of the original loan application in 2021.


John Choi

Bridge Financing for Office/Industrial Asset; Los Angeles, CA

Rate: 6.50% Fixed, Interest Only
Term: 24 Months
LTV: 55%
Prepayment: No Prepayment
Closing Timeline: 7 Calendar Days

Transaction Description:

George Smith Partners arranged $3,600,000 in bridge financing of a 30,000 SF office/industrial Property located in Downtown Los Angeles. When the Sponsor engaged GSP, the Sponsor was in the midst of repositioning the Asset from a multi-tenant investment property into a full owner-user use. Because the previous lender did not allow for the reposition, GSP quickly arranged a multi-phase refinance process.

The first phase was to take out the existing Lender by securing a $3,600,000 non-recourse bridge loan in just 7 days to avoid a technical default with the previous lender. This bridge loan was secured at 6.50% interest only on a two-year term, and a 1.00% origination fee. In today’s market, bridge loans of this nature usually start at 8.00% -10.00% interest rates with more expensive origination fees, but GSP was able to leverage its relationships to secure a more affordable option for their client. The loan has no prepayment penalty or exit fee.

The second phase of this financing that is set to close in 60-90 days will be a long-term SBA loan which will net the Borrower over $5,000,000 of cash-out at a below market rate with 3 years of interest only on a 10 year term. GSP was able to handle the Borrower’s financing needs smoothly and quickly, allowing the Borrower to focus on expanding their business and take over their asset as an owner-user.


Bryan Shaffer
Managing Director & Principal
Ruben Bohbot


Pascale's Portrait
Jobs Report Provides Hopes for “Soft Landing”

This last week shows how data-dependent markets have become, especially with a highly anticipated Fed meeting approaching. Last Friday’s August jobs report showed a softening in labor demand. This suggested that the labor supply/demand pressures could be slightly easing. Treasuries rallied on Friday in hopes the Fed wouldn’t have to increase rates as much as previously thought. The jury is still out on where the Fed’s “terminal rate” will end up in early/mid-2023. However, Tuesday’s hotter than expected economic reports from the services sector spooked markets as inflationary. The 10 Year yield spiked over 15 basis points up to 3.36% a recent high. Then, today’s Fed Beige Book survey indicated slowing growth and less inflationary pressures. This spurred another rally in treasuries – down to 3.27%. Fed President Lael Brainerd’s comments today were generally hawkish as per the Fed’s recent united message. She used the phrase “for some time” as she gauged how long rates would need to be elevated. But she also provided some hope as she acknowledged the risks of keeping rates high for too long. She indicated that the aggressive stance could “create risks associated with overtightening.” Interestingly, she also implied that the rapid increase in prices over the last 18 months has inflated margins for sellers of goods. She noted that the price consumers pay for cars has risen much faster in the last year than the price dealers pay wholesale. This implies there may be some room for prices to drop in certain sectors.  Futures markets are pricing a 75 bp increase in the September 20-21 meeting. Stay tuned….

By David R. Pascale, Jr. , Senior Vice President at George Smith Partners

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