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Apartment Loan Programs

Apartment Loan programs from our national Commercial Lending Group encompass all aspects of multifamily apartment financing.  Whether you are refinancing a stabilized apartment building or acquiring & developing a new apartment complex, our aggressive apartment loans have helped investors across the country achieve their apartment financing goals with larger apartment loans, lower DCRs and faster closings. Because we structure financing utilizing a broad spectrum of traditional and non-traditional capital sources, we aren’t tied down by whatever the flavor of the moment is on Wall Street, and can get deals financed which the CMBS world can't or won't do, especially in the current structured finance market. 

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Some of our Specialty Apartment Loan Programs Feature:

Stated Income Apartment Loan Programs Available

Multiple Prepayment Apartment Loan Options Available:

NON RECOURSE Apartment Construction Loans

  • Unique Apartment Building Construction to Permanent Financing
  • Competitive, Long Term Permanent Rates even during Construction
  • Flexible Draw Schedules & Construction Extensions
  • Limited Documentation
  • Apartment Complex Construction Loans
  • Apartment Acquisition & Development Loans
  • $2 million minimum for apartment construction loans
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Small Balance Apartment Loan Programs

  • Up to 97%  LTV (3% Down Payment) to $1.5MM
  • $500K to $2 Million apartment loan amounts
  • No Defeasance or Yield Maintenance Options
  • No DSCR / Low DCR apartment loan programs
  • Interest Only apartment loan debt service option
  • Option for Assumable Apartment Loan at Discretion
  • Section 8 – Rent Subsidized OK (HUD OK)
  • 30 Year to 40 Year Amortization
  • Flexible Long Term (15 Year) Fixed Rates or Floating Rates
  • Reduced Recourse & Non Recourse Personal Guarantee Options
  • Flexible Seller Carry Back Structuring
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Large Balance Apartment Loan Programs

  • $5 million+ apartment loan programs
  • Maximize Leverage to 80% LTV or more
  • Broad access to capital for creative apartment financing
  • Cash Execution Capabilities or MBS / DMBS
  • Non Recourse options for apartment loans larger than $1.5MM
  • Flexible Defeasance, Yield Maintenance & Decreasing Term Prepay options
  • Single or Multiple Asset properties OK
  • All $2MM+ apartment loans priced to risk at great rates
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We look at all popular Property Types, specializing in:

We Originate all major Apartment Loan Types:

Apartment Loan Capital Source Diversity

In today's challenging apartment loan financing environment, there is a growing need for financiers to look beyond the securitized / commercial mortgage backed securities financing which has been available from Wall Street conduits over the past few years.  Even as the liquidity in he CMBS market dries up, our volume with a broad array of capital sources allows for large, innovative, competitive financing comparable to classic "conduit" products from:

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FEATURED PROGRAM:  Qualify Using Market Rents
Unique Apartment Loans & Multifamily Permanent Financing allows Debt Coverage using Market Rents as NOI.   5+ Unit Properties OK

FEATURED PROGRAM: Small Balance Apartment Loans
Purchase or Refinance Apartment Buildings & 5+ unit Multi family homes from $500K to $1.5MM. Up to 97% LTV   Stated Income Available OK

FEATURED PROGRAM: One Time Close Construction Loans
Safe, flexible, single close Construction to Permanent Financing or Acquisition & Development Loans   Up to 90%+ Loan to Cost OK

FEATURED PROGRAM: Office Park Financing
Permanent Financing for Office Parks. Purchase / Office Acquisition Loans + Competitive Refinance Terms   Office Building Investment OK

FEATURED PROGRAM: Mezzanine Loan Financing
More than ever, credit worthy sponsors are turning to the Mezz markets to raise money. Find Out How!   All Commercial Properties OK

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Apartment Loans News & Articles

Apartment Loan News: Renters Continue to Enter the Market

October 25th, 2007

Here’s an excerpt from an interesting article about the underlying economics of multifamily / apartment and commercial real estate assets. The sentiment of the panel echoes much of what we see in the current market for rental apartment buildings, in that the lack of financing for many residential borrowers is set to push rents in many markets nationwide. We continue to remain bullish on apartment loans, especially for multifamily developments of 100 units or more, and encourage sponsors seeking apartment financing to visit our Apartment Loan site or call (800)290-4770:

Panel Dishes on Subprime Meltdown, Recession

Property FundamentalsBrian McAuliffe, chief investment officer for Rreef Alternative Investments in North America, is very bullish on apartments. Speaking on a panel discussing capital markets and investment trends, he said existing tenants are staying in their units longer because of the subprime meltdown while new renters continue to enter the market.

“Obviously (given those factors), we’re confident renewal rates will be increasing,” he said. “The shadow effect of excess (single-family housing and condominiums competing with the rental market) will occur only in select markets.”

Looking further out, he says there will be more garden apartment construction because the lack of for-sale housing will bring down the price of drywall and lumber prices.

The office sector will remain steady due to the inherent value of their leases, he says, and while the heretofore strong warehouse-distribution market may slow down a bit, it still presents a solid opportunity for the smart investor.

As for the retail sector, McAuliffe says “it’s a market we feel has peaked early and one here you have a lot of supply threats existing today.”

Daniel Hurwitz, president/COO of Developers Diversified Realty, sees the retail sector completely differently. “The supply pressure in retail doesn’t mean it’s overbuilt, it means it’s under demolished,” he said. “If you look at vacancy rates they move a little but not very much; that’s because most retail projects have 10% or less of spec space, it’s all done on a build-to-suit basis.

“When we have a situation where we are taking tenants from other projects, (it’s because) that other center is obsolete and needs to go away, which isn’t the case for the apartment, industrial and office markets. So do we need to get more aggressive in how we reposition (retail centers) or take them offline, that’s something all good companies do on a regular basis. But overall, if you look at demand, it far outstrips supply.”

Apartment Loans Carried Back

September 18th, 2007

Apartment loan carry backs are becoming increasingly popular in today’s environment, as nominal interest rates on apartment loans increase by comparison to the bargain financing available in recent years. While more apartment sellers are deciding to carry back financing in larger amounts to support their asset prices in a tightening apartment loan market, many are unaware of the effect seller carried apartment loans may have on their overall financial picture.

Apartment loans on income producing property are generally available (for the lowest apartment loan rates) in amounts equaling the lesser of 80% LTV or the largest amount dictated by the property’s DCR. While low rate apartment loans have supported the expansion of apartment building asset prices over the past several years, the secondary financing markets are less and less comfortable providing sponsors with high CLTV junior debt to round out transactions with little money down. This often leaves the buyer needing to bring in 30% to 40% or more in the form of a down payment, which in today’s weaker second-lien / mezzanine financing market often means that a seller has two options: 1) Decrease the sales price to fit within buyer financing capabilities, or 2) Finance all or a portion of the down payment by carrying back a private apartment loan.

Seller carried apartment loans were all the rage in the 1980s, and while interest rates are not anywhere near those high levels today, asset prices are significantly higher and many prospective buyers are more highly leveraged, and therefore more thinly capitalized than in previous years.

A seller carried apartment loan is a private note between the buyer and seller wherein the seller takes a junior lien position to the first position primary apartment loan or apartment loans on the property. Generally the buyer agrees to pay the seller a fixed or floating rate of interest over a specified period of time, just like any other loan. Debt service can be adjusted to accommodate the buyers ability to service debt out of NOI from the property, so a property with strong positive cash flow can dictate monthly repayment terms, and a property which requires improvement to the rent rolls may allow you to structure deferred repayment, balloons, interest only terms, accrual features, amortization periods, the works. You can be rather creative with seller carry back apartment loans, particularly if you have a low basis in the property and wish to defer gains over time.

Speaking of gains, there are significant tax advantages and consequences to a seller carried apartment loan which vary immensely depending on your individual situation. While we never purport to provide legal or tax advice, in general you should note that a seller carried apartment loan has the following components from a tax perspective:

  1. Interest – money which covers just the interest due on the apartment loan
  2. Basis Recovery – principal reduction component in each fully amortized payment
  3. Gain on Sale – also principal reduction in each fully amortized payment

For payments on principal & interest apartment loans, interest at the note rate is subtracted from the sum total of payments in a given year and the balance is considered payment to principal, which is then divided in the ratio of basis to gain to basis reduction and investment gain.

In most cases the following tax consequences apply to these three components of seller carried apartment loan repayment (although this is not to be construed as personal tax advice, for which we strongly recommend consulting a tax professional and legal counsel where appropriate):

  1. Apartment loan Interest is taxed as income,
  2. Apartment loan principal allocated as Gains are taxed as gains,
  3. And there is no tax on Basis Recovery.

If you would not benefit from a 1031 exchange or if you wish to realize an ongoing income stream, enhanced ROI or deferred gain from the sale of your property at the price you believe it’s worth, and not the price the credit markets will finance, a seller carried apartment loan may be a viable option to help you achieve your goals. While they can’t advise you about your specific tax or legal ramifications, working with an experienced financier who understands how to properly structure seller carried apartment loan financing packages is imperative. A properly structured apartment loan seller carry can turn a low profit deal into a retirement package, a passive income, or a “payment by payment sale” structure which puts you in control of your gains and taxes.

Apartment Loans : Landlord Lessons

August 23rd, 2007

Multifamily real estate looks awfully tempting as an investment these days. And that is prompting more Americans to consider joining the ranks of landlords.
Individual landlords, rather than corporations, own about 60 percent of all rental units, according to the last count by the Federal Reserve. The 35.2 million rentals nationwide account for one-third of all U.S. housing units.
“Evidence points to an increase in real estate purchases by individual investors,” said Doug Duncan, chief economist of the Mortgage Bankers Association.

The number of commercial Realtors, who specialize in income properties, has risen at the same time that more mainstream investors are finding opportunities via the Internet.

Becoming a landlord can be a way to earn extra income or to pay a chunk of a mortgage on a multifamily property in which you also live. But the income-producing potential of rental properties varies widely and novice landlords may instead want to more seriously consider the equity buildup possible by holding long-term.

“You don’t become a landlord to have a big cash flow,” said Bill Moore. “Most landlords, when they buy a property it’s usually losing money or breaking even. But over five to 15 years, you see the income.”

The path to real income involves plenty of due diligence and sweat equity, not to mention a sizeable down payment.

It generally takes at least a 10 percent down payment to purchase a one- to four-unit rental property; cross the five-family threshold and the banks usually ask for 20 percent to 30 percent before funding apartment loans.

The terms on apartment loans for investment properties are also not as forgiving as for single-family homes, particularly if you do not occupy one of the units in the building.

Start small
“I think the best place for a new landlord to start is to rent out a single family home or a duplex, because it’s more affordable and easier to manage,” Cain said.
Smaller properties have less complicated finances, which may ease some of the due diligence — that is, the homework that prospective landlords need to do to figure out whether a desired building will generate income.
“There’s no way to tell from the [classified] listings whether a property is losing money. A diligent buyer asks for the tax statements and inspects the property,” said Cary Brazeman, a spokesman for the commercial-property-listing site LoopNet.com.
He said that while his site’s information enables more consumers to enter the commercial real estate market, “you still need to work with a broker to find the right property.”

A few decisions must be made before hiring a broker. Geography and timing can mean the difference between profits and losses. However, just like playing the stock market, it’s difficult to predict which localities will appreciate the most.
And it might be difficult to forecast possible changes in the area’s real estate taxes, which could affect a landlord’s profits.

One rule of thumb about location: cities with a low rate of rental vacancies make for a better landlord experience. The easier it is to recruit tenants and diminish any time a unit is vacant, the better.

“Bad tenant selection is one of the most common pitfalls new landlords experience,” said Cain. “In addition to credit checks, you really need to check people’s rental history and references so you don’t get burned.”
Designating some cash flow to hire a Realtor or property specialist for on-site management, along with other responsibilities, might make sense.

“You have to decide whether you want to manage the property yourself, or outsource it to a management company,” said Moore of Landlord.com. “Paying someone else to do it can affect profits.”

Outsourcing is essential for landlords who don’t reside within a reasonable distance of their rental properties. The same usually applies to those with full-time jobs or who are otherwise strapped for time — or certain talents.

“Managing the property yourself not only requires that you be able to fix things, but you also need to have the disposition to deal with tenant complaints in the middle of the night,” Moore said.

Lots of liability
Speaking of complaints, becoming a landlord introduces a number of liabilities — the nature of which depends on the type of residences and their location.

“You need to find and retain not just any real estate attorney, but someone who really knows the local residential laws and specializes in your type of building,” said Celeste Hammond, professor and director of the center for real estate law at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Municipalities each write their own set of quirks into tenancy laws and new regulations crop up frequently enough to keep the continuing legal education business afloat.

Some jurisdictions mandate licensing of landlords, said Hammond. Other cities require periodic building inspections and safety certifications.

Still other areas tell the landlord to put security deposits in an interest-bearing account and pass the income to the tenant. Other overseers say a landlord can be fined for not keeping tenants’ security deposits in a separate account just for that purpose.

“A lawyer can also verify zoning laws and permits,” said Hammond. “Sometimes people have apartments that turn out to be illegal.”
That calls for a lawyer’s involvement before the property is purchased. Leases and insurance should also be addressed beforehand.

“Ask the lawyer what liabilities apply in your state, and have a lease drawn up based on that,” said Eric Goldberg, assistant general counsel of the National Insurance Association in Washington. “Bring that lease to an insurance broker and inquire about what kinds of policies are needed to go with that lease.”

Insurance premiums
Doing all of this ahead of time gives prospective investors a much more accurate picture of a building’s true costs.
“Premiums could easily eat into your profits, which is why you need to figure everything out before you buy,” said Goldberg. Worse yet, “some properties and landlords turn out to be uninsurable.”
Landlords might be turned down if they have a history of making too many insurance claims on a homeowner’s policy or even for bad credit.
Similarly, a property may be rejected for safety violations. For instance, the building is sitting on an earthquake fault line, near a toxic waste dump or in an area subject to flash floods, hurricanes or fires.

The amount of insurance the landlord buys may impact the terms of the mortgage offered by the bank; the lender may intervene if a landlord hasn’t bought enough coverage.

The more tenants, the more insurance required to stay out of hot water. Goldberg said that the ideal insurance package for a landlord is the commercial liability policy, or a scaled-down version of that for smaller buildings.

Such a policy covers damage to the building and to tenants’ personal property, injured residents and guests, any kind of equipment used to maintain or heat the building, workman’s compensation for anyone doing upkeep and storm or earthquake coverage in areas prone to such disasters.

Also, “since real estate values keep going up, you need to keep your insurance agent up to date on the value of the property to make sure you’re covered,” said Goldberg. “As home equity increases, so do your premiums.”

Tax consequences
So do taxes, depending on which state you’re in. Then again, landlords get to itemize more deductions than homeowners do.

“Mortgage interest, insurance, utilities [for hallways and common areas], repairs and renovations become deductions,” explained Anne Magro, assistant professor at the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma.

“The landlord can deduct depreciation of the property and losses,” including gaps in occupancy,” she said. (Even in tight rental markets, appraisers always factor in at least one month of vacancy per unit per year.)
Most states impose limits on tax deductions, and the ability to make these deductions fades out once the landlord’s personal income reaches $150,000.
Sometimes a landlord can push down the taxation rate by incorporating the rental operation. At the very least, forming a company shields the lessor’s personal property from lawsuits.

Excessive costs can easily turn landlording into working for free; red ink often drives lessors to put their properties up for sale. Assume that’s the case when analyzing a prospective real estate investment, and then you can be pleasantly surprised if the opposite proves true.

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