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New Options for Multi-Family (Apartment Building) Loans – MasterPlan Capital’s Mid-Sized Multi-Family Loan

January 23, 2013

“Sweet Spot” Mid-Sized Multi-Family lending (Apartment Buildings with 6 or more units) program:

Loan Balance: $5mm-$10mm

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LTV:                      to 75%

Rate:                      3.75%-5.75%*

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Time to Close:     45 Days (+/-)

*Rates as-of Jan ’13. Rates can change without notice due to market and other factors. Fully underwritten, full recourse lending. Prepayment (step-down) fees may apply. Points of between 0-1.5 may apply. Deposit may be required upon formal loan application.

Walgreens Credit Tenant Lease (CTL) Lending Back-on-Track

May 5, 2010

Late last year I reported that credit tenant lease financing for Walgreens stores was becoming increasingly hard to find. The shortage was not because Walgreens was not credit worthy nor was it due to the credit crunch that has gripped the banking industry for the last 20 months. Walgreens CTL loans were unavailable due to their extreme popularity and incredible demand.

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CTL loans are funded by investment bankers who issue private placement mortgage backed bonds and sell them to fixed income investors. The investors, mostly insurance companies, endowments and retirement funds, had purchased so many Walgreens bonds that they were full to capacity and could not take on anymore Walgreens debt. At the time I described Walgreens as a “victim of its own success”.

Well I’m happy to report that, for now, CTL lenders are once again lending against new and existing Walgreens stores as-well-as Walgreens development projects.

Followers of WAG know that the drug store chain has drastically curtailed their expansion plans. This slowdown in new store openings has in-turn, reduced the demand for new Walgreens mortgage bonds and has helped alleviate the CTL logjam that was preventing banks from underwriting WAG deals.

The stock market recovery has also contributed to the new-found liquidity in Walgreens mortgage debt. As the market grows so-to does the portfolios of the investors who buy WAG paper. The corresponding increase in the value of their portfolios has mitigated the problem of being overweight WAG bonds allowing them back into the market.

Also Walgreens bond buyers have raised their interest rate requirements slightly to account for the additional risk to their funds. This small risk premium is not due to a credit problem with Walgreens, but is derived from the disproportionately large Walgreens positions they hold.

So the combination of the slowdown in the Walgreens expansion, the rising stock market and a modest interest rate hike, have made Walgreens CTL lending possible again. This is truly good news for commercial real estate investors and bankers alike, but I’d recommend that those looking to finance a Walgreens purchase, refinance or construction project strike while the iron is hot. CTL financing is dependable, long-term, high leverage, non-recourse financing, but, as we saw during the last quarter of last year, Walgreens CTL loans can be discontinued without notice.


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Morgan Stanley Lost $400mm in Commercial Real Estate but Turned a Profit Anyway.

October 21, 2009

Morgan Stanley returned to profitability for the first time in a year as income from its investment banking operations offset losses in commercial real estate.

Morgan Stanley said Wednesday that stock and debt underwriting from investment banking, and rising profits from its retail brokerage business, which includes the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney joint venture with Citigroup Inc., more than balanced out $400 million in commercial real estate losses.

The New York-based bank earned $498 million in the July-September period, after losing $13.18 billion during the last three quarters combined…READ MORE OF THE AP STORY HERE


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Commercial Mortgage Loans – Institutional Funding vs. Private Funding (Banks vs. Hard Money)

October 16, 2009

It is more difficult to get a commercial mortgage loan today than it was two years ago. The credit crisis has prompted many commercial real estate investors to look into alternative sources of capital. Private lenders, often called hard money lenders, have gained popularity recently as banks and Wall Street brokers have refused to make loans. It is true that privately funded commercial mortgage lenders can be more flexible and can close loans in just days, but that does not mean they are easy to get. Before a property owner applies to a hard money lender they should understand the differences between institutional funding and private funding.


Traditional lenders like banks, insurance companies and Wall Street investment houses are all highly regulated. Banks carry FDIC or other government insurance, insurance companies are watched over by each State Insurance Commission and Wall Street is governed by the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FIRA). There is a tremendous amount of bureaucracy, red-tape and rules involved in originating conventional, institutional loans. All this regulation means that bank loans are slow, banks are not flexible and there are loads of paperwork and documentation involved.

Private lenders are, by definition, private entities. They might be organized as LLCs or Limited Partnerships (LPs) or they might be a single, wealthy individual who makes money by making loans, but they do not fall under the prevue of banking regulation. They must, of course, adhere to all anti-fraud laws as-well-as all laws against un-fair and deceptive business practices, but they don’t have to report their specific lending activity to Government Agencies and are not subject to Government licensing or chartering. Hard money lenders can be highly flexible in their underwriting criteria; they can change their own lending policies as they wish for their own reasons. They don’t have to require large amounts of documents if they don’t want to and they can move very quickly if they like a deal.


Bank and other institutional loans typically take 90-180 days to close. Private loans can close in a matter of just days if they have to (a virtual impossibility when dealing with a bank) but generally take about 21 days. Rates Conventional loans are usually based on an established benchmark rate such-as the 10 year US Treasury Bond. The bank takes the base rate adds an index and comes up with a loan rate. Treasury and other rate indexes are historically low right now (Fall ’09) and commercial mortgage loans (for those who qualify) rates are being priced at between 5.5%-7.5%

Private lenders generally hold the loans they issue in their own portfolios as-opposed to institutions who generally sell their loans to Government Enterprises or the secondary market. Hard Money lenders make their profit on rate and points so they charge significantly more. Most private loans today are being quoted at between 10%-16%


It is rare to see a bank charge more than 2 origination points on any loan.

Private lenders will typically charge at least 3 points and as many as 5.


Traditional lenders usually offer 3, 5, 7 or 10 year fixed terms on loans amortized over 10-25 years. A balloon payment or a refinance is usually necessary at the end of the term, although more and more banks are offering adjustable rate products that don’t require refinance.

Private loans are almost always short term, bridge type loans. Most charge interest only payments rather than amortize. The average private loan term is about 18 months and hard money lenders rarely write a loan for more than 36 months. The loan must be paid off in full at the end of the term.


Regulated institutions are now universally full documentation, full underwriting lenders. Every “I” must be dotted and every “T” must be crossed. They will fully underwrite the property first then the borrower. Both must pass muster or the loan will be denied.

Private lenders are equity lenders. They lend primarily based on the amount of equity in the target property. Investors will find hard money loans require much less paperwork and documentation. Private lenders will be careful and won’t lend to just anyone, but the underwriting is much more straight forward.

Loan-to-Value (LTV)

Banks used to lend up to 80% of a buildings value and allow a 10% second position loan, allowing sponsors to borrow as-much-as 90% of a deals value. Those days are gone. Now even the largest, strongest banks won’t lend more than 75% LTV and they discourage second loans. 65% is typical unless a borrower has a very strong balance sheet and a large liquidity position.

Private lender will not exceed 65% LTV even for properties that have excellent cash flow. Underperforming or vacant buildings will receive offers in the range of 50%-60% and land loans will come in at well under 50% LTV.

In a perfect credit environment bank loans or loans from other large money centers are the most desirable. They offer the best terms, lowest rate and fewest points. Any one who can qualify should seek funding from these powerful institutions. However, we are not in a perfect credit environment. We are in a mess.

Banks have tightened their standards, property values are dropping and the secondary mortgage bond market has completely collapsed. These circumstances have made it difficult or impossible for people to secure a conventional loan. Private lenders are more expensive and offer only short term financing, but they are filling a vital need and should be considered by borrowers if the bank has turned them away.


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FDIC to Dump 100 Properties on Atlanta Market – Huge, Two Day REO Auction

October 15, 2009

According to this press release, JP King Auction Company will sell more than 100 North Georgia properties, many with no minimums and no reserves, at a two day auction in late October.

 Consider this: if a first time home buyer buys a Junker for $8000.00 and gets an $8000.00 tax credit they could get a house for free!

 Good luck to all bidders…good luck to us all…


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New Commercial Real Estate Trade Rag From the Folks at the New York Observer

August 25, 2009

The newspaper business is faltering and the commercial real estate business is also fading fast. So why would the New York Observer be launching a new commercial real estate trade publication right now? I guess they figure they won’t have much competition.


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Commercial Real Estate Market Shows Signs of Improvement

June 30, 2009

…The last couple of weeks have seen a slight improvement in transactions, according to Allen Smith, chief executive of Prudential Real Estate Investors.

‘Credible players are appearing and bidding on assets. We’d seen that earlier, but the people who were showing up to bid frankly weren’t terribly credible and often were really not prepared to close. We are now seeing people show up who fall into the institutional category and are clearly ready to close. We’re more prepared to act on that as a seller than we might have been in the past,’ he told the Reuters Global Real Estate Summit in New York…



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Commercial Mortgage Lending – Government Help? Thanks but No-Thanks

June 24, 2009
Investors Shun Federal Rescue Programs

In a sign of just how bad the commercial real estate market is, South Florida property owners and investors are all but ignoring new federal rescue programs that they say are confusing and beyond their reach. Some are calling instead for the government to scrap the programs and let the marketplace hit bottom. That way, they say, the recovery can really begin.

Even though some industry groups have touted the federal programs as a boon to commercial real estate, local and regional developers and investors figure they will get little help from the Federal Reserve’s Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF) and Public-Private Investment Program (PPIP). Instead, they’re forming their own funds to acquire properties or distressed loans, seeking refinancing on mortgages and loan extensions.



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Commercial Mortgage Loans – What Rates Do Hedge Funds Charge For Commercial Mortgages?

June 18, 2009

The ongoing credit crisis has made it much more difficult for investors to qualify for an institutionally funded (bank, broker, insurance company) commercial mortgage loan. Underwriting standards have become significantly tougher and loan parameters have tightened. Very few deals are being accepted by the banks, and even fewer are actually closing. Many good loans that should receive financing are being rejected out-of-hand. We call this situation the “funding gap.” Recently many hedge funds and private equity companies have recognized that opportunity exists for firms that can help fill the funding gap by offering private commercial mortgages to quality borrowers who have been shut out by their banks. Over the last 18 months money managers have committed hundreds of millions of dollars to the commercial real estate finance sector. They are buying distressed mortgage paper directly from troubled lenders and they are very willing to write new loans against commercial buildings and development projects. But before commercial real estate investors seek a loan from a hedge fund or other private lender there are some important things they should know. Private commercial mortgage lenders are opportunistic investors; a hedge fund is in business to earn high returns for its investors in a timely and efficient manner. The loans they offer will be short term in nature (rarely more than 36 months) and will carry significantly higher interest rates and origination points than a bank or Wall Street broker would. Further, hedge funds will be very aggressive in foreclosure situations; they will take your property if you fail to perform. Funds and private lenders that we work with are currently charging 10%-15% annual interest with 3-4 points. This means that borrowers can expect to pay a 13%-19% APR. On top of that, borrowers are responsible for the cost of any third party reports that may be required such as appraisals, environmental assessments and feasibility reports. On the positive side, there is capital available for these private commercial mortgage loans and deals can be closed very quickly. Most funds prefer income producing, investor owned commercial buildings like apartment complexes, office buildings or self storage facilities. They will generally lend up-to 65% of a properties value and underwriting is equity based not credit driven. They will lend for both purchase and refinance, but private loans are “bridge” loans and a viable, realistic exit strategy needs to be in-place. In-other-words they will need to know exactly how they are going to be paid back. This credit squeeze has been devastating to the commercial real estate industry and the problems are not going away. As we all wait for the situation to improve private lenders, including Wall Street hedge funds and private equity firms, have cash and are willing to lend it.

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Maguire defaults on Quintana Mortgage; A Forced Sale Likely

June 18, 2009

We all know the FDIC took-over Washington Mutual. What you may not know is that the FDIC relinquished almost all the leases WAMU had with landlords and commercial real estate owners across the country.

WAMU had leased an entire office building In an Irvine CA office complex known as Quintana, now the place is practically empty and Quintana’s owner is not collecting any rent from the defunked bank.

Quintana; Soon to be Auctioned

Quintana; Soon to be Auctioned

The complex in question was owned and managed by a group that includes Maguire Properties, based out-of Los Angeles and Macquarie Office Trust of Sydney.

 Predictably, Maguire/Macquarie have missed their June (’09) mortgage payment and have stated that they “are not willing” to inject anymore equity (read cash) into the building.

 They are said to be discussing options with the special servicer of the mortgage.

The only real option is a sale. It’s “worth” $106mm, I’ll bet an auction could fetch $75m.


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