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Blackburne & Sons Introduces a Great New Apartment Loan Program

Posted by George Blackburne on Wed, Jan 15, 2014

Man, oh man, do we ever have a great new apartment loan program for you!  There is a little-known institutional investor out there that has an almost insatiable appetite for apartment loans.  Last year they originated and/or purchased over $380 million in apartment permanent loans, making them one of the largest players in the multifamily financing market.

describe the imageBecause we have been in the commercial mortgage loan business for over 33 years, and because we own CommercialMortgage.com, Blackburne & Sons just got approved to originate and sell apartment loans to this investor.  These apartment loans actually close in our name, but they are quickly sold off to our institutional investor.  The vetting process took over six months to complete, but we are now one of only six mortgage banking firms in the entire country allowed to originate loans for this investor in our own name.

Okay, here's the deal.  These are all 30-year fully-amortized loans.  Your client has a choice of an ARM tied to 6-month LIBOR, a three-year hybrid, a five-year hybrid, a seven-year hybrid, or a ten-year hybrid.  By far the most popular choice is the five-year hybrid.

The interest rate is incredibly low, starting as low as 3.87% for a purchase money, 5-year hybrid in a Tier I market.  Properties in less-populated and/or less-desirable areas - known as Tier II and Tier III markets - have slightly higher interest rates.

The ARM program and the hybrid programs, after the initial fixed rate period, are tied to six-month LIBOR, with a 3.5% interest rate floor, a ceiling of 6% over the start rate.  On the hybrid loans, there is no periodic rate increase cap on the initial rate readjustment, immediately after the fixed rate period.  After the first rate readjustment, there is a 1% rate readjustment cap every six months.  This loan has no negative amortization.

This program can be used for apartment loans as small as $300,000 to as large as $20 million.  Apartment loans smaller than $1.5 million have slightly higher interest rates, but the interest rate is still very, very attractive. 

The loan-to-value ratio is between 75% and 60%, depending on the property's quality, age, and location, and whether the loan is a purchase-money loan, a rate-and-term refinance, or a cash-out refinance.  Your Blackburne & Sons loan officer can work with you to quickly make this determination.

In addition to apartments, this program can aslo be used for 4-star and 5-star mobile home parks (no single-wide coaches), mixed use properties (maximum of 40% commercial), student housing, and, surprisingly, low-income housing.  Caution:  Low-income housing deals are valued based on the lower rents typically found in nearby middle-income areas, so the maximum loan amount is often lower than expected.

Personal guarantees are required from Managing Members, General Partners, coporate officers, and individuals owning 20% or more of the property.

Loans to foreign nationals are available, up to 50% loan-to-value. 

We recommend that you quote your borrower the following:

Interest rate: 5.10%  (Assumes an average building in a Tier II market)

Loan Fee: 1 point  (Brokers add their fee on top)

Amortization / Term: 30/30

Prepayment Penalty: 5,4,3,2,1

Please gather for your Blackburne & Sons loan officer:

  1. Color photo's of the property
  2. Rent Roll
  3. Last two years' actual income and expenses.
  4. Financial statement on the borrower.
But before you do anything else, we recommend that you first call your Blackburne & Sons loan officer, or Tom Blackburne at 574-210-6686.

Topics: apartment loans