3 Reasons Syndicators Should Embrace Mandatory Lender Reserves

Have you ever run out of gas? I’m not talking the figurative gas tank, but the literal one we have in our vehicles. (Tesla owners sub gas for electricity…)

I had a truck years ago that frequently over-stated the amount left in the tank and one time it got the better of me. Embarrassingly enough I ran out of gas. Such a pain to pull off to the side of the road, walk to the nearest gas station, spend a […]

non-recourse multifamily loans

The Difference Between Recourse and Non-Recourse Loans

I don’t have the exact quote, but the star quarterback turned real estate mogul Roger Staubach was asked about his biggest regret in building his real estate portfolio. His response was he wouldn’t have used debt with an unlimited personal guaranty attached to it. He felt that over years of experience a non-recourse approach was preferred.

That said, the point of this article isn’t to judge the merits or pitfalls of either recourse or non-recourse loans, but to provide context […]

multifamily reserves

To Reserve or Not to Reserve, That is the Question

With the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, operating and capital reserves have become a topic of discussion for apartment syndication sponsors and investors alike.

For some, today’s uncertainty is a chance to brag about their foresight in raising a large war chest for tough times, while others fear they will soon pay the price for their lean reserves.

We have certainly seen a change in reserve requirements for multifamily loans, but more on that later.

You may wonder why sponsors don’t simply […]

PFS & SREO

Want a Good Personal Financial Statement?

We all know the saying – “You never get a second chance to make a great first impression.”

The purpose of this article is to help you make your first impression with your mortgage broker or loan officer a great one.

And how do you do that?? You have a current and complete Personal Financial Statement filled out and ready to share.

The starting point for all commercial real estate loans is the Personal Financial Statement (PFS) with a Schedule of Real […]

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Commercial Loan Prepayment Penalties Unwrapped

Nothing says romance quite like a prenuptial agreement does it?

That comment is certainly facetious, but sets the stage for an analogy regarding the prepayment penalty aspect of commercial loans. It is important to understand what you’re getting into with your loan. The loan documents explain all the terms of the loan, and the prepay piece is really the predetermined cost of breaking up with a lender.

A prenuptial agreement defines and outlines what things will look like in the event […]

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10 Biggest Mistakes Made When Seeking Multifamily Agency Financing

There’s lot of interest in Agency (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) debt in the multifamily universe these days. Because these loans limit your personal liability, net you higher cash flow, allow higher leverage (larger loan amounts) that increase your returns, provide you more surety of future results, and allow for virtually unlimited growth – there’s a lot to like.

These bank-beating features such as non-recourse, 30-year amortization, low interest rates, up to 80% leverage, long fixed terms, and interest only […]

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More Than Double Your Returns with This Strategy – Bridge Loan vs. Perm Loan Case Study

Everyone wants the best rate and terms when financing a multifamily deal. It goes without saying. We naturally seek quotes and rate sheets with the lowest possible published rates.

Rate is the simplest “common” denominator used to compare different loan options. It is easy to understand, but not always the best gauge of overall returns. There are several other variables to consider.

We want that low rate, but we also want leverage. Leverage is how we juice our returns. It’s not […]

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Will This Blow Your Mind Too? Investing in Low Cap Markets May Be An Overlooked Opportunity

There was a pause on the other end of the line, and then he said… “You literally just blew my mind.”

This was the response I received after sharing with a new friend a powerful example of how using cap rates – when properly understood – to your advantage, can dramatically increase the bottom line of a value-add investor in the multifamily space. This simple insight dramatically changed the mindset of an experienced single-family investor getting his start in multifamily.

It […]

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Why, What, When, and How? Preparing A Schedule of Real Estate Owned (SREO)

Simplify and Speed Up the Underwriting Process by Preparing Your Schedule of Real Estate Owned (SREO)

You’re in the driver seat when preparing documents to hand over to lenders and underwriters—these statements should help you put your best foot forward when buying your next multifamily investment property. They can be the extra push or reassurance lenders need for you to secure a great property.

A valuable document to have readily available is a schedule of real estate owned (SREO), also known […]

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Navigating the Underwriting Process between Quote and Closing

Preparing for Underwriting So Your Deal Gets Done

Securing a multifamily loan is like training for a marathon. By the time an investor decides on a loan, they may feel like they’ve reached the finish line, but really it’s just the halfway point.

Like training for a marathon, proper preparation leads to an accomplished goal. Investors who better understand the underwriting process will be more equipped to successfully secure funding for their next multifamily investment property.

Although it is easy to lump […]