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Investors are refinancing apartment deals before rates head up. Advanced Real Estate Services has closed nearly $252 million in financing deals, with refinancing transactions representing a majority of the bunch. Of the eight deals—all of which were secured by NorthMarq Capital—six were refinanced early and the firm paid the prepayment penalty on two, one of which included a defeasance. The remaining two deals included a acquisition financing for Stadium House in Anaheim and the refinancing of an expiring loan. Advanced pulled significant equity out of the properties as well, and plans to use the proceeds for other acquisitions.

“Advanced likes to do max leverage 10-year, interest only deals, and the time was right to do it, Michael T. Elmore, EVP and managing director of NorthMarq Capital, tells GlobeSt.com. “They generated a substantial amount of refinance proceeds, and none of it will go into the Acquisition of Stadium House, but it will be sitting in operating accounts for Advanced to go out and by more assets in the future. This was opportunistic on their part. They took advantage of the market while rates are still relatively low and pull equity out of those assets. This is just good timing. They got a relatively low interest rate, 10-years interest only and they got maximum leverage with a ton of cash-out on the transaction.”

The seven refinanced properties include The Parsons, a 60-unit property Costa Mesa; Eastside, a 98-unit property in Costa Mesa; The Courtyards, a 153-unit property in Norwalk; Tierra Palms, a 144-unit property in Norwalk; Somerset, a 256-unit property in Montebello; Northwind, a 102-unit property in Bellflower; and Artists Village Apartments, a 197-unit property in Santa Ana. All of the deals had a 10-year term, interest-only with average interest rate of 4.229%. Artists Village and Tierra Palms deals required a pre-payment penalty and were funded through Fannie Mae. “Because Fannie and Freddie are running slightly behind their production in the previous year, they were both very aggressive in quoting this deal,” says Elmore. “We went with Fannie because they had a better deal, but Freddie was right there.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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