can be downright onerous, with LTVs close to 80% and interest rates topping 10%, in some cases. But for property owners
that want to restructure, such funds provide a good stopgap,
Then there are the foreign investors, who are expected to
step up their allocations in US real estate
this year. A recent survey by the
Washington, DC-based Association of
Foreign Investors in Real Estate found
that foreign-based investors plan to
increase lending by 54% globally and 58%
in the US. Equity investors anticipate an
increase in investment activity by 40%
globally and 73% in the US.
There are already some signs that foreign investors are following through. In
Washington, DC—the city rated most
likely to be the recipient of such funds—JBG Cos. recently
secured $100.5 million in three-year financing for 1101 K
St., a 310,825-square-foot office building. The German
bank Helaba replaced Bank of America’s construction loan
with adjustable rate financing.
Life insurance capital is also available, but at unknown
allocation levels. Indeed, identifying which insurers are still
active in the market has become a favorite guessing game for
the industry. Clearly, many have scaled back, but the major
providers are still lending, Steve Sakwa, a Banc of America
Securities-Merrill Lynch Research Analyst, says. However,
many have been very coy about stating their intentions. “They
have not come out and said they are or are not going to lend,”
Much of the capital available will go to refinance new loans,
Sakwa says, which limits funding for new projects. But, he says,
“Insurance companies and banks don’t want to take back performing properties just because the new LTVs and property
“Banks don’t want to take back a performing
property just because the new LTVs and
property valuations have
put it under water.
valuations have put an asset under water.”
So life insurance companies are changing terms or requiring
borrowers to pay more debt. Indeed, most borrowers can expect
continuing support from their life financier. The only question
is whether they will have to put in more money or whether they
will receive proceeds at all. Not that such solutions are painless
for borrowers. In many cases, Sakwa says, a borrower may have
been planning to place expected proceeds elsewhere, including
on debt that may be coming due for another project. But in this
market, any financial solution—including the government’s
PPIP—will be equal parts pain and relief. ◆
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