BISNOW – March 11, 2019 | Catie Dixon, Managing Editor

This series profiles men and women in commercial real estate who have profoundly transformed our neighborhoods and reshaped our cities, businesses and lifestyles.

David Tobin, an entrepreneur and aviation lover who still gets irked by the deals he didn’t do, co-founded Mission Capital in 2002. The real estate capital markets company, which is HQ’d in New York and has offices in California, Texas and Florida, has advised financial institutions and investors on more than $75B of loan sale and financing transactions plus more than $14B of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac transactions.

Tobin also founded EquityMultiple, worked in brokerage and did a stint with Dime Bancorp — while working in asset resolution there, he had a role in the liquidation of the $1.2B nonperforming single-family loan and REO portfolio.

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Mission Capital Advisors principal David Tobin and his son Lorenzo bookend Jean Jacques Peken Josue in Haiti. Lorenzo does a service project each year for Clean Hands for Haiti.

Outside of work, he is a lecturer on whole loan valuation and mortgage trading at New York University’s Real Estate School, is a member of the Real Estate Advisory Board of the Whitman School of Management at his alma mater, Syracuse University, and is a board member of the charity Clean Hands for Haiti. He keeps busy raising his two boys and, as an English major, feeling distress over grammatical errors he receives in emails.

 

Bisnow: How do you describe your job to people who are not in the industry?

David Tobin: In its most simple form, Mission brokers portfolios of debt, raises capital for commercial real estate projects and provides trade support for massive single-family loan portfolio transactions. Most people outside of the finance business don’t understand what we do, so I describe it in terms of my mother’s home mortgage. Every time she receives a notice from her mortgage company to send her mortgage payment somewhere else, that means that someone has sold or brokered her loan. I tell her that her home mortgage is just like a bond, which is a loan, and bonds are bought and sold.

Bisnow: If you weren’t in commercial real estate, what would you do?

Tobin: I have always been fascinated by the commercial aviation business and companies like Boeing, Airbus, Embraer, Bombardier and the like. One of my favorite authors when I was younger was Michael Crichton, and his book “Airframe” was a really interesting description of the business. It’s all in the wing design, apparently. I also find the energy business really interesting, from renewables to oil to the geopolitical issues. I have spent a lot of time reading about PDVSA, the national energy company of Venezuela, and the terrible value destruction of its franchise. Mission has brokered many debt trades of aviation-, equipment- or property-backed loans, and in a prior life, I sold hundreds of excess properties for Chevron, Exxon, Getty, Sunoco and Texaco.

Bisnow: What is the worst job you ever had?

Tobin: Aside from paper routes, my first job at 16 was working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as a runner during the summer of 1984. It was amazing. However the next summer, I worked for a town in Westchester as a laborer. I did a rotation, sort of like a rotation in a summer internship at Goldman … but not. We did sidewalk replacement, gardening work and garbage pickup … so for two or three weeks, I was, in fact, a garbage man. That was a tough and disgusting job. I always tell my son to be respectful to the NYC Sanitation folks because they don’t have it easy.

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Mission Capital Advisors principal David Tobin skiing in British Columbia

Bisnow: What was your first big deal?

Tobin: There were two first big deals. My first financing transaction was to refinance a discounted payoff of a $47M development bond secured by the Newark Airport Hilton. I met the owner in a real estate class at New York University taught by Phil Pilevsky. My first really large loan sale transaction was during the Russia Crisis in 1998 and I advised Daiwa on the sale of their entire bridge loan book of business. I think it was $250M and at the time, it seemed like a monster. In retrospect, those transactions were small but in the ’90s, $100M was a big deal.

Bisnow: What deal do you consider to be your biggest failure?

Tobin: There are several financing transactions that I have been involved in that died for one reason or another, and every time I drive by those properties, they irk me. The St. Moritz Hotel, which Ian Schrager was buying and for which I was working on the financing team, was one of them. Watching the creative process of Schrager was incredible and memorializing it in a financing package was a really interesting assignment. First Boston had provided a guaranteed take-out, and we were tasked with arranging a construction loan. We brought in a British bank who was ready to go and then First Boston’s lending platform fell apart in 1998 and so did our deal. I also went into contract on my loft building in SoHo right after 9/11 at a ridiculously low basis. I cut a deal to deed two apartments to artist-in-residence tenants living above and below me and then went out to arrange financing. It was a tiny amount in retrospect, but it simply was not available. I lost a portion of my deposit to get out of the transaction and it aggravates me to this day.

Bisnow: If you could change one thing about the commercial real estate industry, what would it be?

Tobin: I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s a perfectly imperfect illiquid business which has maintained its margins, opportunities and approachability through multiple technological booms. Each time a tech wave comes along, the nattering nabobs of negativity say they are going to make it perfectly liquid, tokenize space and buildings and trade it on a screen and it never happens.

Bisnow: What is your biggest pet peeve?

Tobin: People who write “principle balance” instead of “principal balance”, and in a broader context, as an English literature major, bad business writing and poorly written emails.

Bisnow: Who is your greatest mentor?

Tobin: My dad and then my wife. I used to go to the office with my dad on Saturdays when I was a kid. He was an attorney at Skadden and then for a reinsurance company. He taught me my work ethic. My wife was a very successful equity portfolio manager for many years and is the person whose business advice and acumen I most respect now. She is my biggest champion and motivator now (and a great mom).

Bisnow: What is the best and worst professional advice you’ve ever gotten?

Tobin: Best: Don’t focus on being right, focus on getting what you want. Second Best (I think it’s a Sam Walton quote): Some people spend 100% of their time dreaming and never get any work done. Some people spend 100% of their time working and never achieve any of their dreams. I spend 10% of my time dreaming and then 90% of my time working to achieve those dreams. Worst: Life is a marathon. I disagree … life is a series of sprints.

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Mission Capital co-founder David Tobin and his wife, Emily

Bisnow: What is your greatest extravagance?

Tobin: Our New York office is pretty deluxe, in a minimalist industrial sort of way. Its 35 floors above Madison Square Park with a 360-degree view. We found it, designed it and purpose built it. I find it motivating to work here. I think others do as well.

Bisnow: What is your favorite restaurant in the world?

Tobin: It’s a three-way tie. Odeon, Raoul’s and Balthazar. My wife and I took out Balthazar for an entire Saturday afternoon for our wedding reception. Angry Europeans were banging on the windows trying to get in.

Bisnow: If you could sit down with President Donald Trump, what would you say?

Tobin: I’m generally speechless on the “noise”, but as it relates to business, perhaps, “Continue to be the change agent you have been with corporate tax reform and necessary deregulation but don’t ignore those who better understand related economic issues, like trade and maintaining alliances. Good managers are good delegators.”

Bisnow: What’s the biggest risk you have ever taken?

Tobin: Starting Mission Capital … and going heli-skiing.

Bisnow: What is your favorite place to visit in your hometown?

Tobin: Edo Plaza Hibachi and Four Corners Pizza.

Bisnow: What keeps you up at night?

Tobin: Many things … finding our next opportunity, competitors, parenting, the uncertain state of the world.

Bisnow: Outside of your work, what are you most passionate about?

Tobin: My family, our time together and raising our two boys … and skiing … and occasionally sailing.

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“An Overview of Historic Tax Credit Transactions”

By Steve ‘Buch’ Buchwald – The Debt & Equity Finance Group

(Steve ‘Buch’ Buchwald, New York, 2/5/2019) — As it becomes more and more popular to gut renovate beautiful old buildings centrally located in various markets across the county, Historic Tax Credit transactions are becoming more common.  Much to the chagrin of lenders, HTC deals have their own rules and, unfortunately, not all these transactions have identical structures.   This further convolutes what is already a very complex and esoteric intricacy to commercial real estate transactions.

So, let’s back up. Historic Tax Credits can be either Federal Tax Credits, administered by the National Park Service (NPS), or State Tax Credits, administered by the state in question.  These are based on qualified rehabilitation expenditures (QREs). While State Tax Credits can be relatively straight forward, the Federal Tax Credit rules often dictate complex org chart structures and create confusion among developers and lenders alike.

After a new set of IRS tax guidelines applicable to HTCs in 2014 were issued, the outright upfront sale of HTCs was prohibited and instead the tax credit investor had to become an investor in the transaction.  The upfront payment was capped at 25% of the purchase price of the tax credits and the investor now had to have “skin in the game” throughout the construction period.

This resulted in two different structures:

  • The Single-Tier Structure – the structure whereby the tax investor is admitted as a partner of the property-owning entity and that entity is thus entitled to claim the HTCs.
  • The Master-Lease Structure – The property owner leases the property to an entity owned at least 99% by the tax investor. The master lessee in turn obtains a 10% stake in the property owner.  While the property owner funds the QREs, it is permitted to pass the HTCs to the master lessee and thus to the tax investor through its interest in the master lessee.

If it sounds complicated, it is because it is.  Even experienced lenders often balk at having to sign a subordination, non-disturbance and attornment agreement (SNDA) with the master-lease structure, claiming they will not subordinate to anyone.  However, this is a must for HTC transactions since the SNDA prevents the collapse of the master lease structure upon foreclosure and, in turn, protects the tax credit investor’s rights to the HTCs.  These tax credits can then be used by the investor over the five-year compliance period (20% per year) after obtaining Part 3 approval (the final NPS sign-off) post-construction. During this time, any take-out financing must also agree to sign a SNDA with the tax credit investor.

Another common point of confusion is how the HTCs can be used as a source of funding.  There are generally three ways to capitalize a project with Federal HTCs:

  • A tax credit investor invests through the Single-Tier Structure and as a partner is entitled to the HTCs. This is straightforward as this investor would come in as a traditional LP partner. That said, this is incredibly rare and is not the standard for HTC commercial real estate transactions.
  • A tax credit investor purchases the HTC’s with the Master-Lease Structure and funds 25% of the HTC purchase at closing. Generally, these investors pay between 80 and 95 cents on the dollar and then 25% of this number (about 20-23% of the total HTC’s) can be used as a source of funds in the developer’s sources and uses. The remainder will typically come in over the course of the development, commonly at C of O, with some small amount held back until the developer obtains Part 3 approval from the NPS (typically 6 months or so after C of O).
  • With a tax credit investor structure similar to #2 above, the developer can then also obtain a tax credit bridge loan secured by the remaining payment stream from the tax credit investor that can be monetized up front. The amount of proceeds on the remaining 75% of the tax credit purchase net of the capitalized interest reserve and points on the tax credit bridge loan can then be added as an additional source of funds.

While these transactions are complicated, HTCs do significantly reduce the effective cost basis of renovation deals and thus are a necessary evil.  Taking the time to properly understand the HTC structures can give developers a leg up on their competitors and lenders more deal flow and higher yields.  Additionally, adding qualified professionals that understand HTCs to the development team including mortgage brokers, real estate attorneys, and tax credit consultants is a must for any developer that wants to tackle the complexities involved with Historic Tax Credit transactions.

With 65.7-percent occupancy, property offers investors the opportunity to add value through strategic lease-up

WAITE PARK, Minn. (Feb. 6, 2019) – Mission Capital Advisors, a leading national real estate capital markets solution firm, today announced that its Asset Sales Group is marketing Marketplace Retail and Office Center, a five-building, 121,406-square-foot, mixed-use property located at 110 2nd Street South in Waite Park, Minnesota. The Mission Capital team of Will Sledge, Kyle Kaminski and Tom Karras is marketing the property on behalf of the seller, a CMBS special servicer. The properties will be auctioned on the RealINSIGHT Marketplace platform, with the bidding window opening on March 4 and closing on March 6.

Located in the western portion of the St. Cloud submarket, Marketplace Retail and Office Center consists of a four-story, 88,190-square-foot building containing a mix of retail and office space, and four single-story retail buildings, ranging in size from 1,740 to 19,716 square feet. The property’s total occupancy is 65.7 percent.

“With five separate buildings, and room to build significantly on the property’s existing tenant base, this offering will provide strategic investors with various opportunities to create value,” said Kaminski. “In addition to increasing cash flow by leasing up the vacant space, the buyer will be able to consider a range of other value-add plays, including selling off some of the outparcels, or redeveloping parts of the property.”

The property’s retail tenant mix features several national and retail chains, including Starbucks and Pizza Ranch. The property is shadow-anchored by Dick’s Sporting Goods, Five Below and Fresh Thyme Farmers Market. With its location in the prime retail area of St. Cloud and Waite Park, it is less than a mile from the popular Crossroads Center, offering convenient access to Macy’s, JCPenney, Sears and Target.

“This is the perfect investment for a buyer who combines a creative approach with a strong leasing and management team that can increase the property’s occupancy,” said Kaminski. “With its strong location in the local market, we anticipate significant interest from local and national investors.”

Mission Capital Brings Retail/Office Mix to Market in St. Cloud

February 7, 2019

Mission Capital Advisors’ asset sales group is marketing Marketplace Retail and Office Center, a five-building, 121,406-square-foot, mixed-use property in Waite Park, MN. The team of Will Sledge, Kyle Kaminski and Tom Karras is marketing the property on behalf of a CMBS special servicer.

The properties will be auctioned on the RealINSIGHT Marketplace platform, with bidding between March 4 and March 6.

Located in the western portion of the St. Cloud submarket, not far from the popular Crossroads Center, Marketplace Retail and Office Center includes a four-story, 88,190-square-foot building containing a mix of retail and office space, and four single-story retail buildings. Total occupancy is 65.7%.

“This is the perfect investment for a buyer who combines a creative approach with a strong leasing and management team that can increase the property’s occupancy,” said Kaminski. “With its strong location in the local market, we anticipate significant interest from local and national investors.”

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Mission Capital selling five-building mixed-use property in Minnesota

February 7, 2019

Mission Capital Advisors’ Asset Sales Group is marketing Marketplace Retail and Office Center, a five-building, 121,406-square-foot, mixed-use property at 110 2nd St. South in Waite Park, Minnesota. The Mission Capital team of Will Sledge, Kyle Kaminski and Tom Karras is marketing the property on behalf of the seller, a CMBS special servicer.

The properties will be auctioned on the RealINSIGHT Marketplace platform, with the bidding window opening on March 4 and closing on March 6.

Located in the western portion of the St. Cloud submarket, Marketplace Retail and Office Center consists of a four-story, 88,190-square-foot building containing a mix of retail and office space, and four single-story retail buildings, ranging in size from 1,740 to 19,716 square feet. The property’s total occupancy is 65.7 percent.

The property’s retail tenant mix features several national and retail chains, including Starbucks and Pizza Ranch. The property is shadow-anchored by Dick’s Sporting Goods, Five Below and Fresh Thyme Farmers Market. With its location in the prime retail area of St. Cloud and Waite Park, it is less than a mile from the popular Crossroads Center, offering convenient access to Macy’s, JCPenney, Sears and Target.

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Mission Capital Advisors Marketing 121,406-Square-Foot MN Retail/Office Property

February 11, 2019

WAITE PARK, MN—Mission Capital Advisors, a national real estate capital markets solution firm, is marketing Marketplace Retail and Office Center, a five-building, 121,406-square-foot, mixed-use property located at 110 2nd Street South in Waite Park, MN. The Mission Capital team of Will Sledge, Kyle Kaminski and Tom Karras is marketing the property on behalf of the seller, a CMBS special servicer.

Located in the western portion of the St. Cloud submarket, Marketplace Retail and Office Center consists of a four-story, 88,190-square-foot building containing a mix of retail and office space, and four single-story retail buildings, ranging in size from 1,740 to 19,716 square feet. The property’s total occupancy is 65.7 percent.

“With five separate buildings, and room to build significantly on the property’s existing tenant base, this offering will provide strategic investors with various opportunities to create value,” says Kaminski. “In addition to increasing cash flow by leasing up the vacant space, the buyer will be able to consider a range of other value-add plays, including selling off some of the outparcels, or redeveloping parts of the property.”</em

The property’s retail tenant mix features several national and retail chains, including Starbucks and Pizza Ranch. The property is shadow-anchored by Dick’s Sporting Goods, Five Below and Fresh Thyme Farmers Market. With its location in the prime retail area of St. Cloud and Waite Park, it is less than a mile from the popular Crossroads Center, offering convenient access to Macy’s, JCPenney, Sears and Target.

“This is the perfect investment for a buyer who combines a creative approach with a strong leasing and management team that can increase the property’s occupancy,” says Kaminski. “With its strong location in the local market, we anticipate significant interest from local and national investors.”

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February 1, 2019

The site of the Mission Gateway mixed-used development at Johnson Drive and Roe hasn’t had much construction activity in the past few weeks — and it’s raised some questions from Mission residents.

Developers say the lack of activity has been on account of the cold as well as the ice and snow from winter storms. Besides that, GFI, the development partner working with Cameron Group LLC lead Tom Valenti on the project, has two other major projects in the Kansas City area and only has so much personnel to go around.

However, Andy Ashwal with GFI said the project is actually ahead of construction schedule, even though they’ve only had seven to 10 productive work days in the past six weeks. GFI has employed staff to make the most out each of those work days in order to stay on track and exceed the schedule.

But what’s more “exciting” for the development as a whole is the developers in early December signed on a 90,000-square-foot retail entertainment tenant, which will go alongside the 40,000-square-foot food hall that will be curated by chef Tom Colicchio. The new developments have “caused us to shift the business plan.” Ashwal said the developers plan to speed up construction to match the needs of the entertainment tenant.

“Instead of the phased approach that we had before, which impacted how we go ahead and capitalize the project, we had to shift that so we could capitalize the entire project so it can be built, essentially, simultaneously all at once with design and flowing right into construction for the entire project,” Ashwal said.

Valenti said the name of that tenant will be announced “soon,” which could mean the next month.

Meanwhile, the developers also signed on with Mission Capital to represent the developers and capitalize the project.

“We’ve got to have plans done for all of these components in order to get our financing, so we are really focusing on the plans more so now than we are on the construction,” Valenti said. “We’re way ahead on schedule on the construction, and the construction can wait for a period of time while we get this all moving forward.”

Ashwal said developers expect to complete construction and fully activate the site in the first half of 2021. The last piece of the development to be completed will be the 200-key hotel component.

Additionally, the following components will come into place:

    • 7

5,000-square-foot office building to be complete in the fourth quarter of 2020

  • 169 apartments and 50,000-square-feet of small shop retail below them will be ready in summer 2020
  • Plans for a parking structure are also in the works. Construction for the 90,000-square-foot retail tenant in summer 2020

 

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January 30, 2019

Starcity has received a $14.5M construction loan for the redevelopment of a Tenderloin building into a 55-unit co-living facility.

Mission Capital Advisors’ Debt and Equity Finance Group arranged the loan for the co-living company for the property at 229 Ellis St. in San Francisco.

Starcity bought the building, which has an interesting history, in March. The property was built in 1910 and operated as a Turkish bathhouse for more than 70 years. It had been vacant for more than a decade before Starcity bought it.

There was a lot of interest among lenders for the construction loan.

“Co-living is still a relatively new property type, but we’ve now worked on several of these transactions and are beginning to see increased interest from the lending community,” said Mission Capital’s Matt Polci, who, with Alex Draganiuk and Justin Hunt, secured the loan. “By employing a competitive process in our lender outreach and underscoring Starcity’s track record of success, we were able to generate several strong bids. We ultimately structured this very favorable nonrecourse financing from Ready Capital Structured Finance.”

The building will undergo a complete gut renovation. Construction is expected to be complete in the fall.

Following the pattern of other Starcity properties, the 27,542 SF building will be converted into a fully furnished co-living property with amenities such as community meals, WiFi, 24/7 laundry and cleaning services.

Starcity has 10 Bay Area properties, recently expanded into the Venice Beach area of Los Angeles and has plans for two ground-up co-living developments that will include what the company asserts will be the largest co-living project in the world.

The 55-unit 229 Ellis property will be the company’s largest to date. The project is three blocks from Union Square and near transit.

“We love working with innovative developers, and we’re very proud to participate in Starcity’s efforts to redefine residential living and to create affordable housing alternatives in dynamic neighborhoods in high cost of living cities,” Draganiuk said. “With rental rates climbing across the Bay Area, it’s particularly important for developers to find creative housing solutions, and we’re excited to help Starcity turn 229 Ellis — as well as other projects in their pipeline — into a reality.”

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Tenderloin Co-Living Development Secures Construction Financing

February 13, 2019

Mission Capital Advisors arranged $14.5 million of non-recourse financing for 229 Ellis Street in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. The borrower, Starcity, plans to use loan proceeds to completely transform the 27,542-square-foot property into a co-living community with 55 units.

The historic property was built in 1910, and was operated as a Turkish bathhouse for more than 70 years. After lying vacant for a decade, Starcity acquired the building in March 2018. Starcity communities include a private, fully furnished bedroom, complemented by shared kitchens and living spaces, so residents can be a part of a greater community.

Mission Capital’s Matt Polci, Alex Draganiuk and Justin Hunt secured the loan from Ready Capital Structured Finance.

Starcity has six communities open in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and hundreds of units coming online in 2019.

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Two Factors to Consider for Multifamily Development

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By Jillian Mariutti

Jillian Mariutti is director of debt and equity finance at Mission Capital Advisors.

(January 29, 2019) — The real estate development process is wrought with an array of potential landmines, and developers embarking on new projects always look for deals with enough upside to compensate for the inevitable snafus along the way. However, a reasonable expectation of upside only exists in a market where the rent-to-income ratio is not out of control.
According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, individuals and families who spend more than 30 percent of their total household income on housing are classified as “rent-burdened.” And while these metrics are of critical importance to housing advocates and local governments seeking to provide relief to a rent-burdened population, the same numbers are extremely relevant for real estate developers. In cities such as Boulder, Colorado and Tallahassee, Florida – each of which has distinct merits – the upside for multifamily developers is muted, as each market’s median gross rent surpasses 40 percent of the city’s household income. (All figures are based on Governing.com’s metrics, sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau and 2010-2012 American Communities Survey Estimates).

Generally speaking, multifamily developers want to set their sights on cities where that metric is below 30 percent, providing an opportunity to grow rents.
What cities fall in this “sweet spot”? Not surprisingly, markets in some of the country’s fastest-growing regions. For example, Bellevue, Washington – just outside of Seattle – clocks in at a strong 23.9 percent. As the headquarters of Fortune 500 corporations such as T-Mobile and Expedia, Bellevue seems to be a veritable model of stability, where developers can have confidence that a professional workforce will retain its well-paying jobs.

Texas has a number of attractive markets, including the Dallas suburbs of Plano and Frisco, which clock in at 26.4 percent and 25.8 percent. Dallas, Houston and Austin measure in at respectable 29.2, 30 and 31 percent, respectively. The west Texas city of Odessa outperforms all of these markets, with a ratio of 25.2.

Of course, it should be noted that cities that “perform” poorly – i.e. cities with a high rent-to-income ratio – are not necessarily markets that are struggling economically. Like any ratio, the figure can climb to excessive levels based on either a high numerator or a low denominator; in other words, it changes based on either expensive housing or a weak economy. While both sets of markets indicate locales developers will likely want to avoid, they also represent a proverbial tale of two cities, with depressed Flint, Michigan (49.3) on one hand, and gateway markets like Miami (40.0) and Los Angeles (36.8) on the other. While the gateway markets may have booming economies, incomes have not kept up with the pace of housing costs, which has made those cities particularly rent-burdened.
There are a host of factors that go into the decision of where to build, but the ability to add value is one of the most important. While many seek out markets that boast a strong economy or favorable rental rates, one of these alone is not enough to assure success. But by conducting a rigorous analysis – including an assessment of the rent burden in the local market – developers can put themselves in position to reap maximum value from their efforts.

Jillian Mariutti is director of debt and equity finance at Mission Capital Advisors. She can be reached at jmariutti@missioncap.com. The views expressed here are the author’s own and not that of ALM’s Real Estate Media.

Property is in the final stages of significant capital improvements campaign.

MIAMI (Jan. 27, 2019) — Mission Capital Advisors announced that its Debt and Equity Finance Group has arranged a $26-million, non-recourse bridge loan for 44 West Flagler Street, a 164,000-square-foot office building in downtown Miami, Florida. The Mission Capital team of Jeff Granowitz, Ari Hirt and Daniel Azizi represented property owner Brickman in securing the floating-rate financing from a mortgage REIT. The transaction closed on December 20. After acquiring the property in 2016, Brickman implemented significant capital improvements to the 26-story building, including large-scale renovations to the building’s entranceway, lobby and building systems, and the addition of tenant amenities, including a conference facility and a fitness center. With renovations now substantially complete, the building has been transformed into one of the most attractive commercial properties in its class.

“Brickman is well-regarded across the country as a strategic investor with the ability to add value to existing office assets,” said Hirt. “There is appetite in the capital markets for transitional assets with strong sponsorship, and Brickman’s stellar reputation across the industry was instrumental in our ability to attract lender interest.” With its location in downtown Miami, the property is conveniently located near various mass transit options, and is within walking distance of MBTA, Metromover and Brightline Railway stops. The property is also less than one mile from Miami World Center, an under-construction mega-development which will include 300,000 square feet of retail space, 500,000 square feet of office space, several acres of open space, and a Marriott Marquis World Convention Center Hotel with 1,800 rooms and 600,000 square foot of convention space.

“Brickman has done an incredible job of refashioning this office building into a best-in-class commercial facility, and the success of the capital improvements campaign was a key part of the successful execution of this deal,” added Azizi. “While we were dealing with a compressed timeframe to ensure that the deal closed by year-end, we cast our net to a wide range of lenders, and ultimately had both banks and non-bank lenders bidding on it. The interest we generated translated into several very strong offers, and we were able to lock in this floating-rate deal with strong leverage and extremely competitive pricing.” Brickman is a leading New York-based real investor and operator that has owned, operated, leased and asset-managed more than 8.6 million square feet of office property. The firm’s current office portfolio of 2.3 million square feet includes properties in eight markets across the United States.

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The dual-branded hotel in Amarillo, Texas, will be converted from an existing 229-key property. Mission Capital arranged financing for the project on behalf of developer Ram Hotels.

January 14, 2019

Ram Hotels has secured acquisition and renovation financing to convert an existing hotel in Amarillo, Texas, into the first-ever dual-branded Marriott and Starwood property. The developer will transform the existing 229-key property into a 106-key Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites and a 123-key Four Points by Sheraton.

Located at 1911 E. Interstate 40, the site is in close proximity to Amarillo’s downtown business district and Amarillo International Airport. The city is the largest in the Texas Panhandle and draws tourists for its events that include the Tri-State Fair & Rodeo.

Amenities at the converted property will feature a 24-hour fitness center, an outdoor pool, patio deck with grills and a fire pit. Additional improvements will include removing the existing atrium, large-scale upgrades to guestrooms and a complete facelift to the property’s facade.

Mission Capital Advisors arranged the non-recourse, floating-rate loan. The team of Raymond Salameh, Ari Hirt, Steven Buchwald, Alex Draganiuk and Jamie Matheny represented Ram Hotels in securing the three-year mortgage from Stonehill Strategic Capital.

Most recently, Marriott rebranded and opened a 186-key Four Points by Sheraton in Toronto.

Mission Capital closes Amarillo hotel loan

February 6, 2018

Mission Capital Advisors’ Debt and Equity Finance group arranged a non-recourse, floating-rate loan for the acquisition and renovation of a 229-key hotel at 1911 East I-40 in Amarillo, Texas.

The existing property, which currently operates as an unflagged hotel, will be re-created as a dual-branded hospitality property comprising a 106-key Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites and a 123-key Four Points by Sheraton.

The Mission Capital team of Raymond Salameh, Ari Hirt, Steven Buchwald, Alex Draganiuk and Jamie Matheny represented Ram Hotels in securing the three-year loan from Stonehill Strategic Capital.
Stonehill, which specializes in value-add deals, was attracted to the sponsor’s local market expertise.

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Leading developer acquires 1.26-acre property with plans to develop
67-unit luxury condominium property

 

HOUSTON (Jan. 3, 2019) — Mission Capital Advisors announced that its Debt and Equity Finance Group has arranged a $7.3-million non-recourse land loan for the acquisition of 5656 San Felipe Street, a 1.26-acre development site in Houston. The borrower, Houston-based Pelican Builders, is working to finalize plans for an as-of-right, 17-story condominium project, which will include 67 luxury residences and 191 parking spaces. The Mission Capital team of Jason Parker, Steven Buchwald and Alex Draganiuk arranged the financing from a national real estate finance company.

Located at the nexus of the highly desirable Galleria/Uptown and Tanglewood neighborhoods, the 322,708-square-foot property will provide the area with much-needed luxury residential product. Current plans for the development call for 67 well-appointed residences with on-site amenities that include a pool deck, resident lounge, state-of-the-art fitness center and a dog park. The project is expected to break ground in October 2019.

“Pelican is one of most seasoned condo developers in the region, and we received a lot of interest from capital providers interested in providing them with the land loan that will pave the way for the condo development,” said Parker. “With the property’s strong location and the unmet demand for luxury condos in this prime area of Houston, we were able to structure favorable financing with a national real estate finance company.”

With its central location near leading commercial and residential neighborhoods, the development will offer residents easy access to a wide range of shopping and cultural / entertainment options, including Whole Foods, iPic Theater and the Houston Country Club. It is within 1.5 miles of The Galleria, the fourth largest retail complex in the country, with high-end tenants including Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.

Houston-based Pelican Builders has been active in residential development for more than 40 years. Led by Robert F. Bland, Robert F. Bland, Jr. and Derek Darnell, the company’s portfolio includes more than 2,000 residences, spread across high-rise and mid-rise buildings, townhomes and apartment projects.

 

 

About Mission Capital Advisors

Founded in 2002, Mission Capital Advisors, LLC is a leading national, diversified real estate capital markets solutions firm with offices in New York City, Florida, Texas, California, and Alabama. The firm delivers value to its clients through an integrated platform of advisory and transaction management services across debt, mezzanine, and JV equity placement; commercial and residential loan sales; and loan portfolio due diligence and valuation. Mission Capital Advisors is extremely active in arranging financing for office, industrial, multifamily, retail and self-storage properties across the country. Since its inception, Mission Capital has advised a variety of leading financial institutions and real estate investors on more than $65 billion of financing and loan sale transactions, as well as in excess of $14 billion of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac transactions, positioning the firm strongly to provide unmatched loan portfolio valuation services for both commercial and residential assets. Mission Capital’s seasoned team of industry-leading professionals is committed to achieving clients’ business objectives while maintaining the highest levels of integrity and trust. For more information, visit www.missioncap.com.

Well-situated within Amarillo, Texas, existing hotel will be converted into the first dual-branded Marriott and Starwood property

AMARILLO, Texas (Jan., 2019) — Mission Capital Advisors today announced that its Debt and Equity Finance group has arranged a non-recourse, floating-rate loan for the acquisition and renovation of a 229-key hospitality property at 1911 East I-40 in Amarillo, Texas. The existing property, which currently operates as an unflagged hotel, will receive extensive upgrades and be re-created as a dual-branded hospitality property comprising a 106-key Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites and a 123-key Four Points by Sheraton.

The property renovations will convert the existing hotel into the market’s leading lodging facility, replete with amenities including an outdoor pool, patio deck with grills and a fire pit, and a 24-hour fitness center. Property improvements will include removing the existing atrium, giving a complete facelift to the property’s exterior and large-scale improvements to each guest room.

The Mission Capital team of Raymond Salameh, Ari Hirt, Steven Buchwald, Alex Draganiuk and Jamie Matheny represented Ram Hotels in securing the three-year loan from Stonehill Strategic Capital. In Stonehill, Mission Capital identified a hospitality lender specializing in value-add deals, which was also attracted to the sponsor’s local market expertise. With the lender drawn to the deal’s strong debt yield, Mission Capital was able to structure very strong terms, including 80-percent leverage.

The largest city in the Texas Panhandle, Amarillo is a major transportation hub with the lowest unemployment rate in Texas and a strong economy that is projected to grow in the years ahead. The city also features a significant amount of tourism, with visitors from Texas and beyond flocking to Amarillo for the Tri-State Fair & Rodeo and other cultural events.

The Project will be the first dual-brand conversion between Marriott- and Starwood-branded hotels. With the property’s strong location off of I-40, both hotels are poised to benefit from their proximity to Amarillo’s downtown business district and Amarillo International Airport.

Founded 34 years ago, Ram Hotels is an experienced hotel developer and operator. Since its inception, Ram Hotels has built eight hotels totaling 700 keys throughout Texas, including more than 500 keys in the Amarillo market. Ram currently owns and manages nine hotels totaling 1,500 hotel rooms.

 

 

About Mission Capital Advisors

Founded in 2002, Mission Capital Advisors, LLC is a leading national, diversified real estate capital markets solutions firm with offices in New York, Florida, Texas, California, and Alabama. The firm delivers value to its clients through an integrated platform of advisory and transaction management services across commercial and residential loan sales; debt, mezzanine and JV equity placement; and loan portfolio valuation. Since its inception, Mission Capital has advised a variety of leading financial institutions and real estate investors on more than $65 billion of loan sale and financing transactions, as well as in excess of $14 billion of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac transactions, positioning the firm strongly to provide unmatched loan portfolio valuation services for both commercial and residential assets. Mission Capital’s seasoned team of industry-leading professionals is committed to achieving clients’ business objectives while maintaining the highest levels of integrity and trust. For more information, visit www.missioncap.com.

First-Ever Marriott, Sheraton Hotel Takes Shape in TX

January 14, 2019

The dual-branded hotel in Amarillo, Texas, will be converted from an existing 229-key property. Mission Capital arranged financing for the project on behalf of developer Ram Hotels.

Ram Hotels has secured acquisition and renovation financing to convert an existing hotel in Amarillo, Texas, into the first-ever dual-branded Marriott and Starwood property. The developer will transform the existing 229-key property into a 106-key Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites and a 123-key Four Points by Sheraton.

Located at 1911 E. Interstate 40, the site is in close proximity to Amarillo’s downtown business district and Amarillo International Airport. The city is the largest in the Texas Panhandle and draws tourists for its events that include the Tri-State Fair & Rodeo.

Amenities at the converted property will feature a 24-hour fitness center, an outdoor pool, patio deck with grills and a fire pit. Additional improvements will include removing the existing atrium, large-scale upgrades to guestrooms and a complete facelift to the property’s facade.

Mission Capital Advisors arranged the non-recourse, floating-rate loan. The team of Raymond Salameh, Ari Hirt, Steven Buchwald, Alex Draganiuk and Jamie Matheny represented Ram Hotels in securing the three-year mortgage from Stonehill Strategic Capital.

Most recently, Marriott rebranded and opened a 186-key Four Points by Sheraton in Toronto.

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Mission Capital Arranges Acquisition Financing for 229-Room Hotel in Amarillo

January 14, 2019

AMARILLO, TEXAS — Mission Capital Advisors has arranged an undisclosed amount of financing for the acquisition and renovation of a 229-room hotel in Amarillo. The new ownership will rebrand the property as a dual-branded asset consisting of a 106-room Marriot Fairfield Inn & Suites and a 123-room Four Points by Sheraton. Renovations will deliver upgraded amenity spaces, as well as a facelift to the property’s exterior and each guestroom. Raymond Salameh, Ari Hirt, Steven Buchwald, Alex Draganiuk and Jamie Matheny of Mission Capital arranged the financing through Stonehill Strategic Capital on behalf of the borrower, Ram Hotels.

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January 2, 2019 – Richmond, ID

Mission Capital Advisors, a national firm, is handling the marketing of the real estate sake of the former Marsh Store, which was sold in a sheriff sale nearly a year ago to Wells Fargo Bank.

Cox Supermarkets, which had operated groceries in the city since the mid-1940s, sold the South E Street site to Marsh in 1999. The 14,730-square-foot building was home to a Marsh store until it closed in March 2017 as the regional grocery chain went under. It’s been vacant since.

The last remaining Marsh store in Richmond, ID, at 501 National Road W., is now called Needler’s, after it was bought along with several others by Ohio-based grocer Fresh Encounter.

According to online property tax records, the assessed valuation for the South E Street property is $230,500.

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