Multifamily Real Estate Finance

Delivering customized bridge and permanent loan solutions for Multifamily Real Estate 

Multifamily Bridge Loan Programs

Loans for Multifamily and Apartments (5+) Units

In any housing market there will always be a need for rentals. Multifamily, apartment buildings and student housing can be a profitable option for real estate investors to consider. Multifamily buildings with five or more units can create positive cash flow for multifamily investors, especially when leveraging Wilshire Finance Partners’ creative and sage advice to achieve stabilized value.

While agency-based loans through the Federal Housing Administration offer permanent financing for some investors, there are many transactions where expedited timeframes are crucial to making the deal happen. Multifamily bridge loans provide fast financing and certainty of execution, especially when a transaction may fall outside of traditional lending parameters.

Wilshire offers customized bridge financing solutions for a variety of multifamily properties nationwide for up to five years, ranging from $1 million to $10 million, with no prepayment penalty. Since 2008, Wilshire has funded more than $30 in multifamily bridge loans, helping commercial real estate investors capitalize on eligible properties with creative and quick bridge loan programs.

To learn more about Wilshire’s multifamily bridge loan programs, explore the options below.

Multifamily Bridge Loans: What They Are & How They Work

A multifamily bridge loan is a financial tool used by commercial property owners to bridge the gap between the moment they get the loan and the moment they can do what they want to do with the property.

Non-Recourse Multifamily Bridge loan rates and terms vary subject to sponsorship, loan amount, property type, leverage and the story behind the need for the bridge financing. Some common uses of bridge loans are: construction completion, stabilization, rehabilitation, and borrower/property legal, financial, and credit issues. Construction and rehabilitation rates can be very competitive, but once you get into legal, financial, and credit issues rates change a great deal. Bridge loans are ideal for repositioning a property so as to get competitive permanent financing or sell the asset after the project is managed to stabilization or the "issues" at hand are addressed. Multifamily bridge loans can be taken out with Fannie® and Freddie® loans, CMBS financing or other bank loans. Most of the same opportunities exist with commercial real estate bridge loans in general outside of Fannie Mae® and Freddie Mac® permanent financing options. 

Multifamily Bridge Loan Guidelines

Bridge lending is short term or interim financing that is generally used by a borrower until they secure permanent financing or sell the underlying real estate. Both the Fund and the Manager employ a collateral-based lending approach in their bridge lending activities. Under a collateral-based lending approach, a lender will evaluate a borrower’s character, credit history, capacity (income or assets unrelated to the real property), cash flow from the real property and the collateral value of the real property. However, as opposed to the approach used by credit-based lenders, who place greater reliance and weight in their underwriting decisions on the credit history and capacity of a borrower to service the loan (i.e., tax return or Form W-2 income), a collateral-based lending approach places the greatest emphasis and weight on the cash flow and collateral value of the real property. The Fund’s bridge loans will not be guaranteed by any governmental agency or private entity. Most loans made by the Fund will be collateral-based loans, generally not requiring recourse, a guaranty or additional personal property as collateral.

Bridge loans made by the Fund may be in a first lien position or subordinate lien position. 

Participating loans are structured as debt with equity-like economic attributes.  Participating loans may be secured in first lien position, however, participating loans are more frequently a type of subordinated financing used to increase leverage in a real estate transaction. When used as subordinated financing, this type of debt generally fits between equity and senior real estate secured debt in the capital stack.  It has priority of repayment over equity but is subordinate to the real estate secured debt.  The primary benefit to the borrower using participating loans is the ability to increase their leveraged returns at a lower cost than preferred or common equity.  Due to the lower overall cost, Borrowers may use participating loans in lieu of preferred equity in the capital stack. 

Participating loans may be directly secured by the real estate in a senior or subordinate lien position.  If the borrower defaults on a participating loan secured by the real estate, the holder of the participating loan has the right to foreclose on the real estate and take it ownership of the underlying real estate subject to any senior liens.  Further, participating loans may be structured as real estate-based debt, but not directly collateralized by the underlying real estate.  In such structures, the participating loans are secured by a pledge of the borrower/sponsor’s ownership interest in the entity that owns the underlying real estate.  If the borrower defaults on a participating loan secured by equity in the entity that owns the real estate, the holder of the participating loan has the right to foreclose on the pledge of the ownership interests of the entity that owns the underlying real estate and take over the ownership of that entity.  That would result in the ownership of the underlying real estate subject to any real estate secured debt. 

Because of the equity-like participating returns, participating loans are sometimes compared to preferred equity, which is a class of ownership senior to common equity.  The primary differences between participating loans and preferred equity are that preferred equity (1) is not a loan, and (2) continues to participate in the ownership of the real estate once the principal amount is repaid.  Conversely, once a participating loan is repaid, the holder of that loan no longer participates in any gain or appreciation in the underlying real estate.  As a result, participating loans result in a lower cost of capital to the borrower.  While having greater risk than senior secured debt, because of its priority over equity, the holders of participating loans generally have less risk than equity holders.  As a result, the holders of participating loans may obtain higher returns than real estate secured debt or mezzanine debt and may be in a more protected position than equity. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Loan amounts are determined by total project cost or completed value and not necessarily on income in place or the as-is value, although in-place income helps drive down rates.

  • Fast closing process.

  • Available when other portions of the credit market are locked up tight.

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