Morgan Group Refis Five Multi-Family Properties for $146M

The Morgan Group, a company focused on development, construction and property management of luxury multi-family properties, has arranged financing of $146 million on behalf of its affiliated investment partnerships.

January 27, 2012
By Nicholas Ziegler, News Editor

The apartments a 2222 Smith St. in Houston.

The Morgan Group, a company focused on development, construction and property management of luxury multi-family properties, has arranged financing of $146 million on behalf of its affiliated investment partnerships. The proceeds were obtained from bank, agency and insurance company loans with terms ranging from five to ten years, collateralized by five apartment properties in Texas, Florida and North Carolina.

“Current loan rates for multifamily projects were extremely attractive,” Mike Morgan, the firm’s chairman & CEO, said. “It appeared to be a good time to lock in terms for stable, core assets. The five apartment properties we refinanced represent more than 1,700 units in our portfolio.”

These properties include: 2222 Smith Apartments and 33Thirty-Three Weslayan Apartments in Houston, financed by BBVA Compass Bank and Northwestern Mutual Life; The Village at Lake Lily in Maitland, Florida, and Arelia James Island Apartments, in Jacksonville, Florida, which were financed by FNMA and Metropolitan Life; and Spectrum South End Apartments in Charlotte, North Carolina, financed by New York Life.

Finding financing for apartment properties is unlikely to prove difficult in the coming year, as the sector just came off an extremely positive 2011. “The multi-family sector continued its marathon-like recovery in 2011, and has entered full expansion mode in virtually every market,” Hessam Nadji, managing director, of research and advisory services for Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Services Inc., said. “Favorable demographics, the release of pent-up demand as young adults debundle from family and roommates, and increased renter demand due to changing attitudes towards homeownership — which has become increasingly difficult in this country — drove more people into renting. Although the private sector created 1.8 million jobs last year, even greater job creation will be needed to sustain the white-hot levels absorption recorded after the recession.”