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ABS division closes on $58M in loans like the old days

ABS Altman Warwick, a division of ABS Partners Real Estate, has closed loans totaling nearly $58 million on two multifamily portfolios in New York City.

The firm arranged a $29.77 million loan secured by a three-building multifamily portfolio comprising 183 total units.

The portfolio includes a 73-unit building in Washington Heights; a 43-unit building in Hamilton Heights; and a 67-unit building, also in Hamilton Heights.

The loan was fixed at a rate of 3.47 percent for 10 years with four years of interest-only payments. M&T Realty Capital was the agent for lender Freddie Mac. John Leslie and Patrick Rhea of ABS Altman Warwick placed the loan on behalf the owners.

The sponsors have owned the buildings since the early 2000s and the properties are 54 percent rent stabilized.

JOHN LESLIE

“At the start of this transaction, the challenge was identifying lenders who could get comfortable with the new multifamily regulatory environment,” said Leslie.

“After they got comfortable with that new risk, we then faced an entirely new challenge as the COVID-19 crisis was beginning to emerge.

“Despite that, M&T closed the loan as if nothing had changed since the start of negotiations.”

The ABS Altman Warwick team also closed on a $28.3 million loan for a 12-building portfolio in the Union Square and West Village submarkets of Manhattan.

That portfolio spans nearly the entire block of 17th Street between Union Square and Irving Place, comprising 11 garden-style townhome buildings as well as a 24-unit building located on Cornelia Street in the West Village.

John Leslie and Patrick Rhea of ABS Altman Warwick placed the 10-year loan with Kearny Bank and closed at 3.5 percent with three years of interest-only payments.

“The low leverage on this portfolio made this an attractive opportunity for the lender,” said Leslie.

“Again, even with the uncertainty of the looming crisis, the deal closed as planned with a favorable result for our client showing there is still confidence in the stability of the multifamily sector.”

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