Meridian Capital Group arranged $47.5 million in financing for a nine-property multifamily portfolio located in Manhattan, Yonkers and Mount Vernon—and all nine loans had lengthy interest-only periods.
Manhattan-based residential owner, broker and manager Coutinho Properties received funds from three different lenders for acquisitions and refinancings in and around New York City. Meridian Capital Group Vice President Isaac Filler handled the negotiations.
It seems like the perfect storm: investors are paying record prices to acquire residential rental apartments in metropolitan areas. And at the same time, financial institutions—especially regional and local commercial and savings banks—are offering the lowest rates for long-term financing for this asset class. Ramping up the competition, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, insurance companies, CMBS and conduits are all offering borrowers low rates, with terms we have not experienced in decades.
Everyone wants to operate a business in New York City. Companies from around the world travel to the Big Apple to expand their presence in the global market by staking out space here.
While the costs of operating a business in the city and in the region can be astronomical, the rewards can make it well worth it. So despite the challenges, each year a number of financial institutions from around the globe decide that it’s time to expand in New York in order to capitalize on companies’ desires to open shop or expand their operations here. As 2012 draws to a close, a number of new entrants from regional and national banks are elbowing in to gain market share in the New York tristate area by offering financing for commercial real estate. That means new hires.