Successful Funding of Malibu Luxury Rehab Project


Last year, One of my real estate agent friends who is also an aspiring Hollywood producer and through his networking introduced me to a top production group on the Universal lot!

After a tour of the lot, we discussed the film business and the financing and investment in films they were producing.

This didn’t lead to any actual investments, but one year later, in February, my agent friend re-introduced me to this group and  after a short consultation in his office, we submitted the application package for pre-approval for a hard money rehab loan which I knew we’d get back asap because my partners and I had an established relationship with the private lender who funded the loan.

My client identified a fantastic but dated remodel candidate in Malibu with a breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean! The property had been on & off the market since 2015 & it was clear that since the previous buyers fell out of escrow the sellers & agents were uneasy about the whole private funding offer and funding.

I knew that I only had one shot to get it right!

He negotiated a $2M purchase price, our contracting team submitted a $450K rehab budget, with a 4-5 month timeline.

We ordered the ARV appraisal, after a week, it came back at $3.6M!

The case and the borrowers were nearly a perfect candidates, except for one thing: They had no experience rehabbing high-end luxury properties, so the lender required us to join the borrower on the loan and sign as co-guarantor’s of the investment! This was unprecedented!

We entered into a project management & joint venture agreement with my borrowers which afforded them  maximum leverage on their $500k down-payment. We were able to secure 2-4 months of interest payments so that wasn’t a concern.

The plan is to refinance after the remodel is complete, payoff the hard money bridge loan @ 9.9% and 4 points, 90% of purchase & 100% of rehab, into a 30 yr, fixed rate mortgage with cash out if needed for further future investments.

We closed this loan in about 30-40 days, but this was because the property was occupied by a seller who needed extra time to vacate before we closed escrow.

We will begin rehab this week & documenting our progress as we’ll be using exclusive, new “smart home upgrades” which I’m not at liberty to disclose yet due to its status.

Our motivation to JV was based on the profit potential and deal viability as well as the borrower’s financial position and excellent credit score & profile. Also even though they were not experienced, they handled the first time investor duties with poise and we were impressed with their willingness to learn the process. Overall they were very pleasant and easy to work with!

If you have a project you’d like to joint venture on, contact me below!

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