Northern Virginia Seniors Housing Community

Case Study: Seniors Housing & Healthcare

Northern Virginia Seniors Housing Community, HUD Case Study

Property Info

City, State: Northern Virginia
Lender: HUD
Loan Amount: $16 million
Transaction Type: Mortgage Banking
Purpose: Refinance
Units: 73
LTV: 77%
Year Built: 1990

Property Objectives

In 2022, Berkadia’s client was facing a loan maturity with a four-property cross-collateralized portfolio. The projects were nearing stabilization from the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the existing lender no longer wished to remain in the deal via a loan extension. Berkadia identified one of the assets that could obtain a permanent debt solution via a GSE or HUD loan. The strategy would allow for a meaningful allocation of cross-pooled debt to be refinanced, making it easier to obtain a new bridge loan for the remaining three projects that needed a little more time.

Berkadia Solution

Working with the existing lender, Berkadia Managing Director Steve Muth determined a release price for the subject that left a low enough loan balance on the remaining three projects for the client to achieve their desired debt terms.  The client initially pursued a GSE execution on the subject property; signing a loan application for a $14.9 million loan reflecting 65% LTV and 1.50x DSCR.  Unfortunately, revenue dropped significantly in October 2022 due to a COVID-19 outbreak. With an anxious senior lender and lack of flexibility on proceeds, the sponsor was unable to wait for a rebound in performance to execute through Fannie Mae and pivoted to a bridge to HUD execution utilizing Berkadia’s balance sheet.

The bridge to HUD execution was preferable for three reasons:

  1. HUD’s longer underwriting process (seven to nine months from engagement to closing), which allowed the community time for performance to recover
  2. HUD’s focus on the trailing 12-month period rather than the shorter-term revenue focus of GSE’s minimized the impact of the quarter long downturn
  3. HUD’s greater maximum LTV constraint (80% LTV vs. 65% quoted LTV for GSE), enabled the client to recover the increased transaction costs resulting from the bridge loan through loan proceeds and providing more cushion if value came in lower than expected.

Berkadia simultaneously underwrote the bridge and HUD loan, submitting a HUD application within weeks of closing on the bridge loan.

Client Results

In late December 2023, Berkadia closed a cash-neutral $16 million 232/223f HUD loan with a 35-year fixed rate, fully amortizing loan representing 77% LTV.  The loan enabled the client to secure a cash-neutral loan on the remaining three assets with an 18-month term.

The fully amortizing HUD loan term will allow the sponsor to avoid a loan maturity at an inopportune time in the future and take advantage of a loan modification or a 232/223(a)(7) in the future to achieve a lower interest rate while remaining in HUD’s portfolio.

Mortgage Banking

Steve Muth

Managing Director

Berkadia Seniors Housing & Healthcare

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Client Stories


Berkadia is dedicated to leading the digital transformation of commercial real estate with investments in technology like Esusu, a rent-reporting platform created to build tenants’ credit. Multifamily property owners who implement Esusu can decrease evictions and vacancies and maximize NOI. As partners, Berkadia borrowers may receive closing cost credits and discounted rates.


As Freddie Mac’s #1 Optigo® Lender and Fannie Mae’s #2 DUS Producer, Berkadia Small Loans is skilled in navigating GSE programs to find the best loan executions for our clients. Though the lending landscape continues to evolve, agency small loan executions remain one of the best options for investors who recognize the value of optionality and take advantage of rate locking.

Credit facility executions allow borrowers to arrange flexible financing terms for a portfolio of properties on a cross-collateralized and cross-defaulted basis, with property addition, property release, property substitution, and borrow-up capabilities for all asset classes. Kairos Investment Management Company and Berkadia secured a $175 million credit facility backed by Fannie Mae.

We recently partnered with Freddie Mac and Spira Equity Partners to help rehabilitate and preserve 392 units of affordable housing for the residents of Brittany Bay Apartments. Brittany Bay has the most units of any community in a High Opportunity Area that Freddie Mac has financed.

The Fairfield Affordable Housing Preservation Fund is focused on acquiring rent and income-regulated affordable housing assets in markets throughout the U.S. The Fund is Fairfield’s first affordable housing-focused investment vehicle open to third party investors and will leverage Fairfield’s 20-year history of investing and managing LIHTC multifamily assets. 

A lot with a vacant commercial building that’s fallen into disuse has been transformed into new housing for Los Angeles’ homeless community by development company and Berkadia partner, Aedis Real Estate Group. Berkadia originated $50 million in Freddie Mac’s TEL forward commitments that will finance Hope at Avalon, as well as two sister projects Hope on Broadway and Hope on Hyde Park.

JASA is a longtime Berkadia client and non-profit organization committed to the safety, health, and well-being of seniors. Recently, Berkadia financed $46M+ in loans for two JASA properties under the HUD 223(f) program. In addition to repairs and upgrades, the higher leveraged, low interest rate loans enabled JASA to allocate funds to programs benefiting their residents.


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