CARMEL, Ind. – Financial services company Merchants Capital announces today it has secured $31.9 million in acquisition bridge loans and $57.8 million in seven separate 221(d)(4) loans for the Thetford Portfolio, a seven property low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) 221(d)(4) pilot transaction in North Carolina. The deal was closed in partnership with Vitus, a national leader in preserving and enhancing affordable housing around the country.
The North Carolina Thetford Portfolio consists of seven housing properties with over 90% Section 8 subsidy in addition to a number of budget-based rent increase properties on historical contracts from the Low-Income Housing Preservation and Resident Homeownership Act of 1990, which offered project incentives to preserve low-income rental properties.
Merchants Capital provided the acquisition bridge loans to take down the seven properties at high loan-to-cost to facilitate the LIHTC executions, then closed on seven separate 221(d)(4) loans on the same day, simultaneously.
“This seven-deal, same day closing for the North Carolina Thetford Portfolio is unprecedented with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD),” said Merchants Capital Senior Vice President Matt Kaercher. “A single sub-rehabilitation LIHTC transaction is difficult enough for execution, but seven simultaneously requires a different subset of skills and persistence. The ability of all parties involved – from the borrower Vitus, HUD and our team at Merchants Capital – warrants the highest level of praise.”
According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, the U.S. has a shortage of over 6.8 million rental homes affordable and available to extremely low-income renters. Specifically, North Carolina has a shortage of 190,910 affordable rental homes available for low-income renters. The loan structure of seven new affordable housing developments will be a step in the right direction for the state.
Additionally, during the project, Vitus closed a single bond issuance that saved the project money while pursuing the same day closing.
“Vitus specializes in protecting existing affordable housing in communities with the greatest need. This was a unique transaction that enabled us to do so for seven properties at once. We are grateful for the guidance of the Merchants Capital team, the flexibility of our bond issuer Burlington Housing Authority and the cooperation of the many parties involved along the way in getting a deal of this complexity financed,” said Brooke Shorett, Director of Development Management for Vitus, the developer of the project.