January 25, 2023 9:00 AM
Newmark announces it has secured a $400 million Tenant Advancement Commitment (TAC) on behalf of borrower Comunidad Partners, a vertically integrated real estate investment firm specializing in workforce and affordable housing in culturally diverse communities throughout the U.S. Newmark Vice Chairman and Head of Workforce Housing Anthony Tarter represented the borrower in the transaction.
TACs are a contemporary form of competitive financing offered by Freddie Mac to private-sector operators who agree to self-impose rent restrictions, helping to preserve or create affordability at properties that do not have regulatory rent or income restrictions. As part of this innovative program, multifamily borrowers also provide resident social impact services at each property.
“We are honored to continue our mission of creating and preserving affordability in multifamily housing through our partnership with Freddie Mac. This effort aims to ensure working families are able to live in high-quality homes that will provide housing stability and improve access to opportunities that enrich their lives,” said Antonio Marquez, Founder and Managing Partner of Comunidad Partners. “Our first commitment with Freddie Mac in 2021 enabled thousands of families to secure housing at affordable rents. Additionally, the commitment provided access to social impact programs that improve positive social and economic determinants of success. Working alongside Newmark on this TAC will be a value-add to our investment strategy as we grow our social impact multifamily initiatives over the next year and beyond.”
Comunidad Partners has agreed to self-restrict rent prices for a portion of homes in communities across its portfolio in exchange for advantageous loan terms and favorable pricing. The rent protections in place support FHFA’s mission of preserving affordability for its newly defined category of workforce housing, with units set aside for those earning at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI), at or below 60% of the AMI or a mixed-income combination of the two. These rent protections will be preserved throughout the loan term. Additionally, resident social impact services will be provided for each community, including virtual healthcare services, afterschool tutoring, access to jobs and economic advancement opportunities that can lead to improved household income and other equity/wealth-building programs for residents. Comunidad Partners expects to create and preserve affordability in 4,000 to 5,000 units in 20 to 25 communities through this new TAC.
Newmark and Comunidad Partners have arranged for the first transaction under the TAC to be a $21 million loan to finance and renovate Villas at Shadow Oaks in Austin, Texas. The 176-unit community is 100% rented at or below 80% AMI, and 50% of the units are rented at or below 60% AMI. Veritas Impact Partners, a tenant-focused non-profit, will implement resident social impact programs around economic advancement, health and wellness, education, equity and inclusion.
“Addressing the need for affordable housing starts with investment in the working family, which is just what this partnership between Comunidad Partners and Freddie Mac allows for,” said Tarter. “Keeping rental prices within families’ budgets while providing quality units, amenities and on-site services is a model that makes economic sense and improves the quality of families’ lives and their community at large.”
In 2021, Comunidad Partners was named Freddie Mac’s Inaugural Impact Sponsor of the Year after partnering with the lender for a $300 million Master Financing Commitment (MFC) that year.
Newmark’s Workforce Housing group delivers debt, equity and structured finance services to owners of multifamily properties in which property residents earn 60% to 100% of AMI. The upper end of that range is extended to 120% of AMI in higher-cost metros. Tarter has assisted in the development of social impact programs and workforce housing loan products with Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. He is also on the Board of Veritas Impact Partners and serves as the Capital Markets Co-Lead for the National Multifamily Housing Council’s Workforce Housing Committee.
About Comunidad Partners
Comunidad Partners is a dynamic, vertically-integrated real estate investment firm specializing in workforce and affordable housing in culturally diverse communities throughout the United States. The firm is proudly 100% minority and women-owned and heavily focuses its investments activities on positively impacting communities through its ESG practices and its corporate culture of diversity, equity, & inclusion. The firm has been a market leader in ESG for over a decade and received national recognition on its ESG practices from Fannie Mae, SAHF/CORES, and was named Freddie Mac’s Impact Sponsor of the Year in 2021. Core to its investment strategy is creating culturally-relevant, inclusive communities that are tailored to the specific needs and wants of the diverse residents living at the communities it serves. For more information, please visit comunidadpartners.com.
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