Walker & Dunlop Structures Financing for 1,300-Bed Student Housing Property at The University of Alabama

  • Bethesda, Maryland | Nov. 14, 2019
Walker & Dunlop Structures Financing for 1,300-Bed Student Housing Property at The University of Alabama
The Cottages at Lake Tamaha, student housing property

Walker & Dunlop, Inc. announced today that it structured Freddie Mac financing for The Cottages at Lake Tamaha. Located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the dedicated student housing community is comprised of 294 cottage-style homes ranging in size from two bedrooms to five bedrooms.

Walker & Dunlop Managing Director Will Baker, Vice President William Shell, and Assistant Vice President Doug McDaniel provided the debt, working alongside Tim Bradley of TSB Capital Advisors, who brokered the transaction. Leveraging their broad experience with Freddie Mac loan programs, the Walker & Dunlop team identified the Capital Markets Execution (CME) to lock in an attractive rate and five years of interest-only payments for the seven-year loan term. The debt provides a streamlined refinance solution for the property owner, Cardinal Group Investments, replacing two separate maturing loans that the borrower assumed upon acquiring the property in 2017.

Richard Randall, Vice President at Cardinal Group Investments, commented, “TSB and the W&D team members were excellent to work with and provided exceptional service from start to finish – they listened to our business plan and presented us with a financing option that best aligns with our long-term goals for the property.”

“We have a long history with this property, having previously financed it for the original developer, and we were pleased to work on it again with the Cardinal Group,” said Mr. Baker. “The property continues to maintain strong occupancy, thanks to its tailored amenity package, a frequent shuttle to campus, the cottage-style buildings, and the comprehensive improvement program recently completed by the owner.”

Built in two phases, in 2009 and 2010, The Cottages at Lake Tamaha caters to students of The University of Alabama seeking off-campus housing. The project won Multifamily Executive’s award for project of the year in 2010 and offers residents unique cottage-style living quarters as well as a functional private lake. Community amenities include a cyber café, clubhouse, game room, movie theater, tanning beds, outdoor grilling area, and amphitheater. The property also offers ample recreational space, with a swimming pool, fitness center, indoor golf range, putting green, as well as volleyball, basketball, and tennis courts. The property is located just two miles east of the university’s campus and is accessible with a shuttle service exclusively for residents of the community.

Walker & Dunlop is a leader in the student housing space, ranking as the #1 student housing lender in the country by transaction volume in 20181 and closing over $1.1 billion in student housing transactions in the last year alone. For more information about Walker & Dunlop’s view on the student housing market, including insights on micro living, trending property amenities, and foreign investment activity, read our Student Housing Outlook Report.

About Walker & Dunlop

Walker & Dunlop (NYSE: WD), headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, is one of the largest commercial real estate finance companies in the United States. The company provides a comprehensive range of capital solutions for all commercial real estate asset classes, as well as investment sales brokerage services to owners of multifamily properties. Walker & Dunlop is included on the S&P SmallCap 600 Index and was ranked as one of FORTUNE Magazine’s Fastest Growing Companies in 2014, 2017, and 2018. Walker & Dunlop’s 800+ professionals in 32 offices across the nation have an unyielding commitment to client satisfaction.

1Student Housing Business, May/June 2019 Issue

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