Berkadia Completes $26 million Sale of The Preserve at Collier Ridge

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Berkadia, Berkshire Hathaway’s joint venture with Jefferies Financial Group, has announced the $26 million sale of The Preserve at Collier Ridge, a 419-unit garden-style multifamily property in Fulton, Georgia.

Managing Directors Andrew Mays and Paul Vetter, Senior Director Judy MacManus and Director Matthew White of Berkadia’s Atlanta office completed the sale on behalf of the seller, Atlanta-based DRI Legacy, LLC.

The buyer was Montreal-based Frankforter Group.

“The property is located in a newly registered “Opportunity Zone” and proximate to the new $460 million UPS distribution facility which contributes to a strong value-add story for the property,” said MacManus.

“Currently 100 percent affordable with qualified contract eligibility, Preserve at Collier Ridge is a Section 42 LIHTC community that is eligible for market-rate conversion in 2021 and allows new ownership to benefit from substantial upside in the near future,” added White.

The Preserve at Collier Ridge features one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans with dishwashers, garbage disposals, air conditioning and private balconies. Community amenities include a pool, a playground, laundry facilities and a picnic area. The new ownership plans to upgrade the existing fitness center and add both a business center and a community room. Located at 1021 Harwell Road NW, the property affords convenient access to Interstate 285.

About Berkadia

Founded in 2009 as a 50/50 joint venture between Berkshire Hathaway and Leucadia National Corporation (now known as Jefferies Financial Group), Berkadia is a third-party commercial mortgage servicer, as well as an approved lender for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and HUD/FHA.

The company is among the top Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae multifamily lenders.

Berkadia owes its origins to GMAC Commercial Mortgage Corporation, which was acquired in 2009 by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Five Mile Capital Partners LLC, and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners. Christened Capmark Financial, the company had $10 billion of originations in 2008 and a servicing portfolio of more than $360 billion before running into bankruptcy in October 2009.

In a deal approved by the bankruptcy court, Capmark sold its mortgage loan and servicing to the newly formed Berkadia in a deal worth $515 million.

The deal brought Berkshire into the heart of the commercial loan serving business, and the company has one of the largest commercial real estate servicing portfolios.

© 2019 David Mazor

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