Jason Hochman, senior director for Cushman & Wakefield in Boca Raton, negotiated an $11.2 million low-interest loan for KEI Properties. The loan was issued against KEI’s six buildings in Pompano Beach, a portfolio it has already paid off.
“He purchased it all with cash, just to be expedient and to be quick, so that he can get the deal done, prove to the seller that he can get it all done. He had the intention of financing it at some point and finally decided to pull the trigger now,” Hochman said of KEI Properties managing partner Kenneth Israel of Golden Beach. “That way he just frees up some cash, gets some cash back that he can then use for buying some other properties.”
The fixed interest rate loan from Wells Fargo closed Aug. 29. The interest rate was not disclosed.
Hochman negotiated the flexibility for part of the loan to be paid off early without hefty penalties.
“The reason that’s important here is there are six buildings. While this investor — he is a long-term holder — you never know when there is opportunity or value in selling one of the buildings and, who knows, redeveloping one of the buildings,” he said.
KEI Properties owns, manages or leases more than 500,000 square feet of offices and warehouses in South Florida, according to its website.
Its Pompano Beach buildings are at 2100, 2200, 3610-3665, 3700-3770, 3800-3890 and 3410 Park Central Blvd. North. They are part of Park Central Business Park, which offers industrial and office space.
KEI Properties bought the buildings, which are warehouses and offices, in November 2016 for more than $14 million from Duke Realty, according to property appraiser’s records.
It was a Cushman & Wakefield team based in Boca Raton that represented the seller in that transaction. Executive director Scott O’Donnell, senior associate Greg Miller and senior director Dominic Montazemi along with executive directors Richard Etner Jr. and Christopher Metzger worked on the sale.
Tenants in KEI Properties’ buildings include Richelieu Hardware, Diabetic Care Rx, and architecture, planning, technology and engineering company IBI Group.