JLL arranges $16 million financing for The Park at Sunderland

Loan proceeds funded Vazza Real Estate Group’s acquisition of the garden-style apartment community in Birmingham, Alabama

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JLL announced today that it has arranged $16 million in financing for The Park at Sunderland, a 268-unit, garden-style apartment community in Birmingham, Alabama.

JLL worked on behalf of Vazza Real Estate Group to originate the fixed-rate Fannie Mae acquisition loan. The 12-year loan includes five years of interest-only payments followed by a 30-year amortization schedule. Jones Lang LaSalle Multifamily, LLC, a Fannie Mae DUS lender, will service the loan.

The Park at Sunderland is located at 660 Valley Crest Drive less than 10 miles from downtown and a two-minute drive to major employers in Northeast Birmingham, including Kamtek, Sterlite and several other transportation and manufacturing operations. The property, which underwent four years of extensive renovations that were completed earlier this year, features units averaging 951 square feet. Community amenities include two swimming pools, a tennis court, playground, picnic area with grills, clubhouse, updated fitness center, business center, internet café, coffee bar and laundry center. The property was 92 percent occupied at closing. Vazza Real Estate Group plans to invest another $1.4 million of additional capital into the property post-close.

The JLL Capital Markets team representing the borrower was led by Senior Director Kristian Lichtenfels.

“This is our third sizable residential acquisition in the past six months,” said Stephen F. Vazza, President of Vazza Real Estate Group. “Given the favorable credit markets, we are taking a closer look at our inventory in smaller markets where the cap rates are more attractive and supply is limited.”

JLL Capital Markets is a full-service global provider of capital solutions for real estate investors and occupiers. The firm’s in-depth local market and global investor knowledge delivers the best-in-class solutions for clients—whether investment advisory, debt placement, equity placement or a recapitalization. The firm has more than 3,700 Capital Markets specialists worldwide with offices in nearly 50 countries.

Deal secured by Holliday GP Corp. (“HFF”) prior to being acquired by JLL on July 1, 2019. Co-brokerage services provided by Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc.


About Vazza Real Estate Group

Founded in 1965, the Vazza Real Estate Group is a full-service real estate company based in Boston, Massachusetts. Vazza has developed and operated millions of square feet of commercial real estate and thousands of residential units. 

About JLL

JLL is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. Our vision is to reimagine the world of real estate, creating rewarding opportunities and amazing spaces where people can achieve their ambitions. In doing so, we will build a better tomorrow for our clients, our people and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $16.3 billion, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of nearly 92,000 as of June 30, 2019. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated.