Distressed Assets

Balfour at Stapleton – Aurora, CO
A Northstar property

Distressed Assets

Distressed Assets

Why distressed assets?

Northstar has strategically decided to enter the distressed asset space, in part, bracing for a potential recession in the coming years, as well as recognizing that even in up markets, some plans can go off track. While recessions have a bad connotation, they are a standard part of the economic cycle and provide an opportunity for savvy investors.

The current US economic expansion, which began in June 2009, became the longest in US history on July 1st, 2019 and is continuing to grow. Admittedly, GDP growth has been much slower than all other post-war recoveries, potentially contributing to its longevity. Lender exposure to US CRE is at an all-time high both in absolute terms and as a percentage of US GDP $1.9 trillion of CRE debt is maturing over the next 5 years. Non-traditional lenders have gone from effectively $0 CRE exposure in 2009 to over $50 billion in 2018. The majority of the US CRE debt is held by Commercial banks who have constant regulatory and shareholder pressure to clean their balance sheets of nonperforming assets. These factors make it extremely likely that bank loan portfolio quality, which is extremely high today, will see significant deterioration over the next 24 months.

Northstar seeks out market inefficiencies by diligently studying areas on both a micro and macros level. Every investment is unique, and the difference between a performing and under-performing asset can boil down to seemingly innocuous variables that some operators or developers may miss in their due diligence. Our investment team has extensive experience in the commercial real estate industry, along with a deep understanding of the fundamentals in the CRE debt market. A core belief of ours is that basic fundamentals drive strong, risk-adjusted returns. We believe we have one of the strongest analytics teams in commercial real estate, and by studying each asset, we’re able to find properties that fit our risk-reward profile. Our real estate debt team seeks consistency even in seemingly volatile markets through bottom-up analysis and risk control.

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    Standard Distressed Loan Profiles

    Standard Distressed Loan Profiles


    • Loan Size: $5-$50 million
    • Loan Terms: Up to 5 years
    • Property Types: Any except multifamily
    • Location: United States
    • Security: First mortgage
    • Loan Status: Performing or non-performing

    Other Real Estate Owned (OREO)

    Other Real Estate Owned (OREO)

    Northstar focuses on three areas within Other Real Estate Owned (OREO) properties:

    1. Assets with the potential of significant capital appreciation, while supplementing returns with cash flow.;
    2. Assets that have endured prior mismanagement, or poor leasing/marketing strategies;
    3. Opportunities where the building is going through a major renovation

    Example of Standard OREO terms:

    • Assets Size: Up to $25 million
    • Property Types: All Except Multifamily
    • Location: United States

    In addition to OREO properties, Northstar will also consider Mezzanine Debt opportunities.

    Mezzanine Debt Standard Terms

    Mezzanine Debt Standard Terms

    • Loan Size: $5-$50 Million
    • Loan Term: Up to 5 years, or Senior Debt
    • Property Types: Data Centers, Assisted Care, Hospitality, Retail, Industrial
    • Location: United States
    • Security: Second Mortgage
    • Total Leverage: Up to 85% of total costs/stabilized value
    • Origination Fees: Up to 1% of loan amount upon funding + up to 1% upon repayment

    To learn more about debt opportunities with Northstar, please contact distressedassets@northstarcp.com. 


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