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Universe Holdings Buys Apartment Portfolio in San Fernando Valley

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Universe Holdings has paid $22.75 million, or nearly $185,000/unit, for a portfolio of nine apartment properties with 123 units in the San Fernando Valley near Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles investment manager, which pursues older, class-B apartment properties that could be upgraded, bought the portfolio from an individual who was represented by Investment Real Estate Associates of Encino, Calif. The individual had assembled the portfolio over the past 55 years.

Universe funded its purchase with $13 million of Freddie Mac financing that Capital One had written under the agency's small-balance program.

Six of the properties in the portfolio are in Van Nuys: 6461 Kester Ave., with 15 units; 5840 Hazeltine Ave., with 10 units; 6935 Woodman Ave., with nine units; 14108 Gilmore St., with six units, and 14129 and 14133 Gilmore St., with a total of 12 units. Two are in Panorama City: the 18-unit 8924 Van Nuys Blvd. and 37-unit 8132 Langdon Ave., while one is in North Hollywood, the 16-unit 6502 Vineland Ave.

Each of the properties was constructed between 1954 and 1978. They have gated or otherwise secure entry, on-site parking, swimming pools and laundry facilities.

Universe plans to invest another $3.3 million on improvements to the portfolio, whose monthly rents average $1,100/unit. "We know these rents are significantly below market averages," explained Henry Manoucheri, chairman and chief executive of Universe. "As we commence with property improvements, (we) expect to see them rise over time." The portfolio's units are subject to rent-control rules.

Universe, which Manoucheri formed in 1994, has invested in properties totaling more than 6,500 units.

Comments? E-mail Orest Mandzy, or call him at (267) 327-4281.


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  • Syndicate to Realpoint: No
  • States: California
  • Sector: Multifamily
  • Subject: Property Acquisitions (ACQ)
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Data Digest







Top Bookrunners Domestic, Private-Label CMBS - 2017
Investment Bank #Deals Vol$mln MktShr%
Goldman Sachs 17.59 11,819.34 13.68
JPMorgan Securities 14.52 10,968.11 12.70
Citigroup 12.04 10,012.71 11.59
Wells Fargo Securities 14.02 9,936.06 11.50
Deutsche Bank 12.55 9,879.74 11.44




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Goldman Sachs 146.89 11,719.34 13.63
JPMorgan Chase Bank 117.68 10,114.14 11.76
Deutsche Bank 198.48 9,689.97 11.27
Morgan Stanley 166.18 8,539.78 9.93
Citigroup 199.05 8,088.24 9.41





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