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Chad Mestler

Chad Mestler is CEO of Helvetica Group and has sponsored over 1,000 real estate investments and responsible for almost $1 billion of private investments. Chad has navigated private investors through 2 recessions and has managed over 2 dozen real estate partnerships and several opportunity funds.
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HELVETICA FUNDED LOAN | $3.38MM PURCHASE LOAN, OFFICE CANNABIS DISPENSARY IN SAN DIEGO, CA

Posted by Chad Mestler on Mar 24, 2019 7:50:25 PM
 
 
SAN DIEGO, CA   - Helvetica funded a $3,380,000 purchase loan secured by an office building in San Diego, CA.   The property was occupied by a licensed cannabis dispensary.   The borrower was a multi-state cannabis operator soon to be listed on the Canadian Stock Exchange.  A complicated corporate structure, large net losses, and cannabis dispensary use prevented this borrower from obtaining bank financing.  
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HELVETICA FUNDED LOAN | $1.1M QUICK REFINANCE OF MATURING LOAN IN NORTH BEND, WA

Posted by Chad Mestler on Mar 6, 2019 2:00:18 PM
 
 
NORTH BEND, WA   - Helvetica funded a $1,100,000 bridge loan secured by a strip retail center in North Bend, WA.  The borrower  needed a quick close to payoff a matured loan and get cash out to pay for improvements on another property owned.  The property was 100% occupied.   Excessive bank paperwork, prepayment limitations and time constraints prevented the borrower from obtaining a conventional loan.  
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Topics: Deals, Loans, Brokers, retail

HELVETICA FUNDED LOAN | $2.4MM REFINANCE OF VACANT, LUXURY HOME IN NORWALK CT

Posted by Chad Mestler on Aug 16, 2018 4:57:59 PM
 
 
NORWALK, CT   - Helvetica funded a $2,400,000 bridge loan secured by a  luxury single family home, in a private coastal community in Norwalk, CT.  The borrower  needed a quick close to payoff a defaulted loan and get cash out to pay for recent renovation expenses.  The property was vacant and listed for sale.   Inconsistent income, a loan default, poor credit and vacancy prevented this borrower from getting bank financing.  
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Topics: Deals, Loans, Brokers

HELVETICA FUNDED LOAN | $1.2MM LIGHT INDUSTRIAL ASSET IN FT LAUDERDALE, FL

Posted by Chad Mestler on Aug 13, 2018 6:33:39 PM
 
 
FT LAUDERDALE, FL -  Helvetica was approached by a broker   in search of a 50%  LTV  bridge loan for their client, who needed a quick close on a cash out refinance. The borrower owned a   light industrial property   in Fort Lauderdale, FL that was owner occupied and owned free and clear . The borrower was the victim of recent identity theft creating chaos in his personal and business finances and resulting in a very low poor credit score. Banks were unwilling to lend. 
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Topics: Deals, Loans, Brokers, Small Balance

HELVETICA FUNDED BRIDGE LOAN | $3.2MM BIG BOX RETAIL BUILDING HANFORD, CA

Posted by Chad Mestler on Jul 5, 2018 2:12:45 PM
 
 
HANFORD , CA - Helvetica funded a $3,200,000  bridge loan  on a three unit, vacant, big box, retail building in Hanford, California.    The latest transaction to grace the Helvetica closing table was a cash out refinance, brought to us courtesy of a local  commercial  mortgage broker.  The broker partner  contacted Helvetica, on behalf of his client, who was seeking to refinance their existing debt that had recently matured as well as obtain cash out to perform tenant improvements and pay for leasing commissions. 
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Topics: Deals, Loans, Brokers, retail

HELVETICA FUNDED BRIDGE LOAN | $850K RETAIL STRIP CENTER SEATTLE, WA

Posted by Chad Mestler on Mar 29, 2018 3:32:37 PM
 
SEATTLE, WA -  Helvetica funded an $850,000 broker originated  bridge loan to refinance a retail strip center in outside of Seattle.  The borrower was in need of a cash out refinance to pay off maturing debt and make property improvements. The borrower had limited documentation but decades of real estate ownership experience. Since the property had substantial equity, Helvetica was able to provide enough cash out for the borrower to make property improvements and reposition the asset for sale.  Through great coordination with the loan broker, Helvetica quickly closed another low leverage bridge loan on a value add property. 
 
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Topics: Deals, Loans, Brokers, Small Balance

HELVETICA FUNDED BRIDGE LOAN | $3.7MM OFFICE BUILDING SAN DIEGO, CA

Posted by Chad Mestler on Mar 29, 2018 3:32:21 PM
 
SAN DIEGO, CA - Helvetica funded a $3,700,000  bridge loan  on an office/flex building in San Diego, California.   
A commercial mortgage broker contacted Helvetica looking for a cash out refinance for his client. The borrower is a
foreign national and has owned the property since it was constructed in 1997. The borrower needed bridge financing to pay off maturing debt, and to finish improvements for a new tenant who recently signed a 5-year NNN lease. Through great coordination by the broker, Helvetica was able to quickly close and pay off the current lender while providing enough cash out to complete improvements. The property will be a candidate for conventional bank financing once the lease is seasoned and the sponsor can show historical operating income.  
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Topics: Deals, Loans, Brokers, Small Balance

HELVETICA IDENTIFIES $2.29M NNN 1031X PROPERTY FOR PRIVATE INVESTOR AND PROCURED BANK FINANCING

Posted by Chad Mestler on Dec 8, 2017 12:55:18 PM

AMARILLO, TX - Ben Wilson of Helvetica identified an exchange property for a private investor's 1031 exchange upleg.  The investor needed to quickly identify a substitute property to qualify for a 1031 exchange and defer a substantial amount of tax liability.The investor's financial advisor and CPA referred him to Helvetica as a trusted source to provide advise on acquiring and financing commercial real estate. Helvetica was able to scour the country side within a few days and find a suitable, low risk, worry free, cash flowing investment located in Amarillo, TX. The single tenant retail building was leased to a credit tenant and was generating a 5.6% return (cap rate).

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Topics: Deals, Investing, 1031X

Using a Bridge Loan is Best Alternative to Fund a 1031 Exchange

Posted by Chad Mestler on Nov 21, 2017 3:01:37 PM

Using an alternative bridge lender for financing 1031 exchanges often provides the best solution.  This type of financing gives the most certainty for closing on time and is well worth the extra interest and fees that may be charged, when compared with the high taxes that could be incurred otherwise. 

 

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Topics: Advice, Brokers, 1031X

HELVETICA ACQUIRES VACANT ED WHITE HOSPITAL IN ST. PETERSBURG, FL AS ADAPTIVE REUSE INVESTMENT

Posted by Chad Mestler on Feb 4, 2017 5:20:05 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (December 31, 2015) - Chad Mestler, CEO of Helvetica Group, arrannged for the purchase of a vacant hospital, formerly known as the Ed White Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL.  This 6 story, 121,000 sq. ft. building is an ideal opportunity for an adaptive reuse development.  Ideally suited for assisted living, senior housing, veterans housing, immigrant children housing, single resident occupancy or multifamily.  The neighborhood of Kenwood is a very desirable residential area in St. Petersburg, Florida. Kenwood is located just 2 miles from downtown St. Petersburg, and 15 minutes from downtown Tampa.

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Topics: Deals, Investing