BBB Developments announced today that it has signed a letter of intent for a joint venture with Omega Commercial Finance Corp (OTCBB: OCFN) to secure financing for construction of Los Corales Condominiums, located in the Mirador area by Manny's. According to the press release, they will close on the financing deal with Omega within 90 days and construction will begin thereafter.
As the press release points out, this is not conventional construction financing. It appears from the details in the press release that Omega had been working on behalf of BBB to secure construction financing to build Los Corales for awhile but was unsuccessful. Instead Omega has decided itself to take an equity stake in the development of Los Corales and will receive 45% of the profits in return for providing construction financing. This arrangement was made possible by Los Corales having 108 of its units pre-sold (again, according to the press release).
This arrangment both underlines the difficulty Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point) developers face in obtaining construction financing for projects in Mexico and a creative financing solution to getting a project built. During real estate boom times in Puerto Peñasco, many developers were able to build entire condominium resorts only using financing from buyers' 30% down payment deposits. Now that the market has slowed down, developers must work to secure more traditional construction financing for their projects - which is only just beginning to be available in Mexico. So it is good to see U.S. finance companies take a financial interest in the Puerto Peñasco market in this form, even if it is only a start toward better access to credit in Mexico for developers. It also shows confidence in the future of development in Puerto Peñasco (albeit by a finance company that is not well known).
And, of course, a by-product of better access to credit for developers in Mexico is that buyers can be more confident that their condominium will get built in a reasonable amount of time and won't have to rely on the continuing success of sales for completion of the project.
I will update with added pictures to my Construction Update Page once I see ground broken on Los Corales' site.