April 2020
Unchartered Waters

We hope you and your families are remaining safe and healthy during these uncertain times.
Having built CALCAP out of the 2008 Great Recession, we thought we were at a point in our careers when we have seen everything. We were wrong. What started out as a health crisis that seemed far removed in Wuhan, China, has now become a major worldwide economic crisis with no previous playbook. The equity markets are down about 15- 20% from their highs and unemployment claims surpassed 30 million within a 6-week period, erasing 10 years of job growth. For the first time in history oil prices plunged below zero and currently remain at all-time lows as demand has diminished due to the almost complete worldwide shut down of commerce. More than 3 million Americans have asked for home mortgage forbearance according to the Mortgage Bankers Association, which means about 6% of home loans have currently hit the pause button.
No one knows how long this will last, and more importantly when the country will re-open for business. Even more vexing is what that re-opening will look like? From a practical perspective it appears that getting “back to normal” is going to be a prolonged and choppy experience. What some economists thought early on would be temporary slow-down and “v shaped recovery,” almost certainly now feels like it will probably resemble more of a Nike swoosh—if we’re lucky.
The entire economic system is in uncharted territory and has unique challenges. Those with the ability to adapt quickly will be able to navigate through this period. CALCAP was born in the Great Recession. We are spending considerable time stress testing our apartment and lending portfolios. In our lending business we are specifically focused on:
> Lowering LTVs and tightening our credit box
> Increasing our yields
> Ramping up Fractionalized Model
> Utilizing the CALCAP Income Fund I as a stable funding source
> Hyper-focusing on loan performance, loss mitigation, and borrower’s ability to pay
> Offering forbearance agreements to borrowers who do not have the wherewithal to pay
> Monitoring state by state restrictions on foreclosures
We feel confident that our demographically driven housing strategies combined with our historical low use of leverage will prove resilient during this unprecedented time. We remain solidly committed to our number one goal of capital preservation.
Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions. Stay safe and stay healthy.

Edward M. Aloe
President and CEO
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About CALCAP Advisors
California Capital Real Estate Advisors, Inc., and its affiliate entities (CALCAP Asset Management I & II, CALCAP Properties, CALCAP Lending, and CALCAP Senior Healthcare I, collectively known as "CALCAP"), is a California based investment company founded and 2008 and headquartered in Pasadena, California. The Company sponsors alternative real estate investment opportunities focused on demographically driven housing. CALCAP has been able to consistently provide both individual and institutional investors with outstanding returns over the last 10 years. The Company's core strategies look to actively create alpha for investors while managing risk. CALCAP currently has over $300mm in Assets Under Management. To learn more visit
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CALCAP has created the CALCAP CARES program to encourage employees to find a way to give back to the neighborhoods where we invest. CALCAP has created "GiveTime4Autism" as its initial program which will allow employees the ability to donate unused vacation and sick days for a very worthy cause.
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