What Is Driving Lifestyle Renter Demand?

Lifestyle renters — those who have the means to own but prefer to rent or are willing to pay more for apartments with amenities — have become a key driver of rental demand in single-family rental homes, build-to-rent communities, and other types of high-quality multifamily housing. With this small yet influential demographic growing, our research teams examine and explain the factors driving lifestyle renter demand.


Build-to-Rent Well-Positioned to Fill Housing Market Gap

With nearly one-fifth of multifamily properties now over 65 years old, it’s time to consider solutions for rejuvenating the rental housing stock in the U.S. While building rehabs are a tried-and-true solution, build-to-rent (BTR) is an alternative that is well-positioned to expand as Americans increasingly favor renting over homeownership.


U.S. Added 514,000 New Rental Households in 2023

In a year when inflation and elevated interest rates weakened affordability, the rental housing sector strengthened and expanded. An analysis of newly released U.S. Census Bureau Housing Vacancies and Homeownership data shows the number of rental households climbed in 2023.

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Build-to-Rent Construction Starts Surge to New High in 2023

Over the last decade, single-family rental (SFR) operators have been increasingly focusing on build-to-rent (BTR) development as the needs and preferences of renters have shifted. As explored in the latest Arbor Single-Family Rental Investment Trends Report, SFR/BTR development has surged at a time when new, for-sale, single-family home starts have declined.

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Arbor Private Construction (APC)

Designed for experienced sponsorship with construction-ready projects located in strong MSAs and who desire and value a financing partner throughout the life cycle of their ownership.

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When you need financing for new construction – with an eye towards long-term ownership – Arbor now offers multifamily investors short-term, floating-rate financing to be matched with our existing suite of financing products and programs. Arbor Private Construction (APC) serves as a complement to our established and impactful Single Family Rental (SFR) and Build-to-Rent (BTR) construction lending program.

All Arbor sponsors benefit from the highest level of partnership and customer service along the life cycle of their loans. Arbor offers Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, Bridge, Non-Agency and CMBS permanent financing, ensuring a smooth loan transition all with one lender. Arbor offers a complimentary loan program to our existing product lines to give borrowers added flexibility and financing options for their market-rate properties.


Arbor’s Private Construction Program is Easier than You Think

  • Arbor Private Construction Loans range from $25 million to $100 million
  • Up to 75% Loan-to-Cost, subject to minimum underwritten exit debt yield & DSCR
  • Underwritten to an Agency-qualifying loan exit
  • Secure a lending partner to stand with you when the shovel meets the ground
  • Obtain government-sponsored permanent financing
  • Gain the efficiency and cost savings of partnering with one lender throughout the life of asset ownership


Eligible Transaction Criteria

  • Vertical/Garden-Style ground-up multifamily projects with Agency-qualifying characteristics
  • Located in primary markets and strong secondary markets with positive demographic, population and employment trends
  • Debt buy-backs with fresh equity
  • Properties in lease-up
  • Projected completion within 36 months
  • Sponsorship with an established track record of constructing, owning and managing multifamily assets with appropriate net worth and liquidity commensurate with the Loan’s credit profile
  • Mixed-Use allowance for a portion of proforma EGI to be generated from non-residential revenue
  • A complete, cost-engineered construction budget with qualified and experienced general contractors


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