Current Reports

Affordable Housing Trends Report Spring 2024

As housing costs spiral, rental affordability has become a more urgent issue, burdening a greater number of Americans. Arbor’s Affordable Housing Trends Report Spring 2024, developed in partnership with Chandan Economics, examines the major policies and programs shaping the marketplace at a time when overdue federal funding expansions have increased agency budgets.


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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Private Label Program

Arbor is expanding financing options for investors in the Private Label marketplace.

Loan Amount $4 million minimum
Loan Term 5-, 7- and 10-year options
Amortization 30 years; interest-only periods can range from zero to ten years, determined by leverage, debt yield, market and overall credit quality
Minimum DSCR 1.25x
Maximum LTV 75% (amortizing); 65% (full-term interest-only)
MINIMUM DEBT YIELD 7%; exceptions considered on a case-by-case basis
INTEREST RATE Fixed rate over the greater of the 10-year Treasury rate or 10-year swap rate; spread varies based on risk and terms
ORIGINATION FEE Minimum of 0.25%
CASH MANAGEMENT Springing Lockbox upon EOD
SUBORDINATE DEBT Mezzanine debt available on a case-by-case basis; program can also allow for future mezzanine debt
BORROWER/SPONSORSHIP Borrower must be a newly formed, single-purpose, bankruptcy-remote Delaware LLC. Sponsor must have an established track record, appropriate net worth and liquidity commensurate with transaction; normal expectations are a minimum net worth equal to the loan amount and liquidity of no less than 10% of the loan amount
COLLATERAL TYPES Conventional multifamily
TAX AND INSURANCE ESCROWS Monthly deposits required
REPLACEMENT RESERVES Monthly deposits required
RECOURSE Generally nonrecourse with standard carve-outs
PREPAYMENT Defeasance; open during last three months of loan term
EARLY RATE LOCK Available on a case-by-case basis
ASSUMPTIONS AND TRANSFERS One-time assumption, subject to lender approval and payment of 1% fee


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