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Arbor’s Servicer Ratings Affirmed and Positive Outlook Rating Assigned by Fitch

Fitch Ratings Recognizes Arbor’s Commitment to Excellence and Innovation Arbor Realty Trust (NYSE:ABR) NEW YORK, NEW YORK – November 29, 2023: Fitch Ratings has reaffirmed Arbor Multifamily Lending, LLC’s (Arbor) commercial primary and special servicer ratings, further solidifying Arbor’s position as a trusted partner in the multifamily lending industry. Concurrently, they have assigned a Positive Outlook to each rating, reflecting an unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation. Commercial primary servicer rating at ‘CPS2’; Outlook Positive; Commercial special servicer rating at ‘CSS3+’; Outlook Positive. “The assignment of the Positive Outlook reflects Fitch’s 12–24 month view on the trajectory of Arbor’s primary servicer rating, noting that as the new borrower website is fully realized and deployed and turnover within the primary servicing function continues to stabilize, positive rating movement is possible.” – Fitch Ratings Read more from Fitch about the key rating drivers behind this announcement. Direct inquiries to [email protected]. About Arbor Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ABR) is a nationwide real estate investment trust and direct lender, providing loan origination and servicing for multifamily, single-family rental (SFR) portfolios, and other diverse commercial Read the full article…


Video: Special Report Fall 2023 Key Takeaways

In this video, Dr. Sam Chandan, Founding Director of the C.H. Chen Institute for Global Real Estate Finance at the NYU Stern School of Business and non-executive chairman of Chandan Economics, details the key takeaways of Arbor’s Special Report Fall 2023, which he co-authored with Ivan Kaufman, Chairman and CEO of Arbor Realty Trust.


FHFA Loan Caps for 2024: What Multifamily Borrowers Need to Know

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced a $10 billion rollback of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s volume cap for loan purchases for 2023 to $140 billion ($70 billion for each agency). This move aligns with industry expectations, given the anticipation of continued headwinds for the multifamily in 2024. Next year’s cap for the Government-Sponsored Entities (GSEs) is a reduction of approximately 7% from the $150 billion limit set for 2023 and a return to the level it was in 2021.

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Affordable Housing Trends Report Fall 2023

With the cost of living climbing, the need for affordable housing has become more urgent. Although demand continues to outpace available supply, multifamily investment in affordable housing is fortified by Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), Project-Based Section 8, and the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs. Arbor’s Affordable Housing Trends Report Fall 2023, developed in partnership with Chandan Economics, examines the supply-driven programs and policies designed to improve supply at a point in time when federal gridlock has stalled many funding increases.

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Small Multifamily Investment Trends Report Q4 2023

Arbor’s Small Multifamily Investment Trends Report Q4 2023, developed in partnership with Chandan Economics, is a snapshot of a strong and resilient subsector continuing to navigate ongoing market dislocation. The report shows that distress has remained limited, even with valuations and measures of risk pricing in flux. As conditions start to stabilize, there are signs that deal activity is picking up.



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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