Eight Common Commercial Real Estate Investor Questions

Whether you are just beginning your investing journey or are looking to take your portfolio to the next level, Arbor stands ready with our talented team and decades of expertise. Given our vast experience and national footprint of successful deals, we are familiar with many common commercial real estate investor questions, such as the ones answered in this article.


Multifamily is Well-Positioned for Short- and Long-Term Growth

With the macroeconomy maintaining its underlying strength and a handful of rate cuts expected by the Fed within the next 18 months, green shoots of optimism within the multifamily sector are multiplying. Even as high interest rates impede normal operations, stabilization is underway while the sector’s long-term prospects remain unwavering. In this deep dive, our research teams will explore the tailwinds underpinning the multifamily sector’s short- and long-term outlook.

Refinance of Existing HUD-Insured Loan

FHA® Interest Rate Reduction (IRR) Refinance of Existing HUD-Insured Loan   Arbor provides this program to reduce the interest rate on qualified existing HUD-insured multifamily loans. The HUD-insured loan remains in place, with reduced payments based on the new rate, the current balance, and the remaining term. The existing prepayment penalty must be paid in full. V041624

Mortgage Insurance for Rental Housing for Urban Renewal and Targeted Redevelopment

FHA®220 Mortgage Insurance for Rental Housing for Urban Renewal and Targeted Redevelopment*   Arbor provides FHA-insured, long-term, fixed rate financing for new construction and substantial rehabilitation of multifamily projects nationwide. This program provides for both construction and permanent financing for projects in urban renewal areas and other areas where local governments have undertaken designated revitalization activities. Applications are typically processed in two stages (preliminary application followed by firm application). Affordable/rental assisted projects and HUDexperienced development teams may request a “straight to firm” application, saving significant time by eliminating the preliminary application stage. V020224


Regional Construction Trends: Annual Multifamily Completions Surged in the South and West

After the volume of newly issued multifamily permits hit a 37-year high in 2022, multifamily completions surged another 22.3% last year. As the sector continues to gain strength, its growth has remained concentrated in the southern and western regions of the country, according to an analysis of new data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction.


The Evolving Characteristics of Multifamily Construction

During the post-global financial crisis (GFC) cycle, a disproportionate share of new multifamily construction was of high-rise units in properties with amenities. However, the tides have turned. The rising cost of homeownership has brought the need for more affordable housing development in the U.S. to the top of many legislative agendas. In this deep dive, our research teams utilize data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Annual Survey of Construction to show how and why the characteristics of new multifamily properties continue to evolve alongside shifting market needs.


Video: Growing LGBTQIA+ Visibility in the CRE Industry

LGBTQIA+ Pride Month is recognized in June, but its lessons are timeless. During a recent conversation between Tres Seippel, Director, Construction Management at Arbor, and Dr. Sam Chandan, Founder of Chandan Economics, Founding Director, NYU Chen Institute for Global Real Estate Finance, and Co-Chair of the Real Estate Pride Council, Seippel shared why it is more important than ever for the industry to embrace visibility and show support for employees who identify as LGBTQIA+ or other diverse backgrounds.

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Corporate Governance

At Arbor

At Arbor, we are committed to responsible and ethical business practices. That’s why we follow the ISS (Investor Stewardship Services) Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) standards. ISS is a leading provider of corporate governance and sustainability solutions. Their ESG standards are used by investors to assess and manage their ESG risks and opportunities.

By following the ISS ESG standards, we are demonstrating our commitment to:

  • Environmental stewardship: We are working to reduce our environmental impact and support sustainable practices.
  • Social responsibility: We are committed to creating a positive social impact, including through our employee relations, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and community support.
  • Good governance: We are committed to sound corporate governance practices, including transparency, accountability, and ethical behavior.

We believe that following the ISS ESG standards is good for our business, our customers, and our community. It allows us to attract and retain top talent, build strong relationships with our customers, and operate in a sustainable and responsible manner.

We encourage our customers to learn more about the ISS ESG standards and how they are impacting the financial industry. You can find more information on the ISS website:


Our ESG Report has been informed by the accounting standards published by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), and we have also identified the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that we believe best align with our business activities and key focus areas.

Risk Mitigation

Arbor is committed to continuous improvement of our risk management framework. We regularly review and update our framework to ensure that it reflects the latest best practices and that it is tailored to our specific risks.

That’s why we have implemented a comprehensive risk management framework that is aligned with best practices in corporate governance. Our framework includes:

  • A clear and well-defined risk management policy: This policy sets out our approach to identifying, assessing, managing, and monitoring risks.
  • A strong risk management culture: We promote a culture of risk awareness and accountability throughout our organization.
  • A robust risk management process: Our risk management process includes regular risk assessments, the development of mitigation strategies, and ongoing monitoring of risks.

We believe that our strong commitment to risk mitigation is a key differentiator for our company. It allows us to provide our customers with the confidence that their mortgages are safe and secure.