Commercial Bridge Loans: Fast, Flexible Financing for Multifamily Investors

With constantly changing market conditions, investors sometimes need access to capital with flexible terms to improve or secure an asset. Commercial bridge loans are a popular financing tool that provides borrowers with short-term capital for renovations and purchases. They are often the perfect first step in the door to the beginning of a long-term financial partnership.

Current Reports

Single-Family Rental Investment Trends Report Q1 2024

On the heels of a strong 2023, the single-family rental (SFR) sector is positioned to expand even more in 2024. Build-to-rent (BTR) starts ticked up in the third quarter to reach 7.8%, another record high. With occupancy rates stable and lease renewal rent growth above historical averages, SFR has healthy fundamentals that will continue to support growth amid headwinds, Arbor’s Single-Family Rental Investment Trends Report Q1 2024, developed in partnership with Chandan Economics, shows.


U.S. Multifamily Market Snapshot — Q4 2023

The U.S. multifamily market continued to show signs of slowing at the end of 2023, although demand remained robust, with high home prices leading younger generations of higher-income households to choose renting over homeownership.


Arbor Recognized as Top Lender by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and FHA in 2023

Arbor’s platform of diverse multifamily financing solutions and our strong industry relationships drive us to the top of the multifamily lender rankings year after year. Through decades-long partnerships with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and FHA, our best-in-class team delivered results for our borrowers in 2023, propelling Arbor to the top of the partner rankings.

Current Reports

Small Multifamily Investment Trends Report Q1 2024

Small multifamily starts the year from a position of strength with normalizing expense ratios and healthy occupancy rates. After demonstrating resiliency amid headwinds, this subsector is ready to capitalize on any positive momentum in the financial markets. Arbor’s Small Multifamily Investment Trends Report Q1 2024, developed in partnership with Chandan Economics, examines and explains the key developments every investor needs to know.

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Choice Refinance

Arbor’s Choice Refinance product offers a streamlined refinance execution for Fannie Mae Portfolio Mortgage Loans in good standing.

Loan Amount No minimum loan amount (subject to change)
Loan Term Standard DUS options available (5- to 30-year terms)
Amortization Generally 30 years
Minimum DSCR 1.25x DSCR calculated according to standard DUS underwriting guidelines
Maximum LTV 80%; if cash-out, 75%
Rate Structure Fixed- and adjustable-rate options available
Pre-Review Mortgage Loans Prereview mortgage loans are no longer prohibited for Choice Refinance loans; generally, no prereview is required if the prereview category for the portfolio mortgage loan was previously approved by Fannie Mae
Benefits Benefits include:

  • Flexible refinancing and increased lender delegation
  • Lower costs from reduced documentation
  • Speed in processing and underwriting
Tax & Insurance Escrows Monthly deposits required; may be waived if certain criteria are met
Replacement Reserves Underwritten at a minimum $250 per unit per annum
Recourse Requirements Nonrecourse except for standard carve-outs
Prepayment After the expiration of the yield maintenance period, the required 1% prepayment premium may be reduced or waived in certain circumstances; prepayment premium due may be paid from the proceeds of the new loan
Assumable Subject to approval and 1% fee
Supplemental Financing DUS supplemental loans are permitted after the Choice Refinance loan has been in place for one year


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