New York State’s 2025 Budget Advances Affordable Housing Goals

In April, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced a landmark budget agreement heralded as a giant step for affordable housing. New York’s FY 2025 Enacted Budget includes several key policy changes that could create thousands of affordable housing units across the state.


SFR East 2024: How Economics and Demographics Shape the Rental Market

IMN’s Single Family Rental Forum (East), the cornerstone gathering of the SFR industry, concluded on May 22, 2024, in Miami, FL. Over three days, 1,800 attendees listened to more than 280 speakers discuss all angles of the SFR industry. On the first day of the conference, Arbor’s Tres Seippel, Director, Construction Management, participated in a wide-ranging panel discussion examining economic and demographic forces influencing SFR and build-to-rent (BTR), which also featured Rick Dalton, President of the Dalton Group, Domonic Purviance of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Wade McGuinn, CEO of McGuinn Hybrid Homes, and Heather Williams, VP at Willow Bridge Property Company.


Affordable Housing Market Snapshot — May 2024

As housing costs spiral, rental affordability has become a more urgent issue, burdening a greater number of Americans. With more funding on the way, policymakers and private market advocates are pressing ahead with plans to add units to an increasingly tight housing market.


The Probability Renters Will Keep Renting Hits Record High

The average renter thinks there is a three-in-five chance they will still be in the rental market in 2027, according to the New York Federal Reserve’s recently released 2024 SCE Housing Survey. Compared to last year, the probability of the average renter not becoming a homeowner in the next three years was up 4.3 percentage points, reaching its highest mark since the study began in 2015.

Current Reports

Small Multifamily Investment Trends Report Q2 2024

Small multifamily’s performance continues to conform to pre-pandemic norms typically seen before the historic boom years of 2021 and 2022. In the first quarter of 2024, cap rates and asset prices both improved quarter-over-quarter, Arbor’s Small Multifamily Investment Trends Report Q2 2024, developed in partnership with Chandan Economics, has found. The subsector’s fundamental strength will support steady growth amid tight credit conditions until interest rate relief invites increased investment activity.


U.S. Multifamily Market Snapshot — May 2024

Key fundamentals of the U.S. multifamily remained strong to start 2024. Despite fears of oversupply, rent growth remained stable and vacancy rates remained near historical lows.


Arbor Marketing Campaign Wins Two Awards at Industry Gala

For more than 30 years, Arbor has been committed to building strong bonds with clients that lead to mutual success. This philosophy is at the heart of a unique Arbor marketing campaign, The Art of Growing Financial Partnerships, which received two awards at the 30th Annual Financial Communications Society (FCS) Portfolio Awards Gala in New York City on May 2. The campaign, which was featured in two private jet terminals, used original stained-glass pieces to build brand awareness among high-net-worth travelers.

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FANNIE MAE DUS® Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) 5-5

Arbor’s DUS® ARM 5-5 product offers a 5-year variable rate financing option with an embedded cap and an option to extend for an additional 5-year term or convert to a fixed rate.

BENEFITS Attractive low-cost financing; no minimum or maximum loan size; maximum interest rate is set at rate lock; optional extension to second 5-year term with minimal reunderwriting; convertible to a fixed-rate loan with minimal re-underwriting
ELIGIBILITY Existing, stabilized multifamily properties, including: Conventional, Multifamily Affordable Housing, Seniors Housing, Student Housing, and Manufactured Housing Communities; loans for acquisition or refinance
TERM Initial 5-year loan term; optional extension to a second 5-year term at maturity; rollover will retain the same guaranty and servicing fees as the original loan; rollover will not incur a prepayment premium
AMORTIZATION Up to 30 years
INTEREST RATE ADJUSTMENTS Adjusts based on changes to the underlying index and is equal to the index plus the margin
MINIMUM DSCR 1.00x at the maximum lifetime interest rate; mortgage loan amount shall not exceed that of a fixed rate loan with similar terms
RATE LOCK 30-day commitments
INDEX 30-day average SOFR
SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCING Supplemental loans are available
LOCKOUT PERIOD; PREPAYMENT AVAILABILITY No prepayment is allowed during the first year of either the initial or second 5-year variable rate terms; thereafter, prepayment is permitted with the payment of a 1% prepayment premium; no prepayment premium is due during the “open period” (typically the last 3 months) of either the initial or second 5-year variable rate terms
INTEREST RATE CAP Maximum monthly interest rate adjustment of 1% up or down; maximum lifetime interest rate to Borrower capped at 5%, plus the guaranty fee, plus the servicing fee
INTEREST RATE FLOOR The interest rate will never be less than the sum of the investor spread, the guaranty fee and the servicing fee
CONVERSION TO FIXED RATE Subject to the terms of the loan document, the variable rate mortgage loan may be converted to a fixed rate mortgage loan (with a 7- or 10-year term) on any rate change date beginning on the first day after the Lockout Period and ending on the first day of the third month prior to the Maturity Date

  • No prepayment penalty is charged at the time that the variable rate Mortgage loan converts to a fixed rate mortgage loan
  • Minimal re-underwriting; lender determines that the current net cash flow can support the new fixed rate terms
  • No increase in the loan amount; loan may be eligible for a Supplemental Loan
NEW MBS ISSUANCE AT CONVERSION TO FIXED OR VARIABLE RATE ROLLOVER If the Borrower opts to either (i) convert the ARM 5/5 Loan to a fixed-rate Mortgage Loan, or (ii) extend the initial 5-year variable-rate term of the ARM 5/5 Loan for a second 5-year variable-rate term:

  • At Conversion to fixed or renewal to a new 5-year variable-rate term, the existing MBS is repaid.
  • For a Conversion to a fixed rate, a new fixed-rate MBS is issued.
  • For a renewal to a new 5-year variable-rate term, a new variable rate MBS is issued.
ACCRUAL Actual/360
RECOURSE Non-recourse execution with standard carve-outs for “bad acts” such as fraud and bankruptcy
ESCROWS Replacement reserve, tax and insurance escrows are typically required
THIRD-PARTY REPORTS Standard third-party reports required, including Appraisal, Phase I Environmental Site Assessment and Property Condition Assessment
ASSUMPTION Loans are typically assumable, subject to review and approval of the new borrower’s financial capacity and experience


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