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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 p[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.


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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