Special Report: Spring 2023

Special Report: Spring 2023 The rental housing sector is well-insulated but not immune to market forces even as the economy edges into correction territory, Arbor Chairman and CEO Ivan Kaufman and Chandan Economics Founder Sam Chandan demonstrate in the findings of Arbor’s Special Report Spring 2023.   Key Findings: The sustainability of consumer financing and Read the full article…


Arbor’s Special Report Spring 2023

The rental housing sector is well-insulated but not immune to market forces even as the economy edges into correction territory, Arbor Chairman and CEO Ivan Kaufman and Chandan Economics Founder Sam Chandan demonstrate in the findings of Arbor’s Special Report Spring 2023.


Renting On Credit: New Platforms Modernize Monthly Multifamily Transactions

Until recently, full-scale optimization has skipped over the basic monthly rental payment transaction, with 78% of more than 100 million renters using paper checks. But now, two programs, backed by global leaders in financial services, are incentivizing tenants to pay the rent on credit, with perks like automatic credit reporting and points towards future purchases.


Top Markets for Renters Under 30

Renters 30 years of age and under, who now make up slightly more than one-quarter of the heads of households of rental units, are bolstering housing demand in markets known for their affordability and livability.

Press Releases

Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. Completes $315 Million Freddie Mac Q Series Securitization

UNIONDALE, NY, December 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ABR) (“Arbor,” “our,” or “we”) today announced the completion of an approximately $315 million loan securitization through Freddie Mac’s Q Series securitization program (the “Securitization”). Arbor’s affiliated entity Arbor Realty SR, Inc. originated the loans and was the loan seller for the Securitization. The Securitization is Arbor’s first Read the full article…


Five Benefits of Making Multifamily Investing Part of Your Portfolio

Multifamily investing involves the purchasing of properties with rentable housing units. In these types of investments, a group of investors often works together to mitigate costs, split profit shares, and reduce risk. Multifamily properties include apartment complexes, condo buildings, and townhouses, among other property types. When investing in multifamily properties is researched and undertaken prudently, it can generate steady and reliable income streams in all economic cycles.


Arbor’s Top Articles of 2022: A Banner Year for Multifamily

After taking a pause during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. multifamily market experienced a banner year in 2022. Throughout the year, Arbor continued to provide unique research and insights into our markets. Here’s a look at our top Arbor research articles from 2022, in case you missed them.



Manufactured Housing Community Loans

Arbor’s Fannie Mae DUS Manufactured Housing Community (MHC) loans provide competitive pricing, flexible terms and function as a major source of liquidity for affordable housing community owners.

Minumum Loan Amount $750,000
Loan Term 5 to 30 years
Amortization Up to 30 years
Minimum DSCR 1.25x
Maximum LTV 80%
Interest Rate Fixed- and variable-rate options available
Eligible Properties
  • Existing, stabilized, professionally managed MHC, with or without age restriction, having a minimum of 50 pad sites
  • Quality Level 3, 4, or 5 communities and at least one key principal of the borrower should have experience in operating an MHC
Eligible Borrower Single Asset Entity
Property Considerations
  • MHC may be either age-restricted or all age (family community)
  • The percentage of tenant-occupied homes generally may not exceed 35%
  • Density is based on market norms and generally should not exceed 12 manufactured homes per acre for an existing community and seven manufactured homes per acre for a new community
  • With limited exceptions, all manufactured homes should confirm to applicable Manufactured Housing HUD Code standards
  • Leases with two-year terms or longer cannot contain a tenant option to purchase the pad site
  • Additional pricing incentives available for non-traditional MHC ownership forms (e.g., non-profit, government entity, or resident owned)
  • Additional pricing incentives available for Borrowers implementing Tenant Site Lease Protections
Escrows Funding of tax and insurance escrows depend on leverage level; Replacement reserve escrow is typically not required
  • Nonrecourse execution with standard carve-outs for “bad acts” such as fraud and bankruptcy
  • For loans with the pricing incentive for having minimum Tenant Site Lease protections, a Limited Payment Guaranty for 10% of the mortgage loan amount is required
Third-Party Reports Standard third-party reports required, including Appraisal, Property Condition Assessment and Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
Third-Party Reports Cost Reimbursment Fannie Mae will reimburse the cost of third party reports up to $10,000 for Communities with Tenant Site Lease Protections implemented for at least 50% of the Sites, or if the community is owned by a non-profit entity. Minimum site lease protections must include:

  • One-year renewable lease term for the site unless good cause for nonrenewal
  • 30-day written notice of site rent increases
  • Five-day grace period for site rent payments and right to cure defaults on site rent
  • Rights of tenants to:
    • Sell the manufactured home without having to first relocate it out of the community
    • Sublease the home or assign the site lease to a new buyer, so long as the new buyer meets the minimum MHC rules and regulations and the borrower’s credit standards for new tenants, consistent in the market
    • Post “for sale” signs that comply with the MHC rules and regulations
    • Sell the home in place within 45 days after eviction and receive at least 60 days advance notice of any planned sale or closure of the community
Prepayment Availability
  • Flexible prepayment options are available
  • Mortgage loans may be voluntarily prepaid upon payment of yield maintenance for fixed-rate loans or graduated prepayment for variable-rate loans
Assumption Mortgage loans are typically assumable, subject to review and approval of the new borrower’s financial capacity and experience
Supplemental Financing Supplemental Mortgage Loans are available
Rate Lock 30- to 180-day commitments.; Borrowers may use the Streamlined Rate Lock option
Accrual 30/360 and Actual/360
Minimum Underwritten Vacancy/Collection Loss Minimum 5% economic vacancy assumption


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