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.


Top SFR Annual Rent Growth Markets

Even as rents retreated elsewhere, single-family rentals (SFR) have continued to outperform all other housing sub-types, exceeding the all-property type national average in 17 consecutive months through February 2024, according to Zillow’s Observed Rent Index (ZORI). Annual SFR rent growth has seen substantial gains in many metropolitan areas since national rent growth peaked in March 2022. In this deep dive, the Chandan Economics and Arbor Realty Trust research teams pinpoint the metropolitan areas where SFR rents are rising the fastest.

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Moderate Rehabilitation (Mod Rehab) Supplemental

Arbor offers subordinate financing options for multifamily properties that have completed moderate rehabilitation.

Loan Amount 5-30 years; must be coterminous with the senior mortgage loan
Amortization Up to 30 years
Interest Rate Fixed and variable rate options available
Maximum LTV Combined LTV as high as 75%, depending upon asset class and use of proceeds; may be higher for Multifamily Affordable Housing properties and assumptions
Minimum DSCR Combined DSCR as low as 1.25x, depending upon asset class and use of proceeds; may be lower for Multifamily Affordable Housing properties
Mod Rehab Supplemental Mortgage Loan Timing Within 36 months of origination of the Mod Rehab first mortgage loan; no one-year waiting period
  • The Moderate Rehabilitation Supplemental Mortgage Loan is excluded from the
    one Supplemental Loan rule
  • The loan sizing and pricing is comparable to the first lien mortgage loan
  • Lower cost than refinancing
  • Access to additional capital
  • Certainty of execution
  • Speed in processing and underwriting
  • Stabilized Conventional, Multifamily Affordable Housing, Seniors Housing,
    Student Housing Properties, and Manufactured Housing Communities
  • First Mortgage Loan identified as Moderate Rehabilitation
  • Existing Fannie Mae fixed-rate or adjustable-rate mortgage loans
  • Arbor must be the servicer of the existing Fannie Mae Mortgage Loan
  • Fannie Mae must be the only debt holder on the property
Rate Lock Standard Rate Lock
Accrual 30/360 and Actual/360
Recourse Nonrecourse execution with standard carve-outs required for “bad acts” such as fraud and bankruptcy
Escrows Replacement reserve, tax and insurance escrows are typically required, based on the resulting tier of the combined preexisting mortgage loan and Moderate Rehabilitation Supplemental Mortgage Loan
Third-Party Reports Standard third-party reports, including Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, and a Property Condition Assessment, may not be required if certain conditions are met
Assumption Loans are typically assumable, subject to review and approval of the new borrower’s financial capacity and experience
Tier Dropping Permitted for fixed rate Moderate Rehab Supplemental Mortgage Loans
Rehabilitation Requirements An average of at least $10,000 per unit of property improvements
Verification of Property Improvements Lender must document all completed rehabilitation work and verify its completion through a site inspection if the work is not performed pursuant to a Completion/Repair Agreement or a Rehabilitation Reserve Agreement


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