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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 [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.



Unfunded Forward Commitment


Arbor offers an unfunded forward commitment to issue an MBS upon completion of construction and conversion to a permanent mortgage loan for multifamily affordable properties. The MBS as Collateral for Tax-exempt Bonds (M.TEB) execution is an available option for 4% LIHTC transactions.

  • Protection from interest rate volatility by locking the interest rate and other key provisions prior to construction
  • Single asset security allows for customized loan structures
  • Certainty and speed of execution
  • M.TEB execution offers reimbursement of certain Costs of Issuance up to 75 bps
  • LIHTC new construction and properties undergoing substantial rehabilitation, including preservation and rural transactions
  • Lenders approved to deliver forward commitments under Fannie Mae’s Affordable Housing product line
  • 9% LIHTC: Fixed Rate
  • 4% LIHTC: Fixed or Variable Rate
GOOD FAITH DEPOSIT 1% of the loan amount, due at issuance of the Forward Commitment, refundable upon conversion
FORWARD RATE LOCK 24 to 36- month commitments; one delegated six-month extension available
  • 9% LIHTC: 10 bps paid upfront prior to rate lock.
  • 4% LIHTC: 15 bps per year paid upfront prior to rate lock.
  • 9% LIHTC: +5% and -10% is available
  • 4% LIHTC: The original principal amount of the permanent Mortgage Loan must not be greater than 100% of the amount of the Unfunded Forward Commitment
CONVERSION TO PERMANENT LOAN The permanent loan will close upon project completion with certificates of occupancy for all units and 90% occupancy for 90 consecutive days; the permanent loan must meet Fannie Mae’s underwriting requirements
  • 9% LIHTC: Second lien Delivery Assurance Note and Mortgage are necessary if required by Fannie Mae or the Bond Investor
  • 4% LIHTC: During the construction phase, the M.TEB execution requires the bonds to be cash collateralized with proceeds of a side-by-side construction loan and bond loan. The MBS will be delivered as bond collateral after conversion, following the M.TEB delivery guidelines.
TERM 10 to 30 years
AMORTIZATION Up to 35 years
  • 9% LIHTC: 90%
  • 4% LIHTC: 90% for deals with 90% or more affordable units. 85% for less than 90% affordable units. 80% for refundings.
  • 9% LIHTC: 1.15x
  • 4% LIHTC: 1.15x for deals with 90% or more affordable units. 1.20x for all other deals.


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