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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.

Current Reports

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.



Credit Building

Arbor is working to make the industry more equitable for everyone. This includes establishing new ways to improve economic mobility and narrow the wealth gap renters may face today. There are 44+ million renter households in the U.S., but less than 10% of on-time rents are reported to credit bureaus. Overall, renters have much lower credit scores than homeowners and some renters have no score at all (i.e., “credit invisible”). To address these disparities, Freddie Mac will incentivize borrowers to report on-time rents through credit-reporting servicers, such as Esusu Financial Inc. Esusu’s platform enables reporting on-time rent payments to the three major credit bureaus, helping build renters’ credit scores.

Benefits for Renters
  • Establish credit scores for renters who are currently “credit invisible” and gives them the ability to improve credit scores for those with existing records.
  • A stronger credit score may enable renters to access diverse financing, obtain financing with lower interest rates, avoid unbreakable debt traps and qualify for future mortgages.
  • Only on-time rental payments are reported to the credit bureaus; renters are automatically unenrolled with a late or missed payment.
Benefits for Borrowers
  • Improve property collections – rent reporting motivates residents to make on- time payments.
  • Improve marketability and reduce turnover – 2 out of 3 surveyed renters would favor a property that offers these services.
  • Improve net operating income – more stable collections and lower turnover mean a better bottom line
Rent Reporting – How Esusu Works With Borrowers
  • Comprehensive Reporting: Esusu reports on-time rent payments to all three major credit bureaus
  • Immediate Impact: Esusu’s ability to report up to 24 months of historical payments means that some renters’ credit scores will increase immediately
  • Ease of Reporting: Esusu’s software links to existing property management software; this means no added work for borrowers or property managers to enroll renters
  • Impact Visibility: Borrowers receive feedback on property-level credit building through a real-time dashboard
Enroll Now Please reach out and enroll with Esusu directly at [email protected]

Borrowers participating in Freddie Mac’s credit-building program are eligible for the following discounts. Please reach out to your Freddie Mac representative for more details, including available subsidies.

Esusu Market Rates Freddie Mac Discounted Rates
Targeted Affordable Housing (TAH) and Conventional
Onboarding Fee $3,500 $3,500
Maximum Monthly Fees $2.00/unit $1.50/unit
*If multiple properties are enrolled at once, the enrollment fee is waived for each additional property after the first.
Small Balance Loans (SBL)
Onboarding Fee $3,500 No onboarding fee
Maximum Monthly Fee $2.00/unit No monthly fee
Maximum Annual Fee N/A 5-50 units  $1,000 >50 units  $2,000
Volume Discount N/A Enroll 10+   properties 30% Enroll 20+  properties 50%


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