How Multifamily Property Renovations Add Value and Marketability

The ideal time to renovate is when the rental market is strong. With high occupancy rates, borrowers are more likely to quickly realize returns on their multifamily property renovations through higher rents. However, renovating during a market downturn, when rents are often cheaper, inventory is higher, and materials are more affordable, is also a sound strategy.

Current Reports

Single-Family Rental Investment Trends Report Q2 2024

Quarter after quarter, the single-family rental (SFR) sector reaches new heights. From new construction to cap rates, Arbor’s Single-Family Rental Investment Trends Report Q2 2024, developed in partnership with Chandan Economics, details how the sector’s healthy fundamentals create profound optimism in its long-term prospects.


Arbor Sponsors Smile Farms Golf Outing Supporting Local Employment Opportunities

Arbor, which takes pride in helping employees reach their full potential, was honored to sponsor and participate in Smile Farms’ 10th Anniversary Golf Outing on May 20 at the Plandome Country Club on Long Island, NY, benefiting the Long Island-based organization dedicated to advancing opportunities for people with disabilities.


New York State’s 2025 Budget Advances Affordable Housing Goals

In April, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced a landmark budget agreement heralded as a giant step for affordable housing. New York’s FY 2025 Enacted Budget includes several key policy changes that could create thousands of affordable housing units across the state.


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.

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Manufactured Housing Resident Owned Community Loan (MHROC)

  • Designed specifically for MHROCs (also known as MH Cooperatives)
  • Expands affordable housing options for underserved populations, particularly in rural and non-metro areas where MHROCs are prevalent

Eligible Property Types Existing, stabilized, high-quality, professionally managed MHROCs, with or without age restrictions
Eligible Transaction Types
  • Acquisition/Conversion: An Acquisition Mortgage on a Manufactured Housing
    Community which is in the process of converting from a rental property to an
    MHROC. The MHROC Borrower must be formed prior to rate lock.
  • Seasoned Refinance: A Refinance Mortgage on an existing MHROC with most shares already sold to resident shareholders
Eligible Borrowers Not-for-profit cooperative corporation or association (“Co-op”) in which shares in
the Co-op are sold to shareholders and such shares entitle the shareholder to
occupy a specific pad
Requirements for Resident Shareholders At rate lock:

  • 100% of pads must be owned by the MHROC Borrower.
  • At least 90% of shares must be owned by resident-shareholders.

Seasoned Refinances offer flexibility on this point with alternate sizing.

Debt Service Reserve May be required
Terms 5- to 30-year terms
Minimum UPB Amount $500,000
Maximum Amortization 30 years
Interest Rate Fixed-rate only, floating rate not permitted (Refer to the Fixed-Rate Loan term sheet for additional information.)
Interest Only Amortizing only – Interest only not permitted
Prepayment Provisions Refer to the Fixed-Rate Loan term sheet for additional information.
Recourse Requirements Non-recourse, guarantor not required
Supplemental Financing Available, subject to the Supplemental Loan offering and Loan Agreement requirements
Home Rentals The percentage of homes owned by the borrower, borrower-affiliate, or third-party investor cannot exceed 5% in aggregate.
Tax and Insurance Escrows Required
Replacement Reserve Escrows Minimum $50/site/year and $250/borrower-owned manufactured home/year (if included in the collateral)
Application Fee Greater of $2,000 or 0.1% of loan amount
Early Rate and Spread Lock Options Standard Delivery

Refinance Test Refinance Test is necessary on all MHROC loans
Additional Considerations
  • Private facilities (e.g., wells and septic systems) are allowed with considerations.
  • Rental leases cannot contain option to purchase pad sites or borrower-owned manufactured homes.
  • Retail sales or financing by borrowing entity of any manufactured homes or shares in the MHROC Borrower is not allowed.
  • RV campgrounds and broken condominiums are excluded.
  • Wrap financing, seller financing, mezzanine financing, and preferred equity are not permitted.
  • Freddie Mac will not purchase end loans or loans to individual shareholders.


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