Understanding the Impact of Wildfires on Rental Property Insurance

From California to Maui, the frequency and scope of wildfire events are rising, causing insurance markets and public agencies to reevaluate property in areas at risk for catastrophic damage. As a result, rental housing providers are seeing greater limitations to coverage, higher premium prices, and, in some cases, a total absence of viable private insurance — a trend detailed in the NMHC 2023 State of Multifamily Risk Survey and Report. This troubling new trend has placed many rental housing operators in a bind where they must simultaneously contend with the declining availability and affordability of insurance options.


Five Advantages of FHA Multifamily Construction Loans

In the last three years, multifamily construction has reached levels not seen since the 1980s, supported, in part, by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans. If you are exploring the acquisition, refinancing, rehabilitation, or new construction of conventional multifamily, affordable housing, seniors housing, or a healthcare facility, consider FHA multifamily construction loans, a stable financing option with excellent terms and many other attractive advantages.


Where are Single-Family Rental (SFR) Rents Rising the Fastest?

While the single-family rental (SFR) sector’s rent growth averages have retreated from record highs, structural tailwinds are keeping price growth positive — both nationally and in major SFR markets. In this research brief, Chandan Economics and Arbor Realty Trust analyze DBRS Morningstar data, which covers the top 20 MSAs by SFR activity, to discover the metropolitan areas where SFR rent growth is the hottest right now.


Fannie Mae Small Loans Cap Raised to $9 Million

Fannie Mae recently announced that its Small Loan cap has increased from $6 million to $9 million for all loans committed as of August 22, 2023. Multifamily borrowers and lenders have praised the change to the Fannie Mae Small Loans program, which will encourage greater investment in a rapidly growing sector where demand remains high despite market volatility.


The Top Five Emerging Metros for Retiree Relocation

As Baby Boomers reach retirement age, their evolving geographic preferences are strengthening housing markets and local economies in new locations, which feature attractive climates, relative affordability, and ample outdoor activities. With swelling populations of senior citizens, our top five emerging metropolitan areas for retiree relocation are fertile ground for multifamily real estate investment.

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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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