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A closer look at the multifamily housing inventory in the United States and the size of the small cap investment opportunity.

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Small Balance Loan Program

Arbor’s Freddie Mac Small Balance Loan program streamlines the entire loan process for multifamily acquisition and refinancing loans ranging from $1 million to $7.5 million.

Loan Amount
Up to $7.5 million in all markets.

Note: Deals greater than $6 million and up to $7.5 million in Small and Very Small Markets may be permitted subject to Freddie’s approval of an exception request.

Unit Limitations
  • Loan amount ≤ $6 million: no unit limitations.
  • Loan amount > $6 million and ≤ $7.5 million: up to 100 units (exceptions permitted above 100 units)
Loan Term Fixed-rate loan terms of 5, 7 or 10 years. Hybrid ARM loan terms of 20 years with
initial 5, 7 or 10 years fixed.
Amortization Up to 30 years. Interest-only options also available.
Minimum DSCR 1.20 in Top Markets; 1.25 in Standard Markets; 1.30 in Small Markets;
1.40 in Very Small Markets;
Minimum 1.25x amortizing DCR for loans greater than $6 million.
Maximum LTV 80% in Top and Standard Markets;
75% if acquisition in Small/Very Small Markets;
70% refinance in Small/Very Small Markets.
Full-Term Interest Only DSC/LTV Thresholds
  • Minimum DSC 1.35 / Maximum LTV 65% in Top Markets
  • Minimum DSC 1.40 / Maximum LTV 65% in Standard Markets
  • Minimum DSC 1.40 / Maximum LTV 60% in Small Markets
  • Minimum DSC 1.50 / Maximum LTV 60% in Very Small Markets
Rate Structure Fixed and hybrid ARM loan terms available.
Eligible Properties Multifamily, minimum five residential units.
Eligible Borrower Up to $6 million – Individuals who are U.S. citizens; LPs; LLCs; SAEs; SPEs;
TICs with up to 5 unrelated members; and trusts (irrevocable trusts and revocable trusts with warm-body guarantor).
Between $6 million and $7.5 million – Single-Asset Entities
Occupancy Requirement Property must generally be stabilized at 90% physical occupancy for the trailing 3-month average prior to Underwriting or 85% for the trailing 3-month average prior to Underwriting under certain scenarios.
Tax & Insurance Escrows Real estate tax escrow deferred for deals with 65% LTV or less. Insurance
escrow deferred. Replacement reserve escrow deferred.
Replacement Reserves Underwritten at a minimum $200 per unit per annum.
Commercial Space Allowed up to 40% of total net rental income; no more than 40% of building’s
square footage.
Recourse Non-recourse with standard carve-out provisions required.
Prepayment Declining schedules and yield maintenance available for all loan types. All prepayment options are open for prepayment without penalty 3 months prior to maturity.
Assumable Subject to approval and 1% fee.
Pricing Tiered Pricing Matrix. More favorable terms available for higher DSC and lower LTV.
Rate Lock 60, 90, 120, 150, 180 day extended delivery options available.
Freddie Mac Fee A non-refundable application fee (0.1% of loan amount in all markets except Top
Markets) will be collected at time of rate lock.
Good Faith Deposit 1% of loan amount due upon acceptance and execution of the SBL Rate Lock Application; refundable post-closing.
Top Markets New York-Kings-Queens-Bronx-Richmond-Rockland-Westchester-Orange-Suffolk-Nassau-Bergen-Essex-Hudson-Somerset-Middlesex-Passaic-Union-Monmouth-Morris (NY-NJ-PA); Middlesex-Norfolk-Suffolk-Essex-Plymouth (MANH); District of Columbia-Montgomery-Prince George’s-Arlington-Alexandria-Fairfax-Fairfax City-Falls Church City (DC-VA-MD-WV); Dallas (TX); Cook-Lake-DuPage (IL-IN-WI); Los Angeles (CA); San Francisco-Sacramento-Contra Costa-Marin (CA); Alameda-Orange-Santa Clara-San Mateo (CA); San Diego (CA); Denver-Jefferson-Arapahoe-Adams (CO); Fairfield (CT); Miami-Broward-Palm Beach (FL); Dakota-Ramsey-Hennepin-Anoka (MN-WI); Washington-Clackamas-Clark-Multnomah-King-Pierce-Snohomish (OR-WA)


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