Government Shutdown: What Multifamily Borrowers Need to Know

Unless an 11th-hour agreement is reached, a Congressional impasse will trigger the first partial U.S. government shutdown in four years. Starting October 1, 2023, many non-essential federal government operations will be limited or suspended. Agency lending, however, will not be interrupted, and there is no cause for concern. Borrowers should anticipate some inconveniences, such as processing and closing delays.


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.


In-House Loan Servicing

Our personal commitment to you is for the life of every loan and beyond, ensuring you receive the highest level of client satisfaction.


A multifamily loan closing is only the first stage in Arbor’s relationship with borrowers. Our experienced in-house multifamily servicing and asset management teams extend the financial partnership with our clients, assisting through the lifecycle of all loans. Arbor’s servicing division currently oversees a multibillion-dollar portfolio of assets across the multifamily and commercial real estate sector and our unique structure and exemplary level of customer service allow us to see to our clients’ needs year after year, and deal after deal.

ARBOR Servicing & Asset Management Distinctions

  • Rated Commercial Mortgage Loan Primary and Special Servicer by S&P Global Ratings with an above Average Rating
  • Member of S&P Global Ratings Select Servicer List
  • Rated Commercial Primary Servicer and Commercial Special Servicer by Fitch Ratings

Servicing & Asset Management Team

Based in Tonawanda, NY, Arbor’s Servicing and Asset Management group has demonstrated ability to proactively manage the company’s serviced portfolio. The group proudly boasts an average of 27 years of dedicated commercial mortgage servicing experience through the historical fluctuations of the real estate cycle. The division also continues to advance in step with our borrowers’ unique needs, most recently through the introduction of a borrower-focused online portal, where users can easily access their loan information and obtain quick answers to their questions.

Arbor services a multibillion-dollar portfolio consisting of thousands of multifamily and commercial real estate loans for a multitude of investors, including Fannie Mae, institutional entities, Wall Street firms, private mortgage holders and affiliates. Diverse in nature and scope, our nationwide serviced portfolio includes mezzanine financing, permanent deals, construction/funded-forward products, REIT/securitized transaction loans and HUD-insured projects.

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