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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.

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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.


Commercial/Multifamily Briefs From Arbor, Cushman & Wakefield

Commercial and Multifamily Briefs From Arbor and Cushman and Wakefield

Eastern Union Offering 20 Paid Internships in Data Analytics, Research; Zoom Information Session June 7

Eastern Union, New York, is offering paid internships in data analytics and research, one of the most in-demand skills in today’s business marketplace.

Under the hands-on tutelage of company president and co-founder Ira Zlotowitz and the company’s team of data researchers, 20 paid interns will take part in a 36-hour remote training course in data analytics. The company will then hire at least one graduating intern on a full-time basis, in addition to up to fifteen on a commission basis.

The worldwide data analytics marketplace is on pace to nearly triple by 2027, a March 2020 report from found. The analysis found that demand, which stood at $37.34 billion in 2018, would increase by 281 percent to $105.08 billion within nine years.

The growth of the big data analytics research market is being driven by “the rapidly increasing volume and complexity of data…due to growing mobile data traffic, cloud-computing traffic, and burgeoning development and adoption of technologies including IoT [the internet of things] and AI [artificial intelligence],” said.

Businesses use data analytics to think more strategically — and to analyze and solve a wide spectrum of business problems. There are four primary types of data analytics: descriptive, diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive analytics.

The 36-hour remote internship program begins on Monday, June 14. Eastern Union is hosting an obligation-free “open house” via Zoom on Monday, June 7 from 12:00-12:30 PM ET.

For more information about the paid internship initiative, visit this link. This opportunity is open to all U.S. citizens.

CREtelligent Launches Automated Valuation Model for Commercial Properties and Black Knight subsidiary Collateral Analytics launched a Commercial Automated Valuation Model.

CREtelligent said it can now deliver an estimated property value to a commercial real estate professional in less than 30 seconds.

“In the business of commercial real estate, knowing the value of your assets at any point in time gives you an advantage and can be instrumental in managing risk and maximizing returns,” said Anthony Romano, CEO of CREtelligent. “In some situations, speed is important, and the time and cost of a full appraisal is not an option.”

Romano noted the CAVM is not Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice-compliant or intended to replace an appraisal but can be used to make or support value assumptions. Automated valuation models have been used for decades in the residential market and have grown in popularity in commercial market in recent years.

The CREtelligent CAVM provides an instant estimated property value or probable price and includes comparables used with low, high, mean and median ranges. Property information includes loan, tax, sales history, market statistics, rental prices, net operating incomes, rent rolls and more. A CAVM can be generated for a single property or a portfolio and can be used on any property type: multifamily, industrial, retail or office.

Romano said the company plans to further its offerings in the valuation space, noting that commercial evaluations and broker price opinions are valuation reports the company currently provides on its RADIUS platform.

REIT Earnings Recovery Slows in First Quarter
After two consecutive quarters of double-digit growth, real estate investment trust earnings recovery slowed in the first quarter of 2021.

The Nareit Total REIT Industry Tracker Series report found funds from operations for all equity REITS rose 2.0 percent to $14.0 billion.

“Different parts of the economy are reopening at different speeds, and REIT performance by property sector reflects this variation,” said Calvin Schnure, Nareit Senior Economist. “The recovery is broadening with the vaccine rollout, however, and prospects for improvement have gone from ‘if’ to ‘when’.”

FFO for industrial REITs rose 15.7 percent to $1.5 billion, a record high. The retail sector–one of the sectors hardest hit by the pandemic–reported a 5.5 percent rise in FFO, and has recovered more than a third of the decline in FFO that occurred during the 2020 spring economic shutdowns.

Regional malls saw the greatest increase in FFO, up 14.5 percent, Nareit reported. FFO for shopping centers rose 7.8 percent while FFO for free-standing retail fell 9.9 percent. The office sector showed continued declines in the first quarter while lodging/resorts reported negative FFO for the fourth consecutive quarter.