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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Ivan Kaufman Discusses Arbor’s Strength and Diversification on The iREIT Podcast with Brad Thomas

The iREIT Podcast

Arbor Realty Trust’s CEO discusses diversified income streams, stock buybacks, and the state of regional bank CRE lending in this wide-ranging interview.

Arbor’s diverse business model differentiates it from other multifamily lenders, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Ivan Kaufman told Brad Thomas, founder of Wide Moat Research, in an interview on the iREIT Podcast on June 16, 2023.

“We are actually more than a mortgage REIT,” said Kaufman, noting that Arbor has multiple income streams. “Not only are we a leading originator of loans that we hold in our portfolio like most mortgage REITs and create that spread, but we also have a variety of other businesses that work together that create multiple income streams and feed off of one another.”

Thomas pointed out that Kaufman’s belief in the strength of his company prompted him to initiate a stock buyback program this year.

“As everybody’s aware, there was this short report that was written on us … we knew fundamentally it was wrong, and we also knew fundamentally how solid we were as evidenced by the ability to increase our dividend by two cents and still have the lowest payout ratio in the industry.”

Kaufman saw an opportunity in Arbor’s undervalued stock price and had the liquidity and access to capital to purchase more shares.

“Our stock typically trades at an eight dividend,” he added. “An eight dividend is a $20, $21 stock price. So, we’re sitting at $10 and a quarter, and we’re like, ‘Okay, this is a no-brainer for a 50% return.’ When the market normalizes, that’s just incredible.”

Kaufman told Thomas that Arbor is well-positioned to increase its stature in the multifamily lending market following the failures of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank in March.

“We used to have 10 regionals who would compete with us in that sector, [but today] we don’t have that competition. We’re a leader in that space, and we’re growing that book of business, and it’s a great book of business.”

Looking forward, Kaufman sees Arbor leading from a position of strength.

“I’m excited, and I’m excited because we lost the regional banks,” he said. “I lost a lot of competitors. We have a lot of liquidity, and the market’s going to be ours.”

Listen to the complete podcast.