Current Reports

Affordable Housing Trends Report Spring 2024

As housing costs spiral, rental affordability has become a more urgent issue, burdening a greater number of Americans. Arbor’s Affordable Housing Trends Report Spring 2024, developed in partnership with Chandan Economics, examines the major policies and programs shaping the marketplace at a time when overdue federal funding expansions have increased agency budgets.


What Is Driving Lifestyle Renter Demand?

Lifestyle renters — those who have the means to own but prefer to rent or are willing to pay more for apartments with amenities — have become a key driver of rental demand in single-family rental homes, build-to-rent communities, and other types of high-quality multifamily housing. With this small yet influential demographic growing, our research teams examine and explain the factors driving lifestyle renter demand.


Build-to-Rent Well-Positioned to Fill Housing Market Gap

With nearly one-fifth of multifamily properties now over 65 years old, it’s time to consider solutions for rejuvenating the rental housing stock in the U.S. While building rehabs are a tried-and-true solution, build-to-rent (BTR) is an alternative that is well-positioned to expand as Americans increasingly favor renting over homeownership.


U.S. Added 514,000 New Rental Households in 2023

In a year when inflation and elevated interest rates weakened affordability, the rental housing sector strengthened and expanded. An analysis of newly released U.S. Census Bureau Housing Vacancies and Homeownership data shows the number of rental households climbed in 2023.

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Ivan Kaufman on Secrets to Success: “Inside the ICE House”

Ivan Kaufman on Secrets to Success

Ivan Kaufman, the chairman and CEO of Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ABR), was featured on Intercontinental Exchange’s “Inside the ICE House” podcast, hosted by Josh King. In an episode titled “Arbor Realty Trust CEO Ivan Kaufman Builds an Empire From Multifamily Homes,” Kaufman shared insights about entrepreneurship and multifamily trends in 2020.

Although COVID-19 has taken a severe toll on the economy, Arbor has continued its upward growth. In the second quarter of 2020, the REIT increased its core earnings and raised dividends for the ninth year in a row. Kaufman partly attributed the company’s success to its diversified income streams, including originating and servicing loans and owning real estate.

“Our core asset class is multifamily and that’s not by accident. Going through several recessions including the Great Recession, it was evident that the multifamily asset class is extremely resilient,” said Kaufman. That’s one of the key reasons why Arbor is the best performing mortgage REIT in the industry.

Arbor has adhered to its steadfast principles of maintaining strong fundamentals, while being nimble in innovating products and services. Kaufman explained that the CARES Act provided money, which enabled tenants to pay rent. This allowed borrowers to pay their mortgages and institutions to service their loans. Thus, the real estate market remained stabilized. As one example of its pioneering actions, with its borrowers, Arbor created a rental assistance program (ARAP) to supplement governmental assistance to tenants financially impacted by COVID-19.

Arbor’s chairman predicted technology will streamline processes, improve information and lower costs. Kaufman has observed significant increases in efficiency with electronic signatures and the elimination of duplicative data. “I wouldn’t be surprised if getting a multifamily loan in a year or two from now will go from 30 to 15 days. We’ll continue to see those kinds of improvements,” he stated.

With COVID-19’s disruptions, Kaufman provided a CRE perspective. He emphasized that 60% of asset classes, comprising multifamily, single-family rental and industrial, are performing extremely well. Other property types, such as retail, hospitality and offices, face different challenges.

For multifamily, depending on the location, Kaufman forecasted a slight decline in rent growth and occupancy, with flight to the suburbs. However, he commented, “That’s going to be offset by price appreciation because multifamily is such a strong investment asset class. With low interest rates, you’re going to see cap rates compress and values go higher.”

In the fourth quarter, multifamily purchase transactions will return to normal and refinancings will reach record levels, according to Kaufman. This portends additional future profitability for Arbor.

Yet the forward-thinking CEO refuses to rest on his laurels and has even greater aspirations for his company. “Our mission is to become fully vertical and to offer every product for multifamily, from investment sales all the way through servicing,” said Kaufman. “Whether it be equity, preferred equity, permanent debt, bridge products or construction lending, we will have a program over the next two to three years.”

For more on Kaufman’s business strategies, and his perspectives on the real estate industry and multifamily weathering the current economic storm, listen to the full podcast below and more of Ivan’s recent appearances in the news.

Learn about Arbor’s multifamily financing solutions for your investment goals. Contact Arbor today to speak with one of our origination specialists.