Commercial Bridge Loans: Fast, Flexible Financing for Multifamily Investors

With constantly changing market conditions, investors sometimes need access to capital with flexible terms to improve or secure an asset. Commercial bridge loans are a popular financing tool that provides borrowers with short-term capital for renovations and purchases. They are often the perfect first step in the door to the beginning of a long-term financial partnership.

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Single-Family Rental Investment Trends Report Q1 2024

On the heels of a strong 2023, the single-family rental (SFR) sector is positioned to expand even more in 2024. Build-to-rent (BTR) starts ticked up in the third quarter to reach 7.8%, another record high. With occupancy rates stable and lease renewal rent growth above historical averages, SFR has healthy fundamentals that will continue to support growth amid headwinds, Arbor’s Single-Family Rental Investment Trends Report Q1 2024, developed in partnership with Chandan Economics, shows.


U.S. Multifamily Market Snapshot — Q4 2023

The U.S. multifamily market continued to show signs of slowing at the end of 2023, although demand remained robust, with high home prices leading younger generations of higher-income households to choose renting over homeownership.


Arbor Recognized as Top Lender by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and FHA in 2023

Arbor’s platform of diverse multifamily financing solutions and our strong industry relationships drive us to the top of the multifamily lender rankings year after year. Through decades-long partnerships with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and FHA, our best-in-class team delivered results for our borrowers in 2023, propelling Arbor to the top of the partner rankings.

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Small Multifamily Investment Trends Report Q1 2024

Small multifamily starts the year from a position of strength with normalizing expense ratios and healthy occupancy rates. After demonstrating resiliency amid headwinds, this subsector is ready to capitalize on any positive momentum in the financial markets. Arbor’s Small Multifamily Investment Trends Report Q1 2024, developed in partnership with Chandan Economics, examines and explains the key developments every investor needs to know.

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Ivan Kaufman Talks Housing’s Return to Pre-Pandemic Levels on Yahoo Finance Live

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Arbor Realty Trust’s CEO discusses the for-sale and for-rent markets, seeing rents returning to pre-pandemic levels

All sectors of the housing market are seeing price appreciation, “whether it be for-sale, for-rent…multifamily or single-family,” noted Ivan Kaufman, founder, chairman and CEO of Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ABR), in an interview on Yahoo Finance Live with Seana Smith and Brian Cheung.

The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index saw an 18.6% increase in June, a level not seen in more than 30 years. Kaufman attributes this boom to pent-up demand meeting limited inventory.

“There’s just not enough supply and with the pandemic having happened, everyone wanted to go out and buy a home and move out to the suburbs,” Kaufman said.

The Sun Belt markets have certainly been the top performers during the pandemic, benefitting from significant in-migration of those looking for more space and a lower cost of living.

The biggest surprise so far this year, however, has been the strength of the urban areas, he noted, with rents returning to pre-pandemic levels in several markets. As many companies delay their return-to-office plans, people are putting a bigger emphasis on their accommodations, Kaufman said.

Even with the rise of the Delta variant, renters are returning to cities as schools, restaurants, retail and other entertainment options reopen.

“Let’s face it, people want to get back to the city. They enjoy the city…So, I think there was a time out, that time out is coming to an end,” Kaufman said. “There’s a transition period of time, but make no mistake about it, people are running back to the city.”

Watch the full interview here.