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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.

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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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REIT launches $2M rental assistance program

REIT launches rental assistance program

Long Island-based Arbor Realty Trust has launched a $2 million interest-free loan program for its borrowers’ tenants.

The real estate investment trust, which is headquartered in Uniondale and is a multifamily and commercial lender, will contribute $1 million to the fund, representatives for the company said. Landlords — who must be Arbor borrowers to participate — will match Arbor’s contributions and must provide a minimum of $10,000 to the fund.

To qualify for rental assistance, tenants must prove they have suffered at least a 30 percent drop in income and have a rent of $2,000 or less.

Under the program, if a tenant needs $3,000 to cover rent for the next two months, Arbor and the landlord would each provide $1,500. The loan could be repaid over as long as three years, depending on the tenant’s circumstances.

Other companies are offering breaks to borrowers. For example, Community Bank, one of New York City’s largest multifamily lenders, is allowing borrowers hurt by Covid-19 to either pay only interest and escrow payments for six months or defer principal and interest for six months.

A moratorium on evictions is in place in New York through mid-June. Landlords are bracing for a drop in rent payments next month as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Tenant advocates in New York and Pennsylvania have called for a rent strike May 1. State and federal officials have proposed legislation that would temporarily suspend rent and mortgage payments.

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