Government Shutdown: What Multifamily Borrowers Need to Know

Unless an 11th-hour agreement is reached, a Congressional impasse will trigger the first partial U.S. government shutdown in four years. Starting October 1, 2023, many non-essential federal government operations will be limited or suspended. Agency lending, however, will not be interrupted, and there is no cause for concern. Borrowers should anticipate some inconveniences, such as processing and closing delays.


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.


Fred Weber

Executive Vice President, Managing Director of Structured Finance and Principal Transactions
Head shot of Fred Weber Executive Vice President, Managing Director of Structured Finance & Principal Transactions

With more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Weber has earned a distinguished reputation for professional excellence and leadership in the mortgage banking and commercial real estate industries. He has extensive real estate finance and acquisition experience as well as substantial expertise in the restructuring and workouts of troubled loans.

Mr. Weber currently leads a team that serves the highly specialized and complex financing needs for clients of Arbor Realty Trust. As the Executive Vice President, Managing Director of Structured Finance & Principal Transactions, he manages a group that originates, underwrites and implements debt and equity transactions for various asset types and classes of commercial real estate nationwide. During his tenure, Mr. Weber has structured in excess of $50 billion of sophisticated real estate and finance transactions.

Mr. Weber is a member of the Real Estate Finance Committee of the Real Estate Board of New York, the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Mortgage Bankers Association of New York. He is also a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, the Real Estate Lenders Association, the Urban Land Institute, the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council and the RealShare Structured Finance Advisory Board. He has lectured at the International Council of Shopping Centers and other industry conferences. Before joining Arbor, he was a partner and co-head of the real estate department with Kronish, Lieb, Weiner & Hellman. He was also a partner with the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

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