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Arbor & Chandan Economics Introduce ALEX Chatter, the Multifamily Industry’s 1st Source for Small Balance Multifamily Research, Analysis & News

UNIONDALE, NY (April 14, 2016) – Arbor Commercial Mortgage, LLC, one of the nation’s largest direct commercial real estate lenders, has launched ALEX Chatter, the multifamily industry’s first and only source for small balance multifamily investment research, analysis and transaction news. ALEX Chatter was developed as the research and news blog of Arbor LoanExpress, the industry’s first online agency lending platform for multifamily investors, brokers and correspondent lenders. Free to subscribers, ALEX Chatter is designed to fill the information gap that previously existed for the small balance multifamily market, which encompasses typically $1-million to $7-million transactions.

Featuring exclusive, in-depth, small balance investment and market data from Chandan Economics, ALEX Chatter also offers visitors targeted news covering the sector’s acquisition and financing deals straight from GlobeSt.com plus helpful investment knowledge and advice from Elite Apartment Coaching, a consulting company that helps individuals invest in multifamily real estate.

Please visit ALEX Chatter and discover its latest research, analysis and news, including the Spring 2016 Small Balance Multifamily Investment Trends Report, featuring an examination of financing trends, lending volume, cap rates and debt yields, among other useful data. In addition, please check out the ALEX Chatter Video Introduction, featuring Dr. Sam Chandan.

“For investors, there has historically been a significant amount of quality research available for larger multifamily assets on both a nationwide and market-by-market basis. However, such data does not exist for those multifamily investors targeting smaller, lower-cost assets, leaving them without proper information to back their business strategies,” explained Ivan Kaufman, Chairman and CEO of Arbor. “ALEX Chatter was built to address such a research and data deficiency and enable owners and brokers to make smarter, more informed decisions.”

Chandan Economics is ALEX Chatter’s research partner, and has utilized its expertise as one of the country’s leading providers of commercial real estate mortgage data and analytics to uncover highly targeted information that more accurately and appropriately serves the small balance multifamily market.

“Smaller multifamily assets perform differently than their larger counterparts, both in terms of their investment performance and fundamentals. Up until this point, industry research has focused primarily on larger apartment buildings typically in the urban core. ALEX Chatter breaks new ground in this regard, shedding light on the drivers of smaller property performance,” explained Dr. Sam Chandan, chief economist and founder of Chandan Economics. “More specific research on the small balance market will yield better information on small asset performance, the dynamics of small balance liquidity and borrower needs as well as renter demand and demographics.”

About Us
Founded by Chairman and CEO Ivan Kaufman, Arbor Commercial Mortgage, LLC and Arbor Commercial Funding, LLC are national direct lenders specializing in loan origination and servicing for multifamily, seniors housing, healthcare and other diverse commercial real estate assets. Arbor is a Top 10 Fannie Mae DUS® Multifamily Lender by volume and a Top Fannie Mae Small Loan lender, a Freddie Mac Program Plus® Seller/Servicer and the Top Freddie Mac Small Balance Loan Lender, a Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Seniors Housing Lender, an FHA Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP)/LEAN Lender, a HUD-approved LIHTC Lender as well as a CMBS, Bridge, Mezzanine and Preferred Equity lender, consistently building on its reputation for service, quality and flexibility. Arbor also offers Arbor LoanExpress, an online loan origination and processing platform designed to make multifamily financing easier and quicker for borrowers, brokers and correspondent lenders. With a current servicing portfolio of more than $12 billion, Arbor is a primary commercial loan servicer and special servicer rated by Standard & Poor’s with an Above Average rating. Arbor is also on the Standard & Poor’s Select Servicer List and is a primary commercial loan servicer and loan level special servicer rated by Fitch Ratings.

Arbor Commercial Mortgage, LLC also manages Arbor Realty Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust, (REIT), formed to invest in mortgage-related securities, real estate-related bridge, junior participating interests in first mortgages, mezzanine loans, preferred and direct equity investments and in limited cases, discounted mortgage notes and other real estate related assets. Arbor is headquartered in Uniondale, NY, with full-service lending offices throughout the United States. For more information about Arbor, visit www.arbor.com.