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.


Arbor Funds $79.6M Freddie Mac Conventional Portfolio in VA

UNIONDALE, NY (October 28, 2020) – Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ABR), a leading multifamily and commercial mortgage lender, recently funded a Freddie Mac Conventional portfolio in Virginia. The three loans, totaling $79.​6M, received acquisition funding with 10-year terms.

Jason Scott of Arbor’s Atlanta office originated the loans.

“These transactions reflect our in-depth knowledge of local multifamily markets,” Scott said. “As trends point to increased demand for suburban living, we enjoy working with sophisticated clients who are expanding into lower density markets that offer growth potential, while providing beautiful and comfortable spaces, which people are proud to call home.”

Chesapeake Bay Apartments in Newport News, VA, received $28.​2M.​ Built in 1987, the 300-unit, three-story complex was renovated in 2019. With landscaped grounds, the property features furnished one- and two-bedroom units with balconies and patios, a dog park, fitness center, pool, playground and tennis courts.

Just a 15-minute drive to Richmond, Hanover Crossing in Mechanicsville, VA, received $26.​7M.​ Built in 1987 and renovated in 2019, this two-story, 220-unit property offers spacious apartments with private balconies and patios. Amenities include a swimming pool, picnic area and tennis, volleyball and basketball courts.

Located in Richmond, VA, Wilde Lake received $24.​7M.​ Built in 1989 and renovated in 2019, the complex offers one- to three-bedroom units with lake access for residents. In addition to a business center, a carwash and catering kitchen, the community features a clubhouse, fitness center, pool and tennis courts.

About Us
Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ABR) is a nationwide real estate investment trust and direct lender, providing loan origination and servicing for multifamily, single-family rental (SFR) portfolios, seniors housing, healthcare and other diverse commercial real estate assets. Headquartered in Uniondale, New York, Arbor manages a multibillion-dollar servicing portfolio, specializing in government-sponsored enterprise products. Arbor is a Fannie Mae DUS® lender and Freddie Mac Optigo® Seller/Servicer. Arbor’s product platform also includes CMBS, bridge, mezzanine and preferred equity loans. Rated by Standard and Poor’s and Fitch Ratings, Arbor is committed to building on its reputation for service, quality and customized solutions with an unparalleled dedication to providing our clients excellence over the entire life of a loan.

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Chesapeake Bay – Newport News, VA

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Hanover Crossing – Mechanicsville, VA

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Wilde Lake – Richmond, VA


Jason Scott – Regional Managing Director, Southeast