Current Reports

Affordable Housing Trends Report Spring 2024

As housing costs spiral, rental affordability has become a more urgent issue, burdening a greater number of Americans. Arbor’s Affordable Housing Trends Report Spring 2024, developed in partnership with Chandan Economics, examines the major policies and programs shaping the marketplace at a time when overdue federal funding expansions have increased agency budgets.


What Is Driving Lifestyle Renter Demand?

Lifestyle renters — those who have the means to own but prefer to rent or are willing to pay more for apartments with amenities — have become a key driver of rental demand in single-family rental homes, build-to-rent communities, and other types of high-quality multifamily housing. With this small yet influential demographic growing, our research teams examine and explain the factors driving lifestyle renter demand.


Build-to-Rent Well-Positioned to Fill Housing Market Gap

With nearly one-fifth of multifamily properties now over 65 years old, it’s time to consider solutions for rejuvenating the rental housing stock in the U.S. While building rehabs are a tried-and-true solution, build-to-rent (BTR) is an alternative that is well-positioned to expand as Americans increasingly favor renting over homeownership.


U.S. Added 514,000 New Rental Households in 2023

In a year when inflation and elevated interest rates weakened affordability, the rental housing sector strengthened and expanded. An analysis of newly released U.S. Census Bureau Housing Vacancies and Homeownership data shows the number of rental households climbed in 2023.

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Arbor Funds $92.6M in Fannie Mae Loans Across Seven U.S. States

UNIONDALE, NY (December 15, 2020) – Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ABR), a leading multifamily and commercial mortgage lender, recently financed Fannie Mae loans in seven states across the U.S. The properties, made up of 1634 units, received $92.6M in funding.

Ryan Duff of Arbor’s New York City office originated the loans.

“Arbor has been able to keep up with the preservation of affordable housing through Fannie Mae’s mission-driven product lines during the pandemic,” Duff said. “While rates remain low, we’re able to offer cost-effective, highly leveraged and competitive structures to our customers for all of their multifamily financing needs.”

Highlights of Transactions

The following properties received financing through the Fannie Mae DUS® program:
Oaks at Five Mile Apartments in Dallas, TX, received $9.6M in acquisition financing in the first quarter of 2020. Built in 1977 the two-story, 196-unit property features walk-in closets, patios and balconies. Retail shopping and the Dallas Zoo are nearby.

Tuscany Village Apartments in Oklahoma City, OK, received $9M in refinancing in the second quarter of 2020. The community includes 306 units with hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings and built-in bookshelves. A swimming pool, playground and picnic area are available to residents.

Westbridge Apartments in Little Rock, AR, received $6M in refinancing in the second quarter of 2020. Built in 1979, the 180-unit property is pet-friendly. Retail shopping and the Little Rock Zoo are in close proximity.

11-07 Welling Court in Astoria, NY, received $12.4M in refinancing in the third quarter of 2020. The 28-unit complex features custom Italian-crafted kitchens and access to a landscaped roof deck with panoramic views, an outdoor kitchen and more. Parks and public transportation are nearby.

Wingate Apartments in Forest Park, GA, received $11M in refinancing in the third quarter of 2020. The multifamily property features 211 units and is close to shopping, dining and entertainment. Fort Gillem is a short driving distance away.

Inverness Apartments in Tuscaloosa, AL, received $23.2M in acquisition funding in the fourth quarter of 2020. The 208-unit garden-style apartment complex was built in 1996 and offers one to four bedroom floorplans with fireplaces and balconies.

El Rancho Apartments in Dallas, TX, received $12M in refinancing in the fourth quarter of 2020. Built in 1968, the 308-unit gated complex was renovated in 2015. Retail shopping is within walking distance.

Four additional properties received refinancing through the Fannie Mae DUS® Small Loan program:
Jax Square Townhomes in Sterlington, LA, received $3.2M in the third quarter of 2020. The 30-unit property offers two- and three-bedroom options with walk-in closets, granite kitchen countertops and stainless steel appliances.

Sterling Townhomes in Sterlington, LA, received $2.9M in the third quarter of 2020. Built in 2015, the 28 unit property is made up of two- and three-bedroom floorplans with granite kitchen countertops and stainless steel appliances.

Strawberry Commons in Dalton, GA, received $2.1M in the third quarter of 2020. The 39-unit multifamily garden, low rise features a picnic area and playground. Retail shopping is nearby.

One Fort Worth, TX, property received funding through the Fannie Mae DUS® Supplemental Loan program:
Regency Oaks received $1.2M in the second quarter of 2020. The 100-unit gated property includes one-, two-, and three-bedroom options and a swimming pool for residents.

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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Inverness Apartments – Tuscaloosa, AL

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Wingate Apartments – Forest Park, GA

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Tuscany Village Apartments – Oklahoma City, OK


Ryan Duff – Vice President, Originations