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Small Multifamily Investment Snapshot — Q4 2022

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Arbor Realty Trust Reacts to Ningi Research Report

UNIONDALE, N.Y., March 14, 2023  (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Arbor Realty Trust (NYSE: ABR), announced today that the Company is in receipt of the purported “research” report that was published earlier today by Ningi Research, a short seller of Arbor stock. The report lacks merit and contains numerous inaccuracies, misstatements, and otherwise misleading allegations. This false Read the full article…


Arbor’s Leah Fisher Joins Global Sustainability Panel at InnovateESG

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Single-Family Rental Investment Snapshot — Q4 2022

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Freddie Mac Appoints Arbor as National Small Balance Loan Lender

UNIONDALE, NY (Oct. 9, 2014) – As part of its new Small Balance Loan Product, Freddie Mac has appointed Arbor Commercial Mortgage, a long-standing, leading small multifamily lender, as one of three eligible nationwide lenders.

Designed for multifamily acquisitions and refinancings, Freddie Mac’s Small Balance Loan Product will offer both fixed-rate mortgages and hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages ranging from $1 million to $5 million. Leveraging the established small loan expertise of Arbor Commercial Mortgage, the program will also offer several market-leading terms and components, including full-term interest-only options, flexible pre-payment capabilities, non-recourse, low interest rates, 80% loan to value, 1.20 DSCR for top markets, no underwriting floors, a streamlined loan process, reduced documentation and assumability.

“We are extremely pleased to partner with Freddie Mac on this new, national product offering,” said Ivan Kaufman, Chairman and CEO of Arbor. “Through our experience and success in the multifamily small balance loan business, we have a comprehensive understanding of the level of expertise needed to execute this product and recognize the importance of properly serving this growing market. Therefore, we greatly appreciate Freddie Mac’s creation of this new platform, which promises to further enhance the small balance finance offerings available to multifamily investors. This new platform also brings to Arbor yet another new loan product offering, ensuring our valued clients have access to a truly comprehensive lineup of multifamily finance solutions.”

Arbor is now one of a few multifamily lenders offering both Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae Small Loans. Earlier this year, Freddie Mac appointed Arbor as a Program Plus® Seller/Servicer for all conventional loan products. Arbor has been a Top 10 Fannie Mae DUS® Multifamily Lender for seven years in a row and is a Top Fannie Mae DUS® Small Loan lender.

“We are excited to partner with Arbor Commercial Mortgage as one of our first Small Balance Loan Seller/Servicers,” added David Brickman, Executive Vice President of Freddie Mac Multifamily. “As a veteran small loan lender, Arbor brings a great deal of knowledge and talent to this program and we look forward to working with them in serving the multifamily small loan market.”

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 2013 Top 10 Fannie Mae DUS® Multifamily Lender by volume, a Freddie Mac Program Plus® Seller/Servicer, an FHA Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP)/LEAN Lender, a HUD-approved LIHTC Lender as well as a CMBS, Bridge and Mezzanine lender, consistently building on its reputation for service, quality and flexibility. With a current servicing portfolio of more than $10 billion, Arbor is a primary commercial loan servicer and special servicer rated by Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s and holds an Above Average rating from Standard & Poor’s. Arbor is also on the Standard & Poor’s Select Servicer List.

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