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.

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Higher Interest Rates Drive Cap Rates Up as Cash Flows Remain Robust
The small multifamily subsector, strengthened by sound structural fundamentals, is well-positioned to face distress due to interest rate pressure. Even though pricing has slid lower and cap rates have risen, it should remain resilient in the coming quarters.
Small multifamily originations reached $80.7 billion in 2022, the highest annual total after 2021’s record high.
After a record-breaking 2021, financial turbulence has become the norm in recent months, and forecasts indicate we can expect more rocky economic conditions ahead.
Storm clouds continue to gather for the U.S. economy and advanced economies around the world. After the U.S. gross domestic product shrank at a 1.6% seasonally adjusted annualized rate in the first quarter of 2022 and current forecasts anticipate another contraction in the second quarter, talks of an impending recession
The economy shrank at a 1.4% seasonally adjusted annualized rate in the first quarter of 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The contraction comes amid elevated energy costs and growing recessionary concerns.