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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Success Story: Townhome-Style
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$16.5M Fannie Mae DUS® Standard Loan with Green Financing®




Santa Barbara County


Year Built


The borrower was interested in refinancing a vintage townhome-style apartment community in Santa Barbara County, California, to improve cash flow for their growing portfolio. With interest rates rising, the borrower was in search of cost savings during the refinancing of a loan. The environmentally conscious borrower, who already intended to make improvements to their properties, was interested in exploring how going green could result in short- and long-term savings.

Arbor Action

Through a focus on developing client relationships, Arbor keenly understood the borrower’s objectives to cut down costs and protect the environment. Arbor was able to fulfill both goals in one transaction. First, Arbor utilized the Fannie Mae Green Financing® program to lower the borrower’s interest rate and increase net operating income. Then, Arbor closely monitored trends in U.S. Treasurys and moved quickly to lock in the best possible rate at the time.


Fannie Mae’s Green Financing program enabled the borrower to save money on interest by committing to make enhancements to the property that improve energy efficiency by 30% within 12 months of closing. By enrolling in this program, they will save a significant amount of money due to locking in at a lower interest rate and the longer interest-only period of the loan. Ultimately, Arbor’s borrower received a better rate at a higher loan amount and will likely achieve a high net operating income over the life of the loan.