Video: Special Report Fall 2023 Key Takeaways

In this video, Dr. Sam Chandan, Founding Director of the C.H. Chen Institute for Global Real Estate Finance at the NYU Stern School of Business and non-executive chairman of Chandan Economics, details the key takeaways of Arbor’s Special Report Fall 2023, which he co-authored with Ivan Kaufman, Chairman and CEO of Arbor Realty Trust.


FHFA Loan Caps for 2024: What Multifamily Borrowers Need to Know

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced a $10 billion rollback of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s volume cap for loan purchases for 2023 to $140 billion ($70 billion for each agency). This move aligns with industry expectations, given the anticipation of continued headwinds for the multifamily in 2024. Next year’s cap for the Government-Sponsored Entities (GSEs) is a reduction of approximately 7% from the $150 billion limit set for 2023 and a return to the level it was in 2021.

Current Reports

Affordable Housing Trends Report Fall 2023

With the cost of living climbing, the need for affordable housing has become more urgent. Although demand continues to outpace available supply, multifamily investment in affordable housing is fortified by Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), Project-Based Section 8, and the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs. Arbor’s Affordable Housing Trends Report Fall 2023, developed in partnership with Chandan Economics, examines the supply-driven programs and policies designed to improve supply at a point in time when federal gridlock has stalled many funding increases.

Current Reports

Small Multifamily Investment Trends Report Q4 2023

Arbor’s Small Multifamily Investment Trends Report Q4 2023, developed in partnership with Chandan Economics, is a snapshot of a strong and resilient subsector continuing to navigate ongoing market dislocation. The report shows that distress has remained limited, even with valuations and measures of risk pricing in flux. As conditions start to stabilize, there are signs that deal activity is picking up.


U.S. Multifamily Market Snapshot — Q3 2023

The U.S. multifamily market held steady during the third quarter of 2023, as high mortgage rates and a lack of inventory in the housing market continued to drive rental demand.


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$34M FHA 223(f) Loan Refinancing with
Green Savings






Year Built


A real estate investment firm was exploring a full acquisition of a newly constructed apartment community in Houston, TX. Without an existing asset and with limited operating history in this region, the borrower sought expert guidance to develop a strategy to acquire the property. With interest rates rising, the borrower wanted to lock in a highly competitive rate to refinance a rental community that had swelled to over 90% capacity.

Arbor Action

Arbor worked with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to secure an FHA 223(f) loan refinance with green savings, which provides long-term, fixed-rate financing for refinancings, acquisitions, or moderate renovations. Arbor negotiated an underwriting change while interest rates were increasing, allowing the borrower to secure a Bridge to HUD loan to help improve net operating income and increase loan proceeds. In addition, Arbor connected the borrower with HUD’s green program, which reduces existing loan interest rates.


The borrower secured a Bridge to HUD loan that funded the acquisition of a beautiful and sprawling Houston apartment community with wide-ranging amenities. They achieved a better-than-anticipated rate for their HUD execution. The apartment community, constructed to meet high energy efficiency and sustainability standards, was then entered into HUD’s green program, reducing mortgage insurance premiums enabling the borrower to achieve optimal savings.