Government Shutdown: What Multifamily Borrowers Need to Know

Unless an 11th-hour agreement is reached, a Congressional impasse will trigger the first partial U.S. government shutdown in four years. Starting October 1, 2023, many non-essential federal government operations will be limited or suspended. Agency lending, however, will not be interrupted, and there is no cause for concern. Borrowers should anticipate some inconveniences, such as processing and closing delays.


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.


Arbor 360º

Success Story: Large Single-Family
Build-to-Rent Development

A panoramic view of how Arbor grows financial partnerships through successful

product executions that deliver results for our clients


$32.1M Single-Family Rental Build-to-Rent Loan




San Antonio


Construction Completed


An experienced developer of luxury single-family rental (SFR) communities had begun construction on a 250-unit luxury build-to-rent (BTR) community in San Antonio, TX, poised to be the largest community of its kind in the metro. To continue construction velocity, the borrower was looking for ground-up construction financing to fund the development, with the goal of refinancing to a permanent agency loan once construction was completed and the property was stabilized. At the time, there were limited financing options in the SFR space. The borrower reached out to Arbor for assistance due to the strong relationship and previous successful projects together.

Arbor Action

Arbor leveraged its multifamily expertise to create a BTR financing product under its Single-Family Rental Portfolio platform – a product not offered by other major multifamily lenders. Arbor worked closely with the borrower to review the construction plan and timeline to confirm the project would be delivered on time and on budget. As part of the loan agreement, Arbor advanced a portion of the loan to fund construction. To draw additional funds, the borrower had to meet certain construction and pre-leasing milestones set by Arbor.


Arbor executed a 24-month construction loan under its Single-Family Rental Portfolio Build-to-Rent program. The financing helped the borrower successfully complete the project and achieve full occupancy. The borrower is now operating and maintaining the property for steady rental income and plans to continue partnering with Arbor on its future SFR projects.