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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COVID-19 Creates Immediate Challenges, Long-Term Opportunities

COVID-19 has hit the U.S. economy in full force. Yet leasing and investment brokers are still reporting a high demand for single-family rentals (SFRs).

Chandan Economics estimates occupancy rates on transacted SFRs increased to 98.5% in the first quarter of 2020. As a niche sector, SFRs benefit from particularly strong tenant retention. During difficult economic times, SFRs are likely to attract people who would otherwise choose to purchase their own homes. They also appeal to tenants wanting the flexibility of renting. The analysis concludes that with appropriate underwriting standards and financially secure households, SFRs should see a future surge in demand.

Download the full report, “Q1 2020 Single-Family Rental Investment Trends Report,” for the latest insights on:

  • State of the Market
  • Occupancy
  • Cap Rates & Prices
  • Loan-to-Value Ratios
  • Debt Yields
  • Build to Rent
  • Future Demand