Weekly Roundup: December 15, 2017

Trending locations for multifamily developments, and the characteristics of candidates who are likely to rent, are analyzed throughout this week’s selection of industry news pieces. First, National Real Estate Investor covers multifamily in suburban submarkets, and how these suburban locations are accounting for most of the inventory’s growth. Next, Axiometrics explores how the apartment market is benefitting from the growing number of young adults who … Continue reading Weekly Roundup: December 15, 2017

Ivan Kaufman & Steve Johnson — A Conversation on Small Multifamily Loans

Ivan Kaufman, Chairman, President & CEO of Arbor Realty Trust Inc., sits down with Steve Johnson, Vice President of the Small Loan Business at Freddie Mac to discuss how the Freddie Mac Small Balance Loan program has grown and evolved to serve the needs of workforce housing and the small multifamily investor. Continue reading Ivan Kaufman & Steve Johnson — A Conversation on Small Multifamily Loans


While residential lenders have embraced technology to improve customer experience and speed up the borrowing process, the commercial industry has lagged behind. Arbor has changed that with the launch of Arbor LoanExpress — or ALEX for short. The loan application and processing portal is the first agency online lending platform for borrowers, brokers and correspondent lenders. ALEX is uniquely paperless, featuring e-signature capability and a … Continue reading Meet ALEX

Multifamily Market Fundaments (Part 2)

Surging apartment demand can be attributed to several demographic and economic trends. The U.S. homeownership rate continues to drop in the wake of the foreclosure crisis. In July 2016 the homeownership rate hit 62.9% — its lowest point since 1965 according to Census Data. ‘Rentership’ has increased, with over 36% of the population now calling a rental unit home. Stagnant wages and student loan debt … Continue reading Multifamily Market Fundaments (Part 2)

Freddie Mac Multifamily Small Balance Loans

In October 2014, Freddie Mac launched its Small Balance Loan program designed for multifamily investors looking to borrow between $1 and $5 million to acquire or refinance apartment properties with 5 or more units. The loan program proved extremely popular for the multifamily industry and $2.6 billion was funded by December 2015. The non-recourse loans have flexible terms and competitive interest rates. Continue reading Freddie Mac Multifamily Small Balance Loans

Mulifamily Market Fundamentals (part 1)

Small multifamily loans between $1 and $5 million in size are a growing sector of the apartment lending industry. The small loan market was estimated to represent 65% of multifamily loans and 20% of the overall volume in 2015, according to Chandan Economics. The estimated $44.3 billion small multifamily loan origination volume in 2015 was a four-fold increase over 2009’s $11.1 billion estimated origination volume. … Continue reading Mulifamily Market Fundamentals (part 1)

Commercial Real Estate Market Movements

In our latest video covering the commercial real estate market, we discuss the continued disruptions occurring in foreign markets and the resultant flight to stability, as foreign investors are increasingly looking to place their money within the U.S. market. However, there has been an recent adjustment to this overall trend, as several foreign countries are starting to restrict the money flowing out, plus the currency … Continue reading Commercial Real Estate Market Movements