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Cleveland Apartment Loan Rates - Rates updated September 25th, 2022

Cleveland Apartment Loan Rates Over $6,000,000 Rates (start as low as) LTV
Apartment 5 Year Fixed Loan Rates 5.37% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Apartment 7 Year Fixed Loan Rates 5.12% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Apartment 10 Year Fixed Loan Rates 5.08% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Cleveland Apartment Loan Rates Under $6,000,000 Rates (start as low as) LTV
Apartment 5 Year Fixed Loan Rates 5.47% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Apartment 7 Year Fixed Loan Rates 5.22% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Apartment 10 Year Fixed Loan Rates 5.18% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
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Select Commercial has excellent Cleveland Apartment loan products and options available for owners and purchasers of multifamily properties throughout the city of Cleveland. Whether you are looking to finance a small apartment building, a complex with hundreds of units, or a co-operative, we can help you find the optimal financing solution to meet your Apartment mortgage loan needs. While we lend across the entire continental US, we are able to give our best rates and loan programs to certain areas that we feel are strong markets. Cleveland is one of the cities that we consider to be a premium market and we actively look to originate good quality loans here for our clients. We have a diverse array of many available loan products to help qualified Cleveland OH borrowers looking to purchase or refinance an apartment property. We offer apartment loans with terms and amortizations up to 30 years, recourse and non-recourse, and many options for prepayment. We typically approve Apartment building loans within 1 day and usually close within 45 days of application. Our clients love our simplified application process, 24-hour pre-approvals with no-cost and no-obligation, great rates and terms, fast closings and personalized service. If you are looking to purchase or refinance an apartment building, don't hesitate to contact us. For more information on multifamily loans, check out how to get the best rate on a multifamily loan and how to get the best rates on an apartment refinance.

Cleveland Apartment Loan Benefits

Cleveland Apartment Loan rates start as low as 5.08% (as of September 25th, 2022)
• A commercial mortgage broker with over 30 years of lending experience
• No upfront application or processing fees
• Simplified application process
• Up to 80% LTV on multifamily financing 
• Terms and amortizations up to 30 years 
• Multifamily loans for purchase and refinance, including cash-out 
• 24 hour written pre-approvals with no cost and no obligation

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Cleveland Apartment Loan Types We Serve

If you are looking to purchase or refinance a Cleveland apartment building, don't hesitate to contact us. We arrange financing in the city of Cleveland for the following:

  • Large urban high-rise multifamily buildings
  • Suburban garden multifamilycomplexes
  • Small multifamily buildings containing 5+ units
  • Underlying cooperative multifamily building loans
  • Portfolios of small multifamily properties and/or single-family rental properties
  • Other multi-family and mixed-use properties


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2022 Cleveland Apartment Loan Outlook

Low Vacancy Rates and Good Investment Returns in Cleveland Market

Strong market conditions exist in suburban markets. Strong demand for suburban apartment units, which account for more than 90 percent of Cleveland’s apartments, puts area vacancy rates at a 20 year low as we begin 2022. Looking ahead, the combination of increasing home prices, improving employment and a slow pace of new construction are expected to keep short term apartment economics strong. During the past five years, the city’s median home price rose by over 50%, twice the rate of rent increases. While Cleveland is a low-cost city for homeownership, this difference may cause more potential buyers into the rental market in 2022 as job growth continues. In 2022, Nexen Tire will move its headquarters to Richfield, while Park Place Technologies is planning to add staff in Mayfield Heights and Sherwin-Williams is moving forward on a new research and development center in Brecksville. The Sherwin-Williams center is expected to add 3,000 construction jobs, many of which will be established in 2022. Employment gains in the suburbs will occur at a time when apartment vacancy hovers around 3%. These factors are expected to help existing properties with available units.

The suburbs of Eastern Cleveland attract solid investor interest. Cleveland offers apartment investors some of the lowest sales prices in the country at the same time that Class B vacancy rates are very low and Class C availability is well lower than its long-term average. These factors along with higher cap rate than most other major markets are generating significant investor interest in the market. The largest drop in vacancy rates has occurred in East Cleveland and is a hot spot for both national and local investors. In this area, strong occupancy has raised the average effective rent by almost 30% over the past three years. This has caused some owners to achieve outsized returns, prompting some to sell while there is strong investor demand.

2022 Apartment Market Forecast and Cleveland Apartment Loan Economics

Cleveland has a National Multifamily Rank of 41. The slow pace of employment growth and household formation limit Cleveland’s position in 2022.

Employment is up 1.5%. Cleveland’s rate of job growth improves on an annual basis as companies add 15,000 jobs in 2022.

New construction expected to add 1,300 new units. For the third time in the last five years builders add more than 1,000 units. Still, inventory grows by only 0.8% with the largest number of new rental units occurring along Lorain Avenue.

Apartment vacancy down 10 basis points. New household formation and an improving rate of job growth cause rental demand to outpace new supply, dropping apartment availability to 3.0%.

Apartment rents are up 6.1%. Low vacancy rates create a second consecutive year of above-average rent increases, raising the city’s average effective rate to $1,125 per month.

Invest in Cleveland apartments is good. Revitalization in Downtown Cleveland causes investor competition for midrange and high-end apartments. In 2021, apartments in these sectors sold for more than $200,000 per unit.

Cleveland apartment loan rates will start to increase in 2022 as the Federal Reserve starts raising rates to slow the rate of inflation. We will be watching to see if Cleveland apartment loan rate increases will affect market activity in 2022.

All data provided by Marcus and Millichap

2021 Cleveland Apartment Market and Trends

Coming into 2021, the Cleveland suburban markets were experiencing a lot growth as they benefited greatly from the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people moved out of apartments in the urban city and sought cheaper and more spacious and lower-cost units in the suburbs. By the end of 2020, vacancy in the suburbs sat at 3.6%, less than half of the vacancy rate reached in the urban city. Moreover, five of Cleveland’s suburban submarkets had vacancy rates below 3% at the end of 2020. Rents in the suburbs also far outpaced rents in the urban areas of Cleveland. With low supply and high demand, rents in the suburbs went up 1.9% last year whereas rents slightly declined in the urban areas. During 2021, a third year of minimal deliveries in the suburbs amid an expanding employment base metrowide is expected to hold vacancy tight. The vast majority of the multifamily units that are slated for completion in 2021 are located in Cleveland’s downtown neighborhoods. These additions are expected to increase vacancy in Class A units in 2021. Many office buildings, including previous home to the Electric Illuminating Company and the John Harness Brown building, are being redeveloped and repurposed into apartment buildings. Combined, these projects will add more than 350 rentals as the 75 Public Square and Euclid Grand apartments. Although the coronavirus has impeded demand for higher-priced rentals in the city core, the need should improve As vaccines become more widespread and available, experts anticipate the demand for luxury rentals to increase in the city’s core.

Employment is expected to go up 2.8 percent in 2021. This should lead to 27,300 more jobs in the 2021 Cleveland market as many jobs lost in last year’s pandemic are sit to come back with the opening of businesses. Construction of new multifamily units is expected to rapidly decline in 2021.  Last year there were 1,451 new units and inventory is expected to increase just 0.3 percent in 2021. Central Cleveland will receive the majority of rentals, the largest being Euclid Grand with 240 apartments. The 2021 vacancy rate is expected to decline to a new low of 3.1% by the end of the year. This is the result of fewer deliveries and more demand for rental units as the economy re-opens and people return to work. A smaller supply of available units and fewer apartments offering concessions will support rent growth in 2021 The average effective rent is expected to increase above $1,000 for the first time, finishing 2021 at $1,014 per month.

- Data provided by Marcus and Millichap

2021 Multifamily Outlook

  • Employment in the US is expected to show a 4.6% year over year increase with the creation of 6.5 million new jobs in 2021 which represents the largest annual increase in over three decades.  This is the result of businesses emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic.  Unfortunately, the US lost close to 9.4 million jobs during the pandemic.
  • Strong demand for apartments, as a result of increased employment rates, is expected to push national vacancy rates down to 3.9%, down from 4.4% in 2021.
  • Construction of new apartments in 2021 are expected to top 385,000 new units, an increase of 2.1% over last year’s record pace.  Rising labor and construction costs are starting to have an effect on new construction, however.
  • Following rent declines during the pandemic, average rental rates are expected to rise 6.8% in 2021 to $1,507 per month.  Landlords are able to raise rents dramatically due to decreased vacancy rates and the strong demand got rental housing.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic affected the ability of young graduates to find jobs and move into apartments of their own.  The demand for apartment rentals is usually fueled by young graduates entering the workforce and moving into rental apartments.  Many young adults lived with their parents or friends during the pandemic and into early 2021.  As 2021 progressed, many companies reopened their offices and began hiring again which generated record levels of new apartment rentals.  This trend should continue through late 2021 as more new workers are able find jobs and move into their own apartments.  Many of these new multifamily units are in metro areas of the sunbelt states as workers have been moving out of colder urban areas in favor of more suburban warmer climates.

    The tight market in 2021 for new home purchases has caused many would be homebuyers to continue renting.  Prices for existing homes have risen due to lack of inventory and the cost of construction has skyrocketed due to increased costs for raw materials.  The high cost of purchasing a new or existing home is keeping the demand for rental units very strong in 2021.

    During the pandemic, when workers were either out of work or working from home, many people moved out of densely populated urban areas in favor of suburban locations.  In 2021, as more employees are returning to their offices, we are seeing demand pick up once again for rental apartments in urban locations.  In addition, as more and more retail and dining locations reopen in downtown areas, we expect to see a return of employees to these areas.

    During the pandemic, the CDC and local governments instituted a moratorium of evictions.  This caused many landlords to suffer economic losses and depressed the value of apartment properties.  In 2021, as these moratoriums start to expire, we expect to see strong demand from investors for these properties.

    Nationwide, the first half of 2021 saw more than 175,000 new apartments completed and a total of 363,000 for the previous 12 months.  A high percentage of these new units were in Texas and other sunbelt states, as more and more people are relocating to warmer climates.  Occupancy rates and asking rents have been lower in larger urban markets in the Northeast and other colder climates, while occupancy rates and asking rents have been increasing in these warmer sunbelt climates.  These 2021 trends have definitely been driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and we are watching these trends closely to see if these trends persist after the pandemic is over. Check out our low commercial real estate loan rates and use our commercial mortgage calculator to calculate monthly principal and interest.

    What Happened with Apartment Loans in 2020

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    Luxury Units Outside the Core Begin to Materialize; Interest in Shoreway Rises as Renovation Takes Hold

    Luxury multifamily rental demand multiplies outside of urban core. Development continues in the central business district this year with three-fifths of Cleveland’s 1,100 apartment supply being completed here in 2020. While there is demand for luxury multifamily units in the city, renters are also seeking high-end apartments slightly east of the city, where the average effective rent is lower than the central business district’s rate. Developers are also enticing apartment renters to these areas by advancing the retail and entertainment components within new apartment buildings. This year in the town of Richmond Heights, construction will begin the first phase of The Belle Oaks multifamily neighborhood. The full development will be completed in 2022, featuring 790 apartments and approximately 315,000 square feet of retail, including Regal’s 20-screen theater complex. Increased leasing activity in this area has already lowered the submarkets vacancy close to 3.0 percent in 2019. Starting 2020, six out of 10 Cleveland submarkets will start with multifamily vacancy under 3.5 percent. Cleveland is definitely a place for investors to look into taking out an apartment loan to finance their next purchase.

    Apartment investors fix eyes near Lake Erie beaches. Cleveland residents continue to flock around the Great Lakes Shoreway as the area rehabilitates with venues for experiential arts, entertainment, and culinary hot spots. As residential demand strengthens here, several buyers are targeting updated multifamily assets predating the mid-1900s as they are highly popular with renters who desire an eclectic residential experience. In 2019, sales picked up along the shore way, doubling the amount recorded a year prior. South of the shoreline, on the eastern side of the city, apartment demand continues to grow due to many of the city’s universities and several large healthcare employers located here. The persistent renter demand appeals to multifamily investors who scour the area for potential trades. Though the availability of Class C apartment assets is limited here, a property positioned strategically will receive competitive bidding, potentially lowering the trades cap rate down to the metro’s overall average of 8 percent range or lower. For all of these reasons, investors would be wise to look into procuring a multifamily loan to finance their next purchase in the Cleveland area.

    2020 Cleveland Apartment Market Forecast

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    Cleveland National Multifamily Index Rank is at 42, up 1 place. Cap rates remaining well above the national average advance Cleveland in the Index this year.

    Employment in Cleveland is up 0.6%. Job creation will slow this year as employers add 6,500 positions. Last year, Cleveland’s employment base grew 0.8 percent.

    Construction of new apartment units in Cleveland is expected to exceed 1,100 units. Deliveries will rise by approximately a third. Construction will be prominent in Central Cleveland as renters seek space within the vibrant retail district.

    Vacancy in Cleveland is up 10 bps. As units fill, leasing will fall behind this year’s development pipeline, ticking the metro vacancy rate minimally to 4.1 percent. In 2019, a 70-basis-point decline was recorded.

    Rent in Cleveland is up 5.5%. This year will post the largest rent increase since 2000 as the average effective rent will lift to $1,000 per month.

    Investment in Cleveland remains solid for investors looking to take out multifamily loans. Many buyers flock to east Cleveland, near University Circle and Euclid, as Class C assets can be purchased with first-year returns in the mid-7 percent cap range and higher. Investors should look at obtaining an apartment loan to finance their next purchase in Cleveland.

    Data provided by Marcus & Millichap.

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    Apartment Loan Trends in 2020

    At the start of 2020 the market outlook did not indicate any significant factors that would cause major trouble in the multifamily market. Market indicators suggested that demand for housing, especially for apartment rentals, would remain healthy, thus continuing to generate new construction of multifamily buildings. Both the high number of permits and starts over the past couple of years led experts to believe that developer confidence is very high in the multifamily market. Market experts predicted an annual completion of 340,000 apartment units over 2020, way above the 300,000-annual average for the past five years. Over the last couple of years, the multifamily market has seen absorptions outperform expectations due to both changes in lifestyle and demographic preferences and new supply has consistently taken longer to be built. These two factors have helped the market to perform stronger than expected in the past and should continue throughout this year. Market data indicated that rent growth would remain strong in 2020, growing 3.6% (which is above the historical average). In terms of mortgage origination, low interest rates and strong multifamily performance were expected to help loan volumes grow. Experts predicted that the origination volume in 2020 will increase by 5.7% to $390 billion. Market data indicated that cap rates have more room to decline, which would lead to increasing property values and should drive up origination volume. However, with the current outbreak of Covid-19, the overall economy has been in flux. The stock market has crashed and commercial mortgage interest rates have been severely impacted. Huge metros such as New York have all but shut down much economic activity and entertainment. In this unsteady climate, many investors are scared to purchase commercial real estate and to take out commercial mortgages and apartment loans. Additionally, the oil industry has taken a big hit. Not only are people traveling less due to the pandemic, foreign countries like China and Russia are involved in a huge price war which is driving the price of oil way down. Experts are hopeful that as the weather warms up and public health policy learns how to handle this pandemic, the economy should revert back to its pre-virus strength.

    Cleveland Apartment Loan Options

    Cleveland Freddie Mac Apartment loans

    Cleveland Freddie Mac Multifamily Loans provide mortgage capital in the secondary market for apartment building loans. Together, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac control a very large portion of the multifamily loan market. Freddie Mac has a very aggressive program for small balance apartment loans (from $1,000,000 to $7,500,000). Some features of this program include:

    • Market size driven. Freddie Mac classifies loans by the size of the overall market: Top, Standard, Small, and Very Small. Rates are best in top market locations (major metropolitan areas).
    • Capped costs. Freddie Mac lenders often cap the closing costs at a fixed dollar amount, thereby lowering the overall cost to borrow money.
    • Flexible pre-pay penalties. Freddie Mac offers many options for pre-payment penalties, from yield maintenance to step-down to “soft” step-down.
    • Interest-Only (I/O) loans. Freddie Mac will allow payments consisting of only interest and no amortization of principal.
    • Fixed rate terms. Freddie Mac offers fixed rates of 5, 7, and 10 years, followed by an adjustable period. These loans are called Hybrid/Adjustables. Loans have a 20 year term and a 30 year amortization schedule.

    Freddie Mac Loan and Rate Information

    Cleveland Fannie Mae Apartment loans

    The Cleveland Fannie Mae multifamily loan platform is one the leading sources of capital for Cleveland apartment building loans in the US. Fannie Mae is a leader in the secondary market – meaning they purchase qualifying apartment loans from leading lenders who originate these loans for their borrowers. Fannie Mae purchases loans secured by conventional apartments, affordable housing properties, underlying cooperative apartment loans, senior housing, student housing, manufactured housing communities and mobile home parks on a nationwide basis. The Fannie Mae platform has many benefits, including:

    • Long term fixed rates and amortizations. Fannie Mae allows terms and amortizations of up to 30 years. Most banks offer only 5 or 10 year fixed rates and 25 year amortizations.
    • Non-recourse options. Most banks will require the borrower to sign personally for the loan. Fannie Mae offers non-recourse apartment loans.
    • Lending in smaller markets. Many national lenders do not like to lend in rural or tertiary markets. Fannie Mae is a good option for these loans.
    • Assumability and Supplemental Financing. Fannie Mae allows their loans to be assumed by a qualified borrower. They also have a program which allows borrowers the ability to come back and borrow additional funds during the life of the loan (subordinate financing).

    Fannie Mae Loan and Rate Information

    Cleveland FHA HUD Multifamily Loans

    HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development) and FHA (Federal Housing Administration) insured multifamily loans are some of the best financing options for real estate investors and developers. While HUD does not directly make these loans, they do insure multifamily loans made by third party lenders to real estate investors. The third party lender will process the loan in accordance with the FHA HUD guidelines and HUD will underwrite the loan in order to provide the insurance. There are two primary types of HUD insured loans that multifamily investors can take advantage of.

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    Cleveland Apartment Lending with Banks and Other Programs

    While the agencies (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and HUD) offer some excellent programs, not every apartment loan applicant qualifies for these programs. We have many excellent choices for these loans with our correspondent banks, credit unions, insurance companies and private lenders. Some examples of these loans include:

    • Cleveland Multifamily loans that require flexible underwriting or those that don’t meet standardized criteria.
    • Properties in less than desirable markets, or those that require repairs or updating.
    • Properties that don’t cash flow according to industry guidelines or lack stabilized cash flow.
    • Borrowers with past credit issues, including foreclosures, short sales, or judgements.
    • Borrowers who are not US citizens.

    Whether you are purchasing or refinancing, we have the right solutions available for your multifamily mortgage loans. We will entertain apartment loan requests of all sizes, beginning at $1,000,000. Get started with a Free Commercial Mortgage Loan Quote.

    Cleveland Apartment Building Loans

    Select Commercial provides Apartment Loans and multifamily loans throughout Cleveland, Ohio including, but not limited to, the areas below.

    Downtown, Edgewater, Glenville, Goodrich-Kirkland, Jefferson, Kamms Corner, Lee Miles, Mt Pleasant, North Collinwood, Ohio City-West Side, Old Brooklyn, Puritas Longmead, Saint Claire-Superior, South Broadway, Tremont, University District, West Boulevard.