Cleveland Apartment Building Loans

At Select Commercial, our primary expertise in is in apartment/multifamily financing. We're dedicated to providing the most competitive rates and tailored solutions for multifamily investments in the area. However, if you're also exploring broader commercial real estate opportunities in other areas of Ohio, our Cleveland commercial mortgage page offers a wealth of information and resources. For those seeking comprehensive rates on all loan products available across the 48 states, our comprehensive commercial mortgage rate page offers competitive rates for loans starting at $1,500,000.

Cleveland Multifamily Loan Rates - updated 05/22/24

Multifamily Loan > $6Million Get Free Quote
Loan Type Rate* LTV
Multifamily 5 Yr Fixed 5.61% Up to 80%
Multifamily 7 Yr Fixed 5.55% Up to 80%
Multifamily 10 Yr Fixed 5.48% Up to 80%
Multifamily Loan < $6Million Get Free Quote
Loan Type Rate* LTV
Multifamily 5 Yr Fixed 6.07% Up to 80%
Multifamily 7 Yr Fixed 5.96% Up to 80%
Multifamily 10 Yr Fixed 5.89% Up to 80%
*Rates start as low as the rates stated here. Your rate, LTV and amortization will be determined by underwriting.

Cleveland Multifamily Loan Benefits

Cleveland Apartment Loan rates start as low as 5.48% (as of May 22nd, 2024)
• 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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2024 Cleveland Multifamily Loan Market: Suburban Lease Competition Intensifies Amid Higher Yields

2024 Apartment supply and demand in Cleveland

Suburban Appeal Drives Rent Dynamics in Cleveland Apartment Loan Market

Throughout 2023, Cleveland witnessed substantial rent growth, redirecting renters towards more affordable suburban submarkets. Despite an expected dip in the overall mean effective rent in 2024, the disparity between suburban and downtown rents continues to widen. Neighborhoods close to downtown, such as Westlake, North Olmsted, and Lorain County, have become particularly attractive. These areas are maintaining vacancy rates significantly below their long-term averages due to limited new construction, positioning them as hotspots for Cleveland apartment loan investments.

In contrast, downtown Cleveland has seen vacancy rates approach 10% towards the end of 2023. However, upcoming developments, including the new Sherwin-Williams global headquarters, are anticipated to bolster long-term housing demand downtown.

Yield Advantages Attract Investors to Cleveland Multifamily Loans

Cleveland’s real estate market has emerged as a high-yield option for investors, boasting one of the highest average cap rates among major U.S. cities. The persistently high borrowing costs expected to continue into the foreseeable future make Cleveland’s attractive cap rates even more appealing for those looking into Cleveland multifamily loans. Property owners who invested before 2020 are finding opportunities to leverage substantial price appreciation, with the mean price per unit increasing by approximately 110% over the past decade.

2024 Rent trends in Cleveland

2024 Multifamily Market Forecast for Cleveland

  • EMPLOYMENT: The addition of 10,000 new jobs in 2024 will nearly restore Cleveland to its peak employment levels from February 2020, supporting stability in the Cleveland multifamily loan sector.
  • CONSTRUCTION: New construction will peak at the highest level since 2000, expanding the housing inventory by 1.2% this year. However, Cleveland will still have the smallest delivery slate among major Ohio markets.
  • VACANCY: Cleveland’s vacancy rate is set to rise for the third consecutive year, reaching 6.0% as new builds outpace absorption.
  • RENT: The long streak of annual rent increases will pause in 2024, with average effective rents adjusting to $1,230 per month. Despite the decrease, this rate remains 28% higher than it was five years ago, influencing investment strategies in the Cleveland apartment loan market.
  • INVESTMENT: The growing enrollment at Case Western Reserve University will likely draw more investor attention to areas like Buckeye-Shaker Heights and Coventry Village, enhancing their appeal for multifamily investments in 2024.

Latest Expert Insights from Stephen A. Sobin

Stephen A. Sobin, the president of Select Commercial Funding LLC, is a renowned expert in the field of multifamily financing. His insights and perspectives are regularly sought by leading industry publications. Here are his latest contributions that highlight his deep understanding of the multifamily financing landscape and his commitment to providing clear, insightful analysis on key industry issues.

Persistent Inflation and Its Effects on CRE

In an article featured in Multi-Housing News, Stephen Sobin highlighted that while inflation is still a challenge for the Federal Reserve, there are many positive signs for the commercial real estate industry. The headline Consumer Price Index rose 3.2 percent for the year ended Feb. 29, a figure 20 basis points lower than the Dec. 31, 2023, rate. read the full article.

Commercial Spotlight: Mid-Atlantic Region In this four-state powerhouse, smaller metros are thriving.

In a feature in Scotsman Guide, the Mid-Atlantic Region's real estate dynamics are explored, highlighting its resilience and growth amidst the pandemic.

Stephen Sobin of Select Commercial Funding LLC shared insights on the New York market's allure and the challenges buyers face. He noted the shift from primary urban areas to tertiary markets due to evolving preferences and financial conditions. For a deeper dive into Sobin's analysis, read the full article.

What the New Jobs Report Means for CRE

In an article titled "What the New Jobs Report Means for CRE" in Commercial Property Executive, Stephen Sobin shared his perspective on the latest jobs report and its implications for the Commercial Real Estate (CRE) sector. He highlighted the challenges posed by high interest rates and the prevailing uncertainty in the market. Sobin remarked, "Sellers aren’t selling, buyers aren’t buying... Everyone is waiting because no one knows what to expect." For a detailed analysis and more of Sobin's insights, read the full article.

Decoding "Junk Fees" in Rental Housing

In another latest contribution to Multi-Housing News, Sobin provided expert commentary in an article titled "What's Next for Junk Fees? The Industry Weighs In". He clarified the difference between legitimate fees collected for various third-party services and so-called "junk fees". Sobin emphasized the importance of borrowers understanding their rights in negotiating all loan terms and the obligation of lenders to disclose all fees.

Understanding the Impact of Federal Reserve's Decisions

In a recent article titled "How the Fed's Pause on Interest Rates Impacts Multifamily" published by Multi-Housing News, Sobin shared his expert insights on the Federal Reserve's decision to pause interest rate hikes. He accurately predicted that the Fed would not raise rates in June, citing recent bank failures and lingering concerns about a potential recession.

Stay tuned for more expert insights from Stephen A. Sobin on the evolving multifamily financing landscape.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is multi-family real estate a good investment in 2024?

Ongoing inflation and high interest rates significantly slowed the pace of the commercial real estate market in 2023. Investors and market experts were hoping for considerable decreases in commercial mortgage rates in 2024. The expectation was that the Fed would get inflation under control and then lower rates. However, as we move into the middle of 2024, inflation is still running higher than the Fed would like. The Fed has hinted that they do not anticipate lowering rates in 2024. In fact, commercial mortgage rates have been steadily rising. Some property types, however, are outperforming others. Apartment buildings in desirable neighborhoods are performing better than other asset classes, as owners have been able to raise rents and keep up with rising interest rates. Multifamily properties in smaller and less desirable areas, or areas where unemployment is rising, are not performing as well, as rent increases are harder to implement. In the office sector, only medical office buildings are generating lender interest. General office properties have underperformed the market as a result of the work from home policies established during the Covid-19 pandemic. Office demand is unlikely to return to pre-Covid levels making the office sector extremely hard to navigate right now. In the retail sector, essential service businesses, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, are performing well, while traditional brick and mortar retailers are still feeling the effects of Covid-19 and the competition from online retailers. Many malls are experiencing record high vacancy levels, and some are being repositioned for other purposes. In the industrial sector, we are seeing strong demand for warehouse and distribution space to accommodate the online retailers. Industrial space in urban markets and close to transportation are performing very well. One positive is that a large number of CMBS loans are coming due in 2024. Even in a high interest rate environment, owners of these properties will have to refinance or sell. This should lead to some activity in the commercial mortgage market in 2024.

 

There are many different types of lenders offering a myriad of different loan products to finance the acquisition or refinance of apartment properties nationwide. These lenders include agency lenders (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac), local and national banks, insurance companies, credit unions and private lenders.

Most lenders write apartment loans for five, seven or ten years (fixed) with a 30 year amortization. It is also possible to obtain loans that are fixed for up to 30 years, although this is not the norm. Rates are typically based on a margin over the corresponding US Treasury rate.

Lenders offer non-recourse to strong borrowers and solid properties. The borrower will be expected to have strong credit, good net worth and liquidity, and experience owning and managing similar properties. The property will be expected to demonstrate solid long term positive cash flow, be in good to excellent condition, and be located in a strong market with low vacancy rates.

Apartment loans are typically screened and pre-approved in 2-3 days. Since lenders require appraisals, environmental and property condition reports, and title, closings will usually take 45-60 days from application.

Recent Banking Failures Likely To Impact Ohio Multifamily Lending

The recent collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank has sent shockwaves through the business and real estate lending sectors. As a leading OH commercial mortgage broker with over 30+ years of experience, Select Commercial knows that the multifamily sector is not immune to these developments. Here's how these banking failures could impact multifamily lending:


Regional Banks Under Pressure

Regional banks, which provide significant liquidity to the apartment sector, are likely to face increased pressure. The collapse of SVB and Signature Bank has raised concerns about the stability of smaller banks. This could lead to a pullback from regional banks providing loans to the multifamily sector, making it more challenging for developers and investors to secure financing.


Development Challenges

Developers could face significant challenges, particularly in securing construction loans and value-add renovation dollars. The current environment is leading to a slowdown in construction lending and a return to traditional underwriting and banker skepticism. This could particularly impact the affordable housing sector, where developers need their financing lined up to secure tax credits.


Volatility in the CMBS Market

CMBS loans have experienced turbulence following the bank failures. This volatility could impact a new crop of lenders that have emerged over the past half-decade, many of which are capital markets-dependent. If the securitization market stabilizes, some of the CMBS and bridge lenders may re-enter the market to fill the liquidity gaps left by regional lenders.


Interest Rate Uncertainty

The bank failures could also contribute to uncertainty around commercial mortgage rates. If these failures lead to a slowdown in rate hikes by the Federal Reserve, this could potentially benefit the commercial real estate market in the long run. However, it's too early to predict the exact impact on apartment transaction volume.


In summary, the recent banking failures have the potential to significantly impact how banks handle multifamily loans. We will closely monitoring these developments to provide the best advice and service to my clients during these uncertain times.

 

Apartment Loan Basics

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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Cleveland Apartment Loans

Select Commercial provides apartment loans throughout Cleveland, Ohio including, but not limited to, the areas below. We provide apartment loans in most major cities throughout the United States.

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.