Denver Apartment Loans

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Denver Apartment Loan Rates - Rates updated February 8th, 2023

Denver Apartment Loan Rates Over $6,000,000 Rates (start as low as) LTV
Apartment 5 Year Fixed Loan Rates 4.96% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Apartment 7 Year Fixed Loan Rates 4.82% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Apartment 10 Year Fixed Loan Rates 4.79% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Denver Apartment Loan Rates Under $6,000,000 Rates (start as low as) LTV
Apartment 5 Year Fixed Loan Rates 5.12% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Apartment 7 Year Fixed Loan Rates 4.98% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Apartment 10 Year Fixed Loan Rates 4.98% Up to 80% Get Free Quote

Denver Apartment Loan FAQs

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.

How do we help our Denver apartment loan clients get the best rate and terms?

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Select Commercial has excellent Denver apartment loan products and options available for owners and purchasers in need of multifamily properties throughout the city of Denver. Whether you need an apartment lender to finance a small apartment property, a complex with hundreds of units, or a co-operative, we can help you find the optimal apartment loan solution to meet your apartment 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. Denver is one of the cities that we consider to be a premium market and we actively look to originate good quality apartment loans here for our clients. We have a diverse array of many available loan products to help qualified Denver CO 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.

Denver Apartment Loan Benefits

Denver Apartment Loan rates start as low as 4.79% (as of February 8th, 2023)
• 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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Apartment Loan Basics

Denver Apartment Loan Types We Serve

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

 

Apartment Loans - Lending Options

Denver Apartment Loan Helpful Articles

How to Get the Best Rate on a Multifamily Loan
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac 2022 Update
How To Get The Best Rates On An Apartment Refinance
What Do Underwriters Look for When Evaluating Apartment Loans?
What You Need to Know About Freddie Mac SBL Multifamily Loans
How to Calculate Debt Service Coverage Ratio for Apartment Loans
Apartment Occupancy Levels – Concern in Some Major US Markets
How to Invest in an Apartment Building
Are You Shopping for an Apartment Building Loan?
How to Buy an Apartment Building
What Are Commercial Mortgage Lenders Looking for These Days
Uncomplicated Underwriting
How to Qualify for a Great Rate When Refinancing Your Apartment Building

Apartment Loans - Recent Closings

What are the market conditions expected for Denver Apartment Loans in 2023?

Experts anticipate above average performance for the multifamily sector in 2023. Occupancy rates are expected to remain above 95% and rental rates are expected to grow by 4%. These figures are not as robust as the past couple of years, however, which saw vacancy rates under 3% and rent growth in the double digits. During the second and third quarters of 2022, leasing activity for apartment buildings was slow. This coincided with a solid pace of new multifamily deliveries to the market. The combination of slower leasing activity and heightened supply caused the overall vacancy rate to increase by 150 basis points in the middle portion of 2022. Throughout 2023, vacancy rates will likely continue to rise at a slower pace and move toward the 20-year average of 5%.


The overall multifamily housing demand is expected to remain strong in 2023. With inflation continuing to impact consumer spending, more and more renters are determining whether to renew their leases. While new leasing activity stalled throughout the middle portion of 2022, the overall multifamily demand remained pretty strong. The rise in home prices and residential mortgage rates is also helping to increase multifamily demand. Monthly payments for homes purchased in the third quarter of 2022 were, on average, 57% more than monthly apartment rents. That difference is the widest gap on record. Even if home values and mortgage rates decrease in 2023, the relatively lower cost of renting will support multifamily demand.


Rapidly rising interest rates on multifamily loans caused multifamily investment activity to slow down in the second half of 2022. Many buyers not willing to pay higher rates for apartment loans stepped out of the market. As apartment loan rates stabilize in 2023, many buyers will return to the market and look to finance apartment building investments with multifamily loans. The multifamily sector has historically been one of the most attractive sectors to investors. Over the past decade, the multifamily sector has seen average annual total returns of 9.3%. Additionally, this sector offers multifamily loan options from both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. These apartment loan options are not available for other asset classes. As the market stabilizes in 2023, more and more investors will look to acquire apartment buildings and finance them with agency apartment loans.


One other factor that caused the multifamily sector to stall in 2022 is that buyers expected cap rates to increase commensurate with the rise in interest rates, but sellers still expected higher prices.  This caused many deals to simply not cash flow. Cap rates are expected to increase in 2023. With this increase, many buyers will have the option to finance acquisitions with apartment loans at more attractive prices.

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Denver Apartment Loan Outlook - 2022

Denver Welcomes Transplanted Workers - Sales Prices Increase with Buyer Competition

East and West Coast companies push up rents and cause lower vacancy. Denver provides a business-friendly environment and the availability of skilled workers at a salary range that is lower than coastal locations. The Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 caused many technical workers to relocate to more suburban locations, including Denver, and many companies decided to follow renter demand into less dense markets, as well. Vacancy levels in downtown Denver initially rose when COVID-19 lockdowns began but have since rebounded to exceed pre-Covid levels without affecting rental levels in the suburbs. Beginning 2022, both urban and suburban areas had vacancy levels below 4%. The majority of new development in 2022 will be in the downtown area. New transplants in the market will keep rental demand above supply in 2022, pushing up rents across the market.

Large institutional buyers look for apartment properties in the downtown area and along public transportation routes. Apartment sales levels in the downtown area is very strong as institutional and international buyers aggressively shop for properties. Prices for Class A apartment properties are experiencing impressive growth as low vacancy rates and solid rental rate increases attract buyers willing to purchase with cap rates in the mid-3% range. West Denver is a hot sales market, as the area is becoming more desired by renters. West Colfax is also a very strong area, and renovation efforts recently have now branched out into other western areas. Sales prices in Jefferson Park and Lohi are experiencing similar growth, but prices are slightly lower than market average in more distant areas south of Colfax. Farther west from downtown, in Lakewood, local buyers are very active as they seek lower sales prices. Class B/C buildings make up the majority of these sales with initial returns around 5%. Aurora is the most active area for sales in East Denver, as higher cap rates of 6% and lower per unit prices attract smaller buyers.

2022 Apartment Market Forecast and Denver Apartment Loan Economics

Denver has a National Multifamily Rank of 11. Low vacancy rates and strong rent growth help Denver secure a high position in this year’s survey.

Employment is up 2.9%. The addition of 45,000 new jobs will exceed earlier projections.

New construction expected to add 8,200 new apartment units. New construction accounts for 2.6% of all rental units. New construction has ranged between 2.5% and 3.0% of availability each year since 2018, when it was almost 4%.

Vacancy drops by 10 basis points. Absorption of over 8,000 new units lowers vacancy rates slightly to 3.4%. Vacancy rates have not increased in Denver for six years.

Rental rates are up 4.9%. The average apartment rent hits $1,810 per month in 2022, due to low vacancy levels and the addition of new Class A apartments in submarkets popular with high-income earners.

Investment in Denver apartments. Class A vacancy rates of less than 4.0% is a much lower rate for higher-tier buildings than vacancy rates in other large technology-based cities. This has caused investors to invest in luxury buildings in Denver.

Denver 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 Denver apartment loan rate increases will affect market activity in 2022.

All data provided by Marcus and Millichap

Denver Apartment Market and Trends - 2021

In many ways the Denver economy survived the COVID-19 pandemic due to the city’s tech industry. Tech professionals were able to transition to remote work pretty seamlessly. The Denver tech sector helped the city keep a higher percentage of jobs than many comparable U.S. markets during the pandemic. In addition, the city’s warehousing and transportation sectors benefited from the growth of e-commerce. The solid performance of all these industries helped to spur demand for apartment rentals in the metro throughout 2020. As a result, each quarter of 2020 saw positive absorption take place in the Denver. Experts anticipate more improvements ot take place in 2021. As more jobs are created in these industries and more vaccinations are administered, restrictions will continue to be lifted and the Denver economy should boom in 2021. In addition, improvements in the leisure and hospitality sectors should help to increase demand for lower-cost rentals in 2021. Many larger organizations have been drawn to the Denver market recently. Factors such as the city’s lower cost of doing business and large number of well-educated residents have attracted companies such as Palantir Technologies, Healthpeak Properties and VF Corp to the Denver market. As more companies establish headquarters in this market in 2021, demand for apartment housing should increase. Many of these firms hire employees from outside the market. As these people move to Denver, demand for Class A units should increase.

In 2021, experts anticipate that the city will add about 31,900 jobs or a 2.1% growth in employment rate. This will amount to recapturing half of the jobs lost in the pandemic. Many of these jobs in 2021 are in the technology, logistics and service industries which are back on the uptick after the pandemic. About 6,820 new units are expected to be constructed in 2021. This will increase inventory about 2.2 percent this year. About 60% of these new units in 2021 are expected to be built in the Denver suburban submarkets. Demand in 2021 is expected to keep pace with the deliveries of new apartment units. There should be a net absorption of about 6,800 units. Renter demand keeps pace with deliveries, translating to net absorption of roughly 6,800 units. Vacancy is expected to drop 10 basis points to 5%. That’s the lowest vacancy rate since 2015. In 2021, the metro’s average effective rent is expected to go up to $1,539 per month.

- Data provided by Marcus and Millichap

Apartment Loan Outlook - 2021

  • 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.

    Denver Freddie Mac Apartment loans

    Denver 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


    Denver Fannie Mae Apartment loans

    The Denver Fannie Mae multifamily loan platform is one the leading sources of capital for Denver 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


    Denver FHA Multifamily Loans

    FHA 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 FHA will underwrite the loan in order to provide the insurance. There are two primary types of FHA insured loans that multifamily investors can take advantage of.

    Learn More About FHA Multifamily Loans


    Denver HUD Multifamily Loans

    HUD 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.

    Learn More About HUD Multifamily Loans


    Denver Apartment Loans 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:

    • Denver 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.

    Denver Apartment Loans

    Select Commercial provides apartment loans throughout Denver, Colorado including, but not limited to, the areas below.


    Alamo Placita • Five Points • Park Hill • Athmar Park • Fort Logan • Platt Park • Auraria • Gateway • Regis • Baker • Globeville • Rosedale • Barnum • Golden Triangle • Ruby Hill • Barnum West • Goldsmith • Skyland • Bear Valley • Green Valley Ranch • Sloans Lake • Belcaro • Hale • Southmoor Park • Berkeley • Hampden • South Park Hill • Burns Brentwood • Hampden Heights • South Platte • Byers • Hampden South • Speer • Capitol Hill • Harvey Park • Stapleton • Central Business District • Harvey Park South • Sunnyside • Chaffee Park • Highland • Sun Valley • Cheesman Park • Hilltop • Union Station • Cherry Creek • Indian Creek • University • City Park • Jefferson Park • University Hills • City Park West • Kennedy • University Park • Civic Center • Lincoln Park • Valverde • Clayton • LoDo • VillaPark • Cole • Lowry • Virginia Village • College View • MarLee • Washington Park • Congress Park • Marston • Washington Park West • Cory-Merrill • Mayfair • Washington-Virginia Vale • Country Club • Montbello • Wellshire • Crestmoor • Montclair • WestColfax • Curtis Park • North Capitol Hill • West Highlands • Denver International Airport • Northeast Park Hill • Westwood • East Colfax • North Park Hill • Whittier • East Highlands • Overland • Windsor • Elyria-Swansea • Parkfield