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Houston Apartment Loan Rates - Rates updated June 26th, 2022

Houston Apartment Loan Rates Over $6,000,000 Rates (start as low as) LTV
Apartment 5 Year Fixed Loan Rates 4.59% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Apartment 7 Year Fixed Loan Rates 4.65% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Apartment 10 Year Fixed Loan Rates 4.73% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Houston Apartment Loan Rates Under $6,000,000 Rates (start as low as) LTV
Apartment 5 Year Fixed Loan Rates 4.72% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Apartment 7 Year Fixed Loan Rates 4.78% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Apartment 10 Year Fixed Loan Rates 4.86% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
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Select Commercial has excellent Houston Apartment loan products and options available for owners and purchasers of multifamily properties throughout the city of Houston. 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. Houston 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 Houston TX 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.

Houston Apartment Loan Benefits

Houston Apartment Loan rates start as low as 4.59% (as of June 26th, 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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Houston Apartment Loan Types We Serve

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

Houston Shows Steady Upward Growth After Years of Flat Activity - Buyer Interest Peaks

Years of high levels of vacancy appear to be over. Apartment statistics in Houston have improved after more than a decade long stretch of high vacancy and low rent increases. The apartment market had the highest level of absorption in at least 20 years in 2021, resulting in the lowest vacancy rate and highest annual rent gain over that same period. Multifamily statistics are expected to improve in 2022, with vacancy rates expected to drop to the high 4% range by the end of 2022, as compared to a rate above 7% from 2010 through 2020. Leasing activity is mostly caused by strong household formation, because of many new people moving into the area. Houston is slated to post the third largest number of new residents among large U.S. cities in 2022. In addition, the 20- to 34-year-old population is expected to grow by the second highest amount in 2022. Since this is a key age group for the rental market, the outlook is very positive for the apartment market.

Higher investment yields than other markets spurs sales activity. The strengthening apartment market and future expectations are generating investor interest, as the average return on investment in Houston is approximately 40 basis points above the return in Dallas-Fort Worth. Buyers are focusing on Inner Loop neighborhoods on the west side from Montrose to Greater Heights. Class C apartment buildings with less than 30 units compromise a large percentage of the deals here as investors seek out locations popular among young adults. Investors with higher budgets focus on 300-plus unit luxury apartment buildings on the west side in the Energy Corridor. Other markets of interest include the northern section from Spring to Conroe, as well as the southeastern portion from the Space Center area down to Galveston. Class A apartment properties sell with cap rates in the mid-4% range, with Class C apartment buildings selling with cap rates in the 6% and 7% range.

2022 Apartment Market Forecast and Houston Apartment Loan Economics

Houston has a National Multifamily Index rank of 19. Improving market conditions push up Houston’s ranking, but with vacancy above the national level keeps the ranking towards the middle of the pack.

Employment is up 2.9%. The employment increases by 91,000 people this year, approximating levels on par with the pre-Covid high.

New construction adds 16,600 units. New additions fall to a three-year low in 2022, though developers grow market inventory by about 2% in 2022. The suburbs account for about 75% of the new units.

Vacancy down 20 basis points. Vacancy drops to 4.7% by the end of 2022, down 230 basis points from 2020’s rate. Class B vacancy may drop below the 4% level for the first time in 20 years.

Apartment rents are up 4.7%. New residents to the market increase demand for rentals pushing up rents in 2022. The average effective rate will reach $1,262 per month by the end of 2022.

Investment in Houston apartments. As many buyers look at the quickly rapidly expanding suburbs, buying opportunities could open up in the downtown urban area as more employees continue to return to their offices.

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

All data provided by Marcus and Millichap

2021 Houston Apartment Market and Trends

There were about 212,000 new households created in the Houston market over the last half decade. With this number, the Houston metro ranks second in the country in terms of household growth in that time span. Experts have suggested that this household growth trend should continue over the next five years. Through 2025, an additional 240,000 households are expected to be created in the city. With all this growth, house prices are rising in Houston. Last year the median house price jumped to $280,000. This was an increase of 13.4% from the previous year. With this price increase, many people are looking for affordable multifamily space to rent in 2021. In particular, Houston’s suburban markets are leading the way in 2021. After so many people moved to remote work during the Covid-19 pandemic, many tenants are prioritizing more living space in 2021. Net absorption in the suburbs totaled 12,270 units last year, led by the Katy submarket, where a net of 3,270 doors were leased. These trends are expected to continue throughout 2021.

The Houston metro lost a lot of jobs last year during the pandemic. While the market will not recapture all the lost jobs in 2021, it is expected to recover a significant amount of the 138,000 jobs lost. Employment is expected to increase by 2.7 percent in 2021. That’s an increase of about 82,700 jobs in 2021. This will be led by the oil and gas industries as they recover from Covid. In 2021, multifamily completions are set to decrease by about 800 units from last year’s totals. There are about 18,020 new units set to be completed this year so this will still remain above the trailing-five-year average of 14,960 units. The new deliveries in 2021 will grow the market’s multifamily inventory by 2.5 percent. Construction in Houston is set up push the vacancy rate up 30 basis points to about 7.3 percent in 2021. That number will be the highest vacancy rate to end a calendar year since 2016. Given the vacancy rate rising in 2021, rents are set to decrease as landlords will compete for tenants this year. The average effective rent will come down 0.8 percent to $1,086 per month in 2021.

- 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

    Houston Economic Trends Houston Economic Trends

    Developers Increase Focus on Vertical Concepts; Value-Add Strategies Maintain Momentum

    Houston transitioning to higher-density multifamily development as urban core strengthens. Creating a more dense and vertical downtown remains top of mind for developers as apartment construction will stay concentrated in central Houston and surrounding neighborhoods. The inflow of millennials and empty nesters to the core seeking walkable communities will support the addition of 5,000 new multifamily units to the metro’s urban submarkets in 2020, highlighted by four 20-plus-story apartment complexes. Development will also be strong west of the core in Katy where 2,700 garden multifamily units will be delivered as builders attempt to keep stride with robust household formation. Katy sports one of the tightest vacancy rates in the metro at 5 percent, trailing several northern suburbs such as Cypress, Conroe and The Woodlands. Vacancy in these suburban cities will also likely remain compressed this year as apartment construction in these areas remains limited. Houston is a great place for investors to acquire their next property with an apartment loan.

    Oil industry fueling demand for workforce housing, sustaining investor interest. Value-add opportunities continue to highlight apartment investment in the Bayou City, attracting a diverse pool of buyers. Pasadena and southeastern sections of Houston proper remain enticing to many multifamily investors as employees at the nearby refineries help keep vacancy rates relatively tight. Cap rates in this part of the market average in the mid-6 to low-7 percent range, in line with the metro average, with many of the apartment properties requiring substantial renovation. Higher yields can be found in neighborhoods just north of downtown Houston, with returns extending upward of 8 percent and per unit values averaging around $60,000. While value-add multifamily investments remain the primary component of deal flow, institutional buyers also remain active in Houston. Luxury assets along northern sections of the Beltway are highly targeted by many of these apartment investors as cap rates sit in the mid-4 to low-5 percent band. Buyers with similar interests home in on the Energy Corridor, but returns can dip below 4 percent in this region. The Houston market is a strong place for investors to take out a multifamily loan for their next purchase.

    2020 Houston Apartment Market Forecast

    Houston Completions vs. Absorption Houston Completions vs. Absorption

    The Houston National Multifamily Index Rank is at 32, down 2 places. A surge in deliveries keeps vacancy above the national level, lowering Houston’s standing in this year’s NMI.

    Employment in Houston is up 2.0%. Job creation is expected to slow this year as 63,200 position are generated, although growth will remain diverse, spearheaded by professional and business services, and manufacturing.

    Construction in Houston is expected to exceed 11,800 units. Completions will nearly double relative to 2019 as builders capitalize on tighter submarkets.

    Vacancy in Houston is up 20 bps. After a 150-basis-point drop last year, metro vacancy will climb to 5.8 percent in 2020 amid an influx of new units.

    Rent in Houston is up 3.2%. The average effective rent is on track to reach $1,180 by year end as rent growth remains stable. The previous two years witnessed rental expansions of 4.1 percent and 2.5 percent.

    The Houston market remains a strong investment opportunity for investors looking to finance their next purchase with an apartment loan. Limited available inventory will continue to put pressure on cap rates for many value-add assets, pushing yields below six percent in areas with consistently strong rental demand. We highly recommend investors looking to purchase in the Houston metro to pursue financing their acquisition with a multifamily loan.

    Data provided by Marcus & Millichap.

    Houston Vacancy and Rents Houston Vacancy and Rents

    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.

    Houston Apartment Loan Options

    Houston Freddie Mac Apartment loans

    Houston 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


    Houston Fannie Mae Apartment loans

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


    Houston 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.

    Learn More About FHA HUD Multifamily Loans

    Houston 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:

    • Houston 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.

    Houston Apartment Building Loans

    Select Commercial provides apartment loans and multifamily loans throughout Houston, Texas including, but not limited to, the areas below.


    Afton Oaks • Larchmont • Shenandoah • Brentwood • Magnolia Grove • Southcrest • Briargrove Park • Montrose • Stablewood • City Park • Morningside Place • University Oaks • Clinton Park • Near North Side • Walnut Bend • Cloverland • Nottingham Forest • Westbury • Corinthian Pointe • Old Braeswood • West End • Crestwood • Pecan Park • Westmoreland • Eastwood • Port Houston • Willow Meadows • Garden Oaks • Rice Military • Willowbend • Highland Village • Robindell • Windsor Village • Houston Gardens • Royal Oaks Country Club • Woodland Heights • Idylwood • Settegast • Kashmere Gardens • Sharpstown