Houston Apartment Loans
|Houston Apartment Loan Rates Over $6,000,000||Rates (start as low as)||LTV|
|Apartment 5 Year Fixed Loan Rates||5.90%||Up to 80%||Get Free Quote|
|Apartment 7 Year Fixed Loan Rates||5.78%||Up to 80%||Get Free Quote|
|Apartment 10 Year Fixed Loan Rates||5.64%||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||6.16%||Up to 80%||Get Free Quote|
|Apartment 7 Year Fixed Loan Rates||6.09%||Up to 80%||Get Free Quote|
|Apartment 10 Year Fixed Loan Rates||5.97%||Up to 80%||Get Free Quote|
Frequently Asked Questions
Is multi-family real estate a good investment in 2023?
Inflation fears, high interest rates, and the prospect of recession have slowed the pace of the commercial real estate market considerably. Some property types are outperforming others. Apartment buildings in desirable neighborhoods are performing well, 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. We expect to see sales prices for underperforming properties to drop in 2023 as investors gravitate to better positioned properties.
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 clients needing financing for a multifamily apartment building get the best rate and terms?
Select Commercial has excellent Houston apartment loan products and options available for owners and purchasers in need of multifamily properties throughout the city of Houston. 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. Houston 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 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.
Apartment - Multifamily Loan Benefits
Houston Apartment Loan rates start as low as 5.64% (as of September 26th, 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 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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What are the market conditions expected for Houston 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.
Houston Apartment Loan Outlook - 2022
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 EconomicsHouston 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
Houston Apartment Market and Trends - 2021
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
Apartment Loan Outlook - 2021
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.
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 $1,500,000 to $25,000,000+). 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.
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).
Houston 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.
Houston 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.
Houston 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:
- 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 $1,500,000. Get started with a Free Commercial Mortgage Loan Quote.
Houston Apartment Loans
Select Commercial provides apartment loans throughout Houston, Texas including, but not limited to, the areas below. We provide apartment loans in most major cities throughout the United States.
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