Illinois Apartment Loans
Loans from $1 Million to $25 Million+
|Illinois Apartment Loan Programs Over $6,000,000||Rates (start as low as)||LTV|
|Multifamily 5 Year Fixed Loan Rates||5.37%||Up to 80%||Get Free Quote|
|Multifamily 7 Year Fixed Loan Rates||5.12%||Up to 80%||Get Free Quote|
|Multifamily 10 Year Fixed Loan Rates||5.08%||Up to 80%||Get Free Quote|
|Illinois Apartment Loan Programs Under $6,000,000||Rates (start as low as)||LTV|
|Multifamily 5 Year Fixed Loan Rates||5.47%||Up to 80%||Get Free Quote|
|Multifamily 7 Year Fixed Loan Rates||5.22%||Up to 80%||Get Free Quote|
|Multifamily 10 Year Fixed Loan Rates||5.18%||Up to 80%||Get Free Quote|
Select Commercial has excellent apartment building loan and multifamily loan products and options available for owners and purchasers of multi-family and apartment properties throughout the state of Illinois. 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. Illinois is one of the states that we consider to be a premium market for apartment building loans 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 IL 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. 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.
Illinois Apartment Loan Benefits
Illinois 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 apartment financing
• Terms and amortizations up to 30 years
• Loans for purchase and refinance, including cash-out
• 24 hour written pre-approvals with no cost and no obligation
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Illinois Apartment Loan Types We Serve
If you are looking to purchase or refinance a Illinois apartment building, don't hesitate to contact us. We arrange financing in the state of Illinois for the following:
- Large urban high-rise apartment buildings
- Suburban garden apartment complexes
- Small apartment buildings containing 5+ units
- Underlying cooperative apartment building loans
- Portfolios of small apartment properties and/or single-family rental properties
- Other multi-family and mixed-use properties
Illinois Apartment Loan 2022
As we enter 2022, apartment loan activity is very strong but facing a potential slowdown as the Federal Reserve begins increasing rates to slow the rate of inflation. Illinois apartment loans might be affected, along with the rest of the country, depending on what happens this year with the Federal Reserve. The following is a national summary of the apartment loan market at the beginning of 2022. We expect Illinois apartment loans to follow national economic trends.
National Apartment Loan Outlook
Apartments Show Record Strength as Household Growth Performs at Record Levels In 2022 we expect strong housing demand to surpass existing supply. 2021 was a very strong year for apartment owners. After the difficulties of 2020 due to the pandemic caused much disruption, rapid job creation and a strong economic reopening led to a surge in apartment rentals. A record number of units were rented in 2021, driving the national apartment vacancy rate down to the lowest year-end level in more than twenty years. Average multifamily rental rates increased by record setting margins, as well. Apartment profitability is expected to increase even further in 2022, although probably at a slower pace following the uncertainty observed in 2020 and 2021, as the economy often started up and slowed down quickly with each new strain of the Coronavirus pandemic. As the economy continues its stabilized recovery, apartment demand will continue to grow. Strong household formation will drive rental increases above the record 400,000 apartments expected to hit the market in 2022. Apartment availability among top-of-the-line Class A units began 2022 at one of the lowest rates in over twenty years. Rental demand for Class B and C units, will also strengthen in 2022 as increasing prices prompt some apartment renters to give up more expensive apartments. Raw material and labor shortages also raise risks of construction delays in the home buying market, keeping many would be buyers in apartment rentals. As such, all multifamily properties will perform well in 2022.
Urban areas continue to recover even as suburban demand gets stronger. The Coronavirus pandemic and associated lockdowns caused a movement, or transition, of households from densely populated urban areas and large urban cities to more suburban and rural settings and secondary market locations. Vacancy rates in the densely populated business districts of the country’s large markets rose 230 basis points in 2020, versus a 10 basis point vacancy rate increase in smaller suburban submarkets in smaller cities. Apartment availability has continued to decrease in these secondary market locations even though the worst of the pandemic has passed. Not including immigration, an estimated 44 million people will enter their 30s over the next 10 years, a stage of life associated with the beginning of families, which is the main driver of apartment demand. Increasing household size causes renters to look for larger accommodations, which are more affordable in suburban and rural locations. While this demographic change will continue in 2022 and beyond, urban areas are also recovering quickly as offices in downtown areas continue to reopen. The 2020 shock to downtown markets changed course by the third quarter of 2021, with further improvement anticipated in 2022. The reopening of retail establishments such as bars, restaurants and entertainment venues, the continuing return to offices, and a new group of college graduates all point to strong demand for the downtown apartments in urban locations.
Housing demand in 2022 is expanding into alternative dwellings. Households are being created faster than new construction can accommodate, forcing some apartment renters to look at other choices. Millennials seeking larger space at lower costs are considering single-family home rentals while those who are priced out of Class C units are looking more at manufactured home communities and mobile home parks.
The ability to work from home offices and pet-friendly accommodations are gaining importance in 2022. Even though the pandemic situation is improving, work habits adopted during the pandemic will not be so easily reversed. The increase in workers who still work from home has caused some renters to look for greater apartment square footage as well as common spaces within the building in which to co-work with others. A large increase in pet ownership caused by lockdowns also now causes strong demand for pet-friendly properties.
The strong apartment market nationally is causing many investors to consider investing in apartments and is causing strong demand for apartment loans. Apartment loan rates remain low as we enter 2022, but the Federal Reserve has indicated their desire to raise rates in 2022 to curtail inflation. We are watching closely to see what happens with Illinois apartment loan rates this year.
Chicago 2021 Vacancy Apartment Market and Trends
Rental demand in Chicago’s urban core significantly decreased in 2020, as businesses shut down or had employees work from home during COVID-19. Many people looked for less expensive and larger homes outside of the urban center that could accommodate remote work. In specific, rental demand in the Streeterville-River North and the Loop areas went down the most. These two markets each received more than 2,000 new multifamily units in 2020. Given the lower demand, vacancy soared around 400 basis points to metro highs in each market. In 2021, experts anticipate an improvement in rental demand due to both a slower delivery pace and widespread vaccinations that allow workers to return to offices.
During COVID-19, the suburban markets of Chicago actually did quite well. Unemployment caused many renters to look for cheaper housing, and many people working for home sought larger apartments in the suburbs. Vacancies decreased by over 100 basis points in the Will County and Merrillville-Portage-Valparaiso submarkets. In fact, South Cook County had the city’s lowest vacancy rate of 2.8 percent, a reduction of 70 basis points year over year. Experts have said that with a downtown revival in Chicago, additional investors will be drawn to multifamily assets in the city in 2021.
In 2021, there is expectation that employment should grow about 2.6 percent in the city. However, the total employment level will remain more than 200,000 jobs below the pre-Covid-19 pandemic level. Therefore, Chicago’s unemployment rate in 2021, which sat at 8.2 percent at the end of 2020, is likely to stay above the national rate. In 2021, deliveries are expected to decrease to the lowest level in more than five years. Total inventory is expected to expand by only 0.8 percent in 2021. This is down from a 1.1 percent gain last year. The majority of the rentals due in 2021 are located in the suburbs. Following a slow absorption pace in 2020, Demand for rentals is set to outpace inventory additions in 2021. This should lead to a contracting of the vacancy rate down to 5.3 percent in 2021. This is a significant improvement from last year when the vacancy rate jumped 100 basis points. A growing demand for apartments in Chicago in 2021 is set to push rents higher. By the end of 2021, the average effective rent in Chicago is expected to sit at $1,498 per month. While the rate is up year over year, it remains below the recent peak of $1,580 achieved during 2019.
2021 Multifamily Outlook
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.
Illinois Multifamily Loan Information and Economic Overview
The economy of Illinois is the fifth largest in the country with a gross state product of almost $860 billion and is one of the most diversified economies globally. Illinois has a median household income of around $60,000. The Chicago metropolitan area is home to many of the country’s largest companies, including Allstate, Boeing, McDonald’s and United Airlines.
Chicago Illinois real estate has been rated as one of the most undervalued and underrated commercial real estate markets in the country. Chicago is witnessing a building boom with over 60 cranes hovering atop new skyscrapers being built, creating an incredible amount of new business opportunities and positively impacting the market. There has never been a better time to look into commercial mortgage financing in the Chicago Illinois than right now! After the market flattened a bit last year, property rose by 5 percent in the first quarter of 2019 compared with the same period in 2018. Market research has actually shown that commercial property values were 2.5 percent higher than their pre-recession peak in 2007, leading investors to make big returns on their money.
The Illinois commercial real estate industry is being driven in part by a thriving industrial market. Due to strong economic development and a heavy demand for property geared towards internet businesses, industrial real estate vacancies are at their lowest in over 15 years! In particular, the marketplace is even tighter for investors looking for warehouse space. Even with heavy growth, commercial real estate developers are still meeting the pace of demand in Illinois. Commercial office spaces are also highly enticing investments in the current Illinois market. Office developers are pushing the boundaries of what the real estate market can handle. Even with so much new commercial office development vacancy rates in the Chicago area remain low at under 12 percent. Technology company hiring in the Chicago area is increasing demand for office space.
The multifamily and apartment sector is another great place obtain commercial mortgage financing in order to invest in Chicago commercial real estate. This year, the annual delivery volumes in Chicago reached a two-decade high with a new supply of almost 10,300 new multifamily units. Recent apartment deliveries have made up for a few years of diminishing supply volumes, ranking Chicago as one of the nation’s leaders for apartment completions since 2010. Almost 54,000 units have been completed in Chicago since the beginning of 2010, ranking the market in the #10 spot nationally for total cycle supply. The Chicago multifamily market may see slight declines over the next year in the pace of new construction and rent increases. A report by Marcus and Millichap forecasts average rent growth of just over 3% this year in the Chicago metropolitan area which is about half the rate of rent growth in 2018. It also projects that 7,800 new multifamily units will be built this year, down from the past two years. The combination of those factors should mean that apartment vacancy rates will remain relatively unchanged at a region-wide average of 5.3% making now a great time to purchase apartment and multifamily buildings. With regards to commercial mortgages, there are currently over 3.2 million mortgages for commercial real estate properties throughout the state of Illinois. The average value of these commercial mortgages is over $5.6 million, 7% above the United States average. This data demonstrates that Illinois is a very attractive place to attain a commercial mortgage loan.
2020 Chicago Apartment Market Forecast
Chicago’s National Multifamily Index Rank is at 37, down 9 places. Diminishing overall employment gains and rising property taxes contribute to Chicago’s reduced standing in this year’s National Multifamily Index.
Employment in Chicago is up 0.6%. Hiring activity will continue to slow this year as 30,500 workers are added to payrolls. Last year, 33,000 jobs were created.
Construction of new apartment units in Chicago is expected to exceed 7.400 units. Completions will decrease after 9,100 units were delivered last year, with the urban core logging the majority of new supply.
The vacancy rate in Chicago is down 10 bps. The absorption of nearly 7,800 units will push market vacancy down to 4.8 percent this year. This builds on 60- and 40-basis- point drops during the previous two years.
Rent in Chicago is up 5.1%. Coming in just under the previous three-year average, rents will continue to advance, lifting the average effective rent up to $1,663 per month.
Investment in the Chicago apartment and multifamily market remains promising for those looking for multifamily loans. Large-scale mixed-use projects coming to fruition in the near future will continue to spur new investment opportunities in adjacent areas, further strengthening bidding environments. Investors would be wise to look into procuring an apartment loan for their next purchase in the Chicago metro.
Data provided by Marcus & Millichap.
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.
Illinois Apartment Loan Options
Illinois Freddie Mac Apartment loans
Illinois 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 is a government sponsored agency that offers incredible financing solutions to investors looking for apartment loans. They provide both fixed rate and floating rate multifamily loans to acquire or refinance a wide variety of multifamily properties. These apartment building loans are used to finance properties such as market-rate apartments, student housing, senior housing, and affordable housing. While Freddie Mac has always been one of the industry's most aggressive financing source for larger apartment loans, Fannie Mae used to really dominate the smaller balance market. However, in 2014, Freddie Mac launched their Freddie Mac Small Balance Multifamily Loan program to compete with Fannie Mae in the small balance market. For eligible borrowers, Chicago Freddie Mac Multifamily loans offer some of the best terms and rates in the market. However, qualifying for Freddie Mac loans requires that the borrower and property both meet a high standard set by Freddie Mac. Borrowers must typically meet a threshold for net worth and liquidity and properties must be cash flowing with at least 90% occupancy for 90 days.
Freddie Mac’s Illinois Multifamily Loan Programs offer many unique and beneficial features for apartment purchases and refinances, with a minimum loan size of $1,000,000. The loan application process is simple and streamlined. As an example, tax returns for the borrower and the property are not required. Loans typically close in 45 days and the program has much lower costs than other government or agency programs. These apartment building loans are non-recourse, which means that the borrower is not required to guarantee payments personally. Prepayment penalties are flexible, ranging from yield maintenance to soft stepdown. Perhaps the best feature of these multifamily loans is that Freddie Mac offers a free rate hold for 45 days from application. If rates change during the processing period, the loan rate is automatically held from the date of application.
Freddie Mac has a publicly stated mission to help maintain stability in the American housing-mortgage markets. Additionally, their goal is to both keep the housing market well-financed and to promote affordable housing. Freddie Mac accomplishes this goal by helping investors to purchase, refinance, preserve, and renovate existing multifamily and apartment buildings. A large portion of the properties financed by Freddie Mac are more than 10 years old, need significant improvements and have a hard time procuring financing with other lenders. Freddie Mac’s main focus in the multifamily arena is affordable housing. Around 90 percent of their apartment loans are written for properties with affordable rents (based on local area median income). Over the years the number of renters has continued to grow leading to a short supply of available affordable apartment units. Many of Freddie Mac’s programs were designed with this challenge in mind. They focus on financing apartment buildings that are affordable to renters with lower annual incomes. They also write apartment building loans for subsidized housing that assists individuals with very low (below average) incomes. Through these programs, Freddie Mac’s multifamily loan programs are playing a crucial role in ensuring that Americans have access to affordable housing throughout the country.
One potential complication with Illinois Freddie Mac multifamily loans is that Freddie Mac does not directly originate their loans. Rather they rely on authorized lenders from within their Optigo network to underwrite and service their loans. While these apartment loans may be financed by outside lenders, they all must conform to Freddie Mac guidelines. While Freddie Mac offers loans in varying markets for many different situations, each Optigo lender may have their own limitations on eligible deals they are willing to finance. At Select Commercial Funding, we have access to a wide array of Freddie Mac funding solutions so we can help to connect you with the right Freddie Mac lenders for your specific needs.
Illinois Fannie Mae Apartment loans
The Illinois Fannie Mae multifamily loan platform is one the leading sources of capital for 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 is one of the nation’s leading secondary market sources of capital for apartment building financing. Fannie Mae provides mortgage capital for conventional, affordable housing, cooperatives, senior housing, student housing, manufactured housing communities and mobile home parks nationwide. Fannie Mae's apartment loan program offers many distinct advantages over traditional bank programs, including long-term fixed rates up to 30 years, high LTV ratios up to 80%, and nonrecourse financing (no personal guarantee to the principals). Fannie Mae Multifamily provides long term permanent mortgage loans for the purchase or refinance (cash-out OK) of apartment properties nationwide.
Fannie Mae Multifamily loans can be used to finance apartment buildings with at least 5 residential units. No more than 20 percent of net rentable area can be leased out to commercial tenants. Fannie Mae Multifamily is an industry leader in apartment building loans and there terms are incredibly difficult to beat. This program offers loan terms between 5 and 30 years with amortization schedules up to 30 years. They offer flexible prepayment penalties and interest-only options. In addition, loans are typically assumable and allow for secondary financing.
While Chicago Fannie Mae Multifamily loans are a terrific option for investors in the multifamily space, this program does have some very specific underwriting guidelines. Typically, these loans are only eligible for apartment buildings in primary or secondary MSAs (with some exceptions for tertiary markets). These properties must be stabilized with 90% occupancy for at least 90 days. Standard multifamily properties must have at least 5 units and manufactured housing communities must have at least 50 pad sites. Borrowers must have strong financials with net worth equal to the loan amount and liquidity of 9 to 12 months of debt service. Typically, borrowers must have a credit score of at least 680 with no recent delinquencies.
If you are looking for a multifamily loan, Fannie Mae Multifamily may be the perfect option for you. The professionals at Select Commercial Funding are excited to help you find the perfect Fannie Mae product for your multifamily loan. Give us a call today to take the next step in financing your apartment building with a Fannie Mae Multifamily loan.
Illinois 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.
The FHA HUD 223(f) multifamily loan program was instituted to help investors purchase and refinance multifamily properties. While many people think that HUD will only insure affordable and Section 8 housing the truth is that the HUD 223(f) loan program is a great option for investors looking to finance all kinds of multifamily properties across the United States. The FHA HUD 223(f) multifamily loan insurance program is one of the best financing options in the market for multifamily investors.
The FHA HUD 221(d)(4) Multifamily loan program was instituted to finance developments and substantial rehabilitations of multifamily properties. Through these multifamily loan programs, FHA and HUD are able to fulfill the essential mandate of its insurance programs: to make sure that there is an ongoing availability of capital for the acquisition, rehabilitation, development and refinancing of all apartment properties.
HUD insured multifamily loans offer investors some of the longest terms and amortizations on the market. The HUD 223(f) loan program offers fully amortizing terms of up to 35 years while the HUD 221(d)(4) loan program offers up to 43 year loan terms! This multifamily construction loan offers up to 3 years of interest only financing for the construction period followed by an additional fully amortizing term of up to 40 years. Monthly payments on multifamily HUD loans are much lower than with a typical lender because of the program’s longer amortization periods. Another huge benefit of these programs is that HUD is not able to discriminate based on geographical locations and markets. While many lenders may choose to not lend in a small and rural markets, HUD will insure loans in these markets. The biggest drawbacks of HUD insured multifamily loans are the timing it takes to close the loan and the red tape the borrower has to navigate. These loans can take anywhere from 5-10 months depending on the location of the property and HUD’s current pipeline. HUD insured loans require annual financial audits and they are generally more expensive than traditional multifamily loans.
Mortgage Insurance Premium - A common misconception in the multifamily industry is that FHA HUD directly makes multifamily loans to developers and real estate investors. The truth is that these loans are actually made by third party lenders and HUD only underwrites and insures the loans. This is where the mortgage insurance premium comes in. All HUD borrowers have to pay mortgage insurance premium at time of closing and on an annual basis. Typically, borrowers will pay 1% due to HUD at closing and 0.6% annually thereafter. However, affordable properties and green properties are eligible for MIP discounts (0.25%-0.35% for affordable and subsidized properties, 0.25% for Green/Energy Star certified properties). HUD pools up this money and uses it to insure the loans made by third party lenders. If a borrower defaults on a loan, HUD will use this money to pay the third-party lender. In essence, the mortgage insurance premium paid to HUD is what allows these loans to be offered at such attractive rates with incredibly long terms and amortizations.
2021 HUD Multifamily Loan Data - In 2021, HUD insured about 1,800 loans (worth over $29 billion) made to commercial real estate investors and developers. These loans were made on multifamily and healthcare properties all across the United States. HUD put a few new policies into place that made their loan insurance programs even more desirable for investors. HUD used to require developers of newly constructed apartment buildings to wait at least three years in order to be eligible to refinance their property into a HUD insured loan. In 2020, HUD did away with this rule- allowing developers to refinance right at stabilization. Many developers took advantage of this rule change in 2021, helping HUD achieve record loan volume year over year. In addition, HUD also began to allow investors looking to acquire multifamily properties through bridge loans and still qualify for up to 85% LTV through the 223(f) program. This was very beneficial for investors because the HUD process can easily take over half a year. Most sellers will not wait around that long to wait for their sale to close. This policy allowed investors to purchase multifamily properties with short term bridge loans and to flip into HUD loans after the initial acquisition. Many real estate investors took advantage of this policy change in 2021, another factor that helped HUD to produce record volumes year over year.
Due to historically low rates and the above policy changes, HUD was incredibly busy throughout 2021. Many loans took upwards of 10 months to close as HUD offices across the country were backlogged with billions of dollars’ worth of deals. Many investors were able to take advantage of the low-rate climate by locking into long term fixed rates below 3%. Due to all these factors, HUD was able to claim a very large share of the multifamily loan market in 2021.
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:
- 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.