Milwaukee Apartment Building Loans

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

Milwaukee Multifamily Loan Rates - updated 05/22/24

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

Milwaukee Multifamily Loan Benefits

Milwaukee Apartment Loan rates start as low as 5.48% (as of May 22nd, 2024)
• A commercial mortgage broker with over 30 years of lending experience
• No upfront application or processing fees
• Simplified application process
• Up to 80% LTV on multifamily financing 
• Terms and amortizations up to 30 years 
• Multifamily loans for purchase and refinance, including cash-out 
• 24 hour written pre-approvals with no cost and no obligation

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2024 Milwaukee Multifamily Loan Market: Navigating Investment Interest and Strong Performance Metrics

2024 Apartment supply and demand in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Poised to Garner Additional Investment Interest Amid Strong Performance Metrics

Sustained tight conditions spur a nationally fast pace of rent growth. For the third straight year, vacancy in Milwaukee will stand below every major market across the country except New York. Below-average single-family home construction starts and higher mortgage payments are enabling this feat, directing more residents to rental units. The Downtown-Shorewood and Waukesha County areas exhibited the strongest absorption momentum entering this year. Notable corporate relocations, such as Baker Tilly and Rite-Hite Holding Corporation, as well as solid Class B/C office occupancy, are helping direct renter demand downtown across all multifamily class tiers. Out west, Waukesha County’s strong industrial warehousing and distribution presence is supporting remarkably tight Class C vacancy, a trend that is also observed in the mid-tier segment. A muted delivery slate further contributes to the metro’s nationally tight conditions, as renters are given fewer new apartment options than in 2023. These dynamics result in Milwaukee’s annual pace of rent growth exceeding all other major markets across the country in 2024, highlighting the robust opportunities for Milwaukee apartment loans and Milwaukee multifamily loans.

Deal Flow Holds Steady as More Out-of-State Investors Enter the Market

Last year, Milwaukee stood out as the only major U.S. metro to record an increase in transaction velocity relative to the prior annual period. The metro stands out nationally for its consistently tight vacancy rate and elevated pace of rent growth. These factors may draw active, out-of-market Midwest investors in 2024 as Milwaukee gains regional prominence. Transaction velocity has mostly been concentrated in Downtown Milwaukee and first-ring suburbs as of late. Deal flow slightly north near the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is also notable, as operators benefit from a steady renter base and strong mid-tier rent growth. Improving rent rolls here are benefiting cap rates, which lifted by a pace that was nearly half that of the national average last year. These trends make Milwaukee apartment loans and Milwaukee multifamily loans particularly appealing to investors.

2024 Rent trends in Milwaukee

2024 Multifamily Market Forecast for Milwaukee

  • EMPLOYMENT: The addition of 7,000 new roles this year will help expand Milwaukee's employment base at a rate that doubles the metro's long-term average.
  • CONSTRUCTION: Builders will add 250 fewer units this year than in 2023, increasing overall apartment stock by 1.7 percent. Downtown-Shorewood welcomes about one-third of this new supply.
  • VACANCY: A minor lift to Milwaukee's vacancy rate brings the metro's measure to 3.7 percent by year-end. Still, this will stand more than 100 basis points below any other major Midwestern market.
  • RENT: The metro's nationally strong pace of rent growth will raise its average effective rate to $1,590 per month, surpassing Minneapolis-St. Paul as the second highest among major Midwestern markets.
  • INVESTMENT: Home to the metro's lowest vacancy rate entering 2024, Racine may draw increased investor interest this year. A limited active pipeline here is a boon for existing properties moving forward.

Latest Expert Insights from Stephen A. Sobin

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

Persistent Inflation and Its Effects on CRE

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

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

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

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

What the New Jobs Report Means for CRE

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

Decoding "Junk Fees" in Rental Housing

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

Understanding the Impact of Federal Reserve's Decisions

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

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


Frequently Asked Questions

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

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


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

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

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

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

Recent Banking Failures Likely To Impact Wisconsin Multifamily Lending

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

Regional Banks Under Pressure

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

Development Challenges

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

Volatility in the CMBS Market

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

Interest Rate Uncertainty

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

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


Apartment Loan Basics

Apartment Loan Types We Serve

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

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

Avenues West, Baran Park, Bay View, Borchert Field, Brewers Hill, Burnham Park, Clarke Square, Clock Tower Acres, Cold Spring Park, Concordia, Downer Woods, Downtown, East Side, Far North Side, Far Northwest Side, Far South Side, Far West Side, Forest Home Hills, Franklin Heights, Grasslyn Manor, Halyard Park, Hampton Heights, Harambee, Harbor View, Hawthorne Glen, Haymarket, Hillside, Historic Mitchell Street, Historic Third Ward, Jones Island, Juneau Town, King Park, Lake Park, Layton Park, Lincoln Village, Lower East Side, Martin Drive, Menomonee River Valley, Merrill Park, Metcalfe Park, Midtown, Miller Valley, Mitchell Park, Murray Hill, Muskego Way, National Park, Near North Side, Near South Side, North Division, Northpoint, Park West, Parkview, Polonia, Riverside Park, Riverwest, Roosevelt Grove, Saint Joseph, Schlitz Park, Sherman Park, Silver City, Southeast Side, Southwest Side, Sunset Heights, Triangle, Triangle North, University Hill, Upper East Side, Uptown, Walkers Point, Walnut Hill, Washington Heights, West Side, Wick Field, Yankee Hill.