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Ohio Apartment Loan Rates - Rates updated September 26th, 2021

Ohio Apartment Loan Programs Over $6,000,000 Rates (start as low as) LTV
Multifamily 5 Year Fixed Loan Rates 2.58% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Multifamily 7 Year Fixed Loan Rates 2.69% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Multifamily 10 Year Fixed Loan Rates 2.90% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Ohio Apartment Loan Programs Under $6,000,000 Rates (start as low as) LTV
Multifamily 5 Year Fixed Loan Rates 3.22% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Multifamily 7 Year Fixed Loan Rates 3.23% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Multifamily 10 Year Fixed Loan Rates 3.25% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
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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 Ohio. 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. Ohio 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 OH 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.

Ohio Apartment Loan Benefits

Ohio Apartment Loan rates start as low as 2.58% (as of September 26th, 2021)
• 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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Ohio Apartment Loan Types We Serve

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

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Cincinnati 2021 Apartment Market and Trends

Employment in 2021 is on the uptick in Cincinnati. The employment rate is expected to grow 2.5% with an increase of 27,300 jobs in 2021. Construction of new multifamily units is a bit down this year, with an expectation of 2,200 new units to be created in 2021. Vacancy is up this year in Cincinnati. The vacancy rate will climb 3.9% this year. That is an increase of 30 basis points. Rent in 2021 is up 2.9% with an expected effective rent of $1,059 per month. While multifamily construction has been down overall, construction has been ramping up of late. This has helped to drive demand in key areas such as the Northeast Cincinnati/Warren County and the Campbell/Kenton Counties submarkets. The affordability of these areas seem to be leading developers to construct new multifamily properties in these submarkets. We have seen a similar trend amongst renters of late in 2021. Apartment buildings in the Central and the North Central Cincinnati submarkets have experienced the largest declines in annual net absorption, while the Northeast Cincinnati/Warren County and the West Cincinnati submarkets had the largest increases.

- 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.

    Ohio Multifamily Loan Information and Economic Overview

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    Ohio is the seventh largest economy in the United States with a gross state product of over $650 billion. If Ohio were its own country its economy would rank as the 21st largest economy in the world. A few years ago, Ohio was ranked in the top ten states in the country for best business climate. Ohio is frequently considered to be the Industrial Capital of America, dating to its roots in the Rust Belt and Ohio's present-day scientific and intelligence dominance. Ohio has a very active commercial real estate market and is highly regarded by lenders offering commercial mortgage financing. Here are some quick facts:

    • Ohio is home to almost 2.4 million commercial properties.
    • With 1.3 million parcels, land is the largest property type in Ohio leaving much potential for commercial real estate development.
    • The state of Ohio contains 200,000 multifamily properties.
    • About 275,000 of Ohio's commercial properties are currently located in Qualified Opportunity Zones with high investment upside.

    Overall the Ohio apartment market ranks among the most consistent in the nation in terms of performance making Ohio a terrific place to receive commercial mortgage financing. There has been a tempered supply growth in multifamily units resulting in strong rent gains in various markets.  These trends are expected to continue as vacancy in all the Ohio’s big markets remains below 5 percent. There is a lot upside potential in the Class C sector, where a housing shortage continues across the Ohio market. Vacancy is lowest in this segment with below average rent hikes. The Cincinnati multifamily market is very hot right now. We have been witnessing Steady demand across all apartment classes. Over the past four years the demand for rental units in Cincinnati has been stable, bolstering absorption totals that outmatched supply additions. The city’s economic strength has supported the growing demand pool as people move into the region in search of new employment opportunities. The wide reach of the demand pool here bodes well for existing property performance and future development. Commercial real estate builders are doing most of their work near the core of the city, where new developments will provide residents a highly amenitized experience in proximity to work and leisure venues. Cleveland is also a very intriguing spot for commercial real estate and multifamily investment. Downtown Cleveland has remained the focal point of the city’s current real estate development. The city’s rental market has turned around recently, with heightened demand diminishing the vacancy rate by 170 basis points. Throughout this period development has remained strong with more than 2,000 multifamily units added to the local inventory.

    Ohio’s average rent is typically lower than the national average. Apartments in Cleveland are the state’s most expensive, with an average rent of $1,081 per month. Cincinnati apartments rank second with an average monthly rent of about $975 followed by Columbus with average monthly rents of just under $924. Ohio’s cheapest cities to rent in are Toledo at a meager $714 per month and Dayton at just $765 per month. That being said Dayton rents are trending upwards (renters are paying $34 more per month than they did in April of last year) as the city is experiencing growing rents, with apartment prices increasing by 4.7% year over year. Behind Dayton, Cleveland apartments had the second highest rental rate increase in Ohio, with increases of 4% or $42 more expensive than the same month last year. Ohio’s slowest rising rents were in Akron with a small increase of 2.1%, and in Toledo, where rents rose by just 2.3% year over year. In terms of commercial mortgages, there are over 2 million mortgages for commercial real estate properties throughout the state of Ohio. The average value of these mortgages is just above $6 million, 14% above the United States average. This information shows that Ohio is a wonderful place to take out a commercial mortgage loan.

    2020 Cincinnati Apartment Market Forecast

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    Cincinnati National Multifamily Index Rank is at 39, up 1 place. Strong rent growth and yields above the national average nudge Cincinnati up a spot in the NMI.

    Employment in Cincinnati is up 0.9%. Job gains will slow this year with 10,000 slots created, approximately half the amount of people hired in 2019.

    Construction of apartment units in Cincinnati is expected to exceed 1,700 units. After the delivery of 800 units last year, construction will increase to over double the amount finalized in 2019. Development will be concentrated in central Cincinnati.

    Vacancy in Cincinnati is up 30 bps. Increase in supply will result in a slight expansion in vacancy to 3.5 percent. In 2019, vacancy dropped 100 basis points.

    Rent in Cincinnati is up 5.1%. Building on a 5.3 percent rent hike in 2019, the average effective rent will rise at a similar pace this year to $1,030 per month.

    Investment opportunities in Cincinnati remain strong for those looking for multifamily loans. East Cincinnati remains one of the most highly sought-after investment destinations, as product can be purchased slightly below the market average cost of $54,000 per unit and produce higher yields, sometimes above 7 percent. Investors would be wise to look into procuring an apartment loan for their next purchase in the Cincinnati metro.

    Data provided by Marcus & Millichap.

    Cincinnati Vacancy and Rents Cincinnati 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.

    Ohio Apartment Loan Options

    Our company has multiple capital sources for these apartment loans, including: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, national banks, regional and local banks, insurance companies, Wall Street conduit lenders, credit unions and private lenders.


    Fannie Mae Loan and Rate Information


    Fannie Mae’s 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).

    Freddie Mac Loan and Rate Information

    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 market. Freddie Mac has a very aggressive program for small balance 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.

    Ohio Apartment Lending with Banks and Other Programs

    While the agencies (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) 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:

    • 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 loan requests of all sizes, beginning at $1,000,000. Get started with a Free Commercial Mortgage Loan Quote.

    Ohio Multifamily Loan Information and Economic Overview

    Ohio is the seventh largest economy in the United States with a gross state product of over $650 billion. If Ohio were its own country its economy would rank as the 21st largest economy in the world. A few years ago, Ohio was ranked in the top ten states in the country for best business climate. Ohio is frequently considered to be the Industrial Capital of America, dating to its roots in the Rust Belt and Ohio's present-day scientific and intelligence dominance. Ohio has a very active commercial real estate market and is highly regarded by lenders offering commercial mortgage financing. Here are some quick facts:

    • Ohio is home to almost 2.4 million commercial properties.
    • With 1.3 million parcels, land is the largest property type in Ohio leaving much potential for commercial real estate development.
    • The state of Ohio contains 200,000 multifamily properties.
    • About 275,000 of Ohio's commercial properties are currently located in Qualified Opportunity Zones with high investment upside.

    Overall the Ohio apartment market ranks among the most consistent in the nation in terms of performance making Ohio a terrific place to receive commercial mortgage financing. There has been a tempered supply growth in multifamily units resulting in strong rent gains in various markets.  These trends are expected to continue as vacancy in all the Ohio’s big markets remains below 5 percent. There is a lot upside potential in the Class C sector, where a housing shortage continues across the Ohio market. Vacancy is lowest in this segment with below average rent hikes. The Cincinnati multifamily market is very hot right now. We have been witnessing Steady demand across all apartment classes. Over the past four years the demand for rental units in Cincinnati has been stable, bolstering absorption totals that outmatched supply additions. The city’s economic strength has supported the growing demand pool as people move into the region in search of new employment opportunities. The wide reach of the demand pool here bodes well for existing property performance and future development. Commercial real estate builders are doing most of their work near the core of the city, where new developments will provide residents a highly amenitized experience in proximity to work and leisure venues. Cleveland is also a very intriguing spot for commercial real estate and multifamily investment. Downtown Cleveland has remained the focal point of the city’s current real estate development. The city’s rental market has turned around recently, with heightened demand diminishing the vacancy rate by 170 basis points. Throughout this period development has remained strong with more than 2,000 multifamily units added to the local inventory.

    Ohio’s average rent is typically lower than the national average. Apartments in Cleveland are the state’s most expensive, with an average rent of $1,081 per month. Cincinnati apartments rank second with an average monthly rent of about $975 followed by Columbus with average monthly rents of just under $924. Ohio’s cheapest cities to rent in are Toledo at a meager $714 per month and Dayton at just $765 per month. That being said Dayton rents are trending upwards (renters are paying $34 more per month than they did in April of last year) as the city is experiencing growing rents, with apartment prices increasing by 4.7% year over year. Behind Dayton, Cleveland apartments had the second highest rental rate increase in Ohio, with increases of 4% or $42 more expensive than the same month last year. Ohio’s slowest rising rents were in Akron with a small increase of 2.1%, and in Toledo, where rents rose by just 2.3% year over year. In terms of commercial mortgages, there are over 2 million mortgages for commercial real estate properties throughout the state of Ohio. The average value of these mortgages is just above $6 million, 14% above the United States average. This information shows that Ohio is a wonderful place to take out a commercial mortgage loan.

    Ohio Apartment Loans

    Select Commercial provides apartment loans and commercial mortgages throughout the state of Ohio including but not limited to the areas below.


    ColumbusClevelandCincinnatiLakewoodToledoAkron • Dayton