Pittsburgh Apartment Loans
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Pittsburgh Apartment Loan Rates - Rates updated March 5th, 2021

Pittsburgh Apartment Loan Rates Over $6,000,000 Rates (start as low as) LTV
5 Year Fixed Rates 2.68% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
7 Year Fixed Rates 2.78% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
10 Year Fixed Rates 2.94% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Pittsburgh Apartment Loan Rates Under $6,000,000 Rates (start as low as) LTV
5 Year Fixed Rates 3.35% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
7 Year Fixed Rates 3.36% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
10 Year Fixed Rates 3.37% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
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Select Commercial has excellent Pittsburgh apartment loan products and options available for owners and purchasers of multifamily properties throughout the city of Pittsburgh. 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. Pittsburgh is one of the cities that we consider to be a premium market and we actively look to originate good quality loans here for our clients. We have a diverse array of many available loan products to help qualified Pittsburgh PA 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.

Pittsburgh Apartment Loan Benefits

Pittsburgh Apartment loan rates start as low as 2.94% (as of March 5th, 2021)
• No upfront application or processing fees 
• Simplified application process 
• Up to 80% LTV on apartment financing 
• Terms and amortizations up to 30 years 
• Apartment loans for purchase and refinance, including cash-out 
• 24 hour written pre-approvals with no cost and no obligation

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Pittsburgh Apartment Loan Types We Serve

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

Migration to Phoenix Highest in the Nation, Driving Continued Apartment Housing Demand

Positive business and lifestyle climates draw new residents and companies to the Valley. Phoenix stands out this year with one of the nation’s fastest-growing economies as firms are drawn to the favorable business environment, lower expenses and an increasingly educated workforce. Many businesses are moving operations out of high cost markets and into the Valley, tapping into the deep roots that finance, insurance and software firms have grown. This will propel Phoenix to the top spot in net migration in 2020, adding more than 77,000 new residents, many of which being young professionals. The Valley is a prime example of activity picking up in secondary multifamily markets at this point in the cycle as the single-family sector has been unable to meet the needs of an expanding metro. Reflective of this is the exceptionally limited availability of traditional workforce housing as the Class B and C apartment vacancy rates sit in the mid-3 percent and high-2 percent ranges, respectively. This will restrain absorption this year, resulting in the majority of new leases stemming from luxury apartments. Investors looking to purchase property in the Phoenix market should definitely look into taking out an apartment loan to finance their acquisition.

Rush of capital flowing into the market to capture remaining upside. Phoenix has been characterized by strong capital migration into the apartment sector this cycle as favorable yields and healthy job gains swell multifamily investor appetites. The Valley led the nation last year in apartment rent growth, creating robust cash flows for owners, which holds buyer interest elevated in 2020. Caps on multifamily rent growth in nearby states encourage private investors to consider acquisitions in Phoenix as the sector here faces minimal legislative threats. The East Valley will remain a target among private and institutional groups for its concentration of finance and insurance companies, often recording an initial yield in the upper-5 percent to mid-6 percent band. Many areas of the market remain the focus of value-add and opportunistic apartment buyers, especially submarkets that have recorded minimal supply growth this cycle, including the West Valley, Mesa and South Phoenix. Phoenix is a great market for investors to finance their next apartment purchase with a multifamily loan.

2020 Pittsburgh Apartment Market Forecast

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The Phoenix National Multifamily Index Rank is at 6, up 7 places. Rising asset values and sizable job creation vault Phoenix up seven positions in the 2020 Index.

Employment in Phoenix is up 1.8%. Following a 2.5 percent employment expansion in 2019, Phoenix remains one of the nation’s top job creators with employers adding

40,000 workers to company payrolls this year.

Construction in Phoenix is expected to exceed 9,000 units. An impressive wave of apartments is scheduled for delivery this year, eclipsing last year’s total by almost 1,200 units and accounting for the greatest supply increase in at least 20 years.

Vacancy in Phoenix is up 40 bps. Moderated leasing activity due to limited Class B/C apartment availability will support a vacancy bump to 4.3 percent.

Rent in Phoenix is up 8.6%. Rent growth remains strong this year, bringing the average effective rent up to $1,280 per month after a 9.7 percent advance was registered last year.

Investment opportunities in Phoenix remain strong for those looking to finance their next purchase with an apartment loan. Assets near major employment nodes including Glendale and Tempe Town Lake will continue to receive strong investor interest this year as workers seek short commutes in these areas. We highly recommend any investors looking to buy in the Phoenix market to reach out to us regarding a multifamily loan.

Data provided by Marcus & Millichap.

Apartment Loan Trends in 2020

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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.

What Happened with Apartment Loans in 2019

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The multifamily market ended the 2019 year on a high note. Despite increased levels of new units entering the market, the apartment sector maintained strong and steady growth throughout the year. Vacancy rates throughout the country remained fairly stable, easing investors’ concerns of a significant decline in occupancy due to the high sum of multifamily units delivered. Furthermore, rent growth on the national and metropolitan levels remained healthy throughout the year. While 2019 rent growth was more modest than 2018, it was in line with 2016 and 2017 levels and remained above the national historic average of 3.4%. Based on data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, multifamily completions increased slightly in 2019 when compared with 2018. The data also show that reported permit growth has increased 3% and starts are up 2%. Although 2019 data is not yet fully complete, these metrics suggest that the supply will remain elevated over the next few years. In terms of multifamily mortgage origination, the most up to date information has surpassed expectations. Mortgage Bankers Association reported that the 2018 mortgage volume came in at about $339 billion, an increase of 18.9% from 2017. While the actual 2019 numbers will not be available until later this year, experts estimate that due to solid fundamentals, low interest rates and heightened demand for multifamily investments, the total origination volume last year was about $369 billion.

The 2019 economy thrived overall. Throughout the year 2.1 million jobs were added which were in line with 2017 number (although it fell short of the 2018 total of 2.7 million). The unemployment rate also continued to decrease in 2019 as it went down 50 basis points to 3.5% at the end of the year. This number matched the lowest unemployment rate in fifty years. The labor market heavily supported increased salaries, as indicated by the 2.8% annual growth in the Employment Cost Index as of September of 2019. While these gains were below the expected amount for a market with such a low unemployment rate they were above the average for the past decade. At the beginning of the year many investors were concerned due to expectations of a recession. There were many indicators that supported this concern such as inverted two and ten year yield curves, an unanticipated rise in the June unemployment rate of ten basis points, an unstable stock market and slowed job growth. However, during the third and fourth quarters of 2019, the economy improved as job growth rose, the unemployment rate fell. This economic improvement has had a clear impact on the multifamily market as more investors are feeling bullish on putting their money into this asset class.

Pittsburgh 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 Apartment Loan (Small)

Fannie Mae Apartment Loan (Large)

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 Apartment Loan

Freddie Mac is another government agency that provides 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.

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:

  • 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.

Pittsburgh Apartment Building Loans

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


Allegheny Center, Allegheny West, Allentown, Arlington, Arlington Heights, Banksville, Bedford Dwellings, Beechview, Beltzhoover, Bloomfield, Bluff/Uptown/Soho, Bon Air, Brighton Heights, Brookline, California-Kirkbride, Carrick, Central Business District, Central Lawrenceville, Central North Side, Central Oakland, Chartiers City, Chateau, Crafton Heights, Crawford-Roberts, Duquesne Heights, East Allegheny, East Carnegie, East Hills, East Liberty, Elliott, Esplen, Fairywood, Fineview, Friendship, Garfield, Glen Hazel, Greenfield, Hays, Hazelwood, Highland Park, Homewood North, Homewood South, Homewood West, Knoxville, Larimer, Lincoln Place, Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar, Lower Lawrenceville, Manchester, Marshall-Shadeland, Middle Hill, Morningside, Mount Oliver, Mount Washington, Mt. Oliver, North Oakland, North Point Breeze, North Shore, Northview Heights, Oakwood, Overbrook, Perry North, Perry South, Point Breeze, Polish Hill, Regent Square, Ridgemont, Shadyside, Sheraden, South Oakland, South Shore, South Side Flats, South Side Slopes, Spring Garden, Spring Hill-City View, Squirrel Hill North, Squirrel Hill South, St. Clair, Stanton Heights, Strip District, Summer Hill, Swisshelm Park, Terrace Village, Troy Hill, Upper Hill, Upper Lawrenceville, West End, West Oakland, Westwood, Windgap.