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Pittsburgh Apartment Loan Rates - Rates updated October 3rd, 2022

Pittsburgh Apartment Loan Rates Over $6,000,000 Rates (start as low as) LTV
Apartment 5 Year Fixed Loan Rates 5.40% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Apartment 7 Year Fixed Loan Rates 5.40% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Apartment 10 Year Fixed Loan Rates 5.50% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Pittsburgh Apartment Loan Rates Under $6,000,000 Rates (start as low as) LTV
Apartment 5 Year Fixed Loan Rates 5.50% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
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Apartment 10 Year Fixed Loan Rates 5.60% 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. 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.

Pittsburgh Apartment Loan Benefits

Pittsburgh Apartment Loan rates start as low as 5.50% (as of October 3rd, 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 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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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 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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Pittsburgh Apartment Loan Helpful Articles

How to Get the Best Rate on a Multifamily Loan
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac 2022 Update
How To Get The Best Rates On An Apartment Refinance
What Do Underwriters Look for When Evaluating Apartment Loans?
What You Need to Know About Freddie Mac SBL Multifamily Loans
How to Calculate Debt Service Coverage Ratio for Apartment Loans
Apartment Occupancy Levels – Concern in Some Major US Markets
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How to Qualify for a Great Rate When Refinancing Your Apartment Building

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2022 Pittsburgh Apartment Loan Outlook

Local Economy Continues to Recover - Growth in Tech Sector Provides Positive News

Three years of slow construction activity helps vacancy rate. New construction levels will exceed the 1,500-unit mark for the first time since 2018, after a lackluster pace of construction generated an average of only 750 new rental units over the past three years. The additions in 2022 are located predominately in the central business district. Employment gains in technology-based companies, including autonomous driving, robotics and education created demand for high end rentals in central submarkets prior to the Covid pandemic. The return to “in-office” employment will help restore occupancy in these areas to pre-pandemic levels as new apartment additions and existing Class A apartments are leased up again. At the same time, the surrounding suburbs have seen apartment vacancy rates drop sharply as a lack of new apartments and steady demand have tightened market availability. At the end of 2021 suburban vacancy rates were at 2%, the lowest rate in at least twenty years. Tight market conditions will continue as builders focus on urban areas despite strong household formation in the suburbs.

Sales activity is strong for value-add properties amid a general slowdown in overall transactions. Transaction volume has slowed over the past two years after hitting its peak in 2019, with the largest decline coming from national buyers. Sales of downtown properties and Class A apartments throughout the area are limited as many buyers prefer older suburban apartment buildings with per-apartment sales prices below the market average and overall sales prices under $10 million. In past years, Class C apartment buildings were targeted in South Allegheny as the areas near and around the airport benefited from new business and retail developments. Sales volume in this area have slowed down as areas in East Allegheny and Westmoreland County generate better value-add opportunities with potential investment returns close to 8% exist, compared with a market average in the mid-5% range. Westmoreland County currently has vacancy rate below 1%, along with very limited construction activity, generating greater investor interest in 2022.

2022 Apartment Market Forecast and Pittsburgh Apartment Loan Economics

Pittsburgh has a National Multifamily Index rank of 46. While economic conditions are improving, slow household creation and limited employment growth generate a very low 2022 ranking.

Employment is up 2.3%. A gain of 26,000 jobs in 2022 keeps the market below peak employment as leisure and hospitality jobs recover. New construction adds 1,700 new apartments. Builders will increase the number of apartment units in 2022. This total is approximately the same as the completions from the previous two years combined.

Vacancy rates are up 20 basis points. Apartment completions will outnumber absorption by 300 apartment units, generating an increase in apartment vacancy to 2.8%.

Apartment rents are up 3.1%. The average apartment rent will increase to $1,320 per month, after a near 8% increase in 2021. This represents the fourth increase of more than 3% in the last five years.

Investment in Pittsburgh apartments. Pennsylvania based investors make up the vast majority of capital investing in the market. Property sales over $10 million are uncommon but target buildings Downtown and in South Allegheny.

Pittsburgh apartment loan rates will start to increase in 2022 as the Federal Reserve starts raising rates to slow the rate of inflation. We will be watching to see if the Pittsburgh apartment loan rate increases will affect market activity in 2022.

All data provided by Marcus and Millichap

2021 Pittsburgh Apartment Market and Trends

After the Covid- 19 pandemic, the Pittsburgh multifamily market is beginning to recover in 2021. Employment is expected to increase 3.6 percent this year. That is an increase of 39,000 jobs in 2021 which should offset a significant number of jobs lost during the pandemic. About 900 new units are set to be completed in 2021. This amounts to about 0.6 percent of the current inventory. Vacancy rates in Pittsburgh are expected to increase slightly in 2021. They should rise to about 4.7 percent, or 10 basis points. Rents are expected to increase 2.5 percent in 2021. The average effective rent in 2021 should hit $1,213 per month. As vaccine rollouts continue in 2021 and the economy continues to open up, the Pittsburgh multifamily market in 2021 should continue to heat up.

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. Check out our low commercial real estate loan rates and use our commercial mortgage calculator to calculate monthly principal and interest.

    What Happened with Apartment Loans in 2020

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    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

    Pittsburgh Completions vs. Absorption Pittsburgh Completions vs. Absorption

    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.

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    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.

    Pittsburgh Apartment Loan Options

    Pittsburgh Freddie Mac Apartment loans

    Pittsburgh 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 Loan and Rate Information

    Pittsburgh Fannie Mae Apartment loans

    The Pittsburgh Fannie Mae multifamily loan platform is one the leading sources of capital for Pittsburgh 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 Loan and Rate Information

    Pittsburgh 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.

    Learn More About FHA HUD Multifamily Loans

    Pittsburgh 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:

    • Pittsburgh 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.