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Portland Apartment Loan Rates - Rates updated September 25th, 2022

Portland Apartment Loan Rates Over $6,000,000 Rates (start as low as) LTV
Apartment 5 Year Fixed Loan Rates 5.37% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Apartment 7 Year Fixed Loan Rates 5.12% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Apartment 10 Year Fixed Loan Rates 5.08% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Portland Apartment Loan Rates Under $6,000,000 Rates (start as low as) LTV
Apartment 5 Year Fixed Loan Rates 5.47% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Apartment 7 Year Fixed Loan Rates 5.22% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
Apartment 10 Year Fixed Loan Rates 5.18% Up to 80% Get Free Quote
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Select Commercial has excellent Portland Apartment loan products and options available for owners and purchasers of multifamily properties throughout the city of Portland. 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. Portland 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 Portland OR 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.

Portland Apartment Loan Benefits

Portland 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 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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Portland Apartment Loan Types We Serve

If you are looking to purchase or refinance a Portland apartment building, don't hesitate to contact us. We arrange financing in the city of Portland 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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2022 Portland Apartment Loan Outlook

New Residents to Portland Create Rental Demand – High Investment Returns Generate Sales Activity

Strong increases in local population generates activity in the apartment market. Portland boasts a less crowded, more affordable market for new residents looking to relocate from other higher-cost West Coast cities. Strong relocations created record levels of demand for apartment rentals in 2021, with absorption rates hitting a 20-year high in 2021. expectations for 2022 suggest this trend will continue. The city will continue to add new jobs and draw new residents at a level well above the national average. Additionally, housing shortages across the city have caused price increases in the single-family home market to a price level which is in excess of six times the median household income, a level well above the national average. This is causing first time buyers to put off homeownership, further strengthening apartment rental demand in the near term. While builders increased multifamily construction in each of the past 10 years, new deliveries are expected to decrease in 2022, dropping under the trailing-five-year average. Lowered construction activity in Portland will cause more renters to lease apartments in existing properties, causing vacancy rates to drop near record lows in 2022.

Suburban markets near downtown receive interest from potential investors. After a short slowdown created by the Covid pandemic, sales activity jumped to a 20-year high in 2021. Out of state investors, mainly from Washington and California are active in the city, where initial investment returns are often higher relative to their home markets. Worries over the state’s new rent control guidelines continue to push activity in Vancouver, where competition for apartment properties has dropped cap rates to the low 5% range. Apartments in Portland’s Southwest and Inner Eastside areas have also been in high demand. The desire for apartment rentals increased there during the Covid pandemic as these markets are an affordable alternative to Downtown Portland. Intel’s expansion of its D1X research factory is expected to be completed in early 2022, which will likely increase renter demand and generate investor interest in the Hillsboro area.

2022 Apartment Market Forecast and Portland Apartment Loan Economics

Portland has a National Multifamily Index ranking of 16. Low vacancy rates and strong household formation help Portland achieve a ranking in the top 20 in this year’s list.

Employment is up 3.6%. The creation of 43,500 new jobs in 2022 will increase total employment in Portland above its pre-Covid high.

Construction adds 4,500 new apartments. Construction activity will slow in 2022 following a record number of new apartments that hit the market in 2021. Builders will increase the city’s rental inventory by 2% in 2022.

Apartment vacancy rates are down 20 basis points. A reduction in construction along with strong relocation patterns will cause vacancy rates to drop for the third consecutive year. The rate will fall to 2.8% by the end of 2022.

Apartment rents are up 3.8%. Tight market conditions will raise the average effective rent to $1,625 per month in 2022, after a 9.7% increase seen in 2021.

Investment in Portland apartments. Oregon’s rent control laws are unlikely to have an impact on sales volume. Investment returns that are higher than other major West Coast cities will continue to attract out-of-state buyers to the city.

Portland 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 Portland apartment loan rate increases will affect market activity in 2022.

All data provided by Marcus and Millichap

2021 Portland Apartment Market and Trends

Due to much economic uncertainty stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, many renters sought more affordable options outside of the central business district. Vacancy in the urban core of Portland rose as high as 8.2 percent in 2020. This led to a decline of about 10.6 percent in average effective rent in 2020. With about 1,000 units expected to be completed in the central business district in 2021, supply additions will help to counteract increased demand in the city. Experts have seen real signs of recovery in the second quarter of. Stronger absorption levels caused vacancy to decrease 150 basis points in 2021. Over the next couple of years, experts anticipate that Portland’s high quality of life and affordability compared with other West Coast markets should cause increased demand for downtown rentals.

Employment is up in 2021 in Portland. About 75,000 new jobs will be added in 2021. After a decrease of about 8.9 percent 2020, the total employment in the city is expected to rise 6.7 percent in 2021. New apartment units should increase by about 3.2 percent in 2021. This will amount to 7,000 new units in Portland this year. Vacancy rates are expected to decrease 10 basis points to 4.3 percent in 2021. The average effective rent is expected to rise 4.4 percent in 2021, to $1,490.

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

    Portland Economic Trends Portland Economic Trends

    Wave of Young Professionals, Healthy Local Economy Maintain Investor Sentiment Despite New Rent Cap

    Competition for talent motivates strong migration trends. The Portland apartment sector enters the next decade on solid footing as an influx of new residents call the metro home, many being young professionals drawn by a large corporate presence. A highly skilled workforce encourages tech titans Amazon, Google and Apple to increase their hiring efforts in the metro on top of large contributions to the employment base by Nike, Adidas and Under Armour. In addition to a healthy job outlook and growing economy this year, young workers are enticed by a lower cost of living in contrast to other West Coast metros, bolstering demand for multifamily rental housing. Many of these are choosing to lease an apartment longer as they are not ready to commit to a 30-year mortgage, motivating developers to boost apartment inventory substantially as the market contends with a shortage of housing. More than 9,000 market-rate multifamily units were underway at the onset of 2020, with the greatest focus placed on areas near major employers and transit access including Central and East Portland. Investors looking to purchase multifamily property in the Portland market should definitely look into taking out an apartment loan to finance their acquisition.

    No shortage of multifamily investment opportunities following new regulations. Oregon made headlines last year as the first state in the nation to enact statewide rent control, causing some apartment investors to reevaluate their strategies. Despite increased local and statewide regulations, investor sentiment holds strong against a backdrop of robust underlying apartment demand, tight operations across the metro and another year of favorable rent growth. Elevated initial yields also grab the attention of investors as the market average is the highest on the West Coast, falling in the mid-5 percent band. Fewer restrictions and returns that are 50 to 100 basis points above the market average will keep buyers active in Portland’s suburbs this year, including Beaverton, Vancouver and East Portland. Institutional groups have become a major participant in recent years, boosting liquidity in the market for large and modern multifamily complexes positioned toward higher-income renters. Portland is a great market for investors to finance their next apartment purchase with a multifamily loan.

    2020 Portland Apartment Market Forecast

    Portland Completions vs. Absorption Portland Completions vs. Absorption

    The Portland National Multifamily Index Rank is at 16, down 6 places. Constrained employment growth, a jump in inventory and changes to public policy move Portland down in the NMI.

    Employment in Portland is up 1.2%. Employers add 15,100 workers to company payrolls in 2020, a modest slowdown from the 1.7 percent pace posted last year.

    Construction in Portland is expected to exceed 5,600 apartment units. A wave of rentals are scheduled for delivery this year, accounting for the strongest increase to supply in more than two decades and outpacing the 2019 total by nearly 2,000 units.

    Vacancy in Portland is down 10 bps. A robust influx of young professionals ensures stable demand for new apartments, compressing the vacancy rate to 3.9 percent after falling 40 basis points last year.

    Rent in Portland is up 4.1%. After rising 4.5 percent in 2019, rent growth holds strong this year, bringing the average effective rent up to $1,480 per month.

    Investment opportunities in Portland remain strong for those looking to finance their next purchase with an apartment loan. Major commercial investments in Vancouver are rapidly transforming the area, attracting new tenants and investors to a submarket with minimal regulations. We highly recommend any investors looking to buy in the Portland market to reach out to us regarding a multifamily loan.

    Data provided by Marcus & Millichap.

    Portland Vacancy and Rents Portland 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.

    Portland Apartment Loan Options

    Portland Freddie Mac Apartment loans

    Portland 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

    Portland Fannie Mae Apartment loans

    The Portland Fannie Mae multifamily loan platform is one the leading sources of capital for Portland 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

    Portland 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

    Portland 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:

    • Portland 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.

    Portland Apartment Building Loans

    Select Commercial provides Apartment Loans and multifamily loans throughout Portland, Oregon including, but not limited to, the areas below.

    Alameda • Hazelwood • Parkrose Heights • Alameda • Hillsdale • Pearl District • Arbor Lodge • Hillside • Piedmont • Ardenwald-JohnsonCreek • Hollywood • Pleasant Valley • Argay • Homestead • Portland • Arlington Heights • Hosford-Abernethy • Portland Downtown • Arnold Creek • Humboldt • Portsmouth • Ashcreek • Irvington • Powellhurst-Gilbert • Beaumont-Wilshire • Irvington • Reed • Boise • Kenton • Richmond • Brentwood-Darlington • Kerns • Rose City Park • Bridgeton • King • Roseway • Bridlemile • King • Russell • Brooklyn • Laurelhurst • Sabin • Buckman • Laurelhurst • Sabin • Cathedral Park • Lents • Sellwood-Moreland • Centennial • Linnton • South Burlingame • Collins View • Madison South • South Portland • Concordia • Maplewood • South Tabor • Creston-Kenilworth • Markham • Southwest Hills • Crestwood • Marshall Park • St.Johns • Cully • MillPark • Sullivans Gulch • East Columbia • Montavilla • Sumner • Eastmoreland • Mt.Scott-Arleta • Sunderland • Eliot • Mt. Tabor • Sunnyside • Far Southwest • Multnomah • Sylvan-Highlands • Forest Park • North Tabor • University Park • Foster-Powell • Northwest District • Vernon • Glenfair • Northwest Heights • West Portland Park • Goose Hollow • Northwest Industrial • Wilkes • Grant Park • OldTown Chinatown • Woodland Park • Hayden Island • Overlook • Woodlawn • Hayhurst • Parkrose • Woodstock