Seattle Apartment Loans
|Seattle 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|
|Seattle 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|
Select Commercial has excellent Seattle apartment loan products and options available for owners and purchasers of multifamily properties throughout the city of Seattle. 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. Seattle 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 Seattle WA 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.
Seattle Apartment Loan Benefits
Seattle Apartment loan rates start as low as 2.94% (as of March 8th, 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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Seattle Apartment Loan Types We Serve
If you are looking to purchase or refinance a Seattle apartment building, don't hesitate to contact us. We arrange financing in the city of Seattle 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
Seattle Multifamily Loan Information
Tech Firm Influx Bolsters Employment Growth, Fueling Apartment Demand Across Seattle
No slowdown in sight for Puget Sound region as tech firms compete for talent. Seattle stands out as one of the nation’s most robust economies moving into the next decade, maintaining a healthy employment outlook that continues to drive multifamily rental demand. The metro created approximately 65,000 jobs last year, the strongest annual increase in more than two decades as firms competed for top-tier talent. Deep tech roots motivate a long list of tech titans to grow their workforce in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood and on the Eastside as the local infrastructure is strained and commutes into the city remain a challenge. Sound Transit’s Link light-rail expansion will connect the Eastside to downtown Seattle and other parts of the metro in 2023, bringing some relief to the region. Multifamily developers have moved forward with major apartment projects near future stations across the metro, contributing to a large pipeline that at the end of 2019 had more than 18,000 apartment units underway. Much of the new multifamily supply targets higher-income renters in the urban core, driving more middle-income renters to areas of Everett, Kent and Federal Way, where rent gains are outpacing the market average. Investors looking to purchase multifamily property in the Seattle market should definitely look into taking out an apartment loan to finance their acquisition.
Lower pricing and strong multifamily rental demand in suburbs attract investors. Seattle records one of the lowest cap rates in the country, with a flood of institutional capital and REITs targeting new and modern apartment complexes surrounding the metro’s major employment nodes at an average in the upper-4 percent territory. Well-capitalized investors will continue to target areas of the urban core, particularly after last year’s zoning changes, which allow for greater density in many neighborhoods across Seattle. High pricing in Seattle encourages non-institutional buyers to search more peripheral submarkets, finding cap rates in the mid-5 percent to upper-6 percent range, while also registering strong rent gains. Multifamily assets in proximity to the Link light rail extension will receive heightened attention over the next several years as the project moves closer to operation. Seattle is a great market for investors to finance their next apartment purchase with a multifamily loan.
2020 Seattle Apartment Market Forecast
The Seattle National Multifamily Index Rank is at 2, up 3 places. Seattle claims the second-highest ranking in the 2020
Employment in Seattle is up 2.3%. Index as employment gains outpace the national level. Employers add 50,000 jobs to company payrolls this year, down moderately from a 3.1 percent expansion recorded in 2019.
Construction in Seattle is expected to exceed 10,300 apartment units. The delivery total holds above the previous five-year average in 2020 and climbs past the 9,990 units built last year.
Vacancy in Seattle is up 40 bps. Net absorption pushes past 8,200 units this year, not enough to keep the vacancy rate from rising to 4.3 percent, reversing the 80-basis-point decline posted in 2019.
Rent in Seattle is up 3.4%. Rent growth decelerates from the 4.4 percent increase registered last year, rising to $1,825 per unit at the end of 2020.
Investment opportunities in Seattle remain strong for those looking to finance their next purchase with an apartment loan. Price points below the metro average and stout population gains among middle-class renters in more suburban locations will be on private investors’ radar this year. The areas of Everett, the Eastside and Kent will be major targets. We highly recommend any investors looking to buy in the Seattle market to reach out to us regarding a multifamily loan.
Data provided by Marcus & Millichap.
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.
What Happened with Apartment Loans in 2019
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.
Seattle 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’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 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.
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