Washington Apartment Loans and Multifamily Financing $1,000,000+

Washington Apartment Loan Rates - Rates updated February 17th, 2020

Multifamily Loan Product Rates (start as low as) LTV Amortization
5 Year Fixed 3.52% Up to 80% Up to 30 years
7 Year Fixed 3.68% Up to 80% Up to 30 years
10 Year Fixed 3.84% Up to 80% Up to 30 years

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 Washington. 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. Washington 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 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.

Washington Apartment Loan Benefits

Washington Apartment loan rates start as low as 3.52% (as of February 17th, 2020)
• 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

Washington Apartment Loan Types We Serve

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

Multifamily Loan Outlook - 2020

Across the country, experts predict that the multifamily market should continue with its strong performance into 2020. There are several crucial factors that support this favorable prediction, a few of which are delineated below. While there are also a variety of political and financial conditions present that combine to add a level of uncertainty to the market, the positives are anticipated to outweigh the negatives for investors in the multifamily sector in 2020. Firstly, healthy and viable labor markets are expected to continue to drive the demand for multifamily housing. Continued growth in employment rates is expected to fuel new multifamily household creation. In 2019, employers were on pace to create over 2 million net new jobs, making it the ninth straight year where employment growth came in at or above 2 million jobs. Secondly, apartment rents have been rising incredibly fast over the past several years. Late in 2019, California passed rent control legislation. However, as the law allows for annual rent increases of about five percent, rent is still expected to increase significantly. Some of the realities driving rents higher in top markets include increases demand for multifamily housing, rising land and construction costs and an influx of higher-end, luxury projects coming to the market. With these conditions in place, landlords are going to find themselves making more in rental income in 2020.

Experts further predict that buying and developing in the suburbs will remain the best bet for multifamily investors in 2020. They expect suburban multifamily growth to outperform urban as it maintains lower vacancy rates and achieves higher rent growth. According to CBRE Research, the top four markets for multifamily performance in the coming year are Phoenix, Atlanta, Austin and Boston. These four metros are very high-growth cities when considering metrics such as multifamily demand, population and employment. Additionally, construction and development are very active in these markets. Smaller metros and cities should also maintain prominence in the considerations of investors and developers. While the risk of overbuilding may be higher in smaller markets, there are several markets that appear to be primed for exceptional multifamily performance. Many smaller metros are undergoing a significant development of their urban centers, thereby improving quality of life and helping them to retain their employment base. Of these smaller markets, seven metros had 4% or higher rent growth as of the third quarter of 2019 and are incredibly likely candidates for outperformance in 2020: Albuquerque, Birmingham, Colorado Springs, Dayton, Greensboro, Memphis, and Tucson.

Washington 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.

Washington Apartment Financing with Fannie Mae (FNMA)

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 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).

Washington Apartment Mortgages with Freddie Mac (FHLMC)

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 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.

Washington 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. Click here to get started with a free loan quote.

Washington Multifamily Loan Information and Economic Overview

Washington State is a great place for investors to look for commercial mortgage financing to help procure commercial and multifamily properties. The average value of commercial real estate properties in the state of Washington is over $675,000. The median sales price of these properties is just under $322,000. In the last two years there have been about 96,000 property sales, with slightly over 55,000 sales greater than $250,000, 15,500 sold for more than $1,000,000, and 2,500 appraised north of $10,000,000. The average price per square foot of commercial real estate properties in Washington is a tad below $180 while he average lot size of these properties is slightly more than 35,000 square feet, 36% above the country’s average. In terms of volume, there are about 994,000 commercial properties in Washington, 193% below the United States average, with a total acreage of about 11,300,000 acres. In terms of commercial mortgage loans, there are 934,458 mortgages for properties throughout the state of Washington. The average value of these commercial mortgages is about $8,500,000, 48% above the United States average. This information demonstrates that Washington State is a terrific place to receive commercial mortgage financing.

Within the commercial real estate market, investors would benefit from looking into multifamily buildings in Washington. Nationwide, vacancy in the multifamily and apartment market has declined with a current rate of 7.0%. Due to both an increase in the demand for housing and inward migration, Washington has shown an even greater decline in vacancy rate. The statewide vacancy rate of 4.3% is predominantly driven by higher vacancy rates occurring in the more urbanized areas in Washington. As new supply continues to come into areas such as the Spokane, Clark County and Puget Sound markets, this vacancy rate underlines vital regional issues in the multifamily market. Even though vacancy rates differed throughout Washington, every county outside of the Puget Sound had vacancy rates below 3% for one-bedroom apartments. The lowest vacancy rate for these apartments was Walla Walla County at 0.0% while the highest rate was in Spokane County at 2.96%. Outside of the Puget Sound region, the highest rent levels for one-bedroom apartments are in the Chelan/Douglas county area with an average rent of $1,152. The lowest rents were recorded in Yakima County at $642 per month. The second most prevalent type of apartment and multifamily unit in the state are the units with two bedrooms and one bathroom. King County had the highest average 2BR/1 Bath unit rent at $1,746 while Yakima County recorded the lowest average rent of $807. Outside of the Puget Sound Region, the average vacancy rate for these units was 1.4%.

Seattle has by far the most active commercial real estate market in the state. The city’s reputation as the home of huge corporate players such as Amazon, Starbucks and Microsoft has positively impacted its economy. Furthermore, the inflow of Fortune 500 companies into the city has increased interest in Class-A office space Downtown, while the need for living space for new high-paid workers has increased demand for luxury housing. Across the whole spectrum, the commercial real estate investment outlook remains positive. The JPMorgan Chase Seattle team recently closed a $4.8M refinance next to Roosevelt Station. The property is anticipated to serve as an extension of the light-rail line. Seattle's industrial market has remained strong this year. In Kent Valley, the vacancy rate was 4.2% up 0.04% year-over-year. The overall average asking rent was $7.45 per square foot. This data demonstrates that Seattle is the perfect place to look into receiving a commercial mortgage loan.

Washington Apartment Loans

Select Commercial provides apartment loans and multifamily loans throughout the state of Washington including but not limited to the areas below.


• Admiral • Greenwood • Pinehurst • Alki • Haller Lake • Pioneer Square • Arbor Heights • Hawthorne Hills • Queen Ann • Atlantic • Highland Park • Rainier Beach • Ballard • International District • Ravenna Bryant • Beacon Hill • Jackson Place • Roanoke Park • Belltown • Judkins Park • Roosevelt • Blue Ridge • Lake City • Seward Park • Boulevard Park • Laurelhurst • Sodo Distric • Brighton • Leschi • South Lake Union • Broadmoor • Licton Springs • South Park • Broadview • Loyal Heights • Squire Park • Capitol Hill • Madison Park • Sunset Hill • Cascade • Madison Valley • University District • Central District • Madrona • Uptown • Columbia City • Magnolia • Victory Heights • Crown Hill • Maple Leaf • View Ridge • Denny Triangle • Matthews Beach • Wallingford • Downtown • Meadowbrook • Wedgwood • Eastlake • Montlake • Seattle • Fauntleroy • Mount Baker • Westlake • First Hill • North Beach • Westwood • Fremont • Northgate • White Center • Garfield • Olympic Hills • Whittier Heights • Genesee District • Phinney Ridge • Windermere • Georgetown • Green Lake