Small Apartment Loans: The Best Options for Borrowers

Small Apartment Loans: The Best Options for Borrowers

While there’s nothing small about millions of dollars, in the multifamily finance industry, apartment loans ranging from $1 million to $7 million are generally considered to be ‘small’ loans. This isn’t to minimize the importance of these loans to the investment market-- simply to differentiate them from the $10, $20, and $30+ million loans that are often offered to larger institutional investors. In fact, in terms of loan origination, these ‘small loans’ are perhaps the fastest-growing segment of the multifamily financing market. 

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Agency Loans for Multifamily Properties: What Borrowers Need to Know

Agency Loans for Multifamily Properties: What Borrowers Need to Know

If you’re interested in purchasing or refinancing a multifamily property, getting the right type of financing is key. Fortunately, the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, also known as the ‘agencies,’ provide some of the best loan terms on the market. In fact, in 2018, the agencies issued more than $143 billion in multifamily loans, with Fannie Mae issuing more than $65 billion of loans and Freddie Mac issuing around $78 billion in multifamily financing. 

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The Top 10 Agency Apartment Lenders of 2018-2019

The Top 10 Agency Apartment Lenders of 2018-2019

In 2018, agency lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac issued a combined $143 billion in multifamily loans. While Fannie Mae issued more than $65 billion in multifamily financing, Freddie Mac Multifamily issued approximately $78 billion in loans. Overall, Fannie Mae origination is slightly down from 2017, in which the agency closed more than $67 billion in multifamily financing. In contrast, Freddie Mac Multifamily saw a noticeable rise in originations, with an approximate $4.8 billion growth from 2017’s $73.2 billion, itself a nearly 30% jump from $56.8 billion in loans originated in 2016.

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