Flexible Freddie Mac Tax-Exempt Loans for Affordable Housing Developments
Freddie Mac Insured Loans for the Acquisition or Refinancing of Affordable Multifamily Properties
Freddie Mac's Tax-Exempt Loans are a great way to purchase or refinance an affordable housing property with 4% Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTCs) in order to make renovations. However, borrowers looking for more flexibility may want to consider it's newer sibling, the Freddie Mac Flexible Tax-Exempt Loan. Freddie Mac Flexible Tax-Exempt Loans have a 3-year, interest-only floating-rate period, followed by an up to 15-year fixed-rate period, which can significantly reduce payments during a property's rehab period. Plus, underwriting criteria for Flexible Tax-Exempt Loans is based on traditional Tax-Exempt Loans, which means they offer maximum LTV allowances up to 90% of a property's market value, and DSCRs as low as 1.15x.
To learn more, check out Freddie Mac’s official Flexible Tax-Exempt Loan Product Sheet or keep reading below for an in-depth explanation of the Freddie Mac Flexible Tax-Exempt Loan program.
Sample Freddie Mac Terms For Flexible Tax-Exempt Loans
Size: Varies based on LTV and DSCR requirements.
Use: Financing for the acquisition or refinance of stabilized affordable multifamily properties.
Terms: Floating-rate, interest-only loan for 3 year period (during rehab), before converting to fixed-rate, amortizing financing for the rest of the loan (up to 18 year total loan term permitted.)
Interest Rate: Floating-rate based on SIFMA or LIBOR index
Interest-Rate Caps: Required for the floating-rate period of the loan
Amortization: Up to 30 years
Maximum LTV: 85% of adjusted value or 90% of market value (based on fixed-rate Freddie Mac Tax-Exempt Loans)
Minimum DSCR: 1.15x (based on fixed-rate Freddie Mac Tax-Exempt Loans)
Eligible Borrowers: Well-qualified Targeted Affordable Housing-approved borrowers.
Prepayment Penalty: 10-year lock out
Refinance Test: Based on the fixed-rate
3-year interest-only loan period reduces debt service payments during renovation (when property revenue may be significantly lower)
Eligible mixed-use properties supported
Does not change loan size or create additional proceeds
Deals with 4% LIHTC credits can be underwritten to 1.15x DSCR
No early rate locks or spread-locks allowed, standard delivery only
No supplemental loans allowed during floating-rate period