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When the federal government announced earlier this week that it would allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to rebuild a portion of their capital reserves to a total of $45 billion combined as part of a plan to exit conservatorship, the message was clear: The government-sponsored enterprises are back and they’re not likely to go away any time soon. It’s a…


It is an exciting time to invest in multifamily housing. As we enter the second half of 2019 and beyond, here are four multifamily lending trends to monitor. LOW INTEREST RATES Now may be the ideal time for borrowers to consider refinancing their multifamily mortgage loans. Following the Federal Reserve’s announcement earlier this year that…


Reports last week indicated that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the twin institutions that guarantee U.S. housing loans, could finally be on the brink of exiting their decade-long federal conservatorship. If so, it’d mark a sea change for multifamily finance. In captivity, the giant agencies had become the elephants in the housing debt markets: massive forces…


More and more people are jumping on the real estate bandwagon. According to the National Association of Realtors, the number of real estate buyers has doubled in the last four years. The recent increase in real estate movement does not come as a surprise. Stricken by the gap between the average income and costs of…


Borrowers have an unexpected second chance to get low-interest financing to buy or re-finance apartment properties, thanks to growing worries about the slowing U.S. economy. This month, officials at the Federal Reserve cancelled plans to raise benchmark interest rates in 2019, after a weak jobs report and lowered expectations for economic growth. So far, the…


Earnings matter. This is as true in energy, industrials and consumer staples as it is in real estate. After all, people invest in real estate to make money, so keeping an eye on profit margins is a must. MPF Research thought it would be interesting to view real estate performance in term of net profit margins similar…


Recently, the Mortgage Bankers Association predicted that multifamily lending was on track to set another record in 2018. And now that 2018 is over, we’re starting to get a look at just how good of a year it was for multifamily lending. And just as expected, it appears that multifamily mortgage lending finished the year off on a strong…


As the partial government shutdown continues the National Association of Realtors® contacted a sample of its members to see if the real estate market is as yet feeling any impact.  At present, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Agriculture are essentially closed, and the Internal Revenue Service is operating at a…


Multifamily borrowers will have lots of choices on where to get permanent loans in the new year—despite worries about rising interest rates, high property prices and overbuilding. “There is nothing out there that is going to create a lack of liquidity,” says Gerard Sansosti, executive managing director with capital markets services provider HFF. Multifamily investors can…


Let’s take a look at two different investors who bought and sold properties over a 25-year span. The investors in both scenarios start with the same amount of money ($50,000), buy the same property (a $250,000 deal, 2nd column below), have the same growth (5% equity growth each year, reflected in the 3rd column below),…

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