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Small Properties Present Big Opportunities, New Research Finds

By Steve Guggenmos
Published on July 30, 2015

Close to one-third of renters live in smaller properties with five to 50 units, many of which are affordable to low- and very low-income households. Given the importance of this housing segment, our latest Multifamily Research Perspectives report examines lending aimed at smaller properties and loan balances of $1 million to $5 million – or small balance loans (SBLs).

Small Properties Present Big Opportunities

The report busts some myths about the risks of SBLs and explores challenges that the industry has faced in this area. It also considers the past and potential future involvement of the secondary mortgage market, particularly the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs). And it describes how Freddie Mac Multifamily is tackling some of the long-standing challenges. The goal: Increase liquidity, stability, and consistency across this vital segment.

Read our “Small Balance Loans” research report for these details and more.

Learn about Freddie Mac Multifamily’s SBL offering on our web site.

Steve is senior director of multifamily investments & research
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