This week’s top multifamily news stories examine a variety of trends on the rise. First, the National Association of Home Builders provides us with a look of how single-family and apartment builders are “going green” with methods such as net-zero development. Next, Multifamily Executive delves into how small balance loans from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are supporting the growing need for workforce housing. Chandan Economics also presents us with information on the increasing number of renters with disabilities, and what catering to this population’s needs will entail on the part of small apartment owners. Fannie Mae reports that their new Hybrid ARM loan will bring greater liquidity to the small loan market, further supporting workforce housing. Lastly, tips from Zillow show how to effectively market to incoming renter segments like Generation Z.


Study: Green Home Building on the Rise

NAHB Now – September 29, 2017

“Green construction is rapidly gaining traction among both single-family and multifamily home builders, according to new research published in the Green Multifamily and Single Family Homes 2017 SmartMarket Brief.”


Small Apartment Buildings Make a Big Difference to Affordable Housing

Multifamily Executive – September 25, 2017

“As large and value-add properties proliferate, small—and typically more-affordable—old apartments rely on tailored loan programs for capital improvements and maintenance.”


Tenants with Special Needs: A Growing Segment of Small Property Renters

ALEX Chatter – September 25, 2017

“Small properties, while historically low in attracting renters with disabilities, are becoming more sought after for their affordability.”


Fannie Mae Announces Enhanced Hybrid Adjustable-Rate Mortgage for Small-Loan Multifamily Borrowers

Fannie Mae – September 18, 2017

“Fannie Mae (FNMA/OTC) today announced a newly enhanced Hybrid Adjustable-Rate Mortgage loan with flexible, long-term financing and attractive prepayment options aimed at serving small-loan multifamily borrowers.”


3 Renter Findings From the Zillow Group Report on Consumer Housing Trends 2017

Zillow – September 27, 2017

“If you want to create a marketing strategy for a lease-up or target a new generation of renters, you need data to build the foundation for a campaign.”