HUD apartment loan

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HUD apartment loan in Houston Texas is an attractive option for the investor, with a long-term hold mindset.  Let’s look at some of the benefits and disadvantages of the HUD 207/233(f) loan product.  The main attractions are higher leverage, non-recourse, assumable, can reset interest rates, lower debt service coverage ratio, and a 35-year amortization.

What is the HUD 223(f) loan product?

Section 207/223(f) insures mortgage loans to help with buying or refinancing existing multifamily rental housing in Houston. These projects may have been originally financed with either conventional or FHA-insured mortgages. Properties that need major rehabilitation are not eligible for mortgage insurance under this program. HUD requires critical repairs to be completed before the mortgage is approved and allows non-critical repairs to be completed after the mortgage is approved for insurance.

Benefits of a HUD apartment loan in Houston:

  • The Amount Based on Value.  The applicable percentage of the estimated value of the property after completion of repairs and improvements.
    1. 90% – for Section 202 & 202/8 Direct Loans
      87% – for projects with 90% or greater rental assistance
      85% – for projects that meet the definition of Affordable Housing
      83% – for market-rate projects
  • Loans are fully assumable.
  • These loans are considered non-recourse loans subject to limited recourse covering areas such as borrower fraud, misappropriation of proceeds, environmental, etc.
  • Fixed interest rates can be fixed on existing multifamily properties for 35 years. Under another program, HUD can finance construction loans for a construction term plus 40 years.
    1. Interest rates for 35 years typically are lower than Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Neither Fannie Mae of Freddie Mac offer 35-year amortizations.
    2. Unlike Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should interest rates decrease over the life of the HUD loan the borrower can request a loan modification and obtain a lower rate on the loan.
  • The Debt Service coverage. For market-rate apartments the debt service coverage ratio (DSCR) 1.15x.  Compare this to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with required ratios from 1.25 to 1.30.  If the subject property qualifies for Affordable or for the Rental Assistance Program the DSCR falls to 1.11.  These lower DSCR can increase the amount of loan dollars.
  • Cash out refinancing the same loan to value and DSCR apply without adjustment. Look how Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac both reduce the maximum loan to value by 5% for substantial cash out.
  • You might have heard properties coming out of new construction have to wait three years after the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy has been issued before refinancing into a HUD 223(f) loan. This restriction has been lifted and properties can immediately seek HUD financing without the three year wait.
  • HUD also modified the number of times the investors can take distributions. Did you know in recent past, investors using this loan product could only take distributions from the property twice per year.  Now the investors can take distributions without restrictions.

Downside to HUD Loans:

  • The number one complaint is the loan length of time to close. For an acquisition or refinance it typically takes about 7 months.  It is possible to shorten to six months and sometimes closing can go beyond 7 months.
    1. When buyers wish to utilize HUD 223(f) we work with bridge lenders. This bridge loan allows the buyer to complete the acquisition and allow for the extra time it takes to close and fund the HUD apartment loan in Houston or in any city.
  • Closing costs can run higher than Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.
    1. Lender loan fee 1.0% (most often includes our fee)
    2. HUD Application 0.30%
    3. Processing Fee: $7,500
    4. Appraisal $5-$8,000
    5. Phase Environmental Report $5,000
    6. Mortgage Insurance Premium 25-60 basis points for the life of the loan.
  • Annual HUD Audits. This includes a financial audit and compliance with HUD rules.
  • Replacement reserves. HUD collects the first-year replacement reserves at the loan closing.  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac normally start collecting these with the first payment and are not front-loaded as required by HUD.
  • Loan size. While HUD can go down to $3 million most HUD lenders require $5 million or more.  Additionally, the added expenses to close and annual audits can eliminate the financial advantages of a HUD loan compared to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.
  • When will the final interest rate be determined? Not until a day or so before funding (Loan Closing).  As mentioned above it takes months before the loan closes and the rate Current interest rates for HUD loans for Apartments in Houston can be found on Caffreyloans website.
Houston Economic Update for Apartments as of June 2024.
  1. Houston’s vacancy rate in luxury-tier units fell 10 basis points year-over-year to 7.1 percent in March 2024, the only segment to record an annual contraction.
  2. Metro-wide apartment supply increased by 3.1 percent during the 12 months ending in the first quarter, a rate that was exceeded by 10 of its Sun Belt peers.
  3. Demand for Class A units is reinforced by historically steep barriers to homeownership for prospective first-time buyers.
  4. During the first quarter of 2024, the difference between an average effective Class A rent and a typical monthly mortgage payment on a median-priced home was wider than $1,100.
  5. Luxury-tier vacancy is tightest in Alief, Bear Creek, Brazoria County, North Central Houston, and Sugar Land-Stafford.
  6. During the yearlong span that ended in March 2024, the average effective Class C rent rose by more than 4 percent, while the other two apartment segments had sub-1 percent gains.
  7. Houston’s Class C vacancy rate surged by 100 basis points year-over-year to 8.3 percent in March, the highest first-quarter figure since 2017.
  8. Annual job growth falls below 100,000 new positions for the first time since 2020.
  9. Houston is the only major Texas market to register inventory growth below 3 percent this year.
  10. Softening demand and increasing vacancies contribute to mediocre rent growth in 2024 as operators emphasize maintaining occupancy.

Free loan quote for your HUD loan in Houston contact Mike Caffrey:  [email protected]


On our web site you can read about specific loan products: www.caffreyloans.com/loan-products, offered by Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, HUD/FHA, Commercial Mortgage Back Securities (CMBS) and other loan products. Want more details on sample interest rates for apartment check out Interest Rates for Apartment Loans also on our web site: www.caffreyloans.com/apartment-loans.

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