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August 07, 2018

Introducing Mezzanine Loans: An Innovation to Keep Homes Affordable

We’ve launched a novel offering to help Borrowers keep rents affordable for low-income and working families.

With our Mezzanine Loan, Borrowers receive favorable financing in exchange for maintaining affordable rents for the life of the loan. And, we’ll fill in the gap between debt and equity with added capital.

It’s straightforward for our Borrowers and Seller/Servicers to get the financing they need: We originate a Mezzanine Loan at the same time as a 10-year Freddie Mac Conventional or Targeted Affordable Housing Loan. All with the speed, efficiency and certainty of execution we’re known for.

Read the Wall Street Journal article.

“We’re using our industry leadership once again to deliver a groundbreaking innovation — to create and preserve affordable rental housing in communities across the nation,” said David Brickman, executive vice president and head of Freddie Mac Multifamily.

50,000+

The number of units we aim to finance and keep affordable every year — through this new offering alone.

Terms for Conventional and Targeted Affordable Housing financing:

We offer:

  • Up to 90 percent leverage for eligible properties
  • Combined DCR as low as 1.05x
  • Straightforward annual monitoring of rents to ensure continued affordability

Eligible properties start with at least 50 percent of rents affordable to households earning 100 percent of Area Median Income or less. Borrowers then agree to limit rent growth on 80 percent of the units for at least the 10-year loan term.

Check out a short video from your Freddie Mac team to learn more:

Get best-in-class mezzanine financing with Freddie Mac Multifamily and our approved network of Seller/Servicers.

Press Release

56 – for every 100

The number of affordable, available rental homes for every 100 low-income renter households — who earn 50 percent of Area Median Income

Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition March 2018 The Gap report

 
duty to serve

As the top funder of affordable housing in the U.S., we innovate to serve the needs of the market — and work to tackle the nation’s most persistent housing challenges. Through our Duty to Serve commitment with the Federal Housing Finance Agency, we focus on rural and manufactured housing and preserving more affordable housing for renters nationwide.

 
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