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Arbor, Chandan Economics launch multifamily news platform

Arbor Commercial Mortgage, LLC, one of the nation’s largest direct commercial real estate lenders, has launched ALEX Chatter, the multifamily industry’s first and only source for small balance multifamily investment research, analysis and transaction news.

Photo by Jonathan Brown/ Flickr
Photo by Jonathan Brown/ Flickr

ALEX Chatter was developed as the research and news blog of Arbor LoanExpress, the industry’s first online agency lending platform for multifamily investors, brokers and correspondent lenders.

Free to subscribers, ALEX Chatter is designed to fill the information gap that previously existed for the small balance multifamily market, which encompasses typically $1-million to $7-million transactions.

Featuring in-depth, small balance investment and market data from Chandan Economics, ALEX Chatter also offers visitors targeted news covering the sector’s acquisition and financing deals plus investment knowledge and advice from Elite Apartment Coaching, a consulting company.

“For investors, there has historically been a significant amount of quality research available for larger multifamily assets on both a nationwide and market-by-market basis,ˮ said Ivan Kaufman, chairman and CEO of Arbor. “However, such data does not exist for those multifamily investors targeting smaller, lower-cost assets, leaving them without proper information to back their business strategies.

“ALEX Chatter was built to address such a research and data deficiency and enable owners and brokers to make smarter, more informed decisions.”

Chandan Economics is ALEX Chatter’s research partner, and has utilized its expertise as one of the country’s leading providers of commercial real estate mortgage data and analytics to uncover highly targeted information that more accurately and appropriately serves the small balance multifamily market.

“Smaller multifamily assets perform differently than their larger counterparts, both in terms of their investment performance and fundamentals. Up until this point, industry research has focused primarily on larger apartment buildings typically in the urban core. ALEX Chatter breaks new ground in this regard, shedding light on the drivers of smaller property performance,” explained Dr. Sam Chandan, chief economist and founder of Chandan Economics.

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