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Multi-family residential

Standard Financing

Standard financing is usually considered when borrowers are acquiring a new property or refinancing an existing one and want longer-term financing with predictable payments. Properties with stable cash flow and consistent operating histories are favourable candidates for standard financing.

Standard Financing offers a term of five years or more, a fixed interest rate and is typically closed to prepayment for the term’s duration.

For multi-family, the two types of standard financing are CMHC-insured and conventional.

CMHC-insured financing: CMHC-insured financing offers lower interest rates, terms of 5 years or more and higher loan to value ratios, making it the most popular choice for most borrowers. There are also programs available to borrowers (i.e. the Energy Efficiency Program) that can help them increase their loan amounts, access premium credits and lower their monthly expenses.  

First National is Canada’s largest CMHC-insured lender.

Conventional financing: Conventional financing is an excellent option, especially when CMHC-insured financing is not possible as a result of market leading purchase price, borrowers being unable to meet CMHC’s personal guarantee requirements or if a commercial component (retail or office) disqualifies the property from CMHC insurance. The typical term for conventional financing is five years, however seven and 10-year terms can be available.

Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS): CMBS is a conventional financing solution available for first mortgages on established, stabilized properties (generally three or more years of stable operating history). This type of financing works well for properties with in-place, stabilized net cash flow.

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Smart risk solutions in action for multi-family

See how we’ve applied our financing products innovatively to help multi-family borrowers achieve their goals with performance and value.

New CMHC insured 1st mortgage to payout existing construction

  • $6.1 Million
  • 23 units
  • Lucan Woods, Ontario
  • CMHC financing
  • 10 years term, 40 years amortization
  • LTV: 68.7%"

A new CMHC insured first mortgage used to refinance the existing mortgage

  • $15.3 Million
  • 179 units
  • Calgary, Alberta
  • CMHC insured first mortgage loan
  • 5 years term, 29 years amortization
  • LTV: 60%

Pari-Passu Mortgage

  • $22.2 Million
  • 240 units
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • CMHC insured first mortgage loan
  • 10 years term, 20 years amortization
  • LTV: 59.7%

Proceeds from this loan will be used to payout the existing First National, CMHC insured first mortgage

  • $7.9 Million
  • 42 units
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • CMHC insured first mortgage loan
  • 5 years term, 35 years amortization
  • LTV:85%

The loan will be used to renovate 24 units over 4 years.

  • $ 7 Million
  • 33 units
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • Conventional Bridge - A/B structure
  • 2 years term, interest only amortization
  • LTV:74.8%

To finance the acquisition of a residential and commercial portfolio

  • $53.5 Million
  • 435 units
  • London, Ontario

Bridge-to close followed by CMHC loan Bridge:

  • 6 months term, interest only amortization

CMHC loan:

  • 10 years term, 40 years amortization
    LTV: 61.8%"

A CMHC Insured First Mortgage on the subject property

  • $9.9 Million
  • 58 units
  • Bedford, Nova Scotia
  • CMHC financing
  • 5 years term, 30 years amortization
  • LTV: 85%"

A new first mortgage used to refinance both the first and the second mortgages registered against the property

  • $25 Million
  • 153 units
  • Quebec City, Quebec
  • CMHC insured first mortgage
  • 10 years term, 25 years amortization
  • LTV: 75%

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CMHC financing

Typically, CMHC-insured financing offers lower interest rates and longer amortizations, enabling borrowers to manage cash flow more effectively and realize higher returns.

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Short-term (bridge) Financing

Bridge financing addresses a borrower’s short-term needs, usually three months to three years.

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Repositioning / renovating financing

This short-term financing option enables access to a property’s equity for improvements, renovations or repairs, eliminating the need to raise funds from personal sources.

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Secondary financing for multi-family residential property

Second mortgages are often used to access equity in a property when a borrower wants to purchase another asset or renovate/repair a property.

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Development / Construction

A construction loan helps borrowers manage periodic payments for contract work during the building of a real estate asset.

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