FHA loans are backed by the U.S. government. They offer higher LTVs and better terms & rates on 5+ unit multifamily apartments for properties that would not otherwise qualify. This is a federal mortgage insured program. It doesn't mean that the government is funding the loan...they are insuring it against default. Section 223f is a section under the Federal National Housing Act. It allows the FHA (Federal Housing Administration) to provide mortgage insurance to HUD approved lenders. This is to assist in the purchase or refinance of apartment or other types of multifamily rental properties. The loan program allows for long-term mortgages (up to 35 years) that can be financed with Government National Mortgage Association (GNMA) Mortgage Backed Securities.
This program is available for both non-profit and for-profit borrowers. Under Section 223f, borrowers can receive an insured mortgage up to 85% of appraised value or sale price (whichever is less). Or on a refinance, borrower can receive 80% with cashout (the 85% LTV applies to standard refinance).
The property must have been completed or rehabbed at least 3 years prior to applying for this loan. Other than normal occupancy requirements, there are no income limits. The properties can be market rate or LIHTC (low income housing tax credits) properties. The propertis can also be specifically used for handicapped or elderly tenants.
The property can either be walk-up, row, elevator, detached, or semi-detached style. The property must have at least 5 or more units to be considered.