Company is one of nine firms included in initiative bolstering support for affordable rental housing
Bethesda, Maryland – June 19, 2018
Walker & Dunlop, Inc. announced today that it has been approved as a Seller/Servicer under Freddie Mac’s Affordable Single-Family Rental (“SFR”) pilot program, which is intended to offer additional financing options for workforce and affordable rental housing in 1-4 unit buildings. With this new partnership, Walker & Dunlop will focus on middle markets with an average loan size between $10 - $25 million.
“Increasing the availability of affordable rental housing across the United States is the top priority for Freddie Mac’s affordable single-family rental pilot,” said David Leopold, Freddie Mac Multifamily vice president of targeted affordable sales and investments. “Given Walker & Dunlop’s experience in this space and their ranking as the second-largest affordable multifamily lender in the country, we are pleased to have them as one of our partners in this process.”
“We are thrilled to partner with Freddie Mac to increase the availability of affordable rental housing for America’s working families,” said Willy Walker, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Walker & Dunlop. “Walker & Dunlop has expertise in single-family rental lending, and we look forward to offering our customers best-in-class execution of the program and further enhancing our offering in the SFR space.”
Since the financial crisis, SFR has been the fastest-growing segment of the housing market. Today, SFRs account for 35 percent of the country’s 44 million rental units, compared with 31 percent in 2006, and more than half of renters live in buildings with less than four units. Changing demographics and evolving household preferences will continue to drive growth in the space as more families search for affordable ways to live comfortably.
To fill this market need, the Freddie Mac SFR program offers a new, competitive alternative to owners and investors of affordable single-family rentals. The new financing option provides more leverage, increased loan consolidation, longer term loans, fixed rates, and non-recourse loans. As one of nine firms approved for this new program, Walker & Dunlop will leverage its deep multifamily lending expertise, strong relationships, and extensive market knowledge to improve the SFR lending process for its borrowers.
The dedicated Walker & Dunlop SFR team will be led by Richard Warner, Executive Vice President and Chief Credit Officer, Ted Patch, Chief Production Officer, and Mitchell Resnick, Senior Vice President and Treasurer. Gabe Weinert, Senior Vice President in Walker & Dunlop’s Capital Markets Group, will serve as the SFR specialist.
“We are excited to expand our presence in the space and are embracing the opportunity to utilize our team’s expertise to continue to enhance liquidity in the SFR lending market,” Weinert added. “As the second-largest GSE multifamily lender and the largest non-bank affordable lender in the country, Walker & Dunlop is well suited to seamlessly execute on this new program.”
About Walker & Dunlop
Walker & Dunlop (NYSE: WD), headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, is one of the largest commercial real estate services and finance companies in the United States providing financing and investment sales to owners of multifamily and commercial properties. Walker & Dunlop, which is included in the S&P SmallCap 600 Index, has over 650 professionals in 29 offices across the nation with an unyielding commitment to client satisfaction.