With over 15 years of experience in multifamily finance, Will Baker, managing director, is responsible for new loan originations with a focus on manufactured housing and student housing properties throughout the country. Mr. Baker also focuses on conventional multifamily loan originations through Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, bridge, CMBS and HUD executions. Throughout his career, Mr. Baker has originated over $5.0 billion in Agency financing, including over $1.3 billion in 2016 placing him at the top of the origination rankings for Walker & Dunlop.
Mr. Baker also serves as a consultant to Four Point Student Housing Investments and assists buyers with a variety of financing options on their student housing sales listings. He was involved with the first and largest manufactured housing loan through Freddie Mac’s new manufactured housing program in 2014 and played a large role in placing Walker & Dunlop at the top of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s student housing production rankings. Mr. Baker is an integral part of Walker & Dunlop’s production team, which has been ranked as the #1 Fannie Mae® DUS lender for the past three years and is the fastest growing Freddie Mac® Seller/Servicer in the country.
Mr. Baker is a frequent speaker at student housing industry events and has served on panels at Real Share, Interface, NMHC, George Allen Roundtable, and Bisnow events. In addition, he helped Walker & Dunlop climb to the top of the Agency leaderboard in student housing loan volume with over $1.2 billion in 2016. He is also a member of the NMHC’s Student Housing Committee and “40 under 40” group. Mr. Baker was also selected as one of Bisnow’s “top 35 under 35” in 2011 for the greater Washington DC area.
Mr. Baker earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics at Washington & Lee University in 2001 where he was a two-time captain of the Varsity football team.
Beyond the Company, Mr. Baker qualified for his Certified Commercial Investment Member (“CCIM”) designation and currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama along with his wife Susannah, and their son, Wilson, and two daughters, Eliza and Annie.