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Opportunity Zones, HUD: Delivering More Workforce Housing

Many of today’s headlines about multifamily housing have focused on the market’s two extremes: homelessness and high-end penthouses. Meanwhile, a crisis has been growing in the “missing middle;” there is a shortage of affordable rental housing for middle-class workers like teachers, firefighters and police officers. In recent years, middle-income families have been struggling with flat wages and rising childcare, education and healthcare costs. Not only are families being priced out …

What Does Walker & Dunlop’s New Venture Mean for Multifamily Lending?

  Walker & Dunlop has entered into a joint venture with commercial real estate data science company GeoPhy to optimize the multifamily valuation process. The new appraisal company is called Apprise, and its goal is a five-day appraisal to accelerate the delivery of capital to real estate operators, Walker & Dunlop’s clients among them. Brad Savage, MAI, CCIM, Chief Product Officer of Apprise, discusses the marriage of data and human expertise in Apprise’s approach to commercial …

Can Boston Keep Up with Multifamily Demand?

Think Boston multifamily is overbuilt or overheated? Think again. Due to superb fundamentals and a slowing development pipeline, Boston is now regarded as the number one metro area for multifamily investment. From 2019–2030, Boston will need to add 51,007 units to accommodate population growth, an average of 4,637 units per year. Recent development (2014­­­–2017) averaged 3,334 units per year. Population and job growth are expected to remain strong, fueling continued demand for …

Walker & Dunlop Looks to Modernize the Multifamily Valuation Business with Apprise

Technology and data are here to make things easier, faster and more accurate than ever before. However, some industries have lagged behind. This inspired Walker & Dunlop and its data science partner, GeoPhy, to fulfill a need in the market related to multifamily valuation. “We built Apprise because we saw a significant opportunity to improve a critical part of the underwriting and valuation process that has largely gone unchanged for decades,” says Brad Savage, Chief Product Officer …

Walker & Dunlop Acquires MSF Real Estate Capital, Establishes Presence in Ohio

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Walker & Dunlop Inc. has acquired MSF Real Estate Capital, an independent commercial real estate finance firm. MSF services approximately $925 million of life insurance company loans, substantially all of which will be added to Walker & Dunlop’s servicing portfolio prior to the end of the first quarter. With the acquisition, Walker & Dunlop has expanded its debt brokerage team to Columbus. Jeffrey Morris, Chad Kiner, Scott Moore and A.J. Mangan will spearhead …

Walker & Dunlop Provides $11M Bridge Loan for Acquisition of Supportive Living Community

AURORA, ILL. — Walker & Dunlop Inc. has provided $11 million in bridge financing for The Vistas Fox Valley, a 136-bed supportive living facility in Aurora. The borrower was Cascade Capital Group, which used the funds to acquire the community. Walker & Dunlop’s bridge lending program utilizes the company’s own balance sheet to offer short-term, non-recourse loans for properties that are being acquired or repositioned. Joshua Rosen and the bridge lending team structured the …

Egbert Perry and Affordable Housing: How One Man’s Vision Launched a National Movement

When picturing the rebirth of downtown Atlanta, one of the first images to come to mind is the skyline — the iconic high-rises. Another, often overlooked, part of this picture includes Atlanta’s skywalks. In the early days of redevelopment, these walkways connected luxury buildings above urban neighborhoods that many had abandoned, and effectively furthered the separation of the “haves” from the “have-nots.” Iconic Atlanta developer Egbert Perry was driven to challenge …

Walker & Dunlop Arranges $48.3M Bridge Loan for Apartment Property in Suburban Grand Rapids

GRANDVILLE, MICH. — Walker & Dunlop Inc. has arranged a $48.3 million bridge loan for the refinancing of The Grand Castle Apartments, a newly developed apartment property in Grandville, a suburb of Grand Rapids. Developed by Roger Lucas, a principal of Land & Co., the exterior of the property is modeled after the famed Neuschwantstein Castle in southern Germany. It comprises 522 units. Amenities include a pool, fitness center, business center, resident lounge and dog park. Benjy …

Walker & Dunlop Provides $225.1M Fannie Mae Acquisition Loan for Multifamily Portfolio in Virginia

BETHESDA, MD. — Bethesda-based Walker & Dunlop has provided a $225.1 million Fannie Mae acquisition loan for a five-property multifamily portfolio on behalf of Capital Square 1031. Walker & Dunlop provided a $66 million loan for 2000 West Creek in Richmond, a $29.7 million loan for Hickory Creek Apartments in Richmond, a $31.6 million loan for Saltmeadow Bay Apartments in Virginia Beach, a $52.5 million loan for Misty Ridge Apartments in Woodbridge and a $45.3 million loan for …

Walker & Dunlop Provides $28M Acquisition Loan for Seniors Housing Campus on Cape Cod

BREWSTER, MASS. — Walker & Dunlop has provided a $28.3 million bridge loan for the acquisition of Pleasant Bay, a 25-acre seniors housing campus in the Cape Cod town of Brewster. The campus comprises The Woodlands at Pleasant Bay, a 59-unit assisted living community, as well as the 134-bed Pleasant Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Point Group Care operates the community. The specific borrower was not disclosed. The financing will cover approximately 90 percent of the acquisition …

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