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Partnership and Camaraderie

The 2014 Freddie Mac Multifamily® Customer Conference is receding in the rearview mirror, but it’s still fresh in my mind.  Read More

By Freddie Mac Multifamily
Published on November 13, 2014

Our First CSO Meeting

At our customer conference last month, we held the first-ever meeting of chief servicing officers. We call them “CSOs,” but they are much more than an acronym. This is a group of industry leaders, coming together for a common purpose: determining the best way to implement a servicing standard for multifamily finance. And the discussion was robust.  Read More

By Mike Lipson
Published on November 11, 2014

Jazzed Up in New Orleans

I remember leaving Chicago at the end of our conference last October, wondering a) where is my pillow and b) how will we possibly top having Sam Zell as the keynote, 600 people in attendance, and yet another fantastic year at Freddie Mac Multifamily? Now, a year later, looking back at our recent conference in New Orleans, it’s hard to believe but we actually raised the bar.   Read More

By Debby Jenkins
Published on November 5, 2014

Closing the Workforce Housing Gap

The demand for affordable workforce rental housing is outpacing supply. Our research shows that around 440,000 additional apartments will be needed each year for the next 10 years to meet coming demand;  Read More

By Kim Griffith
Published on October 29, 2014

Behind the Scenes: Manufactured Housing Communities

On October 3, Freddie Mac Multifamily purchased our first Manufactured Housing Community (MHC) loan: a $10.5 million loan to finance Longhaven Estates in Phoenix, Ariz. This inaugural deal brought to fruition a new initiative we have been working on for a while, and announced last spring. You can read about the Longhaven deal here and our initiative announcement here.   Read More

By Kelly Brady
Published on October 23, 2014

A Golden Age for Multifamily

Thank you to everyone who joined us at our recent Freddie Mac Multifamily® Customer Conference in New Orleans. We were very pleased by the turnout and the strong enthusiasm expressed by those attending. At the conference, I had the opportunity to share some thoughts on where our business and the multifamily industry are headed. Following is a brief recap.   Read More

By David Brickman
Published on October 17, 2014

Our New Small Balance Loan (SBL) Offering

Today, October 9, 2014, Freddie Mac Multifamily publically announced our new Small Balance Loan (SBL) offering. We believe this offering, specifically designed to meet the long-term debt capital needs of small rental property borrowers nationwide, will increase liquidity in the small balance space and provide stability in this somewhat underserved market.  Read More

By Nashwa Moussa
Published on October 9, 2014

The Ruthless Defaulter

Deteriorating property cash flows are never in the plan for multifamily investments, especially to the extent that property income falls below expenses. Nonetheless, this unfortunate situation happens for some properties, and they go “underwater.”  Read More

By Victor Pa
Published on September 22, 2014

Our First Deal: Direct Purchase of Tax-Exempt Loans

We met a key milestone at the end of August: Freddie Mac Multifamily conducted our first transaction of a Tax-Exempt Loan. This new loan execution was recently approved by FHFA, and is one of several initiatives we have been rolling out to better support the rental housing market. In this instance, we have financed the preservation of affordable units using a housing finance agency’s (HFA) tax-exempt obligations and 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credits.  Read More

By Kim Griffith
Published on September 3, 2014

Raising The Bar On Servicing

This year we have really raised the bar on the Freddie Mac Multifamily Servicing Standard with several enhancements. As part of this effort, we just finished an inaugural conference call with the newly designated Chief Servicing Officers (CSOs) from our Servicers.   Read More

By Christine Halberstadt
Published on August 26, 2014

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