Berkadia Completes Third Purchase with Kort & Scott Financial Group

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Berkadia, Berkshire Hathaway’s joint venture with Leucadia National Corporation, has announced the sale of a newly constructed, 126-unit, mid-rise community located in Lake Balboa, California.

Managing Director Vince Norris, along with Managing Director Jim Fisher and Senior Director Mike Smith from Berkadia’s Los Angeles office completed the sale on an “off-market” basis.

The transaction was completed on behalf of a private developer for Anaheim-based, Kort & Scott Financial Group. Escrow closed on July 12.

Kort & Scott Financial Group has completed three recent purchases through Norris at Berkadia. In addition to this acquisition, the group also purchased 6940 Sepulveda Blvd. and the Plaza at Lafayette. For Kort & Scott, this marks nearly $250,000,000 of transactions this year and increases their multifamily portfolio to over 9,000 units.

“With this acquisition, Kort & Scott has over 220 units in the Van Nuys sub-market and will be able to achieve tremendous operating efficiencies and take advantage of the Valley’s steady rent growth,” said Norris.

About Berkadia

Founded in 2009 as a 50/50 joint venture between Berkshire Hathaway and Leucadia National Corporation, Berkadia is a third-party commercial mortgage servicer, as well as an approved lender for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and HUD/FHA.

The company is among the top Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae multifamily lenders.

Berkadia owes its origins to GMAC Commercial Mortgage Corporation, which was acquired in 2009 by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Five Mile Capital Partners LLC, and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners. Christened Capmark Financial, the company had $10 billion of originations in 2008 and a servicing portfolio of more than $360 billion before running into bankruptcy in October 2009.

In a deal approved by the bankruptcy court, Capmark sold its mortgage loan and servicing to the newly formed Berkadia in a deal worth $515 million.

The deal brought Berkshire into the heart of the commercial loan serving business, and the company has one of the largest commercial real estate servicing portfolios.

© 2017 David Mazor

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