Berkadia’s L.A. Office is Top Freddie Mac Lender in Western Region, Again

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Berkadia, Berkshire Hathaway’s joint venture with Leucadia National Corporation, has announced that its Los Angeles team was recently recognized as the 2016 top conventional seller/servicer office by Freddie Mac in the western region for multifamily loans.

This is the third consecutive year that the L.A. office has topped the ranking.

The L.A. office originated $3.16 billion with Freddie Mac in 2016, representing 72 loans secured throughout the country. The L.A. office’s 2016 production with Freddie Mac increased more than a 25 percent over 2015, a year in which they were also the top office in Freddie Mac’s western region.

“Berkadia is proud to recognize our Los Angeles mortgage banking team for the third year in a row. Their continued in-depth knowledge of the programs, deep relationships with the Freddie Mac team and relentless desire to serve their clients has clearly led to their success,” said Ernie Katai, executive vice president and head of production at Berkadia. “It’s work like this being completed by Berkadia offices—in Los Angeles and across the country—that underscores the reason why, on a nationwide combined basis, Berkadia is number one with Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae and HUD, as well as having the distinction of being the one and only lender ranked in the top four within all of these organizations.”

In 2015, Berkadia’s Los Angeles team originated $2.52 billion, and in 2014, they secured $1.79 billion in financing through Freddie Mac.

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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