Berkadia, Berkshire Hathaway’s joint venture with Jefferies Financial Group, has formed a partnership with Rabbet, the leading provider of construction finance software, to double its servicing capacity.
Berkadia’s adoption of Rabbet’s platform aligns with their commitment to long-term investments in people and technology. With Rabbet, Berkadia FHA/HUD has doubled servicing capacity, improved processing times, and developed insights to better advise customers.
“Rabbet is committed to providing the tools to service even the most complex areas of construction finance, including HUD lending,” said Will Mitchell, CEO of Rabbet. “We are excited to partner with Berkadia to streamline their processes, increase efficiency, and better serve their customers.”
Berkadia Vice President of FHA Construction Ryan Duff, added, “This partnership is a key step in our efforts to grow our FHA construction lending business. By leveraging Rabbet’s technology, we are able to significantly increase our capacity to service this important market segment.”
“Our partnership with Rabbet, a member of Berkadia’s BeEngaged network, has allowed us to collaborate on long-term initiatives, and implement solutions that deliver excellent service to our clients,” said Berkadia Senior Vice President of FHA and Seniors Housing Finance.
Rabbet’s HUD servicing solution is the first and only HUD-focused solution of its kind. This technology allows HUD lenders to read forms like the 92448 and generate the 92403 and 92451 forms which are distinct to HUD. Rabbet’s HUD solution also gives users the ability to track and report on milestones for complex capital stacks. These features and others were specifically built to accelerate and optimize the operations specifically for HUD lenders.
Founded in 2009 as a 50/50 joint venture between Berkshire Hathaway and Leucadia National Corporation (now known as Jefferies Financial Group), 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.
© 2023 David Mazor
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