Issuers of non-agency commercial MBS responded to risk-retention requirements by tightening underwriting standards and passing costs onto borrowers, according to an analysis by Craig Furfine, a professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Freddie Mac set a new company record for multifamily lending last year by financing $73.2 billion in loan purchase and guarantee volume. That’s a noteworthy 30 percent increase from the $56.8 billion financed in the previous year and translates to 820,000 units. Freddie attributes the growth to a host of new offerings and executions. The GSE set records in small-balance loans, targeted affordable housing and its Green Advantage businesses. “The strength of our innovative products, underwriting and world-class securities brings liquidity to every corner of the multifamily market,” said David Brickman, Freddie’s executive vice president and head of multifamily.