The smaller apartment building market has become a part of Freddie’s risk-transfer program as the GSE guaranteed its first multifamily small-balance loan securitization last week. This new credit risk- transfer is composed of multifamily mortgage-backed securities by small-balance loans underwritten by Freddie and issued by a third-party trust. Freddie said the goal is to more effectively provide liquidity and service to markets that are less populated and to smaller apartment communities with between five and 50 units. Approximately 31 percent of U.S. renter households live in apartment properties this size, said the GSE. In these deals, Freddie is selling the first-loss position, which allows it to unload substantially all of the credit risk associated with the small-balance loans.