Has worked for numerous firms specializing in HUD finance
Has originated and closed 140 transactions, totaling approximately $1.5 billion
Member of several organizations, including MBA, NMHC and NAA
Laura Smith has had an impressive career in commercial real estate, wearing multiple hats. She has worked her way up the ranks at multiple CRE firms, all specializing in HUD finance. She’s been a processer, underwriter and ultimately moved to the production side, where she’s remained for over 25 years.
At Berkadia, Chevy Chase, MD-based Smith serves as managing director of loan originations, where she is responsible for loan origination of market-rate multifamily, affordable and healthcare properties nationwide.
Over the course of her career, she has underwritten approximately $6 billion in FHA, FHLMC, FNMA & Wall Street conduit transactions. She has originated and closed 140 transactions, totaling approximately $1.5 billion. She works nationwide and has closed deals in every HUD region in the country including California, New York, Florida, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and the New York and DC metropolitan areas.
These are just a few of the reasons we chose Smith as one of the Washington, DC 2021 Women in Real Estate Award winners. Connect CRE’s Women in Real Estate Awards honor the achievements and inspirational stories of women who have reached respected positions of leadership and play key mentorship roles for others.
Smith believes staying humble and valuing a team has been key to her success along with treating people fairly and honestly and working hard to provide the best advice. She prioritizes affordable housing, as it’s desperately needed across the country.
Colleagues say Smith believes hard work and integrity are more important than ever in today’s digital age, and something as simple as picking up the phone and having a live conversation with a client can go a long way and make a lasting impression.
Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces.
Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications.
Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).