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Ben Roelke and Ian Walker



$850 million

Lead Newmark’s National Student Housing Debt and Structured Finance team

Use a variety of capital structures, from debt funds to GSEs

Based in Dallas, Ben Roelke and Ian Walker lead Newmark’s National Student Housing Debt and Structured Finance team. The team executed more than $650 million in acquisition financing and refinancing in 2021, along with construction financing of more than $200 million spread across three separate projects. 

The team uses a variety of capital structures; in 2021, they arranged funding from banks, life companies, debt funds and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. As of May 2022, Roelke’s and Walker’s volume was up 160% year over year, including more than $400 million in acquisition financing. 

These are some of the reasons we selected Roelke and Walker for inclusion in the Connect CRE Top Mortgage Brokers and Lenders Awards. These awards recognize industry professionals who have demonstrated the highest standards in commercial real estate finance. 


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