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East Harlem MXU Portfolio Lands Biggest Freddie SBL to Date

Sabal Capital Partners has closed the largest portfolio by loan balance in the history of Freddie Mac’s Small Balance Loan program on behalf of Emerald Equity Group. The $189-million portfolio encompasses 39 small-balance debt transactions for properties located in East Harlem.

“Demand for affordable housing among lower income renters is strong in East Harlem, and the refinance of these properties will help ensure some of that demand is met,” said Isaac Kassirer, president of Emerald Equity.

Pat Jackson, CEO of Newport Beach-CA based Sabal, said his firm had engineered “precision, efficiency and speed into our loan process and that has allowed us to set this, and prior, Freddie Mac records.”

The portfolio comprises both traditional multifamily as well as mixed-use assets with a dominant multifamily component, with a total of 880 apartments. It’s expected that approximately 52% of the units will be enhanced with renovations.

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