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Mark Kramer joined PPM America in 2018, a move that led to the development of the firm's core plus real estate strategy

PPM America’s Core Plus Strategy Marks Two Milestones 

PPM America Inc.’s Core Plus Real Estate Debt Strategy recently achieved two key milestones: a three-year track record and more than $500 million in structured loans. Hiring Mark Kramer (pictured) from BlackRock in late 2018 drove the development of the current Core Plus Real Estate Debt Strategy, which now has more than $650 million in total assets with exposure across all major property types. 

The strategy seeks enhanced returns on first mortgage and subordinate debt on pre-stabilized and light transitional commercial properties by lending to middle-market and institutional sponsorships in markets with stable fundamentals or incentives for long-term economic growth.  

Established in 1995, PPM’s Chicago-based commercial real estate team has 33 dedicated members with senior leadership averaging 28 years of real estate experience and 19 years average firm tenure. The team manages $7.2 billion in commercial mortgage loans and has averaged $1.4 billion in originations annually over the past decade. 


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