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Walker & Dunlop Expands into PNW, Adds Pair of Brokers in PDX



Walker & Dunlop hired two Portland-based brokers to its property sales platform, effectively increasing the firm’s capabilities and geographic reach within the Western U.S. Tony Cassie, who joins as Managing Director, and Sam Thompson, as Vice President, represent the company’s first property sales team based in the Pacific Northwest.

The team is responsible for senior housing property sales throughout the PNW, Southwest, Mountain States and California. They will be part of Walker & Dunlop’s senior housing finance platform, which originated in excess of $900 million of senior housing mortgage banking volume in 2018.

Previously, Cassie and Thompson were part of the Senior Housing Group at Marcus & Millichap. The team brings more than 20 years of combined commercial real estate experience, and has been involved in the origination of $1.5 billion in transaction volume throughout their careers.

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