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Walker & Dunlop, Kayne Anderson Partner on Small Balance Lending 

Walker & Dunlop is partnering with Kayne Anderson Real Estate to create Walker Private Lending, broadening the company’s lending capabilities in the small balance multifamily market. Walker Private Lending will originate three- to 10-year loans on stabilized, cash-flowing assets including conventional multifamily, manufactured housing, student housing, scattered sites and mixed-use assets with a primary multifamily component. 

“Walker & Dunlop entered the small balance lending (SBL) market several years ago and has predominantly originated and sold SBL loans through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac,” said Willy Walker, Walker & Dunlop’s chairman and CEO. “This new partnership with Kayne Anderson expands our capabilities with an extremely savvy and sophisticated capital partner.”  

Roughly 85% of U.S. apartment inventory falls within SBL parameters. “The SBL borrowers are massively underserved without tailored financing options that enable their emerging real estate businesses to grow,” said David Selznick, CIO at Kayne Anderson Real Estate. 

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