Arbor Announces the Appointment of Brian Blue as Managing Director, FHA Production
UNIONDALE, NY (August 11, 2021) – Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ABR), a real estate investment trust and national direct lender specializing in loan origination and servicing for multifamily, single-family rental (SFR) portfolios and other diverse commercial real estate assets, is pleased to announce the appointment of Brian Blue as Managing Director, FHA Production.
Mr. Blue will be responsible for overseeing Arbor’s Federal Housing Administration (FHA) multifamily lending operations, ensuring effective deal management, process refinement and due diligence across the firm’s FHA portfolio. He will play a key role in managing the scalability of Arbor’s FHA platform to support increased volume.
“Brian brings two decades of experience in asset management and underwriting of both affordable and market-rate multifamily housing utilizing FHA, LIHTC and Structured Finance executions,” said John Caulfield, Chief Operating Officer, Agency Lending, Arbor Realty Trust. “His expertise in these areas will help support our strategy to significantly increase our FHA loan production.”
Prior to his current position at Arbor, Blue served as Executive Vice President and Chief Underwriter at R4 Capital and R4 Capital Funding, overseeing the firm’s underwriting of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) and tax-exempt bond financing. Before that, he served as Senior Asset Manager at Recap Real Estate Advisors and Vice President of Asset Management at a Boston-based structured finance lender. Mr. Blue spent the beginning of his real estate career at Arbor as an Analyst and, eventually, an Asset Manager.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with minors in Economics and History from Bucknell University.
Arbor Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE:ABR) is a nationwide real estate investment trust and direct lender, providing loan origination and servicing for multifamily, single-family rental (SFR) portfolios, and other diverse commercial real estate assets. Headquartered in Uniondale, New York, Arbor manages a multibillion-dollar servicing portfolio, specializing in government-sponsored enterprise products. Arbor is a leading Fannie Mae DUS® lender, Freddie Mac Optigo® Seller/Servicer, and an approved FHA Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP) lender. Arbor’s product platform also includes bridge, CMBS, mezzanine, and preferred equity loans. Rated by Standard and Poor’s and Fitch Ratings, Arbor is committed to building on its reputation for service, quality, and customized solutions with an unparalleled dedication to providing our clients excellence over the entire life of a loan.
Brian Blue – Managing Director, FHA Production