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Arbor Named First-Ever Top Freddie Mac Small Loan Lender

UNIONDALE, NY (Feb. 8, 2016) – Arbor Commercial Mortgage, LLC (“Arbor”), a national, direct commercial real estate lender, today announced it was named the first-ever Freddie Mac Top Small Balance Multifamily Loan Lender. Arbor received the designation by originating the largest Freddie Mac Small Balance Loan volume in 2015, the first full year of existence for the new Freddie Mac loan product. The company attributes its achievement of the top designation to its long-standing small loan expertise, uniquely personalized customer service for both small and large loan borrowers and certainty of execution through such innovations as its new platform Arbor LoanExpress (ALEX) platform.

“We are extremely proud of this accomplishment and our rapidly growing business partnership with Freddie Mac, led by the Freddie Mac Small Balance Loan program,” said Ivan Kaufman, Arbor’s Chairman and CEO. “This distinction is a reflection of Arbor’s long-term dedication and commitment to the small multifamily loan market. Our focus on small loans began nearly 20 years ago, as we were the first firm to partner with an agency on a small loan pilot program. More recently, we assisted Freddie Mac in its development of the new Small Balance Loan product, which took the small balance market by storm in 2015 and became a leading product, meeting investor’s unique small balance financing needs. We look forward to helping advance the rapid growth momentum of the new product in the many years to come.”

“As one of our first three Small Balance Loan lenders that helped us develop the product, we are pleased to name Arbor as our first-ever Top Small Balance Loan Lender in 2015” added Steve Johnson, Freddie Mac’s senior director of small balance lending. “In serving the critical small loan market with their long-standing expertise, Arbor delivers consistent service and reliable execution, treating small loans with the same importance as large loans. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Arbor and applaud their continued commitment to the small loan market and to multifamily borrowers in every market, every day.”

Arbor’s commitment to the small loan market was recently enhanced through the unveiling of Arbor LoanExpress, an online loan origination and processing platform designed to make multifamily financing easier and quicker for borrowers, brokers and correspondent lenders.

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Founded by Chairman and CEO Ivan Kaufman, Arbor Commercial Mortgage, LLC and Arbor Commercial Funding, LLC are national direct lenders specializing in loan origination and servicing for multifamily, seniors housing, healthcare and other diverse commercial real estate assets. Arbor is a Top 10 Fannie Mae DUS® Multifamily Lender by volume and the Top Fannie Mae Small Loan lender, a Freddie Mac Program Plus® Seller/Servicer and the Top Freddie Mac Small Balance Loan Lender, a Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Seniors Housing Lender, an FHA Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP)/LEAN Lender, a HUD-approved LIHTC Lender as well as a CMBS, Bridge, Mezzanine and Preferred Equity lender, consistently building on its reputation for service, quality and flexibility. Arbor also offers Arbor LoanExpress, an online loan origination and processing platform designed to make multifamily financing easier and quicker for borrowers, brokers and correspondent lenders. With a current servicing portfolio of more than $12 billion, Arbor is a primary commercial loan servicer and special servicer rated by Standard & Poor’s with an Above Average rating. Arbor is also on the Standard & Poor’s Select Servicer List and is a primary commercial loan servicer and loan level special servicer rated by Fitch Ratings.

Arbor Commercial Mortgage, LLC also manages Arbor Realty Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust, (REIT), formed to invest in mortgage-related securities, real estate-related bridge, junior participating interests in first mortgages, mezzanine loans, preferred and direct equity investments and in limited cases, discounted mortgage notes and other real estate related assets. Arbor is headquartered in Uniondale, NY, with full-service lending offices throughout the United States.  For more information about Arbor, visit www.arbor.com.