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Insights from the Freddie Mac Multifamily team.

Don’t Stop Believing - 5 Years of SBL

The official start of the Small Balance Loan (SBL) program at Freddie Mac preceded me by about 5 months.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson
VP Small Balance Loan Business

Clear Direction, Bright Future – Optigo 2019

2019 started as a year of change and uncertainty – and we appreciate that these twists and turns were a challenge for all of you, too. But our agility served us well, and now that the fog has lifted, we have a clear strategy forward.

Richard Martinez
Richard Martinez
SVP Production & Sales

Strong and Steady - and Even Better

We've proved that our servicing standard is strong and steady - but adaptable to the changing multifamily lending environment. Find out how we're always raising the bar.

Leanne Spies
Leanne Spies
SVP Asset Management and Operations

Multifamily 2019 Midyear Outlook

In our research, we find that strong economic growth and the robust labor market continue to support the strength in the multifamily market. 2018 ended much stronger than anticipated with near record absorptions and stronger rent growth compared with the prior few years.

Steve Guggenmos
Steve Guggenmos
VP Research & Modeling

Let's Go Further

Since we launched Optigo℠ earlier this year, the name that once drew many questions has become a natural part of our daily business conversation. We use it every day as we talk about the advantages of our Optigo loans, the reach of our Optigo network and the special relationship between Freddie Mac and Optigo lenders. But we still get many questions about why we created the name and what it stands for.

Peter Giles
Peter Giles
VP Production & Sales

The Diminishing Supply of Affordable Units

Recent research shows that an increasing number of multifamily units are not affordable for low- and very low-income households.

Steve Guggenmos
Steve Guggenmos
VP Research & Modeling

Empowering Small Financial Institutions to Fund More Affordable Housing

We are continually finding new ways to provide liquidity for affordable housing and our Private Placement PC Swap is the latest example.

David Leopold
David Leopold
VP Targeted Affordable Sales & Investments*

Assessing Rental Burden in Metropolitan Areas

Rental affordability is a significant challenge for metropolitan statistical areas across the United States. Our research shows that supply just hasn't kept pace with demand in many metros, and that's pushing affordable rents out of reach for millions of American families.

Steve Guggenmos
Steve Guggenmos
VP Research & Modeling

When Opportunity Knocks, We Open Doors

Housing affordability is an uphill battle – but the SBL team will not be deterred.

Catherine Evans
Catherine Evans
VP SBL Underwriting

Breaking Records, Going Further

We had another outstanding year and I encourage all our lenders, servicers, investors, borrowers and staff to enjoy a quick moment of pride from all that we accomplished together.

John Cannon
John Cannon
SVP Production & Sales*

There Was Nothing Small About 2018

We had another record year in 2018 – thanks to our dedicated staff, our network of top Seller/Servicers and our continually expanding investor base.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson
VP Small Balance Loan Business

Scaling New Heights in Affordable Housing

It's another record high in Targeted Affordable Housing volume. Read about 2018 highlights and how we're making a difference in communities nationwide.

David Leopold
David Leopold
VP Targeted Affordable Sales & Investments*