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Top Commercial Mortgage Lenders

The annual ranking of commercial real estate lenders is out, and the largest CRE lenders are also the top residential lenders. Rankings were also presented by investor type.

With 10,257 commercial mortgages originated for $50.128 billion during all of last year, Wells Fargo was the biggest commercial property lender.

Business slowed from 8,646 loans for $63.806 billion a year earlier, when Wells Fargo was also the biggest CRE lender,

The Mortgage Bankers Association presented the rankings in its MBA Commercial Real Estate/Multifamily Finance report. The report is available to MBA members for $250 and non-members for $350 online at

San Francisco-based Wells Fargo also placed first among Fannie Mae lenders, third among FHA-Ginnie Mae lenders and third among multifamily lenders..

Wells Fargo was fourth among Freddie Mac lenders and fifth among lenders for the commercial bank-savings institution investor group and among lenders for commercial mortgage-backed securities and conduit transactions.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. grabbed the No. 2 spot overall with 7,304 CRE loans funded for $37.336 billion.

But Chase was the biggest CMBS lender, the second-biggest multifamily lender and second among bank and savings institution investors.

In the third overall position was Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where 1,189 commercial mortgages were closed for $37.250 billion.

Coincidentally, Wells Fargo, Chase and BofA were the biggest residential lenders last year based on data maintained by Mortgage Daily. They were also the three largest portfolio lenders in MBA’s CRE report.

BofA dominated lenders for the commercial bank-savings institution investor group.

The fourth-biggest overall CRE lender was Eastdil Secured, which closed 220 loans for $30.450 billion during all of last year.

Eastdil Secured was also the biggest originator for third parties.

No. 5 overall was KeyBank, with 781 loans funded for $29.386 billion.

HFF LP was the second-biggest originator for third parties with 1,013 commercial mortgages closed for $29.229 billion. It was the third-biggest originator for life insurance companies and the fifth-largest multifamily lender.

Other firms among the top-10 originations for third parties included Wells Fargo and Chase.

PNC Real Estate, which ranked sixth overall, was No. 2 among the financial institution investor group.

Meridian Capital Group LLC was fourth among the commercial bank and savings institution investor group.

MetLife Real eState Investors was the biggest life insurance lender. MetLife was 14th overall.

The top-producing multifamily lender was Meridian Capital Group LLC.

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