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Affordable Lending Group Grows

Hunt Mortgage Group recently expanded the Affordable Lending Group platform with several new offices and a number of key hires.  This reflects Hunt Mortgage Group’s commitment to the affordable lending space, and a desire to significantly increase our business in 2016 and thereafter. Hunt Mortgage Group offers direct access to: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA lending programs, and a number of balance sheet loan structures.  Uniquely positioned in the market, Hunt Mortgage Group provides clients a more thoughtful approach to raising capital for affordable housing projects than any other firm. Paul Weissman, Senior Managing Director and head of the Affordable Lending platform recently said, “We are actively building our affordable housing platform to offer our clients an extensive variety of financing products and services to help them expand their businesses.”

In March, Tim Hoppin joined the Denver office as a Director Tim focuses on sourcing and originating affordable housing loans through HUD, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac nationwide.  He came to Hunt Mortgage Group from Citigroup Corporate and Investment Bank where he was a Vice President – Banking Team in the Municipal Securities Division of Citi Community Capital.  In 2015, Tim closed over $300 million of taxable and tax-exempt debt with 13 affordable real estate developers/non-profits/housing authorities. Prior to Citi, he managed commercial real estate acquisitions for Baceline Investments, LLC and served as a Vice President – underwriting at Newman & Associates, which was acquired by Citigroup Corporate and Investment Bank.

Tim earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MBA in Finance from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver

In May, John McAlister and Sean Spear joined the firm and opened a new office in Arcadia, California, a suburb of LA.  John is a Managing Director and West Coast Team Leader.  Sean is a Managing Director.  John  has served for nearly 20 years as a consultant, advisor or underwriter on more than 250 different tax-exempt or taxable bond transactions.  In addition, he has extensive experience with many conventional financings for multifamily housing projects.  These deals included loans secured by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA/HUD or other debt guarantors, bank or finance company private placements, or non-rated or rated bonds sold to institutional investors.  He was the Founder and Principal of 1410 Partners, LLC where Sean served as a Managing Director.  Prior to 1410 Partners, he was a founder and Principal of M Squared Partners, LLC, a Los Angeles-based real estate investment firm which focused on the acquisition, financing and rehabilitation of multifamily properties.  Earlier in his career, he served as President of Steadfast Companies, a diversified real estate investment and development firm based in Newport Beach, and was a Managing Director at Newman & Associates.  John is a graduate of UC Davis and the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management.

Sean Spear offers clients significant experience in financing and developing projects, and can provide guidance and leadership on governmental program-related issues. His distinguished public service career includes more than ten years as a top local and state government leader, serving successively in community development roles in: New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and in Sacramento for the State of California.  Sean also brings private sector experience from his time with Fannie Mae; then providing housing development and public financing resources across the Western United States.  During his career, he served as the Executive Director to the California Debt Allocation Committee, administering the private activity bond program for California.  Before joining CDLAC, Spear was the Director of Major Projects for the City of Los Angeles Housing Department (now HCIDLA); responsible for the City’s rental housing production programs.  He holds two degrees from Cornell University and is a member of the worldwide Lambda Alpha Honor Society for land economics.

In June Aaron Wooler, Managing Director and Gabe Seghi, Vice President joined as the fourth and fifth new hires with the growing Affordable Housing team.  Aaron is part of the new West Coast office and Gabe is based in Florida.  Aaron focuses on sourcing and originating affordable housing loans nationwide.  He joined Hunt Mortgage Group from Century Housing Corporation, Inc. where he was a Senior Vice President and was responsible for Century’s lending programs. Earlier in his career, Aaron was a Portfolio Analyst at Trammell Crow Company and an Analyst at MGM Grand. Wooler earned a B.S. in Finance from the University of Southern California-Marshall School of Business.

Gabe Seghi is focused on originating and closing FHA multifamily and senior housing loans nationwide, with a focus on the Southeast region of the United States. He is based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Gabe joined Hunt Mortgage Group from Pillar Finance – a Guggenheim Partners Affiliate, where he was a Vice President, agency loan originator. While at Pillar, he cultivated relationships with developers and owner/operators of commercial real estate properties throughout the United States, focusing primarily on multifamily and senior housing in Florida. Prior to that he was a Vice President, FHA loan originator with Housing and Healthcare Finance based out of Chevy Chase, MD.  Mr. Seghi studied at Yeshiva University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts, Economics (cum laude).

Hunt Mortgage Group is well-established in the Affordable Housing debt market, having sourced and originated affordable loans since the 1980’s. Today, Hunt Mortgage Group’s Affordable and FHA teams have nine Originators with 17 dedicated Affordable Credit and Underwriting professionals working to serve the ever changing needs of Affordable Housing developers nationwide.  We look forward to showing you the Hunt Mortgage Group difference.