BETHESDA, MD-Walker & Dunlop is raising its 2013 loan origination guidance to $10 billion to $12 billion, from an earlier guidance of $8 billion to $10 billion.
The raised guidance was included with the not-so-surprising news that the company posted a banner year for originations in 2012: namely, it originated $7.1 billion in loans in 2012, a 76% year-over-year increase. Walker & Dunlop had expected to originate between $6.7 billion and $7.4 billion of commercial mortgages in 2012.
The market got a hint that W&D was on track for a good year with its Q3 figures, when it reported loan originations of $2.2 billion, up 141% over third-quarter 2011. Much of it was due to the CWCapital acquisition but a nice portion–23%–was due to the Walker & Dunlop platform.
Walker & Dunlop’s main focus is multifamily, however the company has been growing originations in non-multifamily assets, including the office, retail and hotel categories. It has expanded its locally-based capital-markets group by opening offices in Wisconsin and Florida and plans to continue to expand its footprint in the Southwest and California. The company is also growing its servicing portfolio; for Q3 it reported that it totaled $33.9 billion, up 113% from the third quarter 2011.