CHARLOTTE, NC—In a move to increase its presence in theSoutheast, Walker & Dunlop Inc. reports it hasopened a new office here. The commercial finance firm already haslocations in Atlanta, Boca Raton, Nashville, New Orleans, Tampa andFort Lauderdale.

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The company states that in addition to loan origination, theCharlotte office will also contain much of the credit operationsfor Walker & Dunlop's new CMBS conduit.

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The Charlotte market presents a large lending opportunity fueledby the steady decrease in unemployment and North Carolina'ssuccessful efforts in attracting large firms to Charlotte'sUniversity Research Park, the company states in itsannouncement.

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"As the Southeast continues to see job and population growth,Walker & Dunlop's new Charlotte office expands our nationalfootprint and gives us a day-to-day presence in this excitingmetropolitan area," says Willy Walker, chairmanand CEO of Walker & Dunlop.

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"There is a huge volume of commercial real estate loans set tomature between 2015 and 2017 that present a great opportunity forme and our company,” says Walker & Dunlop Vice PresidentBrett McGurie, who is based in the firm'sCharlotte office. “I am excited to open Walker & Dunlop'snewest office and bring Walker & Dunlop's financing solutionsto existing and future clients in Charlotte and throughout theSoutheast."

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