IRVING, TX-During the worst of the economic downturn, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac held up much of the multifamily sector. This spilled over into student housing, as the agencies funded acquisitions and a limited amount of construction.

These days, with more lending competition is coming into the field (leading to more debt becoming available), Freddie Mac’s Kelli Carhart and Fannie Mae’s Joseph Stepchuck shared some of their observations at the RealShare Student Housing conference, which took place on May 14. The RealShare Conference Series is part of ALM’s Real Estate Media Group, which also publishes and Real Estate Forum.

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