Personnel News From Walker & Dunlop, JLL

Walker & Dunlop Expands Small Multifamily Lending Footprint By Hiring Ana Ramos

Walker & Dunlop, Bethesda, Md., expanded its small multifamily lending team to the western United States by adding Managing Director Ana Ramos.

Ana Ramos

Ramos will serve as the Western and Mountain Region production head. She will be joined by Associate Director Mackenzie Kerin and Production Analyst Alex Louie.

The U.S. market for multifamily loans of $7.5 million and under is dominated by private investors. The small multifamily loan market exceeded $55 billion of total origination volume over the last two years and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have completed more than $55 billion in transaction volume since the launch of their small multifamily loan programs in 2009 and 2015, respectively.

Ramos brings more than 20 years of commercial real estate experience and an extensive underwriting and production background to Walker & Dunlop. She has closed more than $3 billion in loan originations during her career. Prior to Walker & Dunlop, she served as Managing Director and Regional Head of West Coast Small Loans Production at Greystone & Co, where she developed deep client relationships and established an exceptional reputation.          

Christopher Exler Joins JLL Hotels & Hospitality Americas Team

Christopher Exler

The JLL Hotels & Hospitality Group announced Senior Vice President Christopher Exler joined its Americas team, based in its Miami office. Exler spent the last eight years in the firm’s London office, covering the UK, Benelux and Central and Eastern European markets. He also worked closely with cross-border capital looking to invest in Europe.

In his new role in the Americas, Exler will focus on hotel investment sales advisory transactions in the Southeast and Caribbean, working with the team in Miami and the Global Hotel Desk, JLL Hotels & Hospitality’s cross-border investment sales division.

Exler, who has more than 10 years of hospitality experience, began his career as an Analyst for Horwath HTL Cape Town and London after graduating from Hotelschool The Hague in The Netherlands.

JLL Research reported Europe has been the main foreign investor in the U.S. as a proportion of total cross border investment in 2020 and first half of 2021 with a particular focus on Sun Belt markets.