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Lee Weaver promoted to Managing Director of NorthMarq’s Tampa regional office

TAMPA, FLORIDA (January 7, 2019) – The Tampa regional office of NorthMarq announces the promotion of Lee Weaver to managing director. In his new role, Weaver will co-manage the day-to-day operations of the Tampa office with managing director Bob Hernandez as it provides a complete range of commercial real estate financing options through its nationwide network of lending partners.

“Lee is a consistent force in NorthMarq’s Tampa regional office,” said Hernandez. “While his reputation as a student housing expert precedes him, Lee is extremely fluent in all aspects of the business. If Lee’s next 20-years at NorthMarq are anything like his first, our office, clients and nationwide team will be in good hands.”

Jeff Erxleben, executive vice president/regional manager agrees, “With 20+ years of finance and real estate experience, Lee has been integral to the continued success of the Tampa team.”

Weaver joined NorthMarq Capital in 2003 when the company acquired the mortgage banking division of Legg Mason Real Estate Services, where he was employed for six years. During the course of his tenure, Weaver originated and placed commercial loans valued from $3 million to $200 million with lending sources that include life insurance companies, pension funds, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA. He also has a strong track record arranging joint venture equity, preferred equity and mezzanine financing with a focus on student housing.

Along with his yearly production volume, Weaver has provided his expertise through insights published in various industry publications including, Student Housing Business, Multifamily Executive, MBA Newslink and Senior Housing Business. Additionally, Weaver was also the recipient of Student Housing Business’ “Most Creative Financing” Innovator Award.

Weaver is active in the National Apartment Association, the Bay Area Apartment Association, the Real Estate Investment Council and the Mortgage Bankers Association of America. He has served on the Producers’ Council for NorthMarq Capital in recognition of being in the Top 10 percent of producers nationwide. He is also involved in various charitable and community organizations including The Spring, Joshua House and the International Justice Mission.

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Robert Hernandez featured in Southeast Real Estate Business 2018 Lender Insights

Robert Hernandez, senior vice president/managing director of NorthMarq Capital’s Tampa regional office, recently provided his thoughts regarding what lies ahead in the coming year for Southeast Real Estate Business’ 2018 Lender Insights section of its February 2018 issue.

When asked about NorthMarq’s lending strategy for 2018 and any new lines of business opportunities the company was pursuing, Hernandez said, “We’ve been very successful the past couple years in doing the whole capital stack: debt, preferred equity, mezzanine financing and joint venture equity. We’ve been focusing on that for ground-up construction or for substantial rehab the past couple years.” Read the rest of Robert’s insights here.

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NorthMarq Capital’s Tampa office strengthens its production team with promotion of Lauren Hanley

TAMPA (January 1, 2018) – NorthMarq Capital, a leader in financing commercial real estate throughout the United States, announced the promotion of Lauren Hanley within the production team of its Tampa regional office.

In her role at NorthMarq, Hanley will originate debt and equity placements for various lenders including life insurance companies, CMBS platforms, agency lenders, banks and other investors represented by NorthMarq Capital as well as develop new clients and funding opportunities in the region.

Hanley has been with the company since 2006 and will continue under the mentorship of Robert Hernandez, managing director of the Tampa office. She is an active member of numerous professional organizations including Real Estate Investment Council (REIC) and Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Tampa Bay. She also volunteers her time with the Junior League of Tampa supporting various charitable causes.

“Lauren has been an integral part of the NorthMarq production team for years,” said Hernandez. “Given NorthMarq’s platform, her ability and work ethic, I’m sure she will continue to be successful in our industry.”

Hanley holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Real Estate and Finance from Florida State University, a Florida Real Estate Sales Associate license as well as the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Designation.

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NorthMarq’s Lee Weaver featured in Student Housing Business regarding new on-campus program

Lee Weaver, senior vice president/senior director of NorthMarq Capital’s Tampa-based regional office, was featured in Student Housing Business. In the article, found in the December 2016 edition, Weaver announced a new student housing initiative from NorthMarq Capital.

NorthMarq, in partnership with one of its correspondent lenders, has launched an on-campus program for universities and related developers who want to borrow to build new housing. The program will also consider off-campus properties with a university relationship. That program lends up to 100 percent of construction costs for properties that have some level of university involvement. The school needs to have a BBB+ credit rating or better. The program, says Weaver, has allowed developers to access a capital stack that otherwise would not be available. “It is a very attractive program for those doing work with universities, and it’s attractive to a university because it creates more flexibility and allows for off balance sheet accounting,” he said. NorthMarq recently closed a $78 million deal at UNLV and has several other deals in the program in underwriting/processing.

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NorthMarq Capital Wins Award for Most Creative Financing for $58 Million Student Housing Transaction in Oviedo, Fla.

TAMPA – Lee Weaver, senior vice president/senior director and Bill Hardman, vice president of NorthMarq Capital’s Florida-based offices recently earned an Innovator Award from Student Housing Business Magazine in the category of Most Creative Financing for their work on the NorthView Student Housing on the University of Central Florida campus.

The Innovator Awards, the student housing industry’s only awards program, recognize excellence in on- and off-campus student housing. More than 900 leading industry professionals attended the sixth annual InterFace Student Housing Conference gala award ceremony where the Innovator Awards were presented.

The seven-story, 340,271-sq.-ft. property, located in Oviedo, Fla., contains 600 beds within 180 units and 782 total parking spaces (696 in a controlled access garage). Financing for the $58 million transaction is based on a 15-year term and 30-year amortization schedule and was arranged for the borrower by NorthMarq through a tax exempt private placement bond structure.

The development also includes 40,000 sq.ft. of faith based commercial space. Half of the space will be occupied by the Hillel Foundation for Jewish Campus Life and the other half by the Newman Catholic Student Center. Both organizations are the largest of their kind in the county and will serve the nearly 6,000 Jewish students and 13,000 Catholic students that make the UCF campus one of the largest Jewish and Catholic student bodies in the country.

“Student centers are key components of the organizations providing dedicated space for students to gather, socialize and study with like-minded Jewish and Catholic students,” said Weaver.

Other unique aspects of the property include:

  • The donation of the site for the improvements by a Florida philanthropist, as well as the transfer of the fee simple title of the land through a charitable gift.
  • The property benefits from a 60-year ground lease, after which the improvements will revert to the UCF Foundation and Hillel Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.
  • Bifurcated ownership structure.
  • Real estate tax exemption due to non-profit ownership.
  • The property is managed by the experienced UCF Housing System and is incorporated into their inventory.

With so many factors to take into consideration, finding the proper lending source “required a remarkable amount of time and resources,” said Weaver who gave credit to the efforts put forth by his counterpart, Bill Hardman. “Many traditional lending sources simply weren’t able to accommodate the complexities of the deal.”

Common amenities include: two courtyards for social events and gatherings; secure parking; high-speed video game room; 24-hour fitness center; resort style pool with water volleyball; lap swimming area and Swedish sauna; sky deck with tiki-hut; outdoor sand volleyball; life-sized chess board; computer lab; café; convenience store; high-speed wireless internet through-out the building; community centers and a Cabana room.

Unit amenities include: fully furnished apartments with custom furniture; hardwood-style flooring in living areas and carpeted bedrooms; nine foot ceilings in living areas; beautifully decorated rooms with a 60’ flat screen TV; full sized kitchen with granite countertops; side-by-side refrigerator; customized beds with drawers and shelving; individual walk-in closets; bathrooms with granite countertops and walk-in showers; unit keycard entry and extended cable.


About NorthMarq Capital
NorthMarq Capital, the largest privately held commercial real estate financial intermediary in the U.S., provides mortgage banking and commercial loan servicing in 34 offices coast to coast. With more than $10 billion in annual production volume and servicing a loan portfolio of more than $42 billion, the company offers expertise to borrowers of all size. The company has a long track record of multi-family financing as a Freddie Mac Program Plus™ Seller-Servicer, and through its affiliation with Fannie Mae DUS lender AmeriSphere Multifamily Finance. In addition, NorthMarq has long loan production and loan servicing relationships with more than 50 life companies, many CMBS platforms and hundreds of local, regional and national banks. For more information, please visit northmarqcap.wpengine.com.

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