The top commercial and multifamily loan originators for 2005 were Wachovia, Wells Fargo, and Capmark Financial Group (previously GMAC Commercial Mortgage), according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.Others in the top 10 list, based on the MBA's annual origination volume report, are: HFF; KeyBank REC; CBRE/Melody; Lehman Brothers; Column Financial/Credit Suisse; Bank of America; and PNC Real Estate Finance. Doug Duncan, the trade association's chief economist, said 2005 was a record year for commercial/multifamily originators, adding that the MBA listings "show the breadth and depth of those doing business in this expanding market." The MBA report also lists originators by investor groups. Wachovia was the top originator for commercial bank/savings institutions and conduits; Capmark Financial Group for Freddie Mac and FHA/Ginnie Mae investors; MetLife for life insurance companies; Deutsche Bank Berkshire for Fannie Mae investors; TIAA-CREF for pension funds; Cohen Financial for credit companies; Key Bank for real estate investment trusts, investment funds, and other investors; and Tremont Realty Capital for specialty finance companies.

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