Commercial mortgage-backed securities lenders are ready to step up to fill the expected void in the multifamily market that will be left as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac continue to wind down their lending activities in 2014.

“[The expected GSE void] is really one of the reasons we got into the multifamily market,” said Rob Russell, head of CMBS production at Greystone. The firm recently launched a conduit CMBS platform that will take advantage of the quickly narrowing pricing gap between GSE and conduit lenders. “As far as pricing goes, [CMBS lender and agencies] are really....

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