Colony Financial, the real estate investment trust responsible for the second-ever securitization of single family rental properties, is also tapping the securitization market to fund investments in "transitional" commercial real estate (CRE). 

During a conference call to discuss first quarter financial results today, executives said that the company originated five first mortgage loans and a related mezzanine loan with an aggregate unpaid principal balance of $94 million between January and March.

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