Interest in both new production and legacy loans has been growing for some time, but without a capital markets outlet like securitization, some careful matchmaking will continue to be needed to meet the growing demand.

"Lack of securitization in a lot of ways has led to a lack of liquidity, therefore there needs to be more attention to matching specific buyers with specific sellers," said Brent Giese, a managing director and one of two former Bear Stearns executives co-heading a new residential/commercial whole loan initiative at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC.

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