Arbor Realty Trust Inc is a Maryland corporation that was formed in June 2003 to invest in a portfolio of multi-family and commercial real estate related assets. The Company invests in bridge loans, mezzanine loans, junior participating interests in first mortgage loans, and preferred and direct equity. The Company also directly acquires real property and invests in real estate-related notes and certain mortgage-related securities. The Company's main business is to maximize the difference between the yield on its investments and the cost of financing these investments to generate cash available for distribution, facilitate capital appreciation and maximize total return to its stockholders. The Company is organized to qualify as a real estate investment trust or REIT for federal income tax purposes. It is externally managed and advised by Arbor Commercial Mortgage, LLC or ACM, a national commercial real estate finance company which specializes in debt and equity financing for multi-family and commercial real estate, pursuant to the terms of a management agreement. The Company pursues lending and investment opportunities with property owners and developers who need interim financing until permanent financing could be obtained. The Company's structured finance investments generally have maturities of two to five years depending on type, have extension options when appropriate, and generally require a balloon payment of principal at maturity. Borrowers in the market for these types of loans include, but are not limited to, owners or developers seeking either to acquire or refurbish real estate or to pay down debt and reposition a property for permanent financing. Its investment program emphasizes on the general categories of real estate-related activities such as Bridge Financing, Junior Participation Financing, Mezzanine Financing, Preferred Equity Investments, Real Property, Note Acquisition, Equity Securities, Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities, Commercial Real Estate Collateralized Debt Obligation Bonds and Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities. In originating these investments, the Company's manager competes with other mortgage REITs, specialty finance companies, savings and loan associations, banks, mortgage bankers, insurance companies, mutual funds, institutional investors, investment banking firms, other lenders, governmental bodies and other entities.
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