Denver, January 4, 2021 – Essex Financial Group (“Essex”) has formed an exclusive correspondent relationship with PGIM Real Estate to source loans intended for sale to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. With this relationship, Essex will work with PGIM Real Estate’s origination team in the Rocky Mountain region and have access to their DUS and Optigo lending platforms. PGIM Real Estate is one of the only lenders to hold DUS and Optigo licenses that is not a bank or a brokerage company and is one of the top agency lending platforms in the country. In 2019, PGIM Real Estate originated $2.1 billion on behalf of Freddie Mac and $5.0 billion on behalf of Fannie Mae, making the firm the #6 Fannie Mae loan originator in the US.   

The two government-sponsored enterprises have dominated the multifamily lending space since inception and both had record years in 2019, closing a combined amount of over $148 billion. This ranked them as the second largest lending source in the United States after commercial banks. Agency funds can only be accessed through their lender network. Agency lending programs include those for conventional multifamily, affordable housing, seniors housing, and manufactured housing. Essex is looking forward to increasing its multifamily loan origination through this relationship.

“We are extremely excited to partner with PGIM Real Estate and continue to build our multi-family loan origination platform,” said Cooper Williams, President at Essex Financial Group.  “Our partnership with PGIM Real Estate is the perfect complement to our strong and growing insurance company loan origination business.  I can’t think of a better strategic partner, given our insurance company roots and long-standing relationship with the firm.” 

About PGIM Real Estate   
As one of the largest real estate managers in the world with $182.5 billion in gross assets under management and administration [1], PGIM Real Estate strives to deliver exceptional outcomes for investors and borrowers through a range of real estate equity and debt solutions across the risk-return spectrum. PGIM Real Estate is a business of PGIM, the $1.4 trillion global asset management business of Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU).

PGIM Real Estate’s rigorous risk management, seamless execution, and extensive industry insights are backed by a 50-year legacy of investing in commercial real estate, a 140-year history of real estate financing,2 and the deep local expertise of professionals in 32 cities globally. Through its investment, financing, asset management, and talent management approach, PGIM Real Estate engages in practices that ignite positive environmental and social impact, while pursuing activities that strengthen communities around the world. For more information visit

[1] As of Sept. 30, 2020, net AUM is $121.3 billion and AUA is $40.4 billion.