Howard J. Levine is the founder and former President/CEO of ARCS Commercial Mortgage Co., L.P., headquartered in Calabasas Hills, CA, a leading provider of commercial and multifamily mortgage financing with offices nationwide.
He founded the predecessor company, ARCS Mortgage, 36 years ago. In August 1995, Howard and a group of Southern California investors purchased the commercial mortgage servicing portfolio of ARCS from The Bank of New York Company, Inc. During the following 12 years the company originated more than $20 billion in commercial loans.
In the 3rd Quarter of 2007 ARCS became a PNC Real Estate Finance Company with the ability to provide virtually every loan product for every commercial real estate type. Mr. Levine now serves as Senior Advisor to ARCS management team.
ARCS is a recognized leader in multifamily finance. The company has been the #1 Fannie Mae DUS lender in America for more than a decade, as well as one their Top 3 affordable housing lenders. The company is also a Freddie Mac Program Plus lender, an FHA MAP lender, a conduit lender, and is able to provide mezz and bridge financing. At various times the company has been: #1 Multifamily Lender in America
#1 Fannie Mae Lender overall
#1 Fannie Mae Affordable Housing Lender 5 years in a row
#1 Fannie Mae Small Loan Program Lender
#1 Fannie Mae DUS lender among readers of Apartment Finance Today 2 years in a row
#1 Fannie Mae Manufactured Housing Community Lender
Manufactured Housing Institute’s Community Lender of the Year 2 years in a row
Mr. Levine is a past member of the Executive Board of the MBA, Commercial Board of Governors for the Mortgage Bankers Association of America, the Multifamily Council of the Urban Land Institute, and is currently a member of the UCLA REAG Advisory Board and The Moriah Society. He serves on the Board of Directors for the National Multihousing Council, the Multifamily Division of the National Association of Home Builders, American Jewish University, the Menorah Housing Foundation, Camp Ramah and the Leadership Council of USC Lusk Center for Real Estate. Howard also frequently lectures at UCLA and USC Graduate Real Estate and MBA Programs. He holds a BS in Accounting from NYU, and received his MBA degree in Urban Land Economics from UCLA.