Hunt Real Estate Capital, a leader in financing commercial real estate throughout the United States, announced today that it has opened a production office in Buffalo, New York and has hired Zach Casale to oversee the local effort.

Casale was named Director of Mortgage Banking. He is responsible for sourcing and closing deals of all kinds and will spearhead originations across upstate New York. He will report to Steven Cox, Managing Director at Hunt Real Estate Capital. Hunt Real Estate Capital has three main business lines: the conventional loan business, small balance loan business, and an affordable housing lending business.

“Our decision to open an office in Buffalo is in direct response to the area’s strong market dynamics,” noted Cox. “A local presence enables us to better serve the rapidly growing needs of area developers and investors.”

“We are making strategic additions to our organization to expand our market reach and capitalize fully on our expanded financing capabilities,” added Cox. “Zach is a seasoned financial services executive with a solid background originating and closing commercial real estate loans across upstate New York. We are pleased he has come on board to open an office in Buffalo and serve local clients. This is the sixth new Hunt Real Estate Capital office we’ve opened in the past year.”

Prior to joining Hunt Real Estate Capital, Casale spent six years as a mortgage banker serving as Managing Director for Originations for Largo Real Estate Advisors, Inc.

A 2009 graduate of The State University of New York at Buffalo’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning program, Zach brings a unique perspective for his client’s development and financing needs.