Real estate investment trust Redwood Trust (RWT) filed its preliminary paperwork for 2013 on Wednesday.

The REIT’s first residential-mortgage backed securitization deal of the new year is arranged with Barclays Capital (BCS).

The company will carry on its reputation as one of the few private sector firms engaged in RMBS securitizations. 

The REIT also announced the closing of a $291 million securitization of mezzanine loans and commercial real estate equity interests, sponsored by Redwood Commercial Mortgage Corporation on Nov. 28.

Moody’s Investors Services rated the deal Baa3 and Kroll Bond Rating Agency rate the notes as triple-B minus, respectively. 

Redwood Trust closed its sixth RMBS on Nov. 30 with a pre-rating from Fitch Ratings, giving the majority of the deal’s tranches an above ‘investment-grade’ rating. 

The pool largely contains fixed-rate mortgages originated by multiple lenders. First Republic Bank mortgages make up the majority of the transaction, or roughly 12.5% of the loan pool. 

cmlynski@housingwire.com