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*** Exercise Your Right to Vote ***Important Notice Regarding the Availability of Proxy Materials for the Stockholder Meeting to Be Held on May 23, 2018. Z71855 - P03306 - E37971 MFA FINANCIAL, INC.350 PARK AVENUE, 20TH FLOOR NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10022 Meeting InformationMeeting Type:Annual MeetingFor holders as of the close of business on: March 28, 2018Date: May 23, 2018Time: 9:00 AM EDTLocation:The Lotte New York Palace Hotel 455 Madison Avenue (at 51st Street) New York, NY 10022You are receiving this communication because you hold shares in the company named above.This is not a ballot. You cannot use this notice to vote these shares. This communication presents only an overview of the more complete proxy materials that are available to you on the Internet. You may view the proxy materials online at www.proxyvote.com or easily request a paper copy (see reverse side).We encourage you to access and review all of the important information contained in the proxy materials before voting.This notice also constitutes Notice of the 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.See the reverse side of this notice to obtain proxy materials and voting instructions. Z71855 - P03306 - E37972





Before You VoteHow to Access the Proxy MaterialsProxy Materials Available to VIEW or RECEIVE:1. Notice & Proxy Statement2. 2017 Annual ReportHow to View Online:Have the information that is printed in the box marked by the arrowXXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX (located on the following page) and visit: www.proxyvote.com.How to Request and Receive a PAPER or E-MAIL Copy:If you want to receive a paper or e-mail copy of these documents, you must request one. There is NO charge for requesting a copy. Please choose one of the following methods to make your request:1)BY INTERNET: www.proxyvote.com 2)BY TELEPHONE: 1-800-579-1639 3)BY E-MAIL*: sendmaterial@proxyvote.com *If requesting materials by e-mail, please send a blank e-mail with the information that is printed in the box marked by the arrowXXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX (located on the following page) in the subject line. Requests, instructions and other inquiries sent to this e-mail address will NOT be forwarded to your investment advisor. Please make the request as instructed above on or before May 9, 2018 to facilitate timely delivery.How To VotePlease Choose One of the Following Voting MethodsVote In Person: Many stockholder meetings have attendance requirements including, but not limited to, the possession of an attendance ticket issued by the entity holding the meeting. Please check the meeting materials for any special requirements for meeting attendance. At the meeting, you will need to request a ballot to vote these shares.Vote By Internet: To vote now by Internet, go to www.proxyvote.com. Have the information that is printed in the box marked by the arrow XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX (located on the following page) available and follow the instructions.Vote By Mail: You can vote by mail by requesting a paper copy of the materials, which will include a proxy card or voting instruction form.





Voting ItemsThe Board of Directors recommends you vote FOR the following:1.Election of Directors Nominees 1a. Robin Josephs 1b. George H. Krauss The Board of Directors recommends you vote FOR proposals 2 and 3.2.Ratification of the appointment of KPMG LLP as the Company's independent registered public accounting firm for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2018. 3.Approval of the advisory (non-binding) resolution to approve the Company's executive compensation. NOTE: The proxies are authorized to vote in their discretion upon any other business that may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment(s) or postponement(s) thereof.You cannot vote by returning this Notice. To vote the shares, you must authorize your proxy online, by telephone or request a paper copy of the proxy materials to receive a proxy card or voting instruction form. You may also attend the meeting and vote in-person.Z71855 - P03306 - E37973 E37974-P03306-Z71855