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Commercial Mortgage Brokers – Their Role in the Commercial Lending Process

May 28, 2019 |

On a basic level, a commercial mortgage broker is a financial specialist who focuses on securing commercial mortgages for their clients. Mortgage brokers are the middlemen who facilitate the introduction of investors and owners of commercial real estate with various … Read More

Banks Are Gearing Up for Another Strong Year in CRE Lending

February 27, 2019 |

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) recently reported another stellar year for commercial/multifamily mortgage originations in 2018. Although the MBA will release final data next month, results from its fourth quarter mortgage originations survey point to volume that could be 3 percent higher than … Read More

As CRE Lending Landscape Shifts, Nonbank Lenders Step Up

July 16, 2018 |

After a 10-year increase in property values, commercial real estate may be facing a near-term shift in the cycle as the market tops out. As more properties hit the market at a time when interest rates are rising and … Read More

Commercial, Multifamily Borrowing Up 1 Percent Annually in U.S.

May 22, 2018 |

According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s latest Quarterly Survey of Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Originations, first quarter 2018 commercial and multifamily mortgage loan originations increased one percent compared to the same period last year and, in line with the seasonality of market, … Read More

South Korean Investors Load Up On U.S. Commercial Real Estate Debt

April 19, 2018 |

South Korean investors, on the hunt for higher returns and asset diversification, are making their way into U.S. real estate debt with renewed eagerness. More, in fact, than investors from any other country.

As of mid-April, investors based in South Korea … Read More

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Continue to Dominate Apartment Lending

April 17, 2018 |

Agency lenders are making more permanent loans than ever on apartment properties.

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae lenders are providing the overwhelming majority of permanent loans to apartment properties.

“Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are probably still the premiere lenders for … Read More

More Commercial Deals Don’t Need an Appraisal

April 4, 2018 |

U.S. bank regulators said on Monday that more commercial real estate deals can proceed without an independent appraisal of the property’s value.

The regulators raised the threshold for commercial real estate transactions that require an appraisal from $250,000 to $500,000. Commercial transactions that … Read More

Interest Rates May Double in the Next Few Years

February 21, 2018 |

The smartest business owners I know are always looking ahead. Talk to anyone today who’s been in business for more than a decade and they’ll tell you that, sure, they’re keeping a close eye on current sales, projections, overheads and … Read More