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Vice president for research and economics, Mortgage Bankers Association
“There is a strong mix of both
headwinds and tailwinds in the
commercial real estate finance
markets right now.”
Senior vice president, Real Capital Analytics
“The fact that prices are at a new
high level does not mean that
the market is overvalued.”
The volume of originations for commercial mortgage-backed securities recovered in 2017, compared with a
down year in 2016, the Mortgage Bankers Association
reported. The government-sponsored enterprises
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac also ramped up their
financing activity over 2016 levels. Banks and life
insurance companies pulled back slightly from
their 2016 loan-origination marks, however.
Source: Mortgage Bankers Association
Annual Change in Commercial
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Loan-Origination Dollar Volume in 2017
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Annual Change in Transaction Dollar Volume 2017*
*Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
**CMBS, commercial mortgage-backed securities
Commercial property sales declined for the second
straight year in 2017 across asset classes, with only
the sales dollar volume of industrial properties
increasing over the 2016 level, according to Real
Capital Analytics (RCA). Investors were more
selective in 2017, while sellers were generally
unwilling to lower prices, RCA analysts said. The
tax-reform debate at the end of 2017 also caused
uncertainty, which likely scared off some investors
in the final quarter of 2017, RCA said.
sales tail off
Source: Real Capital Analytics *For asset sales priced at $2.5 million and above.