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Commercial lending falters in the first quarter

Commercial and multifamily originations dropped steeply to begin the year, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reports.

First-quarter origination volume fell by 38 percent but was essentially flat when compared to the same quarter a year ago, the trade group said. Typically, first-quarter originations fall off sharply after the fourth quarter.

MBA said only the banks have stepped up their lending. Loan volume for commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) fell off after disruptions in the capital markets. 

Among the investor types, bank portfolio loans increased by 44 percent year-over-year. CMBS loans declined by 22 percent. MBA also reported a 1 percent decrease for life insurance company loans, and a 22 percent decrease in loans purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. 

Retail loans saw the largest year-over-year percentage increase in the first quarter at 44 percent, followed by office, 18 percent, hotels, 3 percent, and multifamily, 2 percent. Industrial property loans fell by 56 percent and healthcare properties declined by 57 percent.


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