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Commercial originations rise solidly in third quarter

Lending for commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) rose dramatically in the third quarter and overall commercial originations have been running ahead of last year’s pace, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported.

After a big decline at the beginning of the year, CMBS loan origination volume rose by 96 percent above the second quarter level, MBA said. CMBS origination volume still was down in the third quarter about 4 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago.

For the entire nine-month period, originations for the other major investor types Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, bank portfolios and life insurance companies were running ahead of the pace for the same period in 2015, MBA said.

Overall commercial origination volume rose by 2 percent in the nine months through September compared to the same period a year ago, the trade group said. Loan originations were also up 5 percent year over year in the third quarter, and up by 7 percent compared to the second quarter, MBA said.   

"Rising property values, robust property fundamentals, low interest rates and a strong transaction market continue to drive potentially record setting paces in commercial and multifamily mortgage originations," said Jamie Woodwell, MBA’s vice president of Commercial Real Estate Research.

As for the asset types, originations for the industrial and multifamily sectors are largely driving the gains. 


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