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Commercial debt hits $3.11 trillion

Commercial mortgage debt rose across all major investor classes to $3.11 trillion in the third quarter, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported.

Debt outstanding jumped by $45.4 billion, or 1.5 percent compared to the second quarter, the trade group said. Notably, debt held in commercial mortgage-backed securities saw its largest increase since late 2007. CMBS debt has generally declined since 2008. CMBS and other securities issues increased holdings by $3.6 billion, or 0.8 percent, from the second quarter.

 "With the so-called 'wall of maturities' behind us, and a vibrant market for new originations, we are once again seeing more new loans being originated for CMBS than we are seeing in old loans paying off and paying down," said Jamie Woodwell, MBA vice president of commercial real estate research.

Commercial banks held the largest share of commercial/multifamily mortgages, $1.3 trillion, or 40 percent of the total; followed the government-sponsored enterprises and government agencies, $573 billion, or 18 percent. Life insurance companies held $454 billion, or 15 percent of the debt; and CMBS and other securities, $431 billion, or 14 percent.


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