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Q2 commercial lending outpaces 2017 level

Driven by a surge in multifamily and hotel lending, overall commercial origination volume remained robust in the second quarter, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) reported.

Origination volume was up 4 percent year over year in the April-June period, and rose 32 percent over the quarter. This was driven by a 17 percent annual increase in multifamily originations and 22 percent jump in hotel loan volume, the trade group said. Year over year, retail and office loan volume was up 1 percent and 4 percent, respectively, while industrial and healthcare loan volume was down 10 percent and 16 percent, respectively, MBA said.  

Among investor types, the dollar volume of loans originated for the government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac jumped 18 percent year over year.  There was a 6 percent annual increase for life insurance company loans, a 1 percent decrease in commercial bank portfolio loans, and an 8 percent decrease in Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS) loans.

“Commercial and multifamily real estate borrowing and lending continues to track with last year’s level,” said Jamie Woodwell, MBA’s vice president for Commercial Real Estate Research.  “Investor demand for multifamily properties and hotels are helping push originations higher, even as loan demand for retail properties is down.  New loan demand continues to be supported by still-low long-term interest rates, growing property incomes and rising values,” Woodwell said. 


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