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Commercial debt hits record high

Commercial/multifamily mortgage debt hit $3.32 trillion in the third quarter, a new record, the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) said.

Overall debt rose by $45.4 billion, or 1.4 percent over the quarter, the trade group said. Multifamily mortgage debt on its own jumped $26.1 billion over the quarter, or 2 percent, to $1.3 trillion.

 "Favorable commercial real estate fundamentals and strong lender demand pulled commercial and multifamily mortgage debt outstanding to a new high," said Jamie Woodwell, MBA vice president of commercial real estate research.

"Multifamily mortgage debt continues to lead the pack, accounting for more than half of the total increase, and Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA remain the key drivers of multifamily mortgage growth," Woodwell added.

Commercial banks continue to hold the largest share [40 percent] of commercial/multifamily mortgages at $1.3 trillion. Government agency and Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac are the second-largest holders [20 percent] at $648 billion. Life insurance companies hold $497 billion [15 percent]; and commercial mortgage-backed securities and other securities comprise 14 percent of the debt or $458 billion.


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