Commercial Loan Volume Down 65%

Posted by: Chris Palmeri on June 5, 2009


Think it’s tough to get a home loan? Try getting one on a hotel or office building.

The Mortgage Bankers Association says commercial/multifamily mortgage volumes fell 65 percent to $181.4 billion in 2008.

The association says decreases were seen across all property types and most investor groups.

“The continuing credit crunch, a relatively low volume of commercial mortgages maturing in the coming years and little incentive for property owners to sell their properties all continue to put downward pressure on origination volumes,” said Jamie Woodwell, MBA’s Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Research.

What little action there was dominated by multifamily housing loans - representing $64.6 billion, or 36 percent of the lending total.

Lending for hotel/motel properties had the largest decrease in originations by property type, followed closely by office properties.



BusinessWeek editors Chris Palmeri, Prashant Gopal and Peter Coy chronicle the highs and lows of the housing and mortgage markets on their Hot Property blog. In print and online, the Hot Property team first wrote about the potential downside of lenders pushing riskier, "option ARM" mortgages and the rise in mortgage fraud back in 2005—well ahead of many other media outlets. In 2008, Hot Property bloggers finished #1 in a ranking of the world's top 100 "most powerful property people" by the British real estate website Global edge. Hot Property was named among the 25 most influential real estate blogs of 2007 by Inman News.

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