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Volume 17 | Issue 9 | Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Lede


CRE Loans 'Attractive Investment' for Insurers

The U.S. life/annuity industry's exposure to commercial real estate mortgages is growing because loans provide better returns than bonds, reported credit rating agency AM Best, Oldwick, N.J.


Top National News

PNC Gets Commercial/Multifamily Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Award, Feb. 25, 2019--Natalie Dolce
The Mortgage Bankers Association selected PNC to receive this year's Commercial/Multifamily Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Award for making significant strides in gender equality through its Men as Allies program.

Interview with Mike Fratantoni, Chief Economist, Senior Vice President, Research and Industry Technology, Mortgage Bankers Association

Radding's Report, Feb. 21, 2019 (podcast)
Radding's Rapport welcomes Mike Fratantoni to share his views on current economic trends.Mike is MBA's Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research and Industry Technology.

Banks Are Gearing Up for Another Strong Year in CRE Lending

National Real Estate Investor, Feb. 27, 2019--Beth Mattson-Teig (MBA mention)
Despite a dip in mortgage originations in 2018, banks continue to have healthy appetite for CRE lending.

Oregon to Become First State to Impose Statewide Rent Control

New York Times, Feb. 26, 2019--Mihir Zaveri
Oregon is poised to become the first state in the nation to impose statewide limits on how much landlords can raise rents after state lawmakers passed a sweeping measure on Tuesday.

What These Three Women In Commercial Real Estate Learned From Day One

Forbes, Feb. 26, 2019--Maryann Reid
The first few years of a career can be pivotal to future success. Three women shared what they learned that helped them reach the success they have today and make their lessons work for them.

Are Lenders Shying Away from the Retail Sector?

National Real Estate Investor, Feb. 20, 2019--Liz Wolf
Retail properties can still get financing, capital markets experts say, but their sponsorship, location and metrics are under very close scrutiny.

Dealmaker of the Week

Walker & Dunlop Arranges $85M for Hotel, Multifamily Assets

Walker & Dunlop, Bethesda, Md., structured $85.3 million in financing for a Tucson, Ariz. hotel property and a Leesburg, Va. multifamily community.

News and Trends

CREF Highlights

Commercial and multifamily developments and activities from MBA relevant to your business and our industry.

CMBS Supply/Demand Fundamentals Stable; Defeasance Surges

Commercial property market supply and demand fundamentals remained relatively stable in third-quarter 2018, said Moody's Investors Service, New York.

Economy, Inflation Pressure Hotel Sector

Slower economic expansion and inflation will likely pressure hotel margins and revenue per available room this year and next, reported S&P Global Ratings, New York.

Slowing Growth Leading Investors to Temper Risk

Commercial real estate investor attention is increasingly shifting to liquid and secure markets and asset types, reported JLL, Chicago.

Small-Cap Fundamentals Finish 2018 on Solid Footing

Small-cap commercial real estate fundamentals finished the fourth quarter on solid footing, but some "cracks in the foundation" persist, raising concern about the market's future expansion, said Boxwood Means, Stamford, Conn.

People in the News

Red Mortgage Capital Hires Cullen, Gyani

Red Mortgage Capital, Columbus, Ohio, hired Sean Cullen and Ronnie Gyani to lead its multifamily affordable lending activities in the greater New York City area.

MBA News

MBA Commercial/Multifamily Servicing/Technology Conference in Los Angeles May 14-17

The Mortgage Bankers Association's annual Commercial/Multifamily Servicing and Technology Conference takes place May 14-17 at L.A. LIVE, Los Angeles.

CREF Market Intelligence Symposium July 10-11 in New York

The Mortgage Bankers Association CREF Market Intelligence Symposium cuts through the clutter to provide hard facts about the state of commercial real estate markets--what we do and don't know.

About MBA Newslink

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