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Volume 17 | Issue 21 | Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Lede


Loan Servicers Target Cyber Security Threats

LOS ANGELES--As cyber threats grow and evolve, loan servicers need to actively identify and neutralize attacks, panelists said here at the MBA Commercial/Multifamily Servicing and Technology Conference.


Top National News

MBA's Broeksmit Seeks Increased Action on Housing Policy Changes

National Mortgage Professional, May 20, 2019--Phil Hall
Bob Broeksmit, president and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association, challenged both Congress and federal regulators to ratchet up efforts in enacting sweeping new housing policy changes.

Commercial Multifamily Real Estate Finance: Less Headwind, Strong Economy at Our Tail

Mortgage Media, May 15, 2019
The Mortgage Bankers Association's Jamie Woodwell sees a robust demand for housing over the next decade.

Seattle is Upzoning to Address its Housing Crisis

Archinect, May 21, 2019 --Anastasia Tokmakova
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan signed a Mandatory Housing Affordability policy that will change the zoning of 27 Seattle neighborhoods from single-family to multifamily. This "upzoning" could generate 6,000 new homes over the next decade.

Real Estate Stocks in High Demand as Trade Battle Brews

Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2019--Esther Fung (subscription)
Many investors are turning to real estate stocks as a safe haven during the U.S.-China trade dispute. Real estate investment trusts--shares of companies that own office towers, hotels, shopping malls and other commercial properties--offer investors exposure to businesses that are geared toward the domestic market.

Dealmaker of the Week

Newmark Realty Capital Secures $27M

Newmark Realty Capital, San Francisco, arranged $26.9 million for properties in three states.

People in the News

Marcus & Millichap Elevates Matricaria, Parker

Marcus & Millichap, Calabasas, Calif., promoted Richard Matricaria and J.D. Parker to Executive Vice Presidents of Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services Inc.

News and Trends

MBA Raises Concerns Over CECL Accounting Standard

The Mortgage Bankers Association, in a May 21 letter to the House Financial Services Committee, said new Current Expected Credit Loss accounting requirements to measure credit losses could adversely residential and commercial/multifamily lenders, particularly community lenders.

Woodwell: Is CRE 'Winter' Coming?

LOS ANGELES--Commercial real estate is enjoying good times, but to paraphrase Game of Thrones, is Winter coming? MBA Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Research Jamie Woodwell shared his outlook for the sector here at the MBA Commercial/Multifamily Servicing & Technology Conference.

Broeksmit: Housing Finance Reform Entering Critical Phase

NEW YORK--Mortgage Bankers Association President & CEO Robert Broeksmit, CMB, said housing finance reform is "critically important" to the real estate finance industry, to consumers and the American economy.

Digitally Transforming Servicing Operations

LOS ANGELES--Integrating business operations, customer and employee experience and technology can digitally transform the commercial/multifamily mortgage servicing business, PwC Partner Steve Robertson said here at the MBA Commercial/Multifamily Servicing & Technology Conference.

Personality Types--and Their Competitive Advantages

LOS ANGELES--Knowing your personality type and those of your co-workers can give you a competitive advantage, behavioral expert Dan Silvert said here at the MBA Commercial/Multifamily Servicing & Technology Conference.

CREF Highlights

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

Commercial/Multifamily Briefs

LightBox, New York, acquired Real Capital Markets and Digital Map Products.

MBA News

MBA Education Webinar: Technology & CRE Finance--Where Are We & Where Are We Headed? May 29

Join MBA Education for an informative webinar, Technology & CRE Finance: Where Are We & Where Are We Headed?, on Wednesday, May 29 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET.

Opportunity Zone Webinar June 19: A Guide to Evolving Program Rules

The U.S. Treasury issued Qualified Opportunity Zone program regulations on April 17. Join members of Ballard Spahr's Qualified Opportunity Zone team for an overview of the QOZ program and dive into how this new set of regulations will impact investments in real estate and operating businesses located in QOZs.

CREF Market Intelligence Symposium in New York July 10-11

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

President and CEO: Robert Broeksmit, CMB

Publisher: Marcia Davies, Chief Operating Officer

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Editor: Mike Sorohan 202/557-2855 

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