5 Must-Reads for the CRE Industry [December 2020]

Posted by Alex Dimitroff on Dec 31, 2020 5:51:00 PM

1.  Pandemic Seen Creating Risk of Slower Commercial Real Estate Lending

“As 2020 nears its end, the pandemic is disrupting the origination and payment of commercial property loans even as borrowing rates boost interest in financing. The level of commercial and multifamily loans outstanding mounted all year as investors and owners sought to take advantage of historically low interest rates. At the same time, borrowers’ ability to repay outstanding loans shows further signs of stress.” (CoStar – Subscription Required, 12/23)

What you need to know:

  • The amount of mortgage debt backed by CRE increased for the 33rd straight quarter. Despite a significant decrease in acquisition funding, loan refinancings, particularly from government-sponsored entities, like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, helped raise total outstanding mortgage debt.
  • The balance of delinquent commercial mortgages increased for the first time in three months in November, where delinquencies had been decreasing considerably from the double-digit-percentage levels throughout the summer. The combination of historically low interest rates and rising delinquencies coming into the new year combine for a mixed 2021 outlook.

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5 Must-Reads for the CRE Industry [November 2020]

Posted by Alex Dimitroff on Nov 30, 2020 3:15:04 PM

1. Commercial/Multifamily Borrowing Falls in Q3

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact new originations of commercial and multifamily mortgages. Compared to last year’s third quarter, commercial and multifamily originations were 47 percent lower, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Quarterly Survey of Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Originations.” (Commercial Property Executive, 11/20)


What you need to know:

  • Every major property type recorded a year-over-year decline, however, originations did increase 12% compared to the second quarter of 2020. According to MBA’s CREF Loan Performance Survey, commercial and multifamily mortgage performance improved in October.
  • The third quarter saw a 94% year-over-year decrease in the dollar volume of loans for hotel properties, an 83% decrease for retail properties, a 58% decrease for office properties, a 31% decrease in multifamily properties, and a 23% decrease for industrial property loan originations.

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5 Must-Reads for the CRE Industry [October 2020]

Posted by Alex Dimitroff on Oct 30, 2020 8:25:09 AM

1. Pricing Disconnect Weighs on Commercial Real Estate Investment Activity, CBRE Survey Finds

“The CBRE survey found that 61% of buyers are looking for discounts from pre-pandemic prices and only 9% of sellers willing to offer such discounts. Among buyers looking for discounts, nearly three-quarters were for office or retail properties. For suburban office, 95% of investors were looking for discounts, with no sellers willing to reduce their price.” (CBRE, 10/8)

What you need to know:

  • Two-thirds of respondents stated they are adopting more conservative rental income assumptions than practiced in Q1 2020. Around half of those with unchanged underwriting assumptions are industrial-focused respondents.
  • Cap rates for Class A properties (as of August 2020) remained relatively unchanged from rates at the end of 2019. The largest portion of metro markets reported flat cap rates, with other markets reporting nominal increases or decreases between 25-50 basis points.

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5 Must-Reads for the CRE Industry [August 2020]

Posted by Alex Dimitroff on Sep 1, 2020 6:33:55 PM

1.  US No Longer the Global Leader for CRE Investment

“In normal periods the U.S. is the largest, most liquid region for commercial real estate deal activity worldwide. In the second quarter, however, Europe surpassed the U.S. as a hub for investment. Trends into July are not looking favorable for the U.S.” (Real Capital Analytics, 8/31)

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Commercial Bridge Lending vs. Hard Money Lending

Posted by Brittany Vo on Aug 11, 2020 9:06:44 AM
Discover the similarities and differences between these two commercial financing scenarios.

In the world of commercial real estate finance, many people use the terms "bridge lending" and "hard money lending" interchangeably. However, there are differences between the two types of financing and those differences can have a major impact on the way your loan is structured and how the approval process works.

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Topics: Market Update, Bridge Loans, Investment

5 Must-Reads for the CRE Industry [July 2020]

Posted by Alex Dimitroff on Jul 31, 2020 3:19:52 PM

1.  Lending Could Fall Almost 60% This Year, MBA Forecasts

“Bankers expect commercial real estate loan originations to drop 59% in 2020 because of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Lenders are forecast to complete $248 billion of loans backed by income-producing properties — down from 2019's record volume of $601 billion, according to a new projection by the Mortgage Bankers Association.” (CoStar – subscription required, 7/20)

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5 Must-Reads for the CRE Industry [June 2020]

Posted by Alex Dimitroff on Jun 30, 2020 12:55:41 PM

1.  Commercial Real Estate Sales Fall 24% to $39.1 Billion

“The repeat sales of $39.1 billion for the first five months of 2020 fell 24.2% from the same time a year earlier. This is the first look at the year's commercial real estate pricing trends, calculated by using the price change from the pair of first and second sales of properties sold multiple times. The indices are based on 538 repeat sales in May and more than 227,324 since 1996.” (CoStar - subscription required, 6/25)

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Impact of Supply Chain Disruptions in Industrial Real Estate

Posted by Cesar Castro on May 15, 2020 11:33:39 AM

COVID-19 has significantly impacted the global economy as countries took sweeping measures to combat the spread of the virus. Halts in production, logistics activity, and consumer demand have had outsize effects on the globally intertwined supply chains many companies have built. Zencargo, a logistics startup, predicts supply shocks will generate $700 million in losses for the U.S. retail industry alone in the period from March 9 to April 20. This has led many supply chain experts to formulate risk mitigation strategies accounting for a variety of factors from labor costs, to capital investments. Many companies had one pain point in common: high supply chain concentrations in China. The effects of production halts are still being felt across many sectors. It is likely this crisis will force companies to assess the risk of reliance on one source for so many inputs and finished goods. One potential effect is the increased buildup of manufacturing and distribution capacity in the United States. A large-scale shift to domestic buildup has important real estate implications, particularly for industrial properties. From modifications to existing properties to entirely new development of custom facilities, the new demand could represent a strong opportunity to generate returns for investors that can lead and respond to these changes.

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5 Must-Reads for the CRE Industry [April 2020]

Posted by Alex Dimitroff on Apr 30, 2020 10:40:51 AM

1.  COVID-19 Real Estate Sentiment Survey and the Truncated V-Curve, with a Tail...

“As the current coronavirus pandemic reaches a (hopefully) peak in the U.S. and the extent of the devastation to the economy comes into focus – 22 million unemployed, thus far, with downstream impacts to everything from retail sales, sporting events, the price of oil, and the stock market (regardless of a mini bull market in the past week or so) – we have begun to think about what the recovery is going to look like, which real estate segments will be the winners and losers in the “Great Lockdown,” and what is happening in the real estate capital markets? And so we asked our client base of real estate market professionals to tell us what they thought, in this special edition COVID-19 Real Estate Sentiment Survey.” (RCLCO Real Estate Advisors, 4/21)

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5 Biggest Mistakes Sponsors Make In Commercial Real Estate

Posted by Marc Grayson on Dec 10, 2019 11:34:29 AM

“Learn from the mistakes of others.  You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” 

Having spent my entire career in commercial real estate (CRE), I have made more than my share of mistakes and witnessed countless others.  There are literally thousands of decisions made in any commercial real estate transaction.  Many of them are so small they are virtually unrecognizable.  Early in my career, I was introduced to a very simple chart that I have grown to rely upon when making capital allocation decisions.  It very simply shows that as time elapses, your ability to influence the outcome diminishes, and the cost to influence that outcome grows.     


In simple terms, a dollar spent early in the process has a much greater influence on an outcome than a dollar spent later in the process.  I’ve seen this simple truth repeatedly played out in my career.  Not enough invested up front can be the difference between profit and loss.  This concept leads us to the first mistake CRE sponsors[1] make: undercapitalizing the business plan.

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Topics: Investment, Investors, Sponsors