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MBA Forecasts Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Originations to Hit New Record in 2016

MBA Forecasts Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Originations to Hit New Record in 2016

Mortgage Debt Outstanding to Break $2.9 trillion

WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 2, 2016 – (RealEstateRama) — The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) projects originations of commercial and multifamily mortgages will grow to $511 billion in 2016, an increase of 3 percent from 2015 volumes and slightly more than the previous record of $508 billion originated in 2007. Mortgage banker originations of multifamily mortgages are forecast at $202 billion in 2016, with total multifamily lending at $262 billion.

“This past year was extremely strong for commercial real estate finance,” said Jamie Woodwell, MBA’s Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Research. “Property incomes are rising, interest rates are low and property values are up. We expect the momentum to continue into 2016 and to support both the demand for and supply of commercial and multifamily mortgage capital. We anticipate a growing economy, coupled with only gradual increases in interest rates, will continue to support a strong commercial property market. But, there is a chance that cap rates could increase more rapidly in response to rising interest rates, impacting property sales and mortgage originations.”

Commercial/multifamily mortgage debt outstanding is expected to continue to grow in 2016, ending the year at $2.9 trillion, more than three percent higher than at the end of 2015. MBA released its forecast of the commercial/multifamily real estate finance markets today at its Commercial Real Estate/Multifamily Housing Finance (CREF) Convention in Orlando.

MBA’s commercial/multifamily members can download a copy of MBA’s Commercial/Multifamily Real Estate Finance Forecast at

Ali Ahmad

(202) 557- 2727


The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) is the national association representing the real estate finance industry, an industry that employs more than 280,000 people in virtually every community in the country. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the association works to ensure the continued strength of the nation’s residential and commercial real estate markets; to expand homeownership and extend access to affordable housing to all Americans. MBA promotes fair and ethical lending practices and fosters professional excellence among real estate finance employees through a wide range of educational programs and a variety of publications. Its membership of over 2,400 companies includes all elements of real estate finance: mortgage companies, mortgage brokers, commercial banks, thrifts, Wall Street conduits, life insurance companies and others in the mortgage lending field.


Mortgage Bankers Association
1331 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Phone: (202) 557-2700