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Third Quarter Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Originations Up 98 Percent from Last Year, 10 Percent from Last Quarter

Washington, DC – November 3, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Third quarter 2011 commercial and multifamily mortgage loan originations were 98 percent higher than during the same period last year and 10 percent higher than the second quarter of 2011, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Quarterly Survey of Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Originations.

“Lending on commercial and multifamily properties continues,” said Jamie Woodwell, MBA’s Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Research. “Mortgage originations by life company portfolios hit another new record in the third quarter, and lending by bank portfolios and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac also picked-up. Mortgage originations for the CMBS market, which was caught up in the global economic uncertainty of recent months, declined from last quarter, but were higher than last year’s Q3 level.”

Third Quarter 2011 Originations 98 Percent Higher Than Third Quarter 2010
The 98 percent overall increase in commercial/multifamily lending activity during the third quarter of 2011 was driven by increases in originations in most property types. When compared to the third quarter of 2010, the increase included a 406 percent increase in loans for hotel properties, a 164 percent increase in loans for retail properties, a 103 percent increase in loans for office properties, a 39 percent increase in loans for multifamily properties, a 3 percent decrease in industrial property loans and an 8 percent decrease in health care property loans.

Among investor types, loans for commercial bank portfolios increased by 433 percent compared to last year’s third quarter. There was also a 169 percent increase in loans for conduits for CMBS, a 61 percent increase in loans for life insurance companies and a 47 percent increase in loans for Government Sponsored Enterprises (or GSEs – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac).

Third Quarter 2011 Originations 10 Percent Higher Than Second Quarter 2011
Third quarter 2011 commercial and multifamily mortgage originations were 10 percent higher than originations in the second quarter of 2011. Compared to the second quarter, third quarter originations for retail properties saw a 37 percent increase. There was an 8 percent increase for office properties, a 4 percent increase for hotel properties, a 2 percent decrease for multifamily properties, a 14 percent decrease for industrial properties and a 30 percent decrease for health care properties.

Among investor types, between the second and third quarters of 2011, loans for commercial bank portfolios saw an increase in loan volume of 55 percent, loans for GSEs saw an increase in loan volume of 32 percent, originations for life insurance companies increased 3 percent and loans for conduits for CMBS decreased by 48 percent.

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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 2,200 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. For additional information, visit MBA’s Web site: