CRE Lenders See More Liquidity, Aggressive Underwriting in 2015


real-estate-loanMore liquidity. Underwriting that is more aggressive. New sources of capital and a strengthening economy are among the high note findings of the newly-released survey of Commercial Real Estate Finance Council members, who make up the backbone of the CRE lending community.

Underlying it all is one common—and now very familiar—denominator: the search for yield that continues unabated among investors.

“That is what is driving liquidity,” CREFC president and CEO Stephen M. Renna tells GlobeSt.com. “The economy is flush with capital because of the low interest rate environment and strengthening fundamentals.”

Commercial real estate checks off more than a few boxes for capital seeking a home in that it offers diversification along with the higher yield. “That is why we are seeing a lot of year-over-year increases by investors and capital providers in their CRE allocations,” Renna says.


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