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MBA: Commercial and Multifamily Lending to Spike in 2014

NationalMortgageProfessional.com
Jan 08, 2014

Commercial and multifamily mortgage lending is expected to increase in 2014, as lenders’ appetites to place new loans grow even stronger, according to a new Mortgage Bankers Association survey of the top commercial and multifamily mortgage origination firms. Lenders were also polled on their expectations for borrower appetites in the New Year. A full 91 percent of the top firms expect originations to increase in 2014, with 48 percent expecting an increase of five percent or more.  Almost two-thirds (64 percent) expect their own firm’s originations to increase by five percent or more. “Commercial and multifamily lenders anticipate a market in which lending continues to grow and their firm gets a bigger piece of the pie,” said Jamie Woodwell, MBA’s vice president for Commercial Real Estate Research. “Borrowers’ appetites to take out new loans are expected to remain strong, but perhaps drop a bit from 2013 levels. The resulting competition to lend leads originators to expect loan risk to increase marginally in the face of moderating returns.” A majority of respondents expect originations for commercial mortgage backed securities (CMBS), commercial banks and life companies and pension funds to increase, and for originations for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA to decrease. 65 percent anticipate a “very strong” appetite among firms to make loans and 23 percent anticipate a “very strong” appetite among borrowers to take out loans. Lenders were surveyed on a scale of “very weak, weak, fair, strong, or very strong.” Specific study findings include: ►In 2013, lenders had a “very strong” appetite to make commercial and multifamily mortgages.  Borrowers had a “strong” appetite to take out loans. ►In 2013, lenders were more eager to make loans than borrowers were to take out loans. A “very strong” appetite among lenders (53 percent of respondents) to make new loans in 2013 faced a “strong” appetite among borrowers to take out new loans (63 percent of respondents). ►In 2014, lenders are expected to have a greater appetite to place loans, and borrowers a weaker appetite to take out loans. Compared to 2013, an even greater share of respondents expect lenders to have a “very strong” desire to make loans (65 percent of respondents anticipate “very strong” appetite versus 53 percent in 2013) and more expect borrowers to have only a “fair” appetite to take out new loans (23 percent versus 16 percent in 2013). ►Originators expect the market to grow at a moderate pace in 2014 (and their own firms to grow more quickly). Almost half (48 percent) of respondents expect total market originations to increase five percent or more in 2014. Almost two-thirds (64 percent) expect their own originations to increase by five percent or more. ►Loans for commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), banks and life companies are expected to increase in 2014; loans for Fannie, Freddie and FHA to decrease. Originations are expected to increase for commercial mortgage-backed securities (85 percent anticipate growth to be greater than five percent), bank portfolios (78 percent anticipate growth to be greater than five percent) and pension/life insurance companies (56 percent anticipate growth to be greater five percent) and decrease for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (60 percent anticipate declines) and FHA (51 percent anticipate declines). ►Loan risk is expected to increase in 2014. Most respondents characterized the loans made in 2013 as “medium” to “somewhat low” risk (88 percent). In 2014, more respondents expect loans to be “medium” to “somewhat high” risk (89 percent). Lenders were surveyed on a scale of very low, somewhat low, medium, somewhat high, and high. ►Loan return is expected to moderate in 2014. Half of respondents (50 percent) characterized the loans made in 2013 as “medium” return. In 2014, nearly three-quarters (74 percent) expect loans to be “medium” return.
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