Observations From The CREFC Annual Conference in DC

The Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC) Annual Conference took place in Washington D.C. last week and the best way to describe the mood around US commercial mortgage markets was “measured optimism.” As participants debated where we are in the current real estate cycle, there were differing opinions about where opportunities exist for debt and…

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Commercial Real Estate Lending Innovation – at Banks!

Despite all the chatter about “alternative” and “non-bank” lending, banks still control 41% of commercial mortgage loans and financed 43% of new loan production in 2016, according to MBA. And these are good times to be in commercial real estate lending – just 0.59% of commercial mortgages held on bank balance sheets are more than…

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Commercial Real Estate Finance Update – Winter 2017

Modern Funding has been on the conference circuit this winter meeting with commercial real estate lenders and investors across the country.  Conference locations have included Miami, San Diego and New York City, highlighting the diversity of our great nation and what attracts so much domestic and foreign capital, both personal and institutional, to our real…

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Advantages of an Agency Small Balance Multifamily Loan

Attention apartment owners:  Do you have a Modern loan?  If you have financed your property during the past few years, chances are you have a competitive rate – but are you aware that loans from government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are available for loans starting as small as $1 million?  Their…

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Bridge Loans a Focus at Crittenden Real Estate Finance Conference

I just returned from the Crittenden Real Estate Finance Conference where approximately 250 attendees gathered in Miami to discuss all forms of commercial real estate finance.  There was a significant focus on bridge loans and other forms of high-yield finance with some great insights into the South Florida real estate market. Despite being at least…

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The Small Balance CRE Market is About as Strong as It Can Get.

I just returned from MBA’s inaugural Small Balance Lending Summit 2016, where approximately 250 attendees gathered in Chicago to discuss all forms of small balance commercial real estate finance with a focus on multifamily. The conference was upbeat, with many feeling like it was a “coming out” party for this long-overlooked – but vital –…

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View from CREFC Annual Conference in New York

I attended the CREFC Annual Conference in Manhattan last week from June 13 – 15. Almost 1,300 attendees gathered to discuss all forms of commercial real estate finance. Annual Conference Chairs included: Kevin Donahue, Senior Managing Director, C-III Capital Partners, Michael Moran, Managing Director & Vice President, Allstate Investments, Nilesh Patel, Managing Director, Prima Capital…

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All CRE Loans Are Not Created Equal: Part 2

In Part One of this series, we outlined the primary differences between commercial real estate loans offered by traditional lenders and alternative lenders. In this next installment, we’ll be giving you tips to follow as you prepare to finance commercial real estate. If you are acquiring a new investment property, it’s important to research finance…

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All CRE Loans Are Not Created Equal: Part 1

Once investors decide to purchase commercial real estate, they often find themselves caught between traditional financing and alternative lending options. Understanding the key differences will help borrowers make the best financing decisions for their commercial property investments.