Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Commercial Real Estate Loan Defaults on Rise

The default rates for commercial mortgage-backed securities are increasing according to today's The Wall Street Journal (subscription required).

According to a Citigroup Inc. report, the overall number of commercial mortgages packaged into securities that are 30 days or more past due rose to 0.64% in October from 0.39% at the end of last year, with most of the increase coming in October. The latest figure, though low by historic standards, marked the highest delinquency rate in two years.

A key reason behind the increase in defaults sounds very similar to those in the residential world - the credit crunch has made it difficult to refinance commercial real estate loans upon maturity and existing lenders have been unwilling to extend loans under the same terms.

If you're having difficulty re-financing your commercial real estate property in California, give me a call. I'm working with one private money, bridge lender whose rates currently range from 8.5% to 10.0% (before points) for bridge loans secured by commercial real estate in California of all property types. The lender is able to fund loans of up to $50 million and is willing to consider properties in other western states.

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Tags : commercial real estate loans , private money loans , bridge loans , hard money loans , credit crunch , CMBS

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