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Commercial and multifamily mortgage loan originations set a new record in 2021, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported

CRE Mortgage Debt Grew 5.8% in 2020 Despite Slowdown

Commercial/multifamily mortgage debt outstanding at the end of 2020 was $212 billion (5.8%) higher than at the end of 2019, the Mortgage Bankers Association said Tuesday. The increase occurred despite a dropoff in lending volume during 2020.

Total mortgage debt outstanding in the final three months of 2020 rose 1.5% compared to 2019’s third quarter, with all four major lender types increasing their holdings. Multifamily mortgage debt grew 2.5% during Q4 2020, and by 8.2% for the entire year.
“Continuing the trend of previous quarters, growth in multifamily mortgage debt outpaced other property types, with increases in federally-backed mortgages from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and FHA driving that growth,” said Jamie Woodwell, MBA’s VP of commercial real estate research. “Strong appetites from all the major capital sources should keep growth going in 2021, but with key differences across property types.”


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