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The pandemic-fueled boom for multifamily owners is giving way to a slowdown in demand and rent growth in 2023, according to forecasts

Multifamily Dominates Q1 Growth in Outstanding CRE Debt

Commercial/multifamily mortgage debt outstanding rose by $44.6 billion (1.1%) in the first quarter, with multifamily accounting for the lion’s share of the increase, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). The total stood at $3.93 trillion at the end of Q1.

“The pandemic-era growth in the amount of commercial and multifamily mortgage debt outstanding continued during the first quarter, but the growth was not evenly distributed,” said Jamie Woodwell, MBA’s VP of commercial real estate research.

While all of the major capital sources increased their total during Q1, “almost two-thirds of the overall growth came from multifamily properties, with 80% of that multifamily growth coming from federally-backed agency and GSE mortgage-backed securities and portfolios,” he added.   

Woodwell continued, “As the uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic wanes, lenders will have greater clarity into the different properties and property types and be in stronger positions to make new loans.”  


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MBA’s Woodwell

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