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Office Dominates New Transfers as CMBS Special Servicing Declines in December

The Trepp CMBS Special Servicing Rate dropped three basis points in December to 5.17%, representing the first decline in the past five months. Six months ago, the rate was 4.91%, and 12 months ago, the rate was 6.75%. The all-time peak was reached in May 2012 at 13.36%. 

The December rate declined after four consecutive increases from August to November. In December, three of the five major commercial real estate property types declined, the office sector special servicing rate was unchanged and the industrial sector special servicing rate rose by two bps. 

The largest decline occurred in the lodging sector, down 32 bps from November. New special servicing transfers were dominated by office loans. Conversely, it appears that the new list of transfers has been offset by a host of office loans coming out of special servicing, according to Trepp. 

Approximately $1.1 billion in CMBS debt was transferred to a special servicer in December. Office transfers made up 85% of the newly transferred balance, while mixed-use comprised 10%. 


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