Commercial Real Estate, Capital, Insurance, Leasing & Management

Underwriting Standards Evolve

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Commercial real estate lenders are adjusting risk-tolerance levels after a period of robust growth.

It is no secret to anyone in the industry that since the economic recovery started, commercial real estate investment has been one of the hottest markets in the U.S. In fact, a national commercial property index from Moody’s Investors Service and Real Capital Analytics showed year-over-year price growth of 12 percent in 2015. According to the same index, commercial property prices as of year-end 2015 were at an all-time high and 11 percent greater than the pre-recession high.

What has caused such a robust rebound in a relatively short period of time? A number of dynamics have contributed to the recovery, but most industry experts agree that the low-interest rate environment and availability of capital are among the key driving factors.

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