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NorthMarq: Borrowers Get Creative While Lenders Get Conservative in this Elongated Cycle

  Jeff Weidell, president of NorthMarq, recognizes there is still plenty of money out there to sustain activity levels in 2019. He also recognizes, however, that lenders are becoming prudent in this extra-long real estate cycle. This has caused borrowers to flex their creative muscles as they fund their projects in the interim period between redevelopment and sale. Weidell notes that bridge financing is extremely active and popular, with many borrowers doing what they can to …

TD Bank: Construction Delays have Bolstered the Multifamily Market

  It may sound counterintuitive, but Gregg Gerken, head of U.S. commercial real estate at TD Bank, believes some of the challenges the multifamily development market has faced have actually benefited the market. He specifically references labor shortages and construction delays. There were concerns in some areas that too much product might come online too fast, hampering absorption and rent growth. But the recent speedbumps have allowed the pipeline to even out a bit, staggering the …

Bellwether: Borrowing Continues as Confidence Continues

  There may be uncertainties within the market and larger economy, but Tom Turnage, vice president of Bellwether Enterprise, believes much of the activity on which 2018 hung its hat will continue. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are coming off record years, as are companies like Bellwether. Turnage believes the multifamily and industrial markets will remain active…but so will competition. This means borrowers and lenders must approach this year with creativity and flexibility. Both …

Berkadia: 2019 Will be a Year of Growth, Resilience

  Ernie Katai, executive vice president and head of production, and Christopher Philipps, head of small loan originations at Berkadia, believe commercial real estate lending activity will continue with steady momentum through 2019. Katai was admittedly nervous about last year’s interest rate increases, but was happy to see his worry was for naught as the commercial market took it in stride. In Katai’s experience, investors have remained active. Most are willing to accept …

Hunt: Evolution is the Solution to Today’s Lending Success

  Chad Thomas Hagwood, senior managing director and Southeast regional manager at Hunt Real Estate Capital, believes times are changing. Hagwood asserts a change in perception is what originally made multifamily such a popular investment years ago. He believes another change is necessary to address our nation’s housing and affordability crises. Hagwood sees manufactured housing as being a partial solution to these challenges. Like the broader multifamily market, this specialty …

M&T Realty: Seniors Housing will be a Bright Spot for Lending for Years to Come

  Seniors housing seemed to rule the roost among attendees at MBA’s CREF 2019. Mark Gould, national production manager at M&T Realty Capital Corporation, thinks he knows why. The obvious answer would be the aging Boomer population, which will continue to require additional services for some time. However, Gould believes it’s more than demographics. He asserts that a tangible evolution has taken place among seniors housing operators that has made these dwellings more …

Alliant: Communication is a Commodity in Today’s Lending Environment

  Communication and transparency are always top priorities for commercial lenders and borrowers. Paul Letourneau, manager of commercial lending at Alliant Credit Union, believes these are the true skills lenders should leverage in today’s market.Letourneau knows we’re long in this cycle — and he says that’s not a bad thing. There is still a great need for capital, but with that demand comes the competition among suppliers. This, Letourneau asserts, has caused lenders like …

Relationships Should Stand The Test Of Time, Regardless Of The Market

Paul Letourneau, manager of commercial lending for Alliant Credit Union, believes the more things change, the more fundamental business practices stay the same. In the lending world, this includes the ability to form and maintain relationships with key sponsors and brokers. As a credit union, how does Alliant compare to other capital sources? Letourneau: Alliant is looking to complement the prospect’s existing lending relationships. Alliant is a national lender and …

2019 Will Require Creativity, Flexibility, Discipline

Paul Woodworth, head of agency lending for SunTrust, believes a lot of focus will remain on multifamily in 2019, but that doesn’t mean that multifamily deals will be a piece of cake. Instead, he predicts some ingenuity will be required on the part of the lender in order to keep momentum strong following an active 2018. What are the best ways lenders can work with developers to increase our nation’s affordable housing supply? Woodworth: Lenders should play a consultative and …

Refis, Retail and Resources

Chad Thomas Hagwood, senior managing director and regional manager for the Southeast at Hunt Real Estate Capital, closes loans across the nation and sees opportunities in multiple sectors in 2019. While multifamily is still a standout, his scope extends beyond the industry buzzwords common today. Do you think refinancing activity will be as robust as it’s been in the recent past? Hagwood: There is no doubt refinancing will remain very active in 2019. Treasury yields have …

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