Category: Market Trends

MBA Releases Templates for Servicer Communications with Existing ARM Borrowers in Preparation for LIBOR Expiration

CONTACT Falen Taylor [email protected] (202) 557-2771 WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 26, 2021) – The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) released today two templates for residential mortgage servicers’ communications with borrowers with existing London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR)-indexed adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs). LIBOR is the leading reference rate for adjustable-rate single-family mortgages in the U.S. A permanent cessation of […]

Libor’s Likely Reprieve Is a Welcome Acknowledgment of Reality: Mark Gilbert

The financial industry has failed to embrace any potential replacements for the benchmark. (Bloomberg Opinion)—The overseers of three-month dollar Libor are considering a stay of execution for the benchmark interest rate for trillions of dollars’ worth of securities that was scheduled to expire at the end of next year. It’s a welcome acknowledgment of the […]

Industrial, Multifamily Price Gains Drove Modest CPPI Increases During the Fall Months

Some commercial property sectors are still seeing increases in values during the pandemic. Upticks in prices of industrial and multifamily assets and some alternative property types this fall resulted in increases in overall Commercial Property Price Indexes of the three major market trackers. Real estate data firm Real Capital Analytics (RCA) reported that its U.S. […]

A New Approach for Real Estate Diversification

“Like-kind” exchanges may permit clients to defer capital gains taxes. The forecast for real estate is highly uncertain in the COVID-19 era, with many experts expecting dramatic change in commercial, residential and industrial markets. However, this much is clear: the portfolios of many older Americans contain a respectable amount of investment real estate, and it’s […]

States Hardest Hit by Closures Could See Property Valuations Fall by Low Double Digits

A new report from Reonomy looks at where property valuations might dip the most. It’s been made clear by now that the retail, restaurant, travel and energy sectors have been hit the hardest by the impact from the COVID-19 crisis. But a recent report from Reonomy, a data platform for the commercial real estate industry, […]

Opportunistic Capital Prepares for Distressed Investment Spree

Investors across the board are interested in co-investment opportunities in distressed assets and loans. Even as COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc with the global economy—putting the majority of commercial real estate investment activity on pause—entities are lining up gobs of capital to pounce on distressed real estate opportunities expected to arise in the coming months. […]

Billionaire Sam Zell Sees Economy Permanently Scarred by Pandemic

Zell expects some amount of social distancing and working from home to persist long after the acute phase of the outbreak is over, possibly for years. (Bloomberg) — Sam Zell, the billionaire known for buying up troubled real estate, said the coronavirus pandemic will leave the same kind of impact on the economy and society […]

Blackstone Sees Prospect of Buying Opportunities in Crisis

“We are already seeing actionable opportunities appear from the dislocation initially in structured credit and liquid markets,” according to Jon Gray. (Bloomberg)—Blackstone Group Inc. expects to see plenty of investment opportunities once the current economic crisis abates — and is already taking steps to deploy capital on downtrodden assets. Current dislocations spurred by coronavirus pandemic, […]

Private Funds, REITs Seek to Curtail Capital Outflows Amid COVID Crisis

In recent weeks several fund managers temporarily suspended redemptions and froze or cut cash distributions. Real estate investment entities were welcoming a steady stream of capital inflows with open arms just a few weeks ago. But now some are doing their best to hold onto cash amid the economic uncertainty generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

Weathering Extreme Markets with Real Estate Investments

Inherent illiquidity can be a boon in times of panic. Recessions present financial advisors with one of the biggest professional challenges they can face. Imbalanced and rudderless portfolios are exposed. Securities plummet as panic selling ensues. Clients and investors often lose a lot of money. We all know how tough it can be to predict […]

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