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    Bank lending to CRE picks up as commercial property sales, prices recover.

    An upswing in bank lending in the fourth quarter signals higher levels of activity across nonresidential real estate, multifamily residential and real estate construction and development. Bank lending for real estate investment is closely related to trends in transactions and prices.  Recently-released data from the FDIC on bank lending reveal increased lending for investment in nonresidential real estate, multifamily residences, and construction and development.
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    Commercial Property Update 2013:Q4

    Market conditions improved across all property types in the fourth quarter.  Strong demand for apartments pushed absorption higher, although a pick-up in new supply tempered the decline in vacancy rates.  Office rents increased, despite the slow decline in office vacancies. 
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    Economic Update (February 2, 2014)

    Homeownership is stabilizing, but weak job market is still holding back both rental and ownership markets.  The home ownership rate held steady for the final three quarters of 2013 at 65.1 percent, after having declined a half-percentage point or more each year since its peak in the mid-2000s (Chart 1).  This tentative stabilization suggests that housing markets may soon move beyond the mortgage crisis and back to a period of more normal recovery and growth.
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    Signs of financial healing in the third quarter

    The economy showed more signs of financial healing in the third quarter, according to the Federal Reserve Board’s Flow of Funds Accounts. Commercial lending strengthened as transactions and prices picked up.  Commercial mortgage net lending increased to nearly $80 billion annualized, the strongest since prior to the financial crisis. Commercial banks provided $55 billion, roughly two-thirds of the total net lending.  Life insurance companies increased their net position by the largest amount since the crisis, and net issuance of CMBS was positive for only the second time since 2007.
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    Commercial Property Update 2013:Q3

    The picture was mixed across property types, with apartments enjoying strong demand as vacancy rates push yet lower, the office sector experiencing a slow recovery, and retail sector still barely out of the starting gate.  The job market firmed a bit in recent months but still lacks vigor.  Household formation lost steam, leading to less demand for apartments in the near term (or perhaps reflecting a lack of availability). 
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    Economic Update

    Rising borrowing demand and supply of commercial credit indicate that a broader recovery is underway. There are new signs of life in the commercial mortgage market that indicate a strengthening of the recovery in the commercial property sector. The Federal Reserve’s Senior Loan Officer Survey shows that nearly half of all banks report stronger demand for commercial loans.
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    Commercial Property Update 2013:Q2 (August 6, 2013)

    Apartment markets held firm in the second quarter despite a rebounding home sales market, while office and retail sectors saw little improvement.  Job growth slipped in July but economic fundamentals overall are supporting property markets. ...