NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) today released a report summarizing its views for the CMBS Industry in 2015.
The economy, coupled with low interest rates, contributed to continued growth in the commercial real estate and securitization markets. Property fundamentals for most CRE segments improved, fueling the appetite for CMBS investment. As demand increased, credit standards continued to ease as competition amongst loan originators progressed through the year. Credit metrics continued to weaken as leverage climbed to new post crisis highs and debt service trended downward despite lower interest rates and the prevalent use of interest-only loan structures.
Despite the slowdown at the start of the year, the economy posted meaningful growth through the remainder of the year, ending the Q3 at 3.9%. In addition to the economic expansion, employment figures scored solid gains throughout the year, as approximately 241,000 jobs were added in each of the last 11 months, lowering the unemployment rate to 7.0% from 5.8% a year earlier. The increase in payrolls is no longer contained in the technology and energy sectors but has broadened over the past year to include health care and leisure & hospitality, which contributed to economic growth in many regions of the country. This bodes well for commercial real estate (CRE) fundamentals across the U.S.
As the economy continues to expand, KBRA believes that real estate fundamentals will remain stable across all of the property type segments, many of which will experience flat to modest growth. However, the multifamily and lodging sectors are standouts, having experienced marked gains over the past few years. The performance of these two sectors in many markets is at or above that experienced during the height of the last real estate cycle.
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