Category Archives: Commercial Real Estate

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CrunchedCredit Says Good-bye

I regret to inform you, my loyal readers and particularly those who regularly take the time to send me notes telling me I’m being ridiculous or agreeing with my dyspeptic bloviations, that CrunchedCredit is retired. I very much enjoyed writing CrunchedCredit these past 12 years and I truly appreciate my readership. As I write each … Continue Reading

Welcome to the New Normal – Funny Times Revisited

Several weeks ago, I wrote a commentary called Funny Times in which I bemoaned the complete lack of coherent data, making the process of predicting the course of interest rates, cap rates and transactional velocity over the next couple of quarters awfully hard.  This uncertainty, itself, contributes to a knock-on doom cycle sort of way … Continue Reading

The CRE CLO is Coming Back Soon:  Who You Gonna Believe, Me or Your Lying Eyes?

I’ve written extensively about the CRE CLO technology for a long time and why it is the best leverage technology across securitization markets.  With the sponsor typically holding up to 20% of the bottom of the capital stack, it represents the best alignment of interests between sponsor and investor.  For the sponsor, it provides unique, … Continue Reading

Birds Do It, Bees Do It, Even Educated Fleas Do It.  Should The CRE Securitization Industry Advertise? [1]

If the wisdom of crowds has any validity (and there’s no real evidence that it’s any worse than the pontifical huffings of the chattering class), then there’s hope for 2023.  Optimism did itself proud at CREFC.  We’ll see if that optimism is recapitulated at SFVegas and at the MBA CREF meeting coming up in the … Continue Reading

2022 Golden Turkeys

It’s Golden Turkey Awards Time, Folks! Our Turkeys are a little late this year but hey, we’ve been busy worrying about the collapse of the world’s economy.  This is the 10th edition of our Turkeys and much thanks to our disorderly, often dysfunctional, regularly inscrutable and absurd government, polity and marketplace for continuing to provide … Continue Reading

CREFC Capital Markets Conference Recap

On October 26, 2022, Dechert partners Laura Swihart and Stewart McQueen attended the CREFC Capital Markets Conference in New York City. Stewart gave opening remarks and Laura moderated a panel on the current housing market and its intersection with multi-family, single-family and build-to-rent properties. Laura and Stewart sat down with Law Clerks Jared Goldstein and … Continue Reading

Rick Jones Named to Mortgage Bankers Associations’ Commercial Real Estate/Multifamily Finance Board of Governors

We’re happy to share some exciting news as Crunched Credit’s very own Rick Jones has been named as a newly elected member of the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Commercial Real Estate/Multifamily Finance Board of Governors (COMBOG). COMBOG drives Mortgage Bankers Association’s commercial and multifamily policies and recommends industry standards.  After a tumultuous year and with some … Continue Reading

CMBS On The Perp Walk: We Are Being Set Up!

Folks, last week I made the point that it’s extremely important to confront negative narratives about our industry before they take hold, creep into the interstices between things that are true and then somehow ossified into received wisdom.  So, taking on board my own advice, which shockingly I find compelling, I want to sound the … Continue Reading

Original[s] Sin

The closing deadline is quickly approaching!  Which of the following two processes would you choose?  Would you: (a) create a pdf of signature pages and request that parties provide a digital signature and return via email, or (b) print out multiple sets of paper copies of each signature page for each transaction document in triplicate, … Continue Reading

Beds without Heads: Hotels in the Era of the Coronavirus

The spread of COVID-19 has created a new reality for the hospitality industry. As of March 25, the CDC reported 54,453 confirmed cases in the U.S., and the number is expected to grow exponentially. In the hopes of slashing infection rates, governments have implemented international travel bans, shelter-in-place orders and other restrictive measures. The second-most … Continue Reading

OnPoint: Flood Insurance, Commercial Real Estate and Climate Change

The commercial real estate finance industry is facing substantial challenges due to climate change, particularly with respect to extreme flooding. As flood events continue to occur more frequently and with greater severity across the US, the role of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)—and its administration of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and flood … Continue Reading

Top 10 Things to Know About the Final HVCRE Rule

The Federal Reserve, OCC and FDIC have (finally) issued the Final HVCRE Rule (for background, our analysis of the 2018 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and 2019 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking are here and here), regarding High Volatility Commercial Real Estate (HVCRE) regulations that affect acquisition, development or construction (ADC) loans made by banking organizations that are … Continue Reading

2019 Golden Turkey Awards

As is our tradition here at Crunched Credit, each year, about this time, we award our Golden Turkey Awards.  Once again, I must say that we are utterly blessed with so many worthy candidates. The truly deserving have once again wrangled with vision and astounding persistence to earn a spot on our acclaimed list.  To … Continue Reading

Ratings Agencies in the Crosshairs

Back in the febrile, hyperventilated times that birthed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (blessedly known simply as Dodd-Frank), one of the issues that energized the activists’ intent on “fixing” what was wrong was the notion that the ratings agencies were complicit in the overpricing of financial assets.  In a “want for … Continue Reading

Like Bonds, But Not Bankers, the CRE CLO is Maturing

With apologies to Madeline Kahn, in this case, it indeed is twu, it’s twu! The CRE CLO technology is maturing and evolving into the stable, match term, non-recourse, non-marked to market, dynamic portfolio lender lever technology that its fans (me among them) always thought that it could be. It’s just taken some time. Tainted by … Continue Reading

It’s Time to Fix Securitization: Are We Dinosaurs Staring Into the Tar Pit?

In order to avoid burying the lead, let me tell you where I’m going here.  The CRE securitization business is in trouble.  We need to throw out what biologists call the punctuated equilibrium, where once a system initially stabilizes, it thereafter changes little and resists radical change.  Elsewise, our business is at very material risk … Continue Reading
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