Forum Spotlight: Portfolio Lenders
October 24, 2023
Together, Scott, Robert, Jonathan, Chris, Kevin, and Stefanie form the Leadership Working Group for CREFC’s Portfolio Lenders Forum. Importantly, this group sets the agendas and priorities for the Forum, as well as represents their constituencies on CREFC’s Policy Committee.
Key Portfolio Lender Focus Areas
Valuation and Rates. Declines in valuations and loan risk ratings continue, due to higher interest rates, disciplined underwriting, and challenging market fundamentals. Increasing operating expenses, particularly insurance and real estate taxes, continue to impact more asset classes and submarkets.
Lending Pipeline and Appetite. Despite the slower pace of rising rates, the market continues to adjust to expectations of ‘higher-for-longer’ rates.
Asset Management. Maturing loans are facing refinance risk from increased cap costs and tight debt yield and DSCR metrics.
Liquidity constraints in the debt capital markets, combined with borrowers’ reduced willingness and ability to invest capital, requires incumbent lenders to face difficult choices. Health of the CMBS market remains important to the industry, as it’s the only source of takeout debt in some cases.
Capital Markets: Members are monitoring stress in the banking sector closely, given dependence on banks for a fully functioning marketplace and sensitivity of the sector to interest rates.
What They’re Saying: Conversations at CREFC’s June conference focused on both macro-economic considerations and micro matters affecting the availability and appetite of banks and insurance companies to make loans, including the:
Balance sheets, and
Mortgage-loan exposure often presents lower relative value versus liquid CRE investments, while long-term loans are difficult to source.
Key Policy Committee matters:
SEC’s C&DI Letter regarding timing of filings
Bank Capital Requirements
SEC Climate Reporting
Beneficial Ownership Reporting
What's Next? Forum leaders look forward to presenting CREFC members with an update on their forum at the Annual January Conference in Miami. Soon after, the chairs will seek nominations for the next Chair Elect to join their leadership slate.
To join the Portfolio Lenders Forum, please register here. For any forum related questions, please contact Kathleen Olin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Managing Director, Industry Initiatives
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