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Volume 2014 - Number 6

February 14, 2014

Downloads Available: Commercial Mortgage Securities Issuance - 4Q13


Strong Demand for Commercial MBS Prompts More Issuance, Looser Underwriting Standards

Issuance of agency and non-agency commercial MBS increased 13.5 percent in 2013, according to a new analysis by Inside MBS & ABS, although production dropped sharply in the fourth quarter. Industry participants expect that volume will continue to grow as investor demand for commercial MBS remains strong despite some loosening of underwriting standards. Ken Cheng, a managing director at Morningstar Credit Ratings, said...[Includes one data chart]

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With rates higher this year, there has been talk of lenders liberalizing their underwriting standards in an effort to increase volume and make up for lower refis.

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