Commercial mortgage debt outstanding grew last year, with record growth in multifamily.
Commercial mortgage debt outstanding stood at $3.304 trillion on Dec. 31, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported today. The figure was up $0.085 trillion from Oct. 31 and $0.356 trillion higher than a year earlier.
The biggest share of commercial mortgages was held by commercial banks, with 42 percent, while 24 percent was held in securities and 9 percent by life insurance companies, the data indicated. Savings institutions accounted for 7 percent, 5 percent was held by government sponsored enterprises and 4 percent was held by agency- and GSE-backed mortgage pools.
"Fourth quarter increases in the level of mortgage debt outstanding were driven by increases in the holdings of commercial banks and the government-sponsored enterprises," Senior Director Commercial/Multifamily Research Jamie Woodwell said in MBA press release. "Both groups took advantage of capital market disruptions and the lack of CMBS competition to increase their holdings of commercial and multifamily mortgages."
Included in the latest total outstanding was $0.831 trillion in multifamily debt, and increase of $0.028 trillion over the prior period -- the biggest increase on record, MBA said. Outstanding multifamily debt was up $0.090 trillion from the end of 2006.
Commercial banks held 20 percent of multifamily debt, while GSEs held 18 percent and 16 percent was held by agency- and GSE-backed mortgage pools, according to the report.