|The level of outstanding commercial mortgage debt declined in the third quarter, according to a new report. But Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and finance companies actually increased their holdings.
Commercial mortgages outstanding were $3.443 trillion during the third quarter, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported today. Outstandings fell from a revised $3.446 trillion in the second quarter but were higher than $3.220 trillion a year earlier.
The trade group, which based its findings on an analysis of the Federal Reserve Board Flow of Funds data, blamed uncertain economic conditions and the "credit crunch" for the decline.
Commercial banks held $1.493 trillion of third-quarter outstanding commercial mortgages, though the report noted that some of these outstandings were actually commercial and industrial loans.
Another $0.758 trillion was held in commercial mortgage-backed securities, collateralized-debt obligations and asset-backed securities. Life insurer holdings were $0.315 trillion, savings institution outstandings were $0.191 trillion and $0.179 trillion was owned by government-sponsored enterprises. Another $0.149 trillion was held by agency- and GSE-backed mortgage pools, while the rest was held by finance companies and local, state and federal government.
MBA noted that GSEs and finance companies have increased their holdings as banks and thrifts pulled back "and the CMBS market continuing to pay-down its holdings with few if any acquisitions."
Mortgages on multifamily properties accounted for $0.890 trillion of total commercial debt outstanding, down from $0.875 trillion in the second quarter.