|Quarterly commercial mortgage production at a Pittsburgh-based company has fallen by nearly $7 billion.
Commercial mortgage production was 167 loans for $5.0 billion, HFF Inc. announced Thursday. Business was less than half of the $11.9 billion originated in the third-quarter 2007.
HFF said volume tumbled as "unprecedented conditions" caused "significant and further deterioration in credit, liquidity and investor confidence in the global capital markets including those related to the U.S. commercial real estate sector. As has been the case in past quarters, these conditions have caused a number of capital sources to cease or significantly curtail their equity investments and/or lending in the U.S. commercial real estate markets which, in turn, has had a significant adverse impact."
From January through September, originations totaled 525 transactions for $16.5 billion, about 55 percent worse than the same period in 2007.
HFF's loan servicing portfolio ended September at $24.3 billion. The servicing portfolio has increased 12 percent from a year earlier.
HFF originates through subsidiary Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP.
Income before income taxes and minority interest was $2 million, sinking from $16 million a year earlier.