Friday, May 1, 2009

The Looming Commercial Real Estate Crisis

I was going to set aside the subject of commercial real estate for now, but it just so happens that Kevin Hall at McClatchy has penned a superb overview of the potential problems in this area in Next Economic Crisis Looms: Commercial Real Estate Defaults. (Hat tip, Deal Junkie)

Rather than providing some snippets from the McClatchy piece, I recommend that readers click through to read the entire article.


Bill Luby said...

Another good overview of the CRE issues was written by Daniel Geiger in Real Estate Weekly last week:
Deutsche Bank report estimates wave of foreclosures over the next decade

Pankaj said...

Hi Bill,

Thanks for posting informative entries as always. I wonder if Washington has decided, I mean they literally seem to have taken oaths to do whatever it takes to save the real estate market and financial companies, what catalyst can cause this house of cards (we all know it is house of cards) to fall? WHat $410 billion over 10 years anyway? One more TARP?

The mark-to-market rule change gives these lenders to hide their balance sheets and they can go on repeating what they did earlier in the near future..they may not go that crazy but companies like BEE etc. don't have to worry about filing chapter 11 anymore like GGP did.. Uncle Sam has got everyone's back now....I sometimes wonder since many are expecting the collapse in commercial REITs , it just may not happen?

Pankaj said...

Also, one big difference this time vs in 1990 is China.. They can scoop up some assets if the assets are marked down too low too long? I would pay attention to the sentiment, as soon as sentiment improves, fundamentals wont matter and everyone will be back on the bull market train.... Only time will tell whats gonna happen.. comments?

Bill Luby said...

Good point about China, which may soon take up a role in CRE that is similar to what Japan did two decades ago.

With respect to TARP and similar plans, today the TALF loan terms for CMBS was extended from 3 years to 5 years. For more background on the TALF 3-5 year window and related issues, try
this link.



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