Commercial Lending in U.S. Remains Strong in 2019

According to CBRE Research, commercial real estate lending activity in the U.S. was strong in the first quarter of 2019, with equity and debt markets calmed by the Federal Reserve's decision to hold firm on rates. The CBRE Lending Momentum Index, which tracks the pace of commercial loan closings in the U.S, was relatively unaffected in Q1 2019 reaching 239 an increase of 17.9 percent year-over-year. "Despite recent volatility in the debt and equity markets, the Fed's decision to leave borrowing costs unchanged has created a favorable commercial lending environment and activity has remained robust. The resulting relatively flat yield curve has given borrowers many options to consider between fixed and floating rate structures," said Brian Stoffers, Global President of Debt & Structured Finance for CBRE Capital Markets.

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