Watch as Apollo Global Real Estate President & CEO, Joseph Azrack, talks about the future of commercial real estate finance, including what Azrack sees in the coming months and years in the U.S. and Europe and in the CMBS and equity markets, as well as what he sees as needing to happen both in the U.S. and Europe to get to CRE Finance 2.0 and beyond.
The departure of AR Global Investments from the nontraded real estate investment trust world, coupled with uncertainty surrounding substantial pending regulations, has put a sizable damper on the ability of the nontraded REIT sector to raise capital. According to Summit Investment Research, $4.8 billion of equity was raised by sponsors of 35 entities last year, the lowest volume in 14 years. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.
The latest survey of U.S. real estate economists showed a marked increase in expected economic measures, most likely due to federal proposals to reform the tax code, reduce regulatory burdens, and invest in infrastructure. Compared with the same survey from six months ago, real estate economists have higher expectations about gross domestic product (GDP) growth, employment growth, and housing starts.
Only $490.6 billion of commercial and multifamily housing mortgages were originated last year, according to a survey conducted by the Mortgage Bankers Association, 2.7 percent lower than the $504 billion of originations in 2015. The likely cause of the decrease was the 11 percent drop in property sales volume last year. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.