U.S. Economic Uncertainty to Hobble Commercial, Multifamily Lending in Second Half of 2022

U.S. Economic Uncertainty to Hobble Commercial, Multifamily Lending in Second Half of 2022

Commercial News » New York City Edition | By Michael Gerrity | July 20, 2022 9:07 AM ET

Commercial mortgage lending in U.S. expected to dive 18 percent in 2022

According to an updated forecast by the Mortgage Bankers Association, total U.S. commercial and multifamily mortgage borrowing and lending is expected to fall to $733 billion this year, down 18 percent from 2021 totals ($891 billion).

Multifamily lending alone (which is included in the total figures) is expected to drop to $436 billion in 2022 - a 10 percent decline from last year's record of $487 billion. MBA anticipates borrowing and lending will rebound in 2023 to $872 billion in total commercial real estate lending and $454 billion in multifamily lending.

WPJ News | Jamie Woodwell, MBA's Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Research
Jamie Woodwell

"The rapid changes taking place across space, equity, and debt markets are having a significant effect on commercial and multifamily real estate transaction volumes," said Jamie Woodwell, MBA's Vice President for Commercial Real Estate Research. "After a record start to the year, we expect that the rise in rates, ongoing uncertainty about supply and demand balances among some property types, and concerns about the direction of the economy will suppress new loan originations in the second half of the year. Most commercial real estate market fundamentals remain strong, with significant increases in the incomes and values of many properties in recent years. These factors are why MBA expects loan demand to begin to bounce back in 2023 and 2024."

Woodwell continued, "The direction of the economy, which remains uncertain, will be a major driver of the magnitude and timing of market changes. Should the economy enter a recession, which - if it were to happen - would most likely come in the first half of 2023, commercial and multifamily borrowing and lending would likely be further constrained."

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