The Mortgage Bankers Association is reporting this week delinquency rates for mortgages backed by commercial and multifamily properties in the U.S. decreased in February 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on commercial and multifamily mortgage performance continues to vary by the different types of commercial real estate.
The summary of findings come from MBA's February Commercial Real Estate Finance (CREF) Loan Performance Survey, and the latest Commercial/Multifamily Delinquency Report for the fourth quarter of 2020. The CREF Loan Performance Survey was developed to better understand the ways the pandemic is impacting commercial mortgage loan performance. MBA's regular quarterly analysis of commercial/multifamily delinquency rates is based on third-party numbers covering each of the major capital sources.
"After a slight deterioration at the end of 2020, commercial and multifamily mortgage performance improved for the second straight month in February, bringing delinquency rates down to the lowest level since April 2020," said Jamie Woodwell, MBA's Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Research. "Lodging and retail property loans continue to show the greatest stress, but the shares of outstanding loan balances that are delinquent have fallen from their peak levels by 25 percent and 28 percent, respectively. Across all property types, the share of outstanding balances becoming newly delinquent is also the lowest since the onset of the pandemic, and less than one-quarter of the level from April 2020."
Key Findings from MBA's CREF Loan Performance Survey for February 2021:
The balance of commercial and multifamily mortgages that are not current decreased in February to its lowest level since April 2020.
Loans backed by lodging and retail properties continue to see the greatest stress. The overall share of lodging, retail, industrial, and office loan balances that are delinquent decreased in February.
Because of the concentration of hotel and retail loans, CMBS loan delinquency rates are higher than other capital sources.