Which was 26 percent lower than the record $601 billion reported in 2019
According to the Mortgage Bankers Association's 2020 Commercial Real Estate / Multifamily Finance Annual Origination Volume Summation, commercial and multifamily mortgage bankers closed $441.5 billion of loans in 2020. The $441.5 billion in commercial and multifamily mortgages closed last year was 26 percent lower than the record $601 billion reported in 2019.
"Commercial and multifamily borrowing and lending in 2020 fell by a quarter from 2019's record year, as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the economy and created increased uncertainty," said Jamie Woodwell, MBA's Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Research. "The property types most impacted by the pandemic - lodging and retail - saw the largest declines in originations, while those in which investors and lenders had the greatest confidence - particularly multifamily - held up better. The source of capital also mattered, with government-backed loans from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHA hitting new record-highs in volume."
Multifamily properties saw the highest volume of mortgage bankers' origination volume last year at $272.0 billion, followed by office buildings, industrial properties, retail, health care and hotel/motel. First liens accounted for 98 percent of the total dollar volume closed.
The government-sponsored enterprises (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) were the leading capital source for originated loans in 2020, responsible for $164.1 billion of the total. Depositories saw the second-highest volume at $109.3 billion, followed by life insurance companies and pension funds, commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) issuers, and FHA/Ginnie Mae.