Commercial, multifamily loan volume grows 50%

Apartment/condo market posts largest share of activity

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The Mortgage Bankers Association today released a report detailing $345 billion in commercial/multifamily loans closed during 2005, up significantly from the previous year. This report, the "2005 Commercial Real Estate/Multifamily Finance: Annual Origination Volume Summation," surveyed 125 top commercial/multifamily finance firms and compiled origination volumes across different roles, investor types, property types, and finance structures. The $345 billion in closed loans represents a 49.9 percent increase over 2004. "This report sets a firm base for origination activity during 2005 and serves as a valuable indicator of overall market size and for understanding the composition of the commercial/multifamily market," said Doug Duncan, MBA's chief economist and senior vice president of research and business development. "Thanks to the participation of an extensive and diverse group of leading lenders, MBA is able to release this comprehensive report that covers institutional originati...