Even as the revival of the commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) market and the outlook for bank participation in commercial mortgage lending remain uncertain, U.S. insurers will maintain strong roles as key participants in commercial real estate lending into 2012, according to Fitch Ratings.
Insurers’ disciplined underwriting standards, reflected in low loan-to-value (LTV) ratios on recently financed deals and very low commercial real estate loan delinquency rates on their balance sheets, are an important source of continuing support for a healthy commercial mortgage market.
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