SAN DIEGO (February 9, 2020) – A 7 percent increase in commercial and multifamily mortgage originations in the fourth quarter of 2019 capped off what was a strong 2019 for the market, according to preliminary estimates from the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Quarterly Survey of Commercial/Multifamily Mortgage Bankers Originations, released here today at the 2020 Commercial Real Estate Finance/Multifamily Housing Convention & Expo. “Commercial and multifamily borrowing and lending hit a new high during the fourth quarter of 2019, surpassing the previous record from the second quarter of 2007,” said Jamie Woodwell, MBA’s Vice President of Commercial Real Estate Research. “A pullback in lending by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac suppressed multifamily borrowing during the quarter, but growth for most other property types made up the difference. Initial indications are that 2019 set new records, with double-digit growth in mortgage bankers originations, as well as new highs in originations for banks and life insurance companies.” Added Woodwell, “Low-interest rates and solid property fundamentals should help 2020 continue the trend of record borrowing and lending.” Originations climb 7 Percent in the fourth quarter of 2019. Click to read more at www.mba.org.