Monday, October 26, 2009

Capmark Craps Out
I saw that real estate lender Capmark filed for bankruptcy over the weekend. Here is the Bloomberg article discussing the filing. Here are a few interesting factoids from the article:

Commercial property values in the U.S. have plunged since 2007 as employers cut jobs and the recession reduced demand for offices, retail space and rental apartments. The Moody’s/REAL Commercial Property Price Indices fell 3 percent in August from July, bringing the decline to almost 41 percent since October 2007, Moody’s Investors Service said Oct. 19.

U.S. office vacancies are at a five-year high, apartment vacancies are at a 23-year record, and retail centers are showing the greatest share of empty store-fronts since 1992, according to real estate research firm Reis Inc. All that unleased space makes it harder for landlords to pay their mortgages to lenders such as Capmark.

The article also states that commercial mortgage defaults are at their highest rates since 1994.

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