Underlying Concerns in CMBS

BY LINGLING WEI for the Wall St Journal

Defaults on commercial mortgages bundled into securities are climbing to records, threatening bondholders with steeper losses and putting pressure on property owners and lenders to restructure their loans.

According to Fitch Ratings, more than 11% of some $536 billion of loans packaged into commercial-mortgage-backed securities are expected to be at least 60 days past due by year’s end. The late-payment rate now is about 7% and has skyrocketed in the past year because of squeezed rent payments, making it hard for property owners to continue servicing their debt and the near-paralyzed market for new commercial-mortgage-backed securities.

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