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The Looming Challenge of Commercial Real Estate Debt Maturities

Posted by Jerad Giottonini on June 26, 2024

Salt Lake City, UT – Mountain West Commercial Real Estate (MWCRE), a full-service commercial real estate brokerage, has released a report detailing the impending challenge of commercial real estate (CRE) debt maturities. The report, prepared by J.R. Howa and Rich Lachowsky, highlights a significant issue facing the CRE market: the maturation of approximately $2.0 trillion in debt by the end of 2026. This situation poses substantial risks and opportunities for property owners, financial institutions, and the broader economy.

Key Findings:

  • Total Outstanding CRE Debt: $4.7 trillion
  • Maturing CRE Debt: 42% of the outstanding debt will mature between 2024 and 2026.
  • Sector-Specific Challenges: Multifamily, office, and retail sectors face varying degrees of maturing debt and market dynamics.

The multifamily sector has $2.1 trillion in debt, the most of any asset type, with $645 billion maturing by 2026. It faces risks from increased supply and slowing rent growth pressure. There is $385 billion in maturing office debt through 2026, and the office market is struggling with high vacancy rates amid work-from-home trends. With $178 billion maturing through 2026, retail remains resilient but faces challenges from changing consumer spending patterns and distressed mall properties.

Regional and local banks hold around 80% of total CRE loans and have a higher percentage of their overall lending portfolio concentrated in this sector relative to the top national banks. The Federal Reserve’s interest rate stance is crucial; high rates could complicate refinancing, leading to increased defaults and broader economic impacts.

This report underscores the importance of understanding the scope and distribution of maturing debt to navigate potential risks and opportunities effectively. J.R. Howa and MWCRE Head of Research Rich Lachowsky prepared this report.


About Mountain West Commercial Real Estate
Mountain West Commercial Real Estate is a full-service commercial real estate firm specializing in Brokerage, Property Management, development services, and Capital Markets. With a team of experienced professionals, Mountain West Commercial delivers personalized solutions to clients across the Western United States.

 Media Contact:
Jerad Giottonini
Director of P.R. & Communications
Phone: 385-501-2928

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