Commercial RE Loans at Commercial Banks Percentage of All Bank Loans and Leases, November 200

Commercial real estate loans accounted for 24 percent of all loans and leases at commercial banks in the U.S. as of November. The Federal Reserve defines these to include “construction, land development, and other land loans, and loans secured by farmland, multifamily (5 or more) residential properties, and nonfarm nonresidential properties.” Large domestically chartered banks – the 25 largest in terms of domestic assets – held 17 percent of their loans and leases in commercial real estate while small domestically chartered banks held 41 percent in this category. The preponderance of commercial real estate loans at small banks suggests more failures to come as distressed assets continue to accumulate. Moreover, small banks lend to small businesses, which are job incubators; commercial real estate loan problems at small banks could impinge upon their ability to lend, which could dampen the labor market recovery.
Source: Federal Reserve, Grubb & Ellis

Tim With