Understanding the Commercial Real Estate Debt Crisis

Tanya D. Marsh

Wake Forest Law School

February 2, 2011

Harvard Business Law Review, Vol. 1, p. 33, 2011

The commercial real estate debt crisis constitutes a threat to the fragile economic recovery. Policymakers considering intervention need to understand the causes of the problems facing the commercial real estate sector so that they can craft appropriate responses. This essay describes the growing "equity gap" as well as technical and maturity defaults faced by many commercial real estate borrowers. It also argues that policymakers should not summarily adopt the narrative of the residential real estate crisis and apply it to commercial real estate. Instead, this essay calls for empirical research to understand the impact of changing underwriting standards on the risk profile of loans. A more thorough understanding of the causes of the current commercial real estate debt crisis will assist policymakers in addressing the current crisis as well as preventing similar problems in the future.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 6

Keywords: commercial real estate, mortgage, crisis, debt, finance

JEL Classification: K11

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Date posted: February 3, 2011  

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Marsh, Tanya D., Understanding the Commercial Real Estate Debt Crisis (February 2, 2011). Harvard Business Law Review, Vol. 1, p. 33, 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1753911

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Tanya D. Marsh (Contact Author)
Wake Forest Law School ( email )
P.O. Box 7206
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
United States

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