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Commercial Mortgage Debt in Distress Surges 320%, Moody’s Says

Commercial Real Estate As Worst Property Debt Crash In Years Looms
Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

More than $54.3 billion in U.S. commercial mortgage backed securities have been transfered to loan workout specialists mostly because of payment delinquencies, a 320% increase since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Moody’s Investors Service.

Hotel and retail properties, the sectors hit hardest by restrictions on travel and public gatherings to reduce virus transmissions, make up the vast majority of the debt transferred to special servicers.