The Evolution of Private Debt Funds panel at MBA

SAN DIEGO—Private debt funds and other non-traditional sources of CRE capital have become established parts of CRE finance, sometimes with the backing of traditional financial institutions. Panelists at MBA’s CREF/Multifamily Housing Convention and Expo 2018 on Monday morning, discussed private debt funds, how they have evolved and matured as a source of CRE capital, and what impacts they may have on the CRE finance landscape going forward.

Before the panel even began, moderator Jack Cohen, CEO of Darkknight Ventures LLC, asked the audience a number of questions. By a show of hands in the audience, a majority agreed that US and the global economy were both growing, and also agreed that real estate as a business was stable or growing. On the capital side of the business, a majority of the audience indicated that things were growing in 2018. When asked about “volume at your institution,” the show of hands showed zero raised for “declining” with a few for “stable” and again, the majority was for growing.

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Natalie Dolce

Natalie Dolce, editor-in-chief of and GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum, is responsible for working with editorial staff, freelancers and senior management to help plan the overarching vision that encompasses, including short-term and long-term goals for the website, how content integrates through the company’s other product lines and the overall quality of content. Previously she served as national executive editor and editor of the West Coast region for and Real Estate Forum, and was responsible for coverage of news and information pertaining to that vital real estate region. Prior to moving out to the Southern California office, she was Northeast bureau chief, covering New York City for Her background includes a stint at InStyle Magazine, and as managing editor with New York Press, an alternative weekly New York City paper. In her career, she has also covered a variety of beats for M magazine, Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel,, and Co-Ed magazine. Dolce has also freelanced for a number of publications, including and Museums New York magazine.

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