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Lenders are warming up to retail leasing deals. The market has undergone a substantial evolution this year, and lenders now understand the new market dynamics and what makes retail work. As a result, lenders are now showing an increased appetite for retail deals, which will materialize this year.

“We are seeing a very strong appetite for lending on retail properties,” Ben Townsend of SRS Real Estate Partners’ debt and equity team, tells GlobeSt.com. “Rates recently hit all-time lows so lenders are adjusting their internal pricing to remain competitive in this market. Lenders understand that as the retail market changes, underwriting and lending parameters need to adjust with it. As a result, there has been an increase in programs that are specifically tailored for retail as lenders look to increase the percentage of retail loans they provide in order to balance and diversify their loan portfolios.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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