SAN DIEGO—As investors are looking to take on the CRE CLO space, panelists during an MBA CREF breakout session this week say SASB "is the cleanest." The reason, according to Erin Stafford, managing director and head of North American CMBA, is that they can do their due diligence and really dig in and do the real estate analysis with SASB.

"The challenge that still remains, though, is the transparency of the market," said Stafford. "In the CRE CLO space, because these are replenishing pools, there is a challenge to get information."

She explained that while it is clear that investors do see the great performance and the great volume in that arena, in order to "go down and risk, you have to be more transparent and give them more information."

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