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The Wall Street Journal reported today what most of us suspected: local, small and mid-tier banks are sitting on piles of potentially toxic commercial real estate loans that could generate losses of $100 billion by the end of 2010. The Journal studied over 900 banks and estimated that their loans on shopping malls, office buildings, apartments, and hospitality projects could add up to 50% of their total loan losses over the period. While this isn’t as big as the predicted CMBS tsunami, or the mess at the 19 largest banks, the local bank situation is notable because most are located in small and second-tier cities and towns, have limited in-house real estate expertise, and thus, will be totally unprepared to deal with the workout and subsequent REO mess. This will translate to a significant need for talent or service company support that can step in and help clean it up. But, the problem will be finding experienced professionals who are in the local market. Here’s an idea: join AAA and hit the road in about 6 months. There will be plenty of jobs and consulting gigs in Alabama, North Dakota, Kansas, and Montana, to name a few.

Tony LoPinto is CEO of Equinox Partners, an executive search firm specializing in the real estate industry, and parent company of SelectLeaders. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own.
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