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Everyone is obviously happy that rates remain historically low and are likely to stay there for quite awhile. It allows better pricing for debt than we all would have anticipated. Banks are able to compete heavily for major property loans on the best assets with the best borrowers at rates that few of us would have expected a few months ago. So long as bank lending in general is at low levels and banks can take deposits and borrow at record low levels, they will continue to pose a competitive challenge to CMBS lenders for the better quality deals. They also offer borrowers better flexibility and servicing.

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