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It is a mark of the uneven nature of the economic recovery that small and medium sized commercial real estate borrowers, unlike their larger brethren, are still having trouble securing loans from banks, as any number of recent statistics will show. Or is it? Truth is, the CRE finance ecosystem has never been designed or optimized with the $10 million to $5 million to most certainly the $2.5 million or less borrower in mind. It was only at the height of last real estate cycle—when lenders were practically begging to give money away—that such products as small loan CMBS were part of the landscape, and a small part at that. Now, like then, that is starting to change but as it does lets hope the industry figures out how to make the necessary structural changes so this flow – this relatively small flow – will stay steady.

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