LOS ANGELES—Following the fifth consecutive year of increases in commercial real estate lending, the debt financing sector appears “well-positioned to take advantage of further growth in 2015,” says Brian Stoffers, global president, debt & structured finance with CBRE Capital Markets. “Lenders are showing enthusiasm for additional assignments in the upcoming months and are poised for higher production” in the current year.

Helping to underpin this expectation of higher production is the prospect of more demand for acquisition financing. Citing Real Capital Analytics data, CBRE says in a new report that property sales rose 17% in 2014. Already this year, investment sales volume was up 38% on a year-over-year basis from January and February of the year prior, says RCA.

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