Monday, November 03, 2014

Fed Survey: Banks "eased standards for construction and land development loans"

by Calculated Risk on 11/03/2014 05:12:00 PM

From the Federal Reserve: The October 2014 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices

Regarding loans to businesses, the October survey results indicated that only a modest net fraction of banks eased their standards for commercial and industrial (C&I) loans to firms of all sizes, but generally larger net fractions of banks eased each of the pricing terms listed in the survey and some non-price terms. Banks also reported having eased standards for construction and land development loans, a category of commercial real estate (CRE) loans included in the survey. On the demand side, modest net fractions of banks reported stronger demand for C&I loans to larger firms; similar net fractions experienced stronger demand for all three categories of CRE loans covered in the survey.
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Regarding loans to households, some large banks reported having eased standards on closed-end mortgage loans, but respondents generally indicated little change in standards and terms for other types of loans to households. Reported changes in loan demand were mixed. Moderate net fractions of banks reported stronger demand for auto loans and weaker demand for nontraditional closed-end mortgage loans. Demand for other types of loans to households was about unchanged at most banks.
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CRE Standards Click on graph for larger image.

Here are some charts from the Fed.

This graph shows the change in lending standards and for CRE (commercial real estate) loans.

Banks are loosening their standards for CRE loans, and for various categories of CRE (right half of graph).  Multifamily is seeing slightly tighter standards for the second consecutive quarter.

The second graph shows the change in demand for CRE loans.

CRE DemandBanks are seeing a pickup in demand for all categories of CRE.

This suggests (along with the Architecture Billing Index) that we will see a further increase in commercial real estate development.