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Highlights

The 2019 survey on commercial lending takes place in an economic environment marked by slightly higher interest rates and a lower level of bank reserves held by depository institutions that underpin the level of lending.

  • 56% of respondents reported an increase in net operating income in 2018, a decrease from 65 percent in the previous year’s survey.
  • 38% of respondents reported tighter lending conditions in 2018, up from 35 percent in 2017, with a higher fraction for retail stores.
  • 65% of respondents reported the client used debt financing to purchase a property, with higher reliance on debt financing for suburban offices and retail malls.
  • 5% to 7% was the average interest rate on loans.

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