Concerns have begun to mount that underwriting standards for loans in newly issued commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) are on the decline. Addressing this issue, the analysts at Fitch Ratings say they believe there is quite a way to go before standards approach levels seen in 2007, a year viewed by many as the most volatile vintage for CMBS. While Fitch agrees that underwriting standards have declined in recent months, the company stressed that deterioration so far has been off of “very high standards.”
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