Commercial mortgage servicers had a party in the 1980s and a hangover that lasted until 1992. Now, to the relief of many, things seem to have stabilized. The worst of the problem loans originated in the 1980s are healed or off the books, industry insiders say, and the volume of new mortgages increased last year as many apartment and commercial developers sought to refinance mortgages.

Perhaps best of all for the industry is the bright future that some see for servicing commercial mortgages that have been securitized by Wall Street.

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