Consumers’ desire to shop online is creating huge demand for distribution centers and forcing property owners to think creatively about redeveloping vacant retail space. Meanwhile, hundreds of billions of dollars will be spent rebuilding areas hard hit by hurricanes and wildfires.
We never promised the news would be good for all these community bankers, and it wasn’t. One couldn’t stop a failure, and another quit soon after an acquisition. The rest have their banks at different points on the comeback trail.
A bill that would ease Basel III capital requirements on commercial real estate loans could level the playing field between depository and nonbank lenders and spur more construction lending if it passes in the Senate.