Type of Submission

Refereed Article


Commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) have emerged strong and have faced a generally positive credit environment since the last recession. As the market grew out of recession in the early 1990s, the primary focus remained on providing better and safer returns to investors. Tied in their lock box, a period that contractually prohibits the borrower from all prepayments, the borrowers kept holding tightly onto their loans. Currently, as the delinquency rate on loans has been on the rise, and as the mortgage market offers refinancing opportunities at lower interest rates, more and more borrowers are looking to transfer or to refinance their loans. This paper examines commercial mortgage-backed securities and provides useful insights for borrowers to find their way out of CMBS loans.