Office Lending Overview


High quality office properties have traditionally been a sought after asset class for commercial real estate lenders. It is important to understand the pros and cons of different lending categories before making a decision on your office finance needs. The following is a summary of pros and cons for each... read more

What is the Swap Rate?


Lenders generally determine their interest rates by adding a risk-based spread over a risk-free index. In commercial real estate lending, two commonly used indices are the Treasury yield and the Swap rate. For example, life insurance lenders generally use the Treasury yield, and CMBS lenders generally use the Swap rate. 

The Treasury yield is the... read more

San Francisco Office Expands


Barry Slatt Mortgage is proud to announce that we have expanded our platform with significant additions to the loan production core as well as supporting staff in our San Francisco office.

Senior Vice President, Andrew Mekjavich, has been a significant producer for Barry Slatt Mortgage since joining the firm in late 2012.  In addition to... read more

What is Structured Finance?


“Structured finance” provides solutions to financing properties that don’t qualify for traditional stabilized bank or insurance company loans. These are typically complicated loans. The following are examples of loan types that can be categorized as structured finance:

  • Mezzanine Debt
  • Equity
  • Financing that Involves a Construction Component
  • High Leverage
  • Bridge Loans
  • Loans on Non-Stabilized Assets
  • The Financing of Note Purchases
  • Value Add... read more

    Market Update - March 2017


    As we are moving into the end of the 1st quarter of 2017, it is important to keep updated on what is happening in the ever-changing CREF (Commercial Real Estate Finance) market. The following is an update summarizing the four major lending categories:

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