Over the last few weeks, I’ve commented on the new version of the OCC’s Commercial Real Estate Lending Handbook (I give it a gentlemen’s C); and I listed a few legal topics that deserve some guidance from the OCC. “Guidance” could even merely be a list of important topics (ending with a warning

The July 2013 issue of the “Mortgage Banking” magazine focuses on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (or “CFPB”).  The coverline  is this: “CFPB – A Powerful New Overseer.” Why my interest in this issue and coverline? In the past, commercial lenders (and their lawyers) blissfully ignored anything involving consumer lending.  We quickly distanced ourselves from

As commercial real estate lenders, life insurance companies have a unique approach on dealing with potential losses or loan loss reserves in their mortgage loans holdings.  Unlike bank mortgage lenders, who apply their risk based capital requirements on a loan level basis, life insurance companies use an approach that applies at the portfolio level (called

My latest resolution is to be better at giving lists of the “hottest” or top topics on L360 – as selected by you. It gives me a rough sense of the direction we’re heading.

The summer 2012 list now has several topics on “positive” lending issues, which reflects the general up-tick that I’m seeing in

Credit availability seems to be improving in the commercial markets.  One common (and obvious) test for new commercial lending is “how will the borrower fare in the tough times, or a stress test?”  Generally, loans to employee stock ownership plans (called an”ESOP”) do well.  So, loans to ESOPs will have access to credit. Starting about

Answer: badly. The Federal Reserve’s new rule on regulatory capital requirements for banks will be announced in the next couple of days.  It probably will mean less money for commercial real estate. The scope of this new rule will help the banks (by requiring them to hold more in reserve) but it could hurt the