The Federal Open Markets Committee's recent move to raise short-term interest rates has commercial real estate debt and equity financing markets even more upbeat about their prospects in 2016.

Commercial mortgage debt outstanding is at its highest level in six years, and interest rates remain historically low. And while commercial mortgage rates aren't directly tied to the Federal Funds Rate, the 25-basis-point increase in December should encourage lenders to make more funds available for commercial mortgages and other types of loans. Plus, the Fed's move suggests growing optimism about the condition of the economy, which should in turn boost lender confidence.

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