Commercial mortgage and multifamily bankers at the Mortgage Bankers Associations' annual convention grappled last week with the issues of rapid consolidation, different ways to increase portfolio investors' liquidity, and the advantages of issuing in the private market - describing a commercial mortgage industry that is "morphing" into something completely different then what it was at its peak in 1997.

In an attempt to describe what will set the standards in the commercial mortgage-backed industry over the next few years, mortgage bankers discussed the impact of strategic tools on the their business, and suggested new bond structures and issuing methods that may have advantages over traditional Wall Street CMBS.

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