Commercial mortgage loan originations in 2017 are expected to increase 3% over last year to a record high, as market fundamentals and property prices remain strong, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.

It projects total volume of $515 billion, with multifamily lending making up $267 billion. For 2016, the MBA estimated that there was $502 billion of commercial real estate loans originated, down from 2015's $504 billion. Final numbers are expected to be released in March.

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