The weakening economy and continued credit crunch led to increases in commercial/multifamily mortgage delinquencies during the first quarter of 2009, according to new figures released by the Mortgage Bankers Association. Between the fourth quarter of 2008 and first quarter of 2009, the 30-plus day delinquency rate on loans held in CMBS rose 68 basis points to 1.85%. The 60-plus day delinquency rate on loans held in life insurance company portfolios rose 5 basis points to 0.12%. The 60-plus day delinquency rate on multifamily loans held or insured by Fannie Mae rose 4 bps to 0.34%. According to the MBA, the 90-plus day delinquency rate on multifamily loans held or insured by Freddie Mac rose 8 bps to 0.09%. The 90-plus day delinquency rate on loans held by FDIC-insured banks and thrifts rose 66 bps to 2.28%. "Delinquency rates on commercial and multifamily mortgages held by banks and thrifts, by Fannie Mae and in commercial mortgage-backed securities are all now at levels higher than at any time since the 2001 recession," said Jamie Woodwell, vice president of commercial real estate research at the MBA. Mr. Woodwell added that delinquency rates on commercial mortgages held by life insurance companies during 1Q09 remained below the 2001 recession levels.

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