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%.

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