Commercial real estate markets should continue to improve in 2017, though it remains to be seen how big of a role mortgage bonds will play in financing going forward.

A slow economic expansion and consistent job growth continue to boost demand for space in apartments, office buildings, industrial property and hotels. This, coupled with limited new construction, is driving occupancy rates and rental rates up, resulting in higher property-level cash flows. Real estate prices are also rising, albeit at a slower pace than over the past few years. 

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