The Mortgage Bankers Association released its Commercial Real Estate/Multifamily Finance Quarterly Data Book for the third quarter of 2008, which reveals that commercial/multifamily real estate began to be affected by the slowing economy during the third quarter. Property fundamentals showed a slowdown in leasing activity.

Property sales and mortgage originations showed the impact of economic uncertainty, shifting investor expectations and the continued capital markets malaise, while mortgage investment levels were depressed by the capital constraints of traditional investors and headline risks associated with holding mortgage-related assets.

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