Interest in small balance CMBS - an area that has heretofore been largely neglected - is on the rise, according to buzz generated at last week's Mortgage Bankers Association conference in Buena Vista, Fla.

Mary Metz, managing director at Fitch Ratings, said the audience had "tremendous interest" in the topic throughout a panel session in which she participated. "This is a new product we are definitely interested in," Metz said.

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