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CMBS Delinquencies Moderate, but Rate Still Above 8%: Reports

Special servicers of commercial real estate loans are feverishly pursing workouts and liquidations. Their efforts have helped to moderate increases in past dues, but delinquency rates, nonetheless, continue to rise. Two industry reports released last week served to drive this point home. Fitch Ratings says the delinquency rate on loans held in its rated commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) hit 8.48 percent in August. Moody's reported a similar increase to 8.10 percent.

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Fitch Upgrades BofA but Voices Concern over Mortgage Portfolio

Fitch Ratings has upgraded the individual and preferred stock ratings of Bank of America. But the agency says the upgrades are tempered by the bank's high level of nonperforming loans and the likelihood of large volumes of mortgage repurchase requests from the GSEs and other secondary market investors, largely because of the loans the bank inherited from its Countrywide acquisition. Fitch also expressed concern about BofA's exposure to home equity loans, especially those with loan-to-value ratios above 100 percent.

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Four Major Banks Could Be Hit with $180B in GSE Loan Buybacks: Fitch

About 50 percent of the loans held by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac come from the nation's four largest banks - Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and Citi. Lately, the GSEs have become more aggressive in forcing originators to buy back bad loans. Based on Fannie and Freddie's current ""distressed"" numbers (a combined $354 billion in delinquent mortgages and REOs), Fitch Ratings estimates that the big four could be on the hook to repurchase as much as $180 billion in nonperforming assets.

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Fitch Says Maturing CMBS Loans Face Rocky Road Ahead

August is expected to be a challenging month for maturing commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) loans. According to Fitch Ratings, eight U.S. CMBS loans with balances greater than $20 million that are scheduled to mature next month are likely to default. Two-thirds of these Fitch-rated loans were originated in 2005 and typically had five year terms, little to no amortization, and below market coupons, which will likely result in an increase in maturity defaults in today's higher mortgage rate environment with stricter underwriting standards, Fitch said.

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