Mortgage Observer

Life Companies Are Back and Strategically Competing Against Big Banks. Here’s How.

Illustration by Thomas Pitilli.

It’s easy to see why life companies continue to plow money into commercial and multifamily real estate mortgages: They have provided strong returns, inflicted virtually no losses and match up perfectly with their long-term liabilities.

“Mortgages have proven to be really good, solid investments for life companies,” said Robert Merck, head of real estate investors for MetLife, the top life insurer in this space and the subject of a longer profile in this month’s Mortgage Observer. Read More

CREFC 2013

CREFC 2013: A Look Back

CREFC's Alex Ong and Andrea Rouse.

On Tuesday January 15 in the middle of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council’s January 2013 conference, The Mortgage Observer was joined by conference attendees for our event celebrating the conference at Miami’s STK. The Collins Avenue bar and steakhouse played host to industry insiders and Observer Media Group staff, who spent an evening talking Read More