Straight Talk: Banks and Real Estate

      Regulators have been overly concerned about a concentration of commercial real estate loans at community banks for the past three years or so. They become particularly concerned when they see the portfolio for “other real estate owned” grow beyond historical norms. Because of the very powerful real estate lobby – representing hundreds of thousands of agents and property managers – lawmakers, and therefore regulators, have traditionally operated under the notion that real estate and banking don’t mix well.

      Current economic conditions, however, make it . . .

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