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Why we expect a gradual recovery in lending

The recent gains in lender sentiment showed the real estate recovery is heading in the right direction. As lenders gain confidence, standards should start to loosen, and industrial and multifamily borrowers will continue to benefit. But uncertainty around the outlook for other sectors will limit the pace of the recovery this year.
Sam Hall Assistant Property Economist
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