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Attention commercial real estate professionals – save the date for the 21st Annual Western States CREF Conference on September 5-7 2018 at Wynn in Las Vegas. Sign up now to attend or sponsor this year’s event.

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Conference Schedule

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  • Day 1

    September 5, 2018

  • Day 2

    September 6, 2018

  • Day 3

    September 7, 2018

  • 8:30 am – 8:45 am
    Lafite 2 Ballrooms

  • 8:45 am – 9:45 am
    Lafite 2 Ballrooms

  • 9:45 am – 10:30 am
    Lafite 2 Ballrooms

  • 10:45 am – 11:45 am
    For nearly all accounts, Multifamily has been the darling of the real estate markets for the last 10+ years.  Property valuations and rents, in many markets, have continued to rise.  Construction activity, though strong, seems unable to keep up with demand.  In markets around the West, there continues to be a shortage of supply. Will home affordability remain out of reach, adding to the increased demand for rental housing? Lenders of all types want more multifamily loans in their portfolios and securitizations, and most are aggressive when it comes to lending on apartments.  Is this sustainable?  Is credit quality at risk?  If the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act is repealed through Proposition 10 in November, does the market stall or decline?  Is GSE Reform, the idea of which has been thrown around for years, a possibility after the November mid-term election.  Will any of it matter? 
    Lafite 2 Ballrooms

  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm - 13:30
    Margaux Room

  • 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
    Insurance Company annual aggregate origination volumes typically average $50B-$70B.  Yet, in 2009, during the Financial Crisis, insurers originated less than $23B in mortgages.  Though a mixture of maturities, a significant amount of many insurers portfolios includes loans with 10-year loan terms. Given the limited volume of likely re-writes of 10-year maturing loans, what does 2019 have in store?  Do insurance company portfolio managers remain bullish on mortgages?  From where will deal volume flow?  Will there be an increased appetite for higher yield driven product in lease-up loans, bridge loans, and construction loans?  Are there any market or product types looking more favorable than others?  On the capital side, will insurers’ separate accounts remain active?  With the 10-year treasury hovering in the high 2’s/low 3’s, and in comparison, to corporate bonds, is there any pressure on spreads to widen, or will the competitive landscape keep spreads range bound?
    Lafite 2 Ballrooms

  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm - Lafite 2 Ballrooms
    Capital markets continue to change and with change comes new financing products and platforms. The rise of crowd funding CRE platforms, integrated funding solutions and programs like commercial PACE financing gaining traction provides developers, owners and mortgage brokers new financing options to round out a capital stack. What is crowd funding, who are the players and what is the general process? How is CPACE financing layered into a capital stack, what are the benefits, and what types of projects are a good fit? From a structuring standpoint, how do these newer tranches of capital work within a more traditional capital stack? These financial tools and others can lower overall cost of capital, provide additional leverage, and help get deals across the finish line.

  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am
    Much of the growth in the Western markets has been driven by the new and ever evolving e-commerce model, with few clouds on the horizon, pushing rents and new industrial development to record highs.  Can the industrial markets continue to expand?  How does capital view the growth?  Have we in fact figured it out this time, or is the current cycle nearing an end?
    Lafite 5 Ballroom



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