European banks shrink property portfolios

By Staff | September 24, 2012 | Last updated on September 24, 2012
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Impeding regulatory changes are forcing European Banks to drastically reduce their exposure to real estate loans.

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New rules, which will increase the amount of capital banks are required to hold against commercial property loans, triggered a deleveraging process that could lead to lenders shedding €20 billion ($25.5 billion) worth of loans, according to a report on FT.Com.

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Some of Europe’s leading banks have been aggressively selling their real estate portfolios while the pressure is mounting on others to offload “the multibillion-euro debt pile amassed during the continent’s decade-long property boom.”

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