CRE alarm bells don’t bother these lenders


Many loan officers are getting worried about commercial real estate overheating, and regulators are cracking down on heavy concentrations. So why are the CRE portfolios at a handful of banks getting bigger?

Maybe it’s a case of throwing caution to the wind, but the head of one of them — Jeremy Starkey, president of commercial real estate finance at the $8 billion-asset TowneBank in Portsmouth, Va. — says there are still good opportunities in the CRE space.

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