Toward Equality in Real Estate Development Capital Access

October 26, 2022 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM (GMT-06:00) Central Time Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, West Fork, Level 3 Concurrent Session
Open to All Attendees
Capital Markets Debt and Equity Diversity Equitable Development
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Historically, the bulk of real estate development capital in the United States has come from commercial banks. Since the savings-and-loan crisis of the late 1980s, U.S. regulatory oversight has encouraged risk management and underwriting standards that penalize individuals and firms new to the business. Other access-limiting factors are internal policies on deal size or segmented product offerings across business lines. This lack of access to traditional development debt capital has hampered industry involvement by developers who are women and Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). Yet, some bank construction practices like construction budget and monitoring processes have proved key to aiding developers achieve successful projects. Can emerging sources of debt and equity capital—like funds and crowdsourcing, especially those targeting social equity—be the solution? Can they avoid the historic restrictive policies while applying the proven development oversight to protect investors, especially those individual investors new to the industry? Are community development financial institutions (CDFIs) part of the solution? Can banks themselves look to their own and growing risk industry experience from these emerging sources to provide more equitable access to debt capital?