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Survey reveals cautious 2017 outlook for US hotel lending

The results of a 2016 survey of U.S. hotel lenders indicated a cautious 2017 outlook for the hotel lending landscape.

According to the survey by STR, Hotel News Now and RobertDouglas, none of the participating lenders see a significant increase in hotel values in the next 12 months. Of the respondents, 54% forecast hotel values will stay flat, 41% expect values to drop and 59% predict that overall hotel lending volume will remain consistent in 2017.

Survey respondents, for the third consecutive year, see the potential for a slowdown and/or a weakening general macroeconomic recovery as the most feared threat to their hotel loan portfolios. Moreover, they see economy, independent and luxury products as posing the most financing risk.

"Most lenders believe that asset values have peaked and are concerned about the economic outlook," Stephen Hennis, STR's VP of consulting and analytics, said in a release.