Ares Commercial Real Estate: This 13.8% Yielder Has 95% Senior Loans (NYSE:ACRE)

The commercial real estate sector remains a good place to find some bargains. In this article, I’m focused on Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp. (ACRE), whose stock price has fallen by 40% since the start of the year. While risks still remain, I believe the market has overly-punished this commercial mortgage REIT. I evaluate what makes this an attractive investment at present; so let’s get started.

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A Look into Ares Commercial Real Estate

ACRE is a commercial mortgage REIT that is externally-managed by the well-renowned investment manager, Ares Management (ARES). Through this affiliation, ACRE is able to leverage the Ares investment platform to obtain incremental deal flow and market intelligence from Ares’ broader resources, relationships, and experience.

What I like about ACRE is its conservatively-minded focus on senior mortgage loans, which comprises 95% of ACRE’s portfolio. Its portfolio is also well-diversified geographically, with 40% of its loans

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Ares Commercial Real Estate: A 13.8% Yield With 95% Senior Loans (NYSE:ACRE)

The commercial real estate sector remains a good place to find some bargains. In this article, I’m focused on Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp. (ACRE), whose stock price has fallen by 40% since the start of the year. While risks still remain, I believe the market has overly-punished this commercial mortgage REIT. I evaluate what makes this an attractive investment at present; so let’s get started.

(Source: Company website)

A Look into Ares Commercial Real Estate

ACRE is a commercial mortgage REIT that is externally-managed by the well-renowned investment manager, Ares Management (ARES). Through this affiliation, ACRE is able to leverage the Ares investment platform to obtain incremental deal flow and market intelligence from Ares’ broader resources, relationships, and experience.

What I like about ACRE is its conservatively-minded focus on senior mortgage loans, which comprises 95% of ACRE’s portfolio. Its portfolio is also well-diversified geographically, with 40% of its loans

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Decade-Old Predatory Loans Plague Some Black Homeowners In Prince George’s County : NPR

Zalee Harris, 63, lost her Temple Hills home after fighting her predatory loan foreclosures for almost a decade.

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Some homeowners in Prince George’s County are grappling with the current recession while still mired in debt from predatory home loans from the last recession.

The 2008-2009 subprime mortgage crisis left thousands of homeowners in Maryland — which was third in the country for foreclosures — strapped with loans that were initially low before ballooning dramatically. Black homeowners — particularly in Prince George’s County which was hardest hit in the state for foreclosures — were often targeted for these loans. Many didn’t find out about the high cost of the loans until receiving a notice for intent to foreclose, years after the housing crisis had supposedly ended.

And when they try to seek help to avoid foreclosure, they’re mostly told to get a hard-to-obtain

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Mortgage rates fall as demand for home loans rises

The 15-year fixed-rate average reached 2.36 percent, down from 2.40 percent, with an average 0.7 point. The five-year adjustable-rate average at 2.90 percent, with an average 0.2 point, was unchanged from the previous week. The 15-year rate was 3.14 percent and the five-year was 3.38 percent a year ago.

“Mortgage rates are in a holding pattern because we have lots of big things looming and investors are waiting to see what happens,” said Danielle Hale, chief economist with Realtor.com. “Obviously, they’re waiting on the election results, but also on the next stimulus plan, which seems to start and stall. I expect mortgage rates to stay stable and not go up or down much until we get some of this big news.”

Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, from which the averages are derived, is confined to rates on conventional home loans for borrowers who make a 20 percent down payment

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