The Real Deal Miami

Extend and pretend: A good idea?

By Sarabeth Sanders | December 13, 2010 10:56AM

From the New York December issue: We’re programmed to believe that lying is bad; telling the truth is good. So two years ago, when the economy was in a tailspin and lenders started employing a strategy disparagingly dubbed “extend and pretend” for struggling commercial property loans, it’s no wonder they got a bad rap.

Critics painted the banks as liars who were doing little more than kicking the can down the road when they gave borrowers extra time to pay their due. By refusing to write down underwater mortgages, they said, banks were only delaying their inevitable losses and masking the true extent of the crisis.

But while the commercial real estate recovery still has a long way to go, it now appears that last year’s apocalyptic predictions were at least somewhat exaggerated. Whatever happened to the proverbial “other shoe” that was supposed to drop? [more]