The Next Boom Business for Banks?


2012 was an enormous year for consumer mortgage banking, with Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase being two of the banks that cashed in big on this fee-based source of non-interest revenue, helping to hedge these banks against today's compressing net interest margins. Because of the blockbuster year in this area, many are asking if there is another big market here, ready to deliver equally impressive opportunities: commercial real estate. In this video, Motley Fool financial analysts David Hanson and Matt Koppenheffer discuss whether the commercial real estate market could take off in the same way consumer mortgages did recently, and how this could affect some of the big banks.

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