NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#KBRA--KBRA assigns preliminary ratings to nine classes of Velocity Commercial Capital 2023-3 (VCC 2023-3) mortgage-backed certificates.

VCC 2023-3 is a $263.5 million securitization collateralized by 774 small balance commercial loans secured by 909 residential rental or commercial real estate (CRE) properties. The pool is comprised of 660 fixed rate mortgages (89.0% of the total pool) and 114 adjustable-rate mortgages (11.0%). The loans have an average outstanding principal balance of $340,386 and range from $16,588 (<0.1%) to $3.1 million (1.2%). The weighted average appraisal loan-to-value (LTV) ratio and FICO score for the pool are 61.6% and 711, respectively.

The underlying properties are located in or near 178 Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) across 39 states. The top-three CBSAs represent 31.6% of the portfolio and include New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ (14.0%), Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL (10.1%), and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA (7.5%). The three largest state exposures represent 45.0% of the portfolio and consist of Florida (18.5%), California (16.2%), and New York (10.3%).

KBRA relied on its RMBS and CMBS methodologies to analyze the transaction. In doing so, KBRA divided the pool into two distinct loan groupings, as follows: Sub-pool 1 (551 loans, 65.9% of the total pool balance) is comprised of investor loans secured by residential rental properties with four or less units. Sub-pool 2 (223 loans, 34.1%) consists of commercial real estate assets. This sub-pool is largely comprised of retail properties (45 assets, 8.0%), industrial (33 assets, 7.6%), mixed-use properties (53 assets, 6.4%), multifamily properties (28 assets, 4.4%), office (25 assets, 3.5%), automotive service properties (24 assets, 2.4%), and commercial condominium (15 assets, 1.7%). KBRA reclassified the mixed-use and commercial condominium property types to each asset’s respective core use, and classified automotive service properties as retail for our analysis.

The RMBS and CMBS portfolio credit model results were combined, on a WA basis, to determine KBRA’s modeled expected losses at each rating category and reflect the quality of the collateral, diligence, and information quality relative to typical RMBS and CMBS transactions. The losses were subsequently incorporated into our cash flow modeling, which was used to evaluate the transaction’s credit enhancement levels in the context of its modified pro rata structure.

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