National Commercial Real Estate News

Commercial-Property Players Find Their Pressures Growing

Commercial Real Estate values have fallen because of the credit crisis and economic uncertainty. Financial institutions holding mortgages backed by commercial real estate have suffered tens of billions of dollars in losses and face more. Nevertheless, commercial real estate so far has fared better than residential properties. Many office buildings, shopping centers, warehouses and other income-producing properties are generating enough cash to pay their debt, and their default rates remain low  ...More

Office Rentals Show a Decrease in Demand

Rental rates nationwide rose in the first quarter 1.5%. But rents generally lag the overall market, as landlords resist price cuts until there are clearer signs of pain ...More

Commercial Property Values are holding up better than housing 

MIT's Center for Real Estate reports on sales of commercial real estate Aug. 5(Bloomberg) -- Prices for U.S. commercial real estate sold by large institutional investors fell 2.7 percent in the second quarter, led by the biggest quarterly drop in office building values since 1994, according to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Real Estate. Office buildings declined 5.5 percent last quarter, bringing prices to levels last seen in early 2007 as the real estate boom ended, according to an index produced by the Cambridge-based university, known as MIT. The decline in the MIT index means prices for properties such as shopping malls, apartment complexes, office buildings and warehouses are more than 9 percent below peak values reached in mid-2007, the school said. `This represents a continuation of the correction in commercial property market prices that began last fall -- a correction triggered by the credit crunch caused by the subprime housing mortgage crisis and fueled by concerns about a recession,'' said Professor David Geltner, research director of the MIT/CRE, in a statement.

Commercial property values are holding up better than housing, Geltner said. Rental income, occupancy rates and mortgage delinquency rates remain low, he said. The MIT index tracks prices that institutions such as pension funds pay or receive when buying and selling properties. It's based on prices of properties sold each quarter from the database that underlies the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries Property Index and also makes use of the appraisal information for all of the currently 6,000 NCREIF properties. MIT developed the index in 2006. Source(s): Bloomberg News