US commercial sector sees signs of recovery

According to the latest Moody's/REAL Commercial Property Price Index, US commercial property prices rose 1.3 per cent in October from the previous month, the second consecutive month of growth....

The commercial real estate sector in the US is showing signs of recovery, new figures suggest.

According to the latest Moody's/REAL Commercial Property Price Index, US commercial property prices rose 1.3 per cent in October from the previous month, the second consecutive month of growth.

Meanwhile, year-on-year prices were up 3.2 per cent, reports Bloomberg.

The increase stems from a rising demand for the best office buildings in major markets including New York, San Francisco and Washington, with buyers seeking returns higher than fixed income.

However, Robert Bach, chief economist for Grubb and Ellis Co., a California-based commercial broker, said that the picture is less bright elsewhere in the country.

"This investor enthusiasm has been confined to core properties in primary, supply-constrained markets," he told the news provider. "There's still a lot of distress out there."

Furthermore, The Moody's/REAL index is still 42 per cent below its October 2007 peak.

- Wednesday 22 December 2010

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