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Commercial News

 Courtesy of the National Association of Realtors®. 


Realtors® Survey: Led By China, Foreign Investment in U.S. Commercial Real Estate on the Rise


WASHINGTON (June 6, 2017) — One-fifth of surveyed Realtors® practicing in commercial real estate closed a sale with an international client in 2016, and as foreign investors flock to smaller-sized commercial properties in secondary and tertiary markets, many Realtors® are confident that increased sales and leasing activity will occur in 2017.  

This is according to the 2017 Commercial Real Estate International Business Trendssurvey released today by the National Association of Realtors®, which analyzed cross-border commercial real estate transactions made by Realtors® during 2016. Most Realtors® who specialize in commercial real estate reside in smaller commercial markets where the typical deal is less than $2.5 million.   Read More....


Realtors® Have a Positive Outlook for Commercial Markets in 2017


WASHINGTON (May 19, 2017) – While challenges face commercial real estate markets, Realtors® specializing in the sector should have confidence that growth will continue. That’s according to speakers at a commercial economic issues and trends forum at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.  READ MORE...

December 2016 Business Creation Index

The new Business Creation Index (BCI) was created to monitor local economic conditions from the perspective of NAR’s commercial members. The quarterly report offers insight from commercial real estate professionals into whether businesses are opening or closing by industry, population density, and subregion. On a monthly basis, it tracks three key questions related to local market conditions: 

  1. An increase of businesses opening in local communities in the last 30 days 
  2. An increase of businesses closing in local communities in the last 30 days 
  3. Net businesses opening and closing in local communities in the last 30 days. 

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Commercial Real Estate Outlook

NOVEMBER 16, 2016

NAR's latest Commercial Real Estate Outlook offers overall projections for four major commercial sectors and analyzes quarterly data in the office, industrial, retail and multifamily markets.


  • Third quarter fundamentals in LCRE displayed an even picture, with solid demand and rising construction. 
  • However, for most property types absorption took a breather, giving supply time to catch up, a trend which was reflected in flat availability. 
  • Commercial fundamentals in smaller markets maintained an even pace during the third quarter of 2016.
  • While leasing volume moved sideways, with a 0.3 percent slide over the prior quarter, leasing rates advanced, rising 1.8 percent.

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Commercial Lending Trends Survey


  • Commercial real estate (CRE) notched another year of growth in 2015, favored by continued macroeconomic growth and broadening capital markets.
  • Commercial vacancy rates declined for the core property types. Availability is expected to continue contracting for office, industrial and retail properties in 2016.
  • Vacancies for apartments are estimated to rise, due to gains in supply.
  • Commercial rents have risen across the board, and are projected to advance this year in the 2.5 percent to 4.0 percent range.
  • Lending conditions in REALTOR® markets notched another year of sustainable recovery. As CRE asset prices strengthened, financing and lending conditions improved in 2015. 

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