Monday, October 19, 2009

Moody’s: CRE Prices Off 41 Percent from Peak, Off 3% in August

by Bill McBride on 10/19/2009 02:59:00 PM

From Bloomberg: U.S. Commercial Property Values Fall 3% in August (ht James)

The Moody’s/REAL Commercial Property Price Indices fell 3 percent in August from July, bringing the market’s decline to almost 41 percent since its peak in October 2007, Moody’s Investors Service said in a statement today. ...

“We can’t call a bottom at this point, but it’s an encouraging sign to see the deceleration in the decline,” said Connie Petruzziello, a Moody’s analyst and co-author of the commercial property price report.
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August was the 11th consecutive month the commercial property index fell.

The August report was based on prices for 73 properties that sold during the month and for which Moody’s has previous price records.
Here is a comparison of the Moodys/REAL Commercial Property Price Index (CPPI) and the Case-Shiller composite 20 index.

Notes: Beware of the "Real" in the title - this index is not inflation adjusted - that is the name of the company (an unfortunate choice for a price index). Moody's CRE price index is a repeat sales index like Case-Shiller - but there are far fewer commercial sales - only 73 repeat sales in August - and that can impact prices.

CRE and Residential Price indexes Click on graph for larger image in new window.

CRE prices only go back to December 2000.

The Case-Shiller Composite 20 residential index is in blue (with Dec 2000 set to 1.0 to line up the indexes).

This shows residential leading CRE (although we usually talk about residential investment leading CRE investment, but in this case also for prices), and this also shows that prices tend to fall faster for CRE than for residential.

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